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Shot my first SIG. I'm in love.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by blackbok, Sep 23, 2006.

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  1. blackbok

    blackbok Member

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    Shot my first SIG at the range last night. I was horrified at how much I loved it (my wallet was). I went to shoot my XD-9 and my HK USP 9, and decided to rent the SIG for fun. I was so accurate with that gun, I couldn't beleive it. It was effortless. I am unfamilliar with SIG, so bear with me. I was shooting a P228(?) the short barrel. I later tried the P226(?) non compact. That one blew. It was just a beaten gun. Double fed once, and shot super high. I went back to the short barrel and ruled. The only thing I did not like was the slide consistently did not lock on the last round. Thought it might be thumb placement on the decocker while shooting. Any remedy in different models?

    Anyhow, anyone help me out with which one was the short barrel (226,228?). I went to SIG's site, and there are so many variations on these, I would be lost on what to get.

    Anyone want to trade theirs for my stainless XD? :D
     
  2. SigfanUSAF

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    Short barrel could be a P228 or a P229. The 228 is 9mm only, and has the same slide contours as the 226. The 229 is available in 9mm, .40s&w, and .357 sig, and has slightly different contours at the rear of the slide. Slide lock problem, I ran into that on my first 220. It happened most of the time with either mag I had, so I figured that wasn't the problem. I stripped and inspected it, only to find the mag spring wear was excessive and the follower tabs were bent. Minor repairs to fix.
     
  3. JaxNovice

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    I walked into the gun store this past tuesday and held a Sig p228 for the first time. Didnt even fire it just dry fired and held it. Got it on the spot and in my limited experience think it the finest handgun for me out there. Accurate and a great trigger pull. The only drawback is that I have developed an issue with OCD and clean it constantly since I love it so much.
     
  4. rection47

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    I never was a fan of how the Sig looked...seems to like flashy and big, but thats just me, havent had the chance to fire one.
     
  5. gnote

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    I wasn't either but it does grow on you if you are not careful. Bought a Sig b/c of the trigger. The more I shot it, the more I began appreciating the way it looked.

    I didn't think it looked flashy at first, I justthought it was ugly. Not anymore...
     
  6. P95Carry

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    Ahhh - SIG's :)

    I have and carry 226 ST 9mm but also have the 228 - and use that for IDPA mainly - which makes for good practice as it is same manual of arms as carry piece.

    If I want to go up to .45acp then the 220 can take over. All three I regard as superb reliable guns and accurate too. I have CT's on them all.

    The 226 of course can also be had in .357 SIG and .40 flavor.


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  7. SigfanUSAF

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    P95, I just want you to know, I'll be dreaming about those three beauties tonight:rolleyes: Very, very nice!
     
  8. SiG Lady

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    Ah, my Sigs...

    In a way, I regret not having my Sigs any longer (P-229/.40S&W, P-239/9mm) but the grip on the P239 was too short and the long trigger throw on both of them drove me absolutely nutz. The Sig is a handsome gun, low profile and makes a great duty gun. Very reliable and comfy to shoot. The frames are alloy, though, and I prefer a bit more weight than that.

    I ended up repeatedly preferring a 1911 and so went in that direction. But now you know, however, where my username originally came from. I still get chills when I see photos of Sigs. They're nice guns. (Except for the trigger).
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  9. P95Carry

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    SigFan - as long as you don't lose sleep ;)

    SIG lady - I do know and appreciate the std trigger is not for everyone - tho some folks like to get the short stroke trigger mod done by SIG. I do find (and have found) that practice makes all the difference.

    I am now when shooting IDPA getting almost same hit from first DA shot as subsequent and am barely aware of difference now. In early days my first shots were more wild and often high.

    As I said tho - these triggers not for everyone, necessarily.
     
  10. SiG Lady

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    Looking to the future... heh-heh...

    Betcha anything I end up with another Sig in the collection someday--just because I like them. Would be strictly a luxury, but I did appreciate them immensely and love makes you do strange, expensive things. :D
     
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    Don't fight it! :)

    I have SIG fever too.....my preference in defensive handguns.
     
  12. SiG Lady

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    The question will be, then--WHICH Sig...? :-D

    The Sig has a profound quality that's hard to put down. We'll see how the budget is at the end of 2007... gotta buy a whole new digital camera for the business AND rebuild the computer from scratch. Bucks. Lots of them. And after just buying two new 1911s, well, I'm watching the nickels and dimes. :D
     

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    blackbok. The title of your post was "Shot my first SIG. I'm in love." If you were really bitten/smitten by the SIG bug you'd have said, "I'm in lust."

    (P220 .45, P226 .357Sig, P226 9mm, P229 .40, P232 .380)(And somewhere a misplaced .357sig barrel for the P229 :( )
     
  14. DogBonz

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    I know what you mean

    The first time that I fired the 229 I fell in love. I like the 229 better than the 228 because I think that machined slides are better that stamped. I know that most people like the 228 better, but that's my story, and i'm sticking to it:D
     
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    You (and your wallet) don't want to know how sweet my new 226 Navy model is.
    Don't ever fire one.
     
  16. gc70

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    Sigs are addictive.

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  17. Skywarp

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    Poor thing,now your mind will be consumed by Siggy goodness.
     
  18. Ala Dan

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    Greeting's All-

    I own two, both of which are West German made and assembled; a .45
    caliber P220A, and the 9m/m P228. Had a beautiful two-tone P226 that
    was made in Germany, and a .40 caliber SIGARMS P229. Both of those,
    are now gone; l didn't care for the European grip angle of the P226; and
    the P229 proved to be top heavy, with its stainless steel slide.

    Both, the P220A and the P228 had been retired from service at this present
    time; but they are not for sale or trade. Since retirement, I have gone back
    to the 1911 .45 ACP as a carry piece.
     
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    I bet that is it, just be mindful of that next time you shoot and make sure that is the problem, and if you catch it early enough you can stop before it becomes muscle memory, and becomes a habbit!

    oh my god!!!!!!! someone help this man save his soul!

    I am glad that you enjoyed your sig shooting experience and wish you the best of luck in the search for the "mystery: sig that you did so well with. happy shooting!
     
  20. Danny Creasy

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    I bought a P-226 back in the late 90s. My local club and shooting buddies were just beginning to convert over to IDPA from IPSC. I bought a Ted Blocker concealment rig for the big pistol and started shooting the local IDPA matches (North Alabama/Tennessee/Mississippi). Actually won my class some (until the good shooters all switched over from IPSC and started getting their game on). I shot in my first IDPA Nationals with the 226 (did well for me - finished the match - did not shoot any good guys - no malfunctions - learned alot - first time I ever saw any big time shooters). Several thousand rounds - all kinds of angles - handloads - factory ammo - fmjs - jhps. The gun only malfunctioned once and that was because I loaded a Pachmayer aftermarket magazine wrong at an indoor match in Huntsville (it would take a paragraph to explain that one - bad memory - uggh). But, it does ride high above the hand when shooting and that makes it have an almost revolver like recoil arc. I could always shoot better with a 1911 style pistol.
     
  21. Tom Servo

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    I shot a Sig once. My friends pressured me to do it. Once I did, I was hooked. Now look what's happened:

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    Don't let this happen to you. Get professional help. Think of the children!

    (These pictures don't show the beater P220 w/~30,00 rounds or the P239 I recently traded off)
     
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    Sigs are addictive. I've bought 2 this year, 226R and 225. Both were used and in great condition.
     
  23. Navy87Guy

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    That was the primary reason I got rid of my P228 -- it was nearly impossible for me to keep my thumb off the slide release. If you use a "thumbs forward" grip, and your hands are of decent size, then the lever is in exactly the wrong place.

    The P228 has been discontinued -- you can still find them around but Sig isn't producing them anymore and they aren't listed on the web site. The P229 is very similiar, with a forged instead of stamped slide. Size, weight and ergonomics are all pretty similar.

    The only way around the controls issue is to move up to the P226, which is the full-sized version. Sounds like the one you tried was abused...normally Sigs are pretty reliable. I'd look around and see if you can find another one to try to get an honest comparison.

    Jim
     
  24. Wesker

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    Yea, I would trade my HK for this SIG here. Those wood grips make it look so classy.
     

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    Since everyone else is sharing pics of their SIG's.One of these years I'll get one of the 226's refinished but they've both earned their wear and tear and still shoot up a storm.

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