Hand guns are like gloves. Shooting both the one that fits you the best, and its not the size of the round but shoot placement.
Both gun are great, it comes down to which you can shoot the best.
Definetly the 229 that's just my .02 worth
I am predjudiced. I simply like the P229 .40 and have since the agency I worked for issued them in the mid 1990s. Just bought a new one last month, then ent back the net week and bought a new P239 .40 I've working iwth firearms for over 55 years and have a knack for the good ones. Next buy will certainly be a P250, then maybe a "BlackHawk holster
I voted for the 228 because I have not shot a 229. i carried the 228 at my last command and loved it. We put 2,000 rounds through the 228 at the range in 3 days and dint have a single problem. the only problem i had was gettting used to the SIG instead of the standard Navy Berreta.
I looked at both and bought the newer 229, as a CPO I just could not pass up the deal.
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.
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.
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.
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
I have two P228's and three P229's
I love the 228 so I gotta go with them
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
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.
It's the sales receipt, somone already paid for it.