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Sig Sauer P228 vs. P229

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by nEEdLzZz, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. nEEdLzZz


    Feb 14, 2012
    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...:cool::wavey:
  2. 2-8 Marine

    2-8 Marine Limp Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    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?

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012

  3. Tim151515

    Tim151515 iHeartGuns

    Feb 6, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    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."
  4. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

    Jan 6, 2009
    Dub V
    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.
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    For just 9mm, I feel the P228 is the better choice.
  6. nEEdLzZz


    Feb 14, 2012
    well..based on this wikipedia article...
  7. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    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.
  8. nutty_one


    Sep 20, 2004
    Pac NW
    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.
  9. nEEdLzZz


    Feb 14, 2012
    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:

    it's in german though..since i live in switzerland :wavey:
  10. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    If I ever get another Sig it will probably be a 228, or maybe a 225.
  11. Tx-SIG229


    Aug 30, 2011
    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 :)
  12. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    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).
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  13. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    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.
  14. adamg01


    Jul 10, 2007
    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.
  15. 1stMAW


    Aug 9, 2011
    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....
  16. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. arclight610


    Dec 2, 2009
    Last week The Onion had an article about the Sig P228. They said that the Sig slides are made of cast iron.
  19. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    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!:supergrin:
  20. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    Of course, they are.:supergrin: