Sig P228 and Sig P229


July 22, 2009, 11:45 AM
I believe the P229 replaced the P228. Is there any difference between the two models? Which is better in terms of overall durability, reliability and accuracy? Any inputs? Thanks

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dogtown tom
July 22, 2009, 11:52 AM
228 had a stamped steel slide, 229 has a milled stainless slide.

Many Sig fans believe the 228 balanced better due to it's lighter weight.

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July 22, 2009, 12:50 PM
As noted the p228 is stamped slide, while the p229 is milled. As such the two pistols have a slightly different balance to them. Also the p229 is available in 9mm, .40 and .357 Sig.

July 22, 2009, 01:25 PM
Wasn't the P229 originally designed for .40SW and used the extra weight for recoil control (.357Sig came later)? It was also a USA-specific design.

July 22, 2009, 01:55 PM
Yep - the heavier milled slide was intended to accomodate the .357/.40 caliber. Which makes it a bit overbuilt for 9mm, which is a good thing, IMHO. Well designed, tough pistol.

Ala Dan
July 22, 2009, 03:11 PM
The SIG P228 chambered only for the 9m/m; but as dogtown tom
eluded too; the P228 balances a lot better~! My 1990 P228 is a West
German model. ;) :D

July 22, 2009, 03:28 PM
I have had both, both where great personally i liked the 228 more

July 22, 2009, 11:44 PM
Is it correct to assume that since the P229 is originally designed for the .40, it is way overbuilt for the 9mm? Consequently, it is more durable than the P228 which takes only the 9mm?

July 23, 2009, 12:45 AM
are you asking if it's more durable because of the stainless construction or more durable because the slide is heavier?

the slide of the 9mm 229 is actually lighter than the slide of the .40 or 357 versions

July 23, 2009, 12:53 AM
durable in terms of tenacity or strength. let's say if a slide is weaker, it will digest only 10,000 rounds. If it's stronger, it will take 20,000 rounds.

July 23, 2009, 02:24 AM
it's hard to say as the 9mm doesn't use the same slide as the .40

i understand that the stainless slide is harder on the alloy frame than the fold slide was

July 23, 2009, 02:54 AM
Had both still have the 229. I preferred it’s balance.

dogtown tom
July 23, 2009, 10:59 AM
Whether the slide is stamped steel, cast or milled may not really matter except for cosmetics.

The slide will probaby be the least likely part to fail on an semi automatic pistol. I think after many thousands of rounds you may need to replace springs, extractors and other small parts. That is expected on any well used piece of machinery.

Both the 228 & 229 would be considered "durable" handguns. The 228 is also US military issue as the M11.

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