sig p229 vs p226


September 26, 2011, 03:56 PM
Hello all i am finally ready to purchase my first sig pistol. i have had a great deal of time to shoot and handle both at my local gunshop and i am leaning towards the p226/p229 in 9mm or 40. S&W and had a few questions. is the accuracy that much of a difference between the two if im leaning towards the p229 (it is a bit more comfortable and i do like the look of it over the longer p226). and how is the reliability in the new models. any help or even better yet pictures would be great. one more thing i do plan to carry whichever gun i get as a fall/winter carry once in a while when im not carrying my glock 17.

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September 26, 2011, 10:22 PM
No difference in accuracy between them. Go for the P229 if that is what you already like. I would go with 40S&W.

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September 27, 2011, 01:08 AM
If you are carrying a GLock 17, then perhaps you might look at the Glock 19. It is a smaller Glock that can use the same magazines as the 17.

As far as Sigs so, I had a P228, P229R, and a P226R at one point. All of them were 9mm guns and I loved shooting them. The P226R is a big gun to carry and rather heavy. If I was looking for a carry gun, then I would get the P229 or try to find a P228 if possible.

September 27, 2011, 01:20 AM
I own a 226 in 9mm. I have carried it, but I agree it's a little on the big side. I like the 229 in .40 and plan to get one some time soon.

September 27, 2011, 01:51 AM
The P226 is a fine duty pistol but, as has been mentioned, is a bit on the heavy side for CCW. Which ever you choose, you'll be getting an awfully fine handgun.

September 27, 2011, 01:55 AM
I would stick with the P229 in 9mm preferably. I have a 228 (9mm) and love it. You really don't loose too much velocity and have the same practical accuracy in a package that is easier to carry and (IMHO) balances better. If you do end up going with the 9mm, MecGar has some 15round mags that are flush with the bottom of the 228/229.

September 27, 2011, 09:27 AM
Ive owned and carried both. They really arent very different size wise, but they definitely have a different "feel" in your hand. If you can, Id suggest spending some time with both, and see which one feels the best.

For me, the P226 feels the best in my hand, seems more svelte, while the P229s grip is slightly fatter, and the whole gun feels "chubbier". I never really noticed any difference in how they shot, and both shot well.

I never found either gun to be "big" or "heavy", but Ive always carried full sized handguns, so maybe its a matter of perspective. The P226 is basically a Colt Commander sized gun, and the P229 just slightly smaller (in some respects).

September 27, 2011, 09:02 PM
how is the quality control on the new sigs. ive heard some mixed things about them.

Jim Watson
September 27, 2011, 09:09 PM
A friend had a P229 .40. Neither one of us could hit squat with it.
He traded and is much happier with a P220 .45.
I prefer my P226 9mm.

chris in va
September 27, 2011, 11:29 PM
Friend of mine bought a stainless 229 a few years ago. It had horrible FTE issues for a while, and Sig CS suggested he get back to them after 300 or so rounds. It finally settled in and shot great.

It's got to be one of the softest shooting 9mm I've tried. That slide is quite heavy.

September 28, 2011, 07:17 AM
how is the quality control on the new sigs. ive heard some mixed things about them.
Quality at Sig is fine and if a gun gets through with any issues they will fix it. I have several Sigs (old and new) and have had only 1 issue that required the gun to go back - a broken firing pin retention pin. It passed inspection and test fire but was installed improperly and broke. That gun hasn't had so much as a hiccup since.

They've even replaced the TFO sight on my SCT models for free when it was definitly caused by the 1000s of rounds through each gun.

Don't listen to everything you hear on the intraweb... there are threads here on quality and some on another forum that debate the subject to death, I respectfully disagree that quality is bad based on my personal experience with using Sigs.

September 28, 2011, 08:03 AM
I have a P229 in .40 that is a Certified Pre Owned (CPO) which I feel has some advantage over buying new. The first advantage is that they are gone over by somebody at sig, tested and have parts replaced, finishes fixed, etc so they probably spend more time being inspected than a new production gun. The other advantage is that they are considerably less expensive than new and come with (usually) 2 mags.

I like the 229 over the 226, unless you can find an EG 226 in excellent shape. On the 229 I would go with .40 or 357 Sig. For around $200 I bought a 357 Sig barrel for my .40 and since the mags for bough rounds are the same I can shoot both. You can also add a .22 conversion kit (I have one and I like it...though they are kind of over priced). You can also buy a 9mm conversion barrel and a 9mm mag and practice with 9mm. So you end up with 1 gun that fires 4 different rounds.

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