I'd opt for the 226 for on duty. The 229 makes a nice off duty piece tho. I agree that the 229 looks a little stumpy, but it feels good in the hand(like all Sigs), and has a nice balance to it. Are we talking 9mm or .40 ? Be sure to check out the E2 models, they are really nice. I put an E2 kit on a German 226 and love the the feel.