I need user opinions on Sig 229


March 20, 2005, 05:47 PM

I currently have a Walther P99 because I couldn't find any Sigs at the local gun store. My preferable one was the 226 but none to be found. Today I went to an outdoor range to use my P99.

There I met a gun dealer that was selling a barely used Sig 229 9mm. He says its a two-tone one. Since I was more looking for a 226, I wanted to ask you guys if there is a difference between the 226 and 229 beside its size. And how well it stands against corrosion since is a two-tone. It is accourate ? Or should I keep searching for a 226.


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Ala Dan
March 20, 2005, 06:15 PM
Greeting's Sir-

I've advocated the use of SIG-SAUER Classic P-series handguns for many
years, both here on THR and over on TFL as well. Simply put, these are
world class firearms that will give the owner (user) many years of trouble
free service. The P229 differs from the P226 mainly because it is really a
compact model; while the P226 is a full scale model. In calibers .40 S&W
and .357 SIG the P226 has a milled stainless slide; like that of the P229.
However, there are numerous 9m/m P226's all over the map with stamped
sheet metal slides. I've owned several SIG's over the years that had the
stamped sheet metal slides; and I'm happy to report I have not had any
problems with them. I also briefly owned a NIB .40 caliber P229, that I
ended up selling 'bout as quick as I got it; simply cuz I'm not a .40 S&W
fan. From past experiences give me the .45 caliber P220A (or the 9m/m
Parabellum in the P228) any day of the week; and I will show you one
remarkable performance.

March 20, 2005, 06:22 PM
only difference I can think of is size. controls and reliability are exactly the same. I actually find the 229 to fit my hand better than the 226, so just get whichever one fits you best (my current favorite is the 225).

I own several blued sigs and a couple two toned ones. I haven't noticed any corrosion on any of them, but holster wear is much more evident on the blued slides.


March 20, 2005, 06:29 PM
I wanted to ask you guys if there is a difference between the 226 and 229 beside its size. Or should I keep searching for a 226.

My good friend Ala Dan has given you some excellent advice. I will merely add that you should hold it in your own hand and see how it feels. And then get it.

One warning however:

Once you own one Sig, you will want another. :D

March 20, 2005, 07:10 PM
in addition to the info above, if you can find a P228, try that before getting P229. Many have said 228 is a better compact version of 226, while 229 is more of a compromise.

And yes, you can never have just one Sig, this is what happens even after I got the Walther and HK.

March 20, 2005, 07:30 PM
I trust that you are you considering adding the Sig and keeping your Walther? I have both the Walther P99 and the Sig 226 Sport. Both are equally reliable with factory ammo and reloads. The Walther P99 has the added advantage of customizing the grip to your hand. I would not be without my Walther P99 and the Smith & Wesson 99 (I own both).

March 20, 2005, 08:03 PM
The P229 will be a bit shorter in both slide and grip than the P226...the grip circumference will be essentially the same. I have both, and that slight difference in grip length makes it much more ergonomically agreeable in my hand...the shorter slide, too, seems to offer a better balance. The two-tone finish -- which has a nickel finish on the slide (and matching controls) -- will be a bit more durable of a finish than the standard (black) Nitron...or so I've heard. Both of mine are two-tone, and I've had no corrosion/rust/wear/etc. problems.

March 20, 2005, 08:09 PM
One thing I want to add, and I can't stress enough about guns, is that get what you want! If you compromise and settle, you will not be happy with it until you get what you want. So be sure to figure out what features of the P226 that you like, and see if it's present in a P229 or other guns, if not, then you should set your aim for P226 and no lower.

Now the Walther P99 is a very gun in its own regard, and you should enjoy it happily and not feel like you settled for it.

guy sajer
March 20, 2005, 08:10 PM
As long as Sig is the topic , I'd take a serious look at the Factory Inspected/Certified guns that are flooding the market . Many are close to new condition and most are under $500 . Some depending on model are under $400 . If you look at several , you'll also luck into one with night sights for the same price . They carry a factory 1 year warranty as well :)

They are a bargain for anyone contemplating a Sig .

March 21, 2005, 10:10 AM

I gotta tell you. You and my friends have being pounding me with that theory 'don't compromise with 'A' just cuz you can't find 'B'.
Maybe that's why I am not so thrilled with my P99; it was not my first choice to buy but like a backup choice. I got to admit it is a nice gun, but somehow I didn't feel any happy smiles buying it and cleaning it.

And now the 229, it is shorter than the one I want. But I guess I could settle for that since it has the same looks, only thing I worry is accuracy , corrosion and comfort on carrying.

March 21, 2005, 10:16 AM
a 229 is not a 'settle'... i have one, and am very happy w/ it. accuracy is outstanding - every bit as good as my 1911's, and better than everything else (except the scoped 480).

it doesn't matter if you opt 226 or 229... because once you have one or the other, you can just start the countdown for when you will get the one you left behind.

March 21, 2005, 10:17 AM
Mitch wrote:

"I'd take a serious look at the Factory Inspected/Certified guns that are flooding the market . Many are close to new condition and most are under $500 . Some depending on model are under $400 ."

Are these the Sigs in the CDNN catalog or are they availible elsewhere and if so where? Thanks.

Marko Kloos
March 21, 2005, 11:06 AM
The P229 is a "best in class" handgun, IMHO. I use a P229 in .357SIG as my carry gun, and it is accurate as a laser beam. It is a first-rate handgun in every respect.

You ought to be able to get a "certified pre-owned" P229 for $500-550 from your local dealer...they get them from distributors like AcuSport. My P229 was literally brand new, with factory night sights, and cost me $525 plus tax and TICS.

March 21, 2005, 01:08 PM
For heavens' sake, people, shoot one or at least fondle one in a friendly gun store before buying something as subjectively personal as a pistol! ;)

And if, for some unexplainable reason, your Sig does not meet your expectations, I run a Sig-rescue service and will gladly take the unwanted item off your troubled hands. No questions asked, no blame or shame assigned. Heck, I won't even charge you for the service!

March 21, 2005, 01:14 PM
I own a large number of pistols and revolvers. They are all in the safe except for a Sig 229 in 9mm. It is a most impressive gun! I have put over 4k rounds thru it and have never had a problem of any kind.

March 21, 2005, 02:53 PM
I have the 229 in .40S&W and love it. One of the most comfortable guns to shoot that I have found. It fit my hand much better than the 226 but to each his (or her) own.

March 21, 2005, 04:05 PM
Well, I've always wanted a Sig, so I just ordered a used P228 from CDNN. I paid $369, plus I bought a new factory mag to go along with the three promags they include. Hope its in the excellent condition the guy said it was. For that price, I figure I can't go wrong. I'll report back on my impressions and shooting experience with the 228 soon.

March 21, 2005, 04:57 PM
I wear a 229 in 9mm every day now. It beat out the Glock 19 shortly after it came home with me.

I can shoot this thing faster and more accurately than anything else I have ever used, including a variety of 1911's.

I feed this thing with nickle plated Mec-Gar 15 round mags.

If you want the 226 instead, go for it. It is simply a slightly larger version of the 229.

March 22, 2005, 12:02 AM
I haven't found a handgun I like more than the 229 in .357sig.

March 22, 2005, 04:31 PM
I continue to be impressed by my P229 in .40, which I've had for about 4 years. The gun is absolutely reliable, fits my hand very well, and is more accurate for me than just about anything else I have. I also have a P226 in 9mm which is a fine gun, but not nearly as concealable as the P229.

March 22, 2005, 04:40 PM
I've had my P229 (in DA/SA) for about two weeks now and I couldn't be more impressed. This thing is built like a tank (you've gotta like the once piece solid steel slide) and functions beautifully.

I've got both the .40 S&W and the .357 SIG barrels for it and have not had a single burp during the 500+ rounds I've already run through this thing.

The Nitron finish and Siglites were definitely worth the extra scratch, as this has already become my preferred CCW pistol.

Me so happy, me love it long time! :D

March 23, 2005, 05:08 PM
P229 in 357Sig= the ultimate sidearm. :p

March 23, 2005, 05:36 PM
To answer your question...

Love it, Love it, Love it! My SIG 229 (.357SIG) is easily the finest handgun I've ever owned. Expensive to feed, but worth every penny.

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