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Differences in Sig P226 and P229

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by usmarine0352_2005, Dec 15, 2008.

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  1. usmarine0352_2005

    usmarine0352_2005 Member

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    Just had our fitting for the police academy.


    My friend is looking to get a Sig P229 or P226, does anyone know the differences in these guns?


    I thought barrel length was one.


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    Barrel and grip length are slightly less in the P229 than the P226, and with the slightly shortened grip of the P229 comes a reduction in magazine capacity.
     
  3. usmarine0352_2005

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    So, the grip is just shorter in length, not smaller in circumference?


    My friend has big hands.


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    Yes - shorter.
     
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    Thanks for your help guys.
     
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    Mag capacity between 226 and 229 is the same at 12 rounds of .40. The difference is only in 9mm. In 9mm the 229 standard mag holds 2 less rounds.

    The 229 grip is a hair larger in diameter than the 226. I think it is simply a matter of a variation in the molding of the plastic grips.

    The 226 has a longer barrel and grip. The 229's finger extension on the mag lengthens the grip to almost the identical length of the 226 (which doesn't have finger extensions on its mags). So, IMHO, the only difference in both guns when loaded is the difference in barrel length.

    IMHO these models with DAK triggers rock!
     
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    Also the older 229s and some of the new variants have a smooth, rounded edge at the front bottom edge of the trigger guard, whereas the newer ones have the 226 style. I personally think the new style looks better even though I never use the trigger guard to assist in the grip.
     
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    True, but only with the factory mags; the P226 mags are steel-bottomed and flush and the P229 mags are plastic-bottomed and extended.

    Exactly so.

    I am using the MecGar 13rd 'flush fit' mags in my P226 in 40S&W, and am debating the 15rd extended mags. The extended mags add about 3/8" more length to the grip length.
     
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    If you're going to put a light on the pistol the Safariland 6360 is the best holster you can buy, but it's only made for the P226 at this time.

    I don't like the half size slide serrations on the P229.
     
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    The P229 is slightly wider in the slide than the P226. Sig added more mass to the slide to reduce the slide velocity of the .40S&W and they did it right along the slide rails which gives it a larger external dimension and the half slide serrations. I haven't really found it to be a problem and I've used the P228, P229, and the P220 for duty use. Also, the grip on the P229 is slighly wider to accomidate the .40S&W frame abuse. The most durable Sigs are the 9mm models. If you want one in .40S&W or .357sig, go with the P229 in which the design circa 1991 was designed from the ground up for the .40S&W. The DHS testing of 2002 determined that the P229 was the most durable .40S&W Sig as it was the only .40S&W/.357sig model to pass. The P226 .40S&W has slightly more slide mass than the P226 9mm, but it has identical external slide dimensions to share a common holster which results in a reduction in durability. The same applies to the P220 .45acp which was originally a 9mm pistol, and still retains the same external dimensions of its P220 9mm parent and will share a common holster with a P226 9mm.
     
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