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quick Sig P229 question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MIgunguy, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. MIgunguy

    MIgunguy Member

    Aug 17, 2008
    I'm looking at buying a Sig, stainless steel for corrosion resistance, P299 for its size (CCW). Do ALL P229's by definition have a stainless steel slide? The black ones aren't carbon steel, they just have that Sig black finish (forget what it's called right now)? I had a P220 many moons ago and it rusted suprisingly easily. I read that the P299 always had a stainless slide to handle the heavier recoil of the .40 and .357Sig that the stamped (I think) slide of other Sigs of that compact size couldn't handle. True?:confused:
  2. Marcus L.

    Marcus L. Member

    Sep 20, 2008
    The P229 was released to the US market in 1992 and it came with a stainless machined slide. Sig originally tried to adapt the P228 to fire the .40S&W but it just wasn't going to happen. The .40S&W needed the strength of a machined slide, and the P228 conversions were breaking the carbon stamped slides. So, Sig designed the P229 from the ground up to handle the .40S&W which required a machined slide, a beefed up frame, a thicker slide, a solid guide rod, a stronger recoil spring, a more robust external extractor design, and of course beefier internals. So, the P229 has always had a stainless machined slide and the black ones simply have a nitron finish over the top of them.
  3. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Senior Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    So. Calif.
    +1 for above post


    9mm a/o 40cal P229's

    You'll have 4 choices, depending on caliber:

    Non-railed (*used, or if you're lucky, find one still *NIB)

    Railed version, *Aluminum frame ^

    SS model (all stainless steel) heavier but, technically, it is a lifetime shooter.. but the *aluminum frames will go a loooooooooooong ways, if you take care of them and little use of any +P or +P+ ammo (JHP's) at a minimum, for HD/SD loads only, if desired.

    Elite model (with beaver tail) SS model only IIRC..

    Can't say enough good things about my P229's, both 9mm and 40cal

    My favorite is my non-railed P229/40 with 2-dot combat sights, without doubt.


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