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Sig P228 and Sig P229

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by valor1, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. valor1

    valor1 Well-Known Member

    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
  2. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    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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  3. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    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
  7. LancerMW

    LancerMW Well-Known Member

    I have had both, both where great personally i liked the 228 more
  8. valor1

    valor1 Well-Known Member

    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?
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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
  10. valor1

    valor1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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
  12. RonAMOK

    RonAMOK Active Member

    Had both still have the 229. I preferred it’s balance.
  13. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    As to durability.........

    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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