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Requesting Sig P226 vs. P229 size comparison

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ArmoryDoc, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    Does anyone own both and can you do an overlay showing the size comparison of both guns ? I have the 226R but am jonesing for a 229. If there isn't that much realized difference I may not be able to justify the funds for it.

    I know what the specs say but sometimes it's easier for an actual visual comparison. Thanks ! :wavey:
  2. I only have P226s myself.
    But I'll try to find some comparison pictures from the internet

  3. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    Wow. Not a lot of difference, is there ? Thanks jimbo, for the legwork. I think that answered my question. :)
  4. No problem! Sorry I couldn't be of more help. :)
  5. sns3guppy


    Sep 4, 2006
    For what it's worth, I find the P229 a lot more balanced, comfortable, and for the small difference, just enough compact to be comfortable concealed. It's a full size duty weapon, too.

    If you're going to be shooting .40, the P229 is one of the best platforms on the market.
  6. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    I think the P226 is actually slightly thinner than the supposedly "compact" P229. Holding both my 226 and various 229s, the grip does feel fatter on the 229 from what I remember. If the 229 feels better to you, get it. If you are just buying it because you feel it's more compact, you are probably wasting your money. I'd get a 239 if I wanted a concealable Sig classic pistol. That or the new 224 or whatever its called.
  7. RJ's Guns

    RJ's Guns

    Dec 25, 2010
    According to the Sig Sauer web site, both the P229 and P226 have an "overall width of 1.5 inches."

    How the grips feel may depend on which model of P226 and P229 one is comparing. For instance, I prefer the "custom aluminum grips" on the Elite Dark models better than "ergonomic one piece reduced reach grips used (on Sig's) E2 pistols"

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  8. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    The size difference doesn't seem that much until you try to conceal it. Although the 226 can be carried concealed rather well, the slightly smaller size of the 229 makes it easier to conceal and I find if more comfortable.
  9. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Idaho
    I don't know how the grip feels fatter on a 229, I went to Cabela's to check out guns when I was in the market last month. After holding all the Sig line, the P229 was a complete natural fit and much smaller compared to the 226. It's a perfect balance. After simply handling it for a little bit I bought it, once I checked LGS pricing it was a no brainer. Granted, I think the 226 had Hogues on it, which definitely fatten it up quite a bit.

    Went back last week and their prices came up. Luckily I got my model, the P229R E2 for $769. Not sure of price variations between the 9mm and .40 but the only one they had on the shelf last week was a .40 and it was almost a grand.

    I could not be happier with my purchase. The E2 grips are very nicely contoured and textured and accuracy is dead on beautiful for my usage so far. It's the perfect carry gun for me, couldn't recommend it higher.

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  10. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    I have both and the P229 40 is smaller, easier to carry and very well balanced as other stated.

    My P226 is a range gun and the P229 is a carry.