Got my fist Sig today


April 5, 2003, 07:59 PM
Just happened to be in the area of my favorite gunshop today and thought I'd stop in to see what was new and pick up some ammo. Just browsing you know...
There it was, mocking me, (pick me up, see how I feel, take me home). Well, I did, and ended up bringing home a new Sig P228 for only $543.95+tax. Could you pass up a deal like that? I couldn't. It's going to snow tonight and tomorrow, so I won't get a chance to shoot it until next weekend. In the meantime I'll clean and fondle.:)

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April 5, 2003, 08:49 PM
Congrats and great deal on that P228.
The 228 is a great compact double-stack, great for hi-capacity CCW. You'll find that after some shooting and dryfire, that trigger will get even sweeter. What lineage is yours? Is it all German with proofmarks or US assembled?

Enjoy that fine piece!

April 5, 2003, 10:32 PM
Congratulations. Now go visit and read up on it.

Ala Dan
April 6, 2003, 12:04 AM
is one fine handgun! I have a 1990 production P228
that was made and assembled in West Germany;
complete with high capacity preban magazines.
Congrat's and thanks for your purchase of a SIG-
Sauer firearm; with a little TLC it should last you
a lifetime+!:uhoh: Enjoy-

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. LIfe Member

April 6, 2003, 12:16 AM
Congratulations! Now you just need to snag some factory high caps for it..:)

April 6, 2003, 12:23 AM
Congrats, bigmtnman! I, too, recently picked up my first SIG, a lightly-used P239 in .40. I'm heading to the range myself within the next few days and I'm sure I'll be very impressed with this pistol!

Happy shooting, sir! :)

April 6, 2003, 12:42 AM
Yeah, yeah, Ala Dan beat me to it this time.....ditto.

April 6, 2003, 12:56 AM
agony ( and all)

I can only 'assume' that my new 228 must be US assembled since I don't see any German proof marks on it anywhere. Sure is sweet and easy to field strip. I was surprised at being able to lock back the slide in order to move the takedown lever to remove/replace the slide. Sweet! I wish other manufacturers did this. Nice not having to hold the slide in position as you align dots or lines. I'm impressed.

By the way, how can I tell the date of manufacture on a Sig?

April 6, 2003, 03:06 AM
It's difficult to date a US assembled 228. THe best way is to call SIGARMS. An approximate way might be to remove the grips and look at the 'date clock' on the insides of the panels. It'll tell you at least when the grips were made.

If it were a German model, you can easily date it by the two-letter proof mark on the bottom of the muzzle-end of the slide.

Check out this site for a good primer and some FAQs; Chris Swimm's SIG page (

Then come over to SIGforum ( for some SIGtalk.


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