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    I looked at both and bought the newer 229, as a CPO I just could not pass up the deal.

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    I've recently got to shoot the 228 and I will say it's a great pistol. I can see where it gets people really into them being they are a little lighter (mostly due to slide design) and that lends itself t a little better balance. If I was to be looking for a carry 9mm then it would be on the short list and probably be the topper.

    Thing is I don't like to carry a 9mm all that much. I carried 1911's for years so that meant the 45 ACP was the only round to have. As I got older I stared looking at other pistols and did buy a P226 9mm mainly for range fun. I had shot a P220 before that. That was what me looking at Sig Sauer. I got the chance to get a 229 a little while back and I thought it would make a good carry pistol. I'm still a 1911 guy through and through. The design has proven itself far too long to say that it is inferior. But Sig Sauer have shown time and again that a "modern" combat weapon has a place in the LEO and civilian sector and they will live up to the moniker "To Hell and Back Reliability".

    what keeps me from wanting the 228 is the fact that it's a 9mm and I just don't care for the round as much as a carry option. It's a good round and it will get the job done no question. It's just not for me in that capacity. I do like it as a range round and I use them often when I'm out shooting. For me the biggest selling point for the 229 is the fact that with that beefier slide you can shoot the .40 but can switch over to a 357 Sig round and there is no question that the weapon will be able to handle it without any lingering feelings about it causing any damage over time on a lighter slide. and it's nothing to switch again and make it a 9mm to lower ones ammo cost at least for practice.

    So for me the 229 wins over all for me as an all around more versatile weapon. Now if I was more of a 9mm shooter I would lean to the 228 being it's in the caliber that I would be looking at and it's over all a better feeling weapon if a 9mm is what you are looking for and not the other two calibers that a 229 can shoot with relative ease.

    If you want a good 9mm run with the 228. If the heavier loads are your cup of tea then the 229 simply offers more opportunities it seems to me anyway.

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    A friend has a 229 9mm cpo non-rail and wants to sell to me so he can go with a DAK version.. If so I'd have good reference between the 226 and 229.. I've shot it before and know I've broken in my trigger better, but nothing some good range time and militec-1 can't smooth out on his gun... It's just that if I wanted another Sig, I'd rather it be a 239 that's a bit more carry-friendly with size and weight in a .40 but I'd have no problem carrying a 9mm with a solid 124grain +p round for SD. Though, I've read a bunch of guys carry the 229 just fine.. Sure ain't know itty bitty PPK but I guess it can be done.

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    Depends on a few factors. Overall body type, size, method, wardrobe choices and weather factor in. For me I CC my P228. No problems at all.

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    I have a 229 .40 on my belt as we speak in a Gould OWB holster and it rides like it's not there at all. Personally I don't see a problem with a full size weapon. carry a government 1911 a lot. It's just in how you dress. Like most people the weapon that day will have an effect on wardrobe choices.

    A 40 though wears the same as a 9mm to me. I really don't see much of any difference. Of course being used to carrying a steel framed 45ACP with an extra mag or so. Anything else is like dropping off the extra bats when you are on your way to the plate

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    I have two P228's and three P229's
    I love the 228 so I gotta go with them


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    Quote Originally Posted by MauiWowie22 View Post
    I have two P228's and three P229's
    I love the 228 so I gotta go with them

    Why duplicates of the same gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    Why duplicates of the same gun?
    Looks like one with and one without the rail. Not exactly two of the same.

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    I'm basis because I have a 229.

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    The 229 SAS Gen2 9mm is the most accurate of the more or less 100 handguns I've owned at one time or another. It is a great shooter. Much better than the 228s I long ago traded away. Dennis

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    Just got my CCW permit this week and looking to pick up a handgun after my next paycheck. Saw an older model p228 for 675 at a shop today and almost walked out with it until i saw the pink piece of paper sitting under it . Now it's between a p229 elite or the p228r.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisE View Post
    The 229 SAS Gen2 9mm is the most accurate of the more or less 100 handguns I've owned at one time or another. It is a great shooter.
    That's the gun that's on my hip right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD413 View Post
    Just got my CCW permit this week and looking to pick up a handgun after my next paycheck. Saw an older model p228 for 675 at a shop today and almost walked out with it until i saw the pink piece of paper sitting under it . Now it's between a p229 elite or the p228r.
    So what is the fear of Pink Paper all about?


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    It's the sales receipt, somone already paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD413 View Post
    It's the sales receipt, somone already paid for it.
    Why would it still be in the case?! Any shop I've ever dealt with sets the gun aside. Thats a little BS.. I'd be a little pissed if I wandered in there looking for something specific, saw it, and with excitement said "Can I see that?," only to hear that its already sold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    Why would it still be in the case?! Any shop I've ever dealt with sets the gun aside. Thats a little BS.. I'd be a little pissed if I wandered in there looking for something specific, saw it, and with excitement said "Can I see that?," only to hear that its already sold!

    Tru-Dat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiseguy View Post
    Alright guys, with ammo prices the way they are, I've decided to trade my P220 in for a 9mm, and want to go compact. I love Sig and like the way the compact Sigs feel in my hand, so I've decided to stick with Sig.

    I can get a P228 with a shiny (nickel?) slide for roughly $500, or a P229 standard for normal price. I've heard that the 228 has better balance, but I didn't notice much of a difference really. Which would you recommend? Is it easy to find magazines, have the gun serviced, etc..? I'm not sure if the P228 has the factory warranty or not.

    Help me decide!
    I didn't vote. I love them both and own them both. On the outside they are the same size so one holster from both. The grip size is the same so besides the recoil there's no difference in the muscle memory issues. The 229 is heavier because the slide is beefier to tolerate higher calibers than 9. Gosh, get them both. That's my solution to that kind of dilemma. Oh, I forgot: money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by babs View Post
    I've got a 226 which looks a lot like the 228 (I'm learning the difference).. Is the 228 a single-stack or just shorter grip/mag?

    Darn, If you were local, and your 220 was in the same shape, I'd swap you now for my 226, although I freakin' love that gun.. I really want to keep it but the silly idea I have of getting a .45 is hovering around the same level of joy I've had busting nice groups with my old 226 cpo, ammo regardless.

    A friend recently picked up a 229 and I can see the main differences appears to be the slides, of course along with the carry-size of the barrel and grip.. The 228 looks like an identical 'design' of slide as my 226 (stamped). The dehorning on the 229 slide edges might be a little easier on nicer holsters, and possibly (keyword) show less finish wear than the sharper edges of the older style slides.. If that concerns you. Me.. not really but I'm thinking of a nice slick refinish, for giggles, as my 226 don't look like much... She's all business.

    .... hope that newb opinion helps.
    228 is double stack

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiseguy View Post
    Alright guys, with ammo prices the way they are, I've decided to trade my P220 in for a 9mm, and want to go compact. I love Sig and like the way the compact Sigs feel in my hand, so I've decided to stick with Sig.

    I can get a P228 with a shiny (nickel?) slide for roughly $500, or a P229 standard for normal price. I've heard that the 228 has better balance, but I didn't notice much of a difference really. Which would you recommend? Is it easy to find magazines, have the gun serviced, etc..? I'm not sure if the P228 has the factory warranty or not.

    Help me decide!
    Arriving a little late to this thread, but given your choices, I would opt for the one that suits you the best. The P228 Nickel will not be covered by any warranty and of course, the P229R would be covered by Sigs Limited Lifetime Warranty. Both the P228 and P229 9mm share the same 13-round magazines and are plentiful. Servicing the firearm is also rather easy, you could always send it back to Sig or Bruce Gray for servicing or you could purchase Chris Orndorff's Armorers DVD and do it yourself.

    If you really like the P228, Sig has released a "limited run" of the P228R if you are seeking a P228 with a warranty. In my opinion, the P229R 9mm is nothing more than a P228 Stainless.

    Now that I've seen that your options have changed, by all means, pick up the P228R while you can. The P229 Elites will be around for awhile, who know how long the P228Rs will be around.
    Last edited by HKP30; 10-14-2009 at 08:25 AM. Reason: Read the entire thread - duh!

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    I have been contemplating the same question for a while now. HAve never owned a Sig, and figure I have at least one of most other manufacturers, so I should have a Sig too, right? I am leaning towards the P229 in .40

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    Quote Originally Posted by mako72401 View Post
    I have been contemplating the same question for a while now. HAve never owned a Sig, and figure I have at least one of most other manufacturers, so I should have a Sig too, right? I am leaning towards the P229 in .40
    I picked up the 229 SAS gen 2 this past week and shot 500 rounds of .40 through it with no problems. Very accurate weapon. I love it!

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