The SIG P225 is a terrific, single stack 9mm, that can be had used for $400 or less.
The 228 was probably the best 9mm side arm ever invented. You can get used ones for $550 on up. This model has a wonderful balance and feel to it, along with a hi capacity magazine.
To that, the 229 added different calibers, the new E2 grip and a picatinny rail.
If one of those models would not serve your needs, you probably are looking for a Glock or a 1911.
Not sure what your issue or issues might be. If cost, then find a good used 228. If you are looking to cover more than the best all around gun, buy a good 229, then save money for a dedicated compact or subcompact gun for carry and/or a 1911 in .45acp. Either way....get a very good SIG first.
Hope this helps
June 13, 2013, 05:30 PM
Within the SIG family there is the SP2022 in addition to the others already mentioned. The 2022 is very similar in size but weighs a little less because it's polymer framed. There is also the Stoeger/Beretta Cougar which is similar in size and weight.
If you're interested in polymer-framed pistols, look at the Walther P99AS.
It's a similar size to the P229, but much lighter, with a similar soft recoil (at least the 9mm version). The DA/SA (Anti-Stress) trigger is similar in operation, despite the fact that it is striker-fired, and ergonomics are even better than the P229.
June 13, 2013, 06:28 PM
The 229 Elite in Stainless is an amazing variant of the stock 229. It is very very nice.
June 15, 2013, 01:17 AM
While I like my SIG P220, I like my Stoeger Cougar much better than the P229. Its grip configuration is much more comfortable to me (among the best I have felt), and its build seems more "luxurious" to me - with an action and slide that feels like it is two panes of greased glass.
June 15, 2013, 05:01 AM
The 228, SIG has one in current production, the M11-A1.
It's like a 229, except the slide is a bit lighter, and it has better balance.
I have two 228 models, and bought a 229 in .40. I kept it for 2 months and sold it, the balance was all wrong. The larger caliber needed a heavier slide, which ruined the gun's balance.
June 15, 2013, 07:02 AM
Years ago I had a SIG P-226 and loved the design, the ergonomics, and the way it balanced in my hand. I also had a Browning BDA .45 and it could keep up with a Colt Gold Cup in terms of inherent accuracy. I used my brother's P-228 to try out my reloads as that gun would feed absolutely anything I could run through it and not miss a beat. My current nightstand gun is a SIG P-229E2 with a SIG STL-900L laser/light set-up on it.
June 15, 2013, 07:09 AM
In 2000, I stopped carrying my Sig P228 for the CZ-75D PCR. It even fits in the same holster. Love the gun for its accuracy, reliability, and ease of carrying. 14 + 1 capacity.
I love everything about the P229 in 9mm. The grip, angle, weight, recoil, etc.
Are there any other make/models that are similar to the P229?
The firearm that was designed to meet SIG-Sauer head on in sales commonly known as Gen 3 Smith & Wesson pistols. Excellent second hand sample from advanced Gen 3+ series with alloy frame and rail can be found for about $400.
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