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.22 conversion thoughts and suggestions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RockoRichards, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. RockoRichards

    RockoRichards New Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    Hello THR friends,

    I'm looking to draw upon your wisdom and experience in looking for my next buy - a .22 + 9mm centerfire autoloader.

    I'm considering the purchase of either a CZ SP-01 + Kadet Kit (together would be about ~950) or a .22 as a part of Sig's 2-step program (together about ~900). Since the two kits are similarly priced, the difference in cost is negligible. For the Sig, I'm looking at the P229. I'm hoping that this combo be a fun range gun and training tool for friends and family (especially with the .22).

    I know that Advantage Arms also makes a conversion for Glock frames.. however, the AA conversion frames for the G17 and 19 seem to be out of stock everywhere and are apparently on indefinite backorder. I also already have a Springfield XD that I love :).

    Do you have any experience with either the Kadet Kit or the conversion for the Sig P series?

    A few questions:

    I have heard that the Kadet Kit will lock back after the last round (as opposed to the Sig .22 conversion). However, I have also heard that the slide sometimes has trouble locking back when placed on the frame of an SP-01. Anyone with this particular combination?

    I have also read that SP-01s are factory sprung to handle hot ammo and may have trouble reliably cycling common target ammo such as WWB and CCI Blazer. Any truth to that?

    With the Sig 2-step conversion, (where one purchases the frame + .22 conversion slide and sends away for the centerfire slide), I am a bit worried that the centerfire slide may not correctly fit the frame. Is this a legitamate concern, or should I just have faith in Sig?

    Thank you all!


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