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P229 still firing fine!!

Discussion in 'TOP GUNS *357 Sig* Club' started by NitLion, Aug 21, 2010.


  1. NitLion

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    With just a few more rounds needed to reach the 5,000 mark, my P229 is still functioning great. I really like this Double Tap 115gr BJHP load ( this was three magazines of six rounds at 25 yards):

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    Zombie Steve had a hard day too!! ( circled holes fired at 20 yards...square marked holes at 15 yards and triangle marked holes at 10 ):


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    I have fired 64 different factory loadings ( or factory reloads ) thru this pistol with yet another 14 on the shelf still to try!

    :phew:
     

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  2. BlutoBlutarsky

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    I love my P229, if the G33 wasn't so much lighter and easy to hide I would have probably never stopped carrying it.
     

  3. atl-g33

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    got a g33 as my first .357 sig. I love shooting it. I've checked some shops around me for a 229 in .357 sig and havn't found one yet. May end up with a 32 though and keep the family growing.
     
  4. NYresq

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    my first 229 fired a hair under 50,000 rounds before the agency armorer pulled out of service (policy, no other reason) and issued me a new pistol. It was magnafluxed and showed no cracks in the frame. Aside from a good portion of the slide polished from holster wear and some rounded edges on the frame, it showed no serious abuse. My "new one" is coming up on 20k and runs as solid as the day I cleaned the factory packing oil off it.
    Agency policy has the guns resprung every 10,000 rounds and pulled out of service at 50,000. I have yet to see a serious failure in any of our guns in the 9 years we have been using them. the few that were found to have frame cracks were also found to be well past 10K without being resprung...

    The 229 is a solid platform for the 357 sig. probably one of the best available in terms of size, accuracy and comfort.
     
  5. NitLion

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    Just crept over the 5,000 round mark! ( counting the meager amount of .40S&W I put thru it, I have a 5,200+ count ) I used Bitterroot Valley ammunition today - 125gr JHP - and it was very nice. I have another box on hand and wouldn't hesitate to buy more..
    NYresq, was your sidearm a 357sig or another caliber? and would it matter concerning the periodic maintenance ( re-springing)?? Its nice to know I can let it go for awhile before any overhaul!!
     
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  6. NYresq

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    My issued duty gun is the 229 in 357 sig. We shoot the 125gr gold dot. If I owned the pistol, I would probably change the recoil spring a little sooner, maybe between 7,000-8,000 rounds and then swap all the others at 10K. The recoil spring is visibly smaller after 7,000 rounds compared to a new one, and if I was shooting that much on my own frame, the cost of a spring is nothing compared to the cost of the ammo to reach that point. a box of 357 sig or 40S&W will pay for a new recoil spring... its cheap insurance for a long life on the frame... like changing the oil in your car. compared to the total cost of everything else you will pay for when shooting, the recoil spring is something you should change sooner rather then later.
     
  7. bac1023

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    The P229 is a great pistol.
    :cool: