Sig 229 questions.

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  1. frank4570

    frank4570

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    I've definitely zeroed in on the sig 229r for my next carry gun. I have a couple questions.
    I think I want the one with the beavertail, can I get that pretty easily or is it only the one or 2 very specific models which have it?

    I am having a hard time deciding on caliber. Is it correct that in order to do a caliber change I must start with a .40 S&W, then change from there?
    I think I've read that you can't start with a 9mm.

    Thanks
     
  2. JNKIRK1974

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    When you are talking about a caliber change, are you referring to the change to the .357 sig? If so, yes....you must get a .40. I'm not aware of a caliber change that you can make from a 9mm.
     

  3. azdave

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    If you start with a 40 OR 357 Sig, you can switch to the 'other' caliber with both factory or aftermarket barrels.
    AND...you can buy aftermarket conversion barrels for 9mm..........BUT--
    You CANNOT start with a 9, then go UP in size....think about it, its a size of the "breechface" thing.

    I believe the Elite is the only beavertail offering.
     
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  4. nmstew

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    I like mine in .40. I don't think the beavertail is necessary. In addition, it just makes it harder to conceal (digs into hip). Make sure you like the sights. The "dot the i" was something to get used to at first. Go with one in .40 or .357, that way you can download (swap barrel and mags) to a 9mm, if you want to save on practice ammo. You can't go from a 9mm frame upwards. I really like mine. If you go used, red box, they should come with 2 mags, the guy who sold me mine jipped me by telling me they only come with one. I did not realize until I read the manual later at home.
     
  5. El_Ron1

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    There will be a small difference in rear sight height from the factory(or there was, who knows about the New SIG...) between the .40 and .357. No a huge thing, you can get another rear or two to fix up your POI, but ideally go with the caliber you will shoot and carry the most and buy the alternate barrel.

    You are going to get some difference in POI depending on ammunition regardless. Generally no biggie for COM, minute of man. The SIG sights are tight as hell and require a pusher for a proper installation, so I thought I'd bring it up.

    I'll add that I love shooting my fat butted little 229. :cool:
     
  6. SeeJohnLikeSig&Glock

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    Was going to answer the OP, but AZDAVE said everything I was going to.
     
  7. PAPACHUCK

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    The first P229 I shot was a rental in 40S&W, and I was impressed with how it handles the recoil of the 40 round, as well as its accuracy.

    I'm not a fan of the 40, and don't want to stock for another caliber, so I ordered a P229R in 9mm. It is a tackdriver, and shoots like a dream.

    Where the hole is matters more than the size of the hole.
     
  8. Larry V

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    After you shoot it in 40 you wont want to change it. Its the softest , most accurate 40 out their. I wouldnt getthe beavertail if you plan on carrying it. Just me!
     
  9. 11bdad

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    I bought a P229R DAK in .40 a couple of years ago. Fantastic shooter. Picked up a new .357 sig barrel for it along with a 9mm BarSto conversion barrel. You can't go wrong with a P229.
     
  10. huntall50

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    There is a used 229R listed on another site for $675 and I have a .357sig barrel for $125. I love mine but don't shoot .357.
     
  11. SeeJohnLikeSig&Glock

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    I agree with Larry, the beavertail could make it less comfortable to carry.
     
  12. terryger

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    although i have others, my main carry is a 229 in .357. i have the .40 barrel also. i use that barrel for most of my practice as .40 is way cheaper and easier to find.

    i run 1 box of .357 down the tube once a month but i really don't need to. the gun shoots almost the same though the .357 stings a little more and requires more finesse on the grip. once you are used to it you hardly notice.

    i like the .357 ranger for carry round the best in this particular weapon.

    i would say go rent and shoot the 229 in 9 and 40 to see which you like better. the other particulars have been stated.

    the 229 guards the president :supergrin:
     
  13. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    Several years ago I wanted a SIG 229ST in 9mm. SIG never made that model. The only offering at the time was the SIG P229ST in .40 S&W which is what I bought shown here:


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    The same day that I ordered the SIG, I ordered a BAR STO 9mm conversion barrel, and a pair of Karl Nill grips. Later, I installed a SIG stainless steel short trigger. Here's the finished package.

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    You can convert the 229 .40 S&W to .357 SIG and vice versa, and also downsize to a 9mm, but NOT from a 9mm up to .40 S&W. (The .40 S&W barrel is in the blue box stored on a shelf.)





    As for beavertails, I don't like them except on a 1911. The only pistol that I want with a tac rail is my home defense P220ST with Crimson and a light.

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    Do yourself a favor & PASS ON THE BEAVERTAIL
     
  15. frank4570

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    As per everybodys suggestions I am going to skip the beavertail. That will make things easier anyway.
     
  16. El_Ron1

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    You want a 9, go find an older 228.
     
  17. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    Another excellent option. :)
     
  18. raven11

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    agreed:cool:

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  19. Andrewsky

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    I'd go for a CZ P-01.:whistling:

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  20. Cobra64

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