Got a Sig p229!


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atrain08
December 15, 2008, 11:07 PM
Well after everyone talked me into keeping my 1911, someone offered me a p229 in .40 S&W, and I bought it! I was already thinking about buying a p220 or a p226 but when I had a p229 sitting in front of me for a decent price with ammo I just couldn't resist. So far I really like it, I have not shot it yet but I have taken it apart many times and handled it a lot getting familiar with it. The quality is top notch and the coiled recoil spring is a nice touch. The only that I don't like is that I have to change my grip to reach the decocker. You all have any suggestions for the gun? I'm thinking about trying it in IDPA for fun, do you all think it will do alright if I do my part? I know its not idea but its probably the best suited pistol I have for it. Looking forward to the suggestions :cool:

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buenhec
December 16, 2008, 01:55 AM
Nice buy. I loved mine and still kick myself for selling it.

Agent-J
December 16, 2008, 02:03 AM
I bought a 229 recently as well (a week ago), but I've still got a few more weeks before I get the paperwork so i can pick it up. :(

AR
December 16, 2008, 02:22 AM
I was looking into getting an IDPA gun and was recommended a 229 Elite by a current competitor... I love mine (haven't started IDPA yet...).

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 02:44 AM
What's different about the p229 elite? The only thing I can see is the wood grips and beaver tail. The only real complaint I've heard about the p229 is the trigger reset. I'm not a double action trigger expert but it seems fine just playing with it, and the single action trigger is great.

fingerbanger
December 16, 2008, 02:55 AM
The elite has the short reset trigger also.

owlhoot
December 16, 2008, 05:17 AM
I carried one for many years as a duty weapon. First class gun. Good choice.

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 12:56 PM
What kind of accuracy can I expect out of it? I know it will only do as good as the person shooting it but I'm not really sure what to expect with the shorter barrel compared to my 1911.

nwilliams
December 16, 2008, 01:42 PM
Congrats!

I love my 229, it's been my designated ccw for a long time now.

Enjoy!

ashtxsniper
December 16, 2008, 01:59 PM
The Sig 229's are very accurate. I have one in 357 sig/40 S&W. I can consistently hit a soda can at 35 yards with mine.

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 02:01 PM
The Sig 229's are very accurate. I have one in 357 sig/40 S&W. I can consistently hit a soda can at 35 yards with mine.

Which caliber shoots better for you, 357 sig or .40 S&W? I might buy a .357 sig barrel down the line and try them out.

Edit: never mind, I just looked at the price of 357 sig ammo. I WON'T be using any :eek:

zignal_zero
December 16, 2008, 03:41 PM
i'm guessin he has better luck with the .357Sig. it has flatter trajectory than .40

good buy on the Sig, if it's anything like the P228, you'll be very happy :-)

AK103K
December 16, 2008, 05:48 PM
I have a couple of P229's in 357SIG. I also have a spare .40 barrel. If you buy in bulk, 357SIG costs the same as the .40. While the .40 is accurate, I find I shoot the 357SIG better. Either way, you cant go wrong.

I usually decock mine using the thumb on my left hand. It sits just forward of it when I shoot, and the decocker is easily and naturally reached and used.

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 07:10 PM
I never thought about using my left thumb for the take de-cocker. I just tried that and it works pretty well, just feels strange. Is your all's take down lever flat or does it have a bump or ridge on it? Mine is completely flat.

AK103K
December 16, 2008, 07:14 PM
Mine have a small, smooth ridge or bump at the bottom with some serrations above it.

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 07:38 PM
Sig must have used two different take down levers then. I'm going to try to buy the one bump on it, I just like it better.

AK103K
December 16, 2008, 07:49 PM
Try here....

http://www.topgunsupply.com/parts-sig-sauer_parts-takedown-levers/

crebralfix
December 16, 2008, 08:02 PM
Why does it matter? You have a second hand; use it instead of compromising your grip.

Using the decocker is an administrative function. It is not a gun fight function. Therefore, it is secondary to the first consideration.

Accuracy is awesome. It's a real tack driver in 40; the 357 SIG barrel is capable of REALLY small groups.

atrain08
December 16, 2008, 08:22 PM
Why does it matter? You have a second hand; use it instead of compromising your grip.

It doesn't matter. Just a preference thing. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the sig so far.

J.R.W.
December 16, 2008, 09:53 PM
I bought a CPO unit with the DAK trigger and both .40 and .357Sig barrels. Go buy yourself some Hogue grips and you'll really fall in love with it.

threefeathers
December 17, 2008, 12:38 AM
Welcome to one of the best groups of gun owners, Sigophiles. :)

crebralfix
December 17, 2008, 12:56 PM
Quote:
Why does it matter? You have a second hand; use it instead of compromising your grip.
It doesn't matter. Just a preference thing. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the sig so far.

Sounds like the only modification you need to make is to buy more ammo :)

atrain08
December 17, 2008, 02:42 PM
I have 5 boxes waiting to go to the range with me :D Looks like this weekend.

skwab
December 17, 2008, 03:57 PM
Got a 229 elite a couple of mos ago - love it - by far the best .40 I've ever shot.

Lonestar49
December 17, 2008, 04:33 PM
What kind of accuracy can I expect out of it? I know it will only do as good as the person shooting it but I'm not really sure what to expect with the shorter barrel compared to my 1911.



Very fast acquisition and accuracy if, IMHO, you get some combat, 2-dot sights, (-= -) >> as between the 3 of my P229's, the 40cal with them is my main gun, and with those 2 simple white dots, she's dead-on accurate when they align, fast, naturally.

The other 2 P229's have 3-dot, (= -) >> night sights, and even though they're good, they can't compare with the 1-dot combat sights IMO.

All my ammo is 180gr btw, least amount of recoil with them, and they continue to amaze me with how soft shooters they are, with the fast, return-balance, on target, of these guns..

Also, with that one, I put in a Wolff 17lb main spring, making the DA sweet, along with a easy, clean, SA pull.. 1400 flawless rounds with it, thus far, no light strikes.


Ls


Ps.. on the "change of grip to decock the gun".. with practice, DA pull, decock, DA pull, decock, full mag or more, per range visit, you'll quickly find the sweet spot and be able to do it, in the blind, without loss of your 2-hand grip..

atrain08
December 18, 2008, 02:58 AM
Here's a picture, I had a couple minutes so I did some editing :D
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff177/mx400/My%20guns/mysig.jpg

Kind of Blued
December 18, 2008, 05:47 AM
As far as the decocker goes, who cares if you have to adjust to reach it? Just leave it alone until you're 100% sure that you're done shooting.

It's not like you'll ever need to do an "emergency speed decock" in a gunfight... :scrutiny:

ashtxsniper
December 18, 2008, 11:16 AM
I have both barrely 226 and my 229. Both of them shoot better groups in 357 sig.

atrain08
December 27, 2008, 07:50 PM
I finally got to shoot the Sig today. I LOVE this gun! I can't get over how accurate it is. I fired about 100 rounds of Winchester flat point .40 ammo through it today with 0 malfunctions. I am very pleased. I will post a picture of my target tonight. It was about 35* F and windy so I'm sure that didn't help(I couldn't feel the trigger after a while). I did however have one problem with the gun; the slide did not always lock back when empty. I think the plastic piece inside the magazine might stick down a little sometimes therefor not activating the slide catch. I'm going to take it apart and clean it out and hopefully that will fix it. A friend of mine had this problem on a p250, so I'm wondering if this is a Sig issue? He tried several different magazines in his, and it still would not lock back all the time so he traded it in for a H&K. Any info on the lock back issue would be appreciated. I'll take this to the Sig forums as well.

AK103K
December 27, 2008, 08:37 PM
The slide not locking back is common with people not accustomed to shooting SIG's, but especially with 1911 shooters accustomed to shooting with a "high thumb". 99.9% chance its your thumb hitting the slide stop and not the gun malfunctioning.

If your using a thumbs forward type grip, you need to move your right thumb a little more over and down on your left knuckle. That should solve the problem.

atrain08
December 27, 2008, 08:45 PM
I think you are correct. I didn't even think about my thumb hitting the slide release lever. When shooting my 1911 my thumb rides on top of the safety which just happens to be about where the slide release lever is on this Sig. I'll make sure my thumb is not on the lever next time I go shoot. Thanks for pointing that out.

atrain08
December 27, 2008, 11:13 PM
Here is a the target, I had quite a few fliers and they were my fault, I'll blame it on the cold. :cool: I shot about 100 rounds of Winchester flat tip ammo. I love the gun even though it doesn't feel as good as a 1911 in the hand. It sure does shoots nice.
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff177/mx400/My%20guns/IMG_1442.jpg?t=1230433870

AK103K
December 28, 2008, 12:39 AM
Just keep shooting the SIG, the 1911 will soon become a safe queen. :)

atrain08
December 28, 2008, 12:44 AM
The 1911 is going bye bye. I'm going to upgrade to a better 1911, probably the Sig 1911.

AK103K
December 28, 2008, 09:45 AM
The only true 1911 has a Prancing Pony on it. :)

atrain08
December 28, 2008, 03:04 PM
I'll definitely consider a Colt Gold Cup but I looked at the Sig GSR 1911 and I was impressed.

mccliver
January 1, 2009, 10:30 PM
I purchased 3 guns in 2 months. The Springfield XDm 40, S&W M&P 45, and the SIG229R 9m respectively. Since purchasing the sig, I never looked back to the other two. The SIG is getting all the range time. .I LOVE THIS GUN…

atrain08
January 2, 2009, 01:01 AM
Okay, after shooting it a couple times I can see why people complain about the long trigger reset, but its not that big of a deal. I'll probably leave this gun as it is and go buy another Sig and trick it out. I do, however, shoot this gun far better than any other handgun I own.

Rodentman
January 2, 2009, 07:33 PM
I just bought a CPO 229 today in .357 and I got 50% off the .40 barrel. I ran a box of .357 thru it and I am impressed with the accuracy. Made even me look good!

The CPO looks perfect and was about $400 cheaper. So someone broke it in and ate the depreciation. I love it!

atrain08
January 2, 2009, 07:53 PM
Yeah, the CPO's are a great deal. I bought mine from a individual, it was not new but had not been shot. I got a good deal with a lot of ammo. I need another magazine or two as well.

Rodentman
January 2, 2009, 09:20 PM
Not thinking I guess-not realizing it came with 2 mags I bought another. So now I have 3. Ah, the more the better. Now to stock up on .357

I am very happy. I almost bought an FN 57 but I just couldn't part with $1K for it.

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