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    Junior Member gadgetguy1288's Avatar
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    Can anyone tell me about the...

    Sig P229R? I'm going into the Coast Guard soon and have learned that this is the gun you are issued, any info would be nice


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    The P229 is a compact firearm, often used for concealed carry purposes. The standard version features a DA/SA trigger, but it is also available with a DAO trigger.

    Recently, the pistol has also been made available in a DAK (Double Action Kellerman) model, which is a DAO system with two trigger reset points, and a lighter, smoother pull than that of traditional DAO handguns.

    The P229 differs from its cousin, the P226 in several respects. The P226 is a "full size" pistol, while the P229 is considered compact. The P226 originally was manufactured using a stamped-steel slide on an aluminum alloy frame. The P229 consists of a milled stainless steel slide, typically colored black with a Nitron finish. The P226 and P229 are both available with optional accessory rails (this is the "R" designation) and optional forged stainless steel frames.

    The P229 can be chambered in 9 mm, .40 S&W or .357 SIG. Changing between .40 S&W and .357 SIG is as simple as switching out the barrel. Conversion barrels, from companies such as Bar-Sto Precision Machine[1], also allow a P229 or P226 to change between a .40 S&W/.357 SIG to a 9 mm caliber. The magazine can accommodate ammunition of either caliber. The 9 mm model cannot be converted to another caliber.

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