Sig 229

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  1. bdjansen

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    Hi,

    I just went to the range and shot this gun in 9mm (I've been shopping for my first gun for a while and have been trying a wide range of makes and models lately) and this was my favorite. I don't think ever enjoyed shooting anything more.

    The shop had a used one for sale. Before I go make them an offer monday is there anything I need to know about the 229?

    Any thoughts or advice are welcome.
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    If you found the one that 'sings' to you...don't hesitate! Get before someone else does ;)

    PS...Welcome to THR :D
     
  3. Spiff_P239

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    The P229 is a great pistol. If it fits your hand well and you enjoy shooting it, I'd go for it. My first handgun was a Sig P226 which is just a little larger than the P229. Sigs are an excellent starting point.
     
  4. trueblue1776

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    Warning

    Sigs are extremely high quality, many guns will feel inadequate after you've owned one. :D

    I bought a P229 6 years ago, I haven't had the desire for a new pistol since. Very satisfying!
     
  5. silversport

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    the P229 was built for the .40S&W (and later the 357SIG) so it is overbuilt for the 9MM (that's not a bad thing)...the P229 was an "improvement" of the P228 (US Military M11) 9MM with a stainless slide and external extractor and slightly different profile...P229s are made now in so many configurations...stainless frames, squared off trigger guards, beavertails, forward cocking serrations...untold differing sights...
    If you like the P229 in 9MM...take a look at a P228 (if you can find one...currently discontinued) but you won't be disappointed with a P229...my brother picked up one of the 2 tone with stainless slide and frame in .40S&W and loves it...I had a P228 bought new when they came out in 1989 or 1990...full nickle with Trijicon night sights...I regret selling it to this day...worse yet, I have to see the guy carrying "my" P228 every day...oh the pain...:banghead:...enjoy!
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  6. 1BLINDREF

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    Go for it!!

    Welcome to THR. You have good taste-
    BUT be prepared to buy more Sigs once you get that P229. Sigs have a way of becoming an addiction :banghead:
    But it's not a bad thing :)
     
  7. zoom6zoom

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    See if you can try a 229 in .40 before you buy. An advantage to this is that you can switch between .40 and .357 SIG just by swapping barrels, and if you want 9mm, you can get a Barstow barrel to give you three calibers on one platform.
     
  8. SevenMichael

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    I'm a new gun owner as well, and have had my SIG 229 CT in 9 mm for about a month.

    I love it ! Love the way it shoots and so does my wife. I went with the 9 mm after trying .40 also. I felt both me and my wife had better control and accuracy with the 9 mm.

    Regardless of caliber, I'm sure you'll love the 229. If you're not buying it new, I suggest you get a CPO.

    Enjoy ! :)
     
  9. vnepilot

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    +1 with 1BLINDREF once you buy one sig you'll need more.. the 229 is a great gun does it have a rail or not
     
  10. Scorpiusdeus

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    Buy It Yesterday!!!
     
  11. Lonestar49

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    How much?

    ...

    FYI, I have owned a Sig P229R CT 9mm for 6 months, and it is my HD, night stand SD gun. Shoots like a tack driver, has 2000 rounds without one jam or failure to fire, 100%.

    As mentioned, it is overbuilt, which gives you options for 147gr +P Hollow Points, without worries about hurting the gun.

    And, if it doesn't come with one, you can always get Crimson Trace grips (CT) for it as well, as this built-in-grip laser is spot-on, which is why it is my night gun.

    Easiest gun to disassemble and inspect, clean and reassemble you can get.

    Consider it a wise investment..


    Let us know.


    LS
     
  12. shadowalker

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    I carry a Sig P229 in 40 S&W whenever I'm not at work or sleeping, it handles 40 S&W very well it has been 100% reliable over 3000 rounds and is very accurate. They are great firearms, and can easily become an expensive habit :).

    There are lots of accessories for Sigs, I like putting Hogue grips on them. Midwayusa has magazines for the 229 at a really good price.
     
  13. biggiesmalls

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    i had a 229 and it functioned flawlessly. my only beef with it was that the trigger was some law-enforcement crap, so the threshhold was tremendously lousy. they didn't want cops to be too "trigger-happy" i guess. check the trigger on the one you want to buy and make sure its not weird.

    overall an excellent "not so compact" compact gun.
     
  14. bdjansen

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    Well, today I bought a 228, not a 229. The store I tryed to buy the 229 from would not work with me on the price. It was well used and was $600 with only one mag and no box. And they said they'd take $20 off it. Lucky me. :rolleyes:

    So I headed home and made some calls and found a CPO 228 at another store. I went and checked it out and there was not a speck on it. Inside or out. Plus it came with box, 2 mags, lock, paperwork, and a one year SIG warrenty. And they threw in some hearing protection and a box of JHP ammo. All for my same 600 bucks. Not to mention the guys helping me were great. They treated me like a real customer who had money to spend in their store. I find that to be a rare thing in the gun shops I've visited. But they'll get my money next time too.

    Anyway, it's a beautiful gun and I can't wait to shoot it.

    I won't be getting any lasers on mine though. My brother has them on his CZ75 and I know a lot of people like them but one of the attractions to guns for me is the absence of batteries and electric stuff. It just feels good to work with one of the few remaining all mechanical things left in the world.
     
  15. trueblue1776

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    Enjoy buddy, and good choice!
     
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    Starting putting some money aside now, you'll want another Sig in short order.
     
  17. sig228

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    Enjoy!!!!

    Your right, because it doesn't have a rail!!!! (And those Crimson Trace...well.....:barf:)

    Anyway, you won't need a laser since the 228 shoots so perfectly.

    Enjoy your Sig. The CPO's are some of the best deals out there. The 228's a fine pistol.

    BTW - what did you pay for the whole package. I'm guessing around $575.
     
  18. Lonestar49

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    600 bucks, plus extras

    Quote: So I headed home and made some calls and found a CPO 228 at another store. I went and checked it out and there was not a speck on it. Inside or out. Plus it came with box, 2 mags, lock, paperwork, and a one year SIG warranty. And they threw in some hearing protection and a box of JHP ammo.

    All for my same 600 bucks. Not to mention the guys helping me were great. They treated me like a real customer who had money to spend in their store
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    Good deal, you will enjoy it, but watch yourself, each time you go back to the gun shop, as you will browse, and the Sigs will sing that silent song that only your ears can hear.. lol

    And curious, why was the one poster's comment, being down, on the Crimson Trace Grips with a :barf: after his statement?

    On my Sig 229 CT 9mm, which has 2000 rounds out her, not one failure to feed, or failure to fire, just 100%, and I use the laser grips on the 40ft to 50ft shots, and it is spot on.. same original batteries, 5 months, and is just a bright today, as back then, when I first got it.


    LS
     
  19. Ala Dan

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    The P229 in any caliber, seems "top heavy" too me; so I prefer the more
    perfectly balanced P228 9m/m; that is, when I'm not carrying my West
    German .45 caliber P220A~! ;):D
     
  20. bdjansen

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    I picked up my 228 and took it to the range today. Everything works great except it shoots a little high and to the left. All my groups were there. So I think maybe the sights need adjusting. Could anybody tell me how to do this? The manual tells you how much to adjust them but not how to.
     
  21. trueblue1776

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    What distance from target and how many inches off?
     
  22. bdjansen

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    It's at 40 feet and three inches to the left and three inches up. I am going to do some more testing today. A benchrest, maybe having one of the range guys test it. I also am going to try moving my thumb up a little on my grip to keep it out of the way of my triger finger.

    I shot 100 rounds and my groups were tight, just not in the right place. But I am a new shooter and might be doing somthing wrong. I don't remember having any problems when I shot the 229 last week but I might be doing something different.
     
  23. trueblue1776

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    I wouldn't adjust the sights yet, ask your local range master if he isn't too busy to fire a mag full.

    Even if the sights are three inches off, I only use my ccw for point shooting. food for thought.
     
  24. bdjansen

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    I just got back from the range. The sights are off. I shot it from a bench as well as standing different distances from 20-50 feet. All were to the left. There is no height problem. The farther the distance, the farther left the groups were. One of the range guys who was a good shot fired it as well. It was off to the left for him as well.

    He said I could come in sometime next week we could use the tool to tweak the sights. So at least it will get fixed without having to send it to SIG.

    It's kind of a bummer. This is a CPO class 1 or whatever. But it may not be their fault. The sights could have been bumped during shipping.

    Maybe I should just get the tool for myself. I think it's expensive though. But I'm pretty anal about stuff like this. And I'm a good shot for a beginer. I plan to shoot a lot and I'll only get better and need my gun be better then I am.
     
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