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SIG SAUER P229R Review

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by plouffedaddy, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

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    The SIG P229 was the first gun to be made exclusively in New Hampshire rather than Germany. US vs German made SIGs are a controversial subject in the SIG community but I don't care where the gun was made as long as it performs as I expect it to; and this gun does.

    I currently have about 600 rounds this gun and below are a few of the pros and cons that I've found.

    Pros:
    -Reliable. This gun has never had a malfunction of any kind with any ammo I've fed it
    -Accurate. The gun is easy to shoot well; especially in SA mode
    -Ergonomic. The gun, with E2 grips, just feels great in the hand
    -The Nitron finish on the slide is holding up well to holster wear
    -Rail for attaching lights/accessories
    -Aftermarket parts/holsters/support are widely available
    -Standard DA trigger is smooth with little to no stacking
    -SA trigger breaks crisply
    -2x 15 round Mec-gar mags came with this gun

    Cons:
    -Cost. SIGs are generally overpriced relative to their competitors in my opinion
    -Finish on the barrel is wearing more than I would expect for a gun of this quality
    -The SA trigger has a good bit of take-up from the reset point (SRT greatly helps this however)

    The video below shows some shooting from the 12m line, rapid fire from the 10m line with a shot timer to demonstrate the controllability of the pistol, a tabletop review and size comparison with the G19, and chronograph testing with Winchester Rangers, Gold Dots, and Federal HSTs:

    [ame]http://youtu.be/0YtWT9IwhhA[/ame]

    Chronograph numbers:
    -Winchester Ranger 115gr JHPs: 1136fps, 329 ft/lbs energy
    -Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHPs: 1189fps; 389 ft/lbs energy
    -Federal HST 124gr +p JHPs: 1170fps; 377 ft/lbs energy
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  2. SigFTW

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    Great review! I have 5 Sigs and all are great shooters!
     

  3. Beanie-Bean

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    Great review, PD. Looks like only one (two?) wardrobe changes :) I had to look back, because I recall that your shirt was a different color.

    I've got two P229s (one rail-less .357, one with a rail in .40) and both are excellent to shoot. Nice thing is that they share the same magazines.

    Looks like you got a great deal on an unfired gun there. Enjoy!
     
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Very nice,........great review!
     
  5. Raven1967

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    I need to get one back in my collection. They are so good lookin.
     
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    Sigs are great guns. My 229R has been fantastic.
     
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    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    Custom Shop P229 here. :supergrin:
     
  9. plouffedaddy

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    I was out there shooting for a couple days----no wardrobe changes! :rofl:

    I did get a pretty good deal---traded for a gun that I paid $610 OTD for. Tough to complain about that.
     
  10. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

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    I just bought a brand spankin' new one on Gunbroker a few days ago. Picking it up on Friday due to the waiting period. Can't wait to shoot it...
     
  11. oldsoldier

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    I have a SIG P229 SAS2T. I prefer guns without accessory rails. I've only put a little over 1K rds through it but no malfunctions so far. I've owned Glock and XD pistols in .40 and the P229 is my favorite by far. It's the only pistol I own now in .40.
     
  12. plouffedaddy

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    I prefer guns with them---even if I don't intend to use them. I don't think they look bad and I always like the option of putting a light on should I feel the need to do so.

    But I guess that's why SIG makes both....:dunno:
     
  13. ShaneS

    ShaneS Millennium Member

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    I traded for a LNIB Sig P229r with a fellow GT forum member. I really like it, and it has been completely reliable and very accurate. It is a pleasure to shoot. I don't plan to use lights and lasers but like the rails anyway.
     
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    Thanks for the review.
     
  15. bunk22

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    Excellent review! I don't have a 229 but own a P226 Navy and 2022. Both fine weapons, wouldn't mind getting a 229.
     
  16. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Not a fan of pistols with rails, but the 229 is an outstanding gun. Almost as good as the 228 :supergrin: