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Old 02-16-2012, 13:08   #1
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Sig Sauer P228 vs. P229

hey guys...

i'm currently shopping for either a sig p228 or p229..

i've heard people say that the p228 is a better gun..and the only difference is that the p228 is made out of carbon stamped steel (which is more prone to develop rust) and the p229 out of forged stainless steel...

so for me it sounds that the p229 is better, quality-wise...

does anyone have practical experience with either one of these guns? even long-term experience or "war" experience?

any info on this would be very much appreciated...
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:15   #2
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Well, I've owned my P228 for 13 years and its still going strong and never any rust. I can assure you quality wise its hard to beat the P228. Are you sure about the difference in steel used to built either gun?
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:19   #3
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A gun will only rust if you let moister build up. As long as you keep it wiped down after handling it you will be fine. And, contrary to popular belief, stainless guns can rust too. I have seen many a rusted revolver and 1911 that people just assumed, "its stainless, it wont rust."
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:23   #4
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The slide is made differently. The 229 was changed due to the higher pressures associated with the .40 and .357 sig rounds.

The 228 IMO has a better balance in the hand and shoots better too. I shoot indoor bullseye matches locally and for S n G I shot my 228 last month. 3.75 in barrel with Factory Federal 9mm from Wally. I was within mere points from the top shooters who were shooting custom 1911s and ppc revolvers with light handloads and wadcutters.

If you are going 9mm get the 228 and make sure its a German. You wont be sorry.
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:26   #5
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For just 9mm, I feel the P228 is the better choice.
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:26   #6
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Well, I've owned my P228 for 13 years and its still going strong and never any rust. I can assure you quality wise its hard to beat the P228. Are you sure about the difference in steel used to built either gun?
well..based on this wikipedia article...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig_P226#P228
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The slide is made differently. The 229 was changed due to the higher pressures associated with the .40 and .357 sig rounds.

The 228 IMO has a better balance in the hand and shoots better too.
The 228 definitely balances better, but I don't think I would have been able to tell the difference if I wasn't holding both at the same time.

I would probably go with the 228 if it was me.
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:32   #8
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Are you wanting a 9mm or a .40? The 228 is only available in 9mm - the 229 was made as more or less a stronger version of the 228 to handle the recoil of the .40 and the .357Sig rounds, but you can get 9mm 229's also. Both are fine weapons.
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Old 02-16-2012, 13:35   #9
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Are you wanting a 9mm or a .40? The 228 is only available in 9mm - the 229 was made as more or less a stronger version of the 228 to handle the recoil of the .40 and the .357Sig rounds, but you can get 9mm 229's also. Both are fine weapons.
yep...i'm looking for a 9mm..
i've found one which was kept as a collectors item and apparently has never been shot...

here's the link:

http://ch.gebrauchtwaffen.ch/catalog...LugerNATO.html

it's in german though..since i live in switzerland
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If I ever get another Sig it will probably be a 228, or maybe a 225.
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Old 02-16-2012, 17:27   #11
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i like them both but the p228 is lighter.

fwiw, lately i have been carrying a g19 or g23 mainly because they are lighter and the mags are cheaper
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fwiw, lately i have been carrying a g19 or g23 mainly because they are lighter and the mags are cheaper
Ditto. 5" height, 30 oz loaded with 16 rounds, every holster and accessory you could ever dream of, easiest to mod and detail strip, etc etc. I'm trying a lot of different carry guns but I keep coming back to the G19. I'm finally starting to shoot it halfway decently too (it's only been two years).

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One of the biggest things I think you should consider is if you buy a 228 you are stuck with a 9mm forever. If you get a 229 in .40 or .357 you can get a 9mm conversion barrel. There is nothing wrong with the sheet steel slides but they do require a little more care.
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For just 9mm, I feel the P228 is the better choice.
Without a doubt. You don't need the beefier 229 for the 9mm round. If I ever decide to own another .40, it will be the 229. I have only owned about 5 or so Sig's and it was my favorite. I preferred the G19 over my 228 but I much preferred the 229 over the G23. I guess I am weird like that.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:03   #15
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I own 3 sig 228's. 3229's and 3 225's. The 228 and the 225 are much lighter and well balanced, the 229 is top heavy....Most of the time I carry a 229 in .357sig around my farm and the 225 as my carry piece...My wife has usurped the 228's....I carry a colt 1911 as well....
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P228 = better balance and German made.
P229 = top heavy feel and American made.

I have both and I can't remember the last time I shot my P229.
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Sigs are my favorite pistols, although I carry, and like, Glocks. My first P228 came in 1991, and has always been flawless throughout all of these years. I picked up a second 228, a 1990 built CPO, about 3 years ago. It too has been flawless. In 2008 I bought a P229 9mm and did my upmost to like it but never managed. Compared to the 228's it seemed way top heavy and out of balance. Once you've had a German-built P228 nothing else feels quite right.
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well..based on this wikipedia article...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig_P226#P228
Last week The Onion had an article about the Sig P228. They said that the Sig slides are made of cast iron.
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For metal double stack 9, the Sig P228 rules! Just completed this wheel last week, with 4 W. Germans and 3 Germans. Shipwreck, get in here!
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Last week The Onion had an article about the Sig P228. They said that the Sig slides are made of cast iron.
Of course, they are.
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Do you have a favorite amongst those, and if so, for what reason(s)?
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Do you have a favorite amongst those, and if so, for what reason(s)?
It's a Sig P228. They're all great to start with. But, among them, if I really have to pick one (with a gun to my head), it would be the one at 7 o'clock. It's one I bought from Todd of Customized Creationz. http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc...7430041652/p/2. His trigger job on the gun made it silky smooth and an already excellent SA pull just a little better. Owners of W. German Sigs know how good their SA triggers are. They just break like glass. I replaced the factory plastic grips with the Hogue Extreme Aluminum Checkered grips.
My observation about the standard (fat) vs. short trigger: standard is good at SA mode, but short is good for DA mode. This applies for me only. Other folks I'm sure will have their own preference.
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Very nice indeed
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Thanks bac. You know, seeing you wanting to branch out, I got to have a head start.
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Thanks bac. You know, seeing you wanting to branch out, I got to have a head start.


Do you still have all those P series Rugers?
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