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Old 08-17-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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German Sig P229 40 Smith and Wesson

I do not recall what year I purchased this new on a letter head one time good deal with six magazines marked LE only and mandatory three dot night sights. I had really liked the Sig bar dot arrangement when shooting the P225 and P226. This gun has been flawless. It was lubricated with what ever my employer bought right before use and right after cleaning. You may be able to see the missing nitron finish from numerous presentations during qualifications.

Some time back, I purchased hogue aluminum checkered grips for a 1911 from Brownells. I really liked them and discovered they were available for the Sig and flat on both sides. All other Sig grips had a left side hump for the decocker. Left handed as I am, I always found the hump annoying. A right handed fellow I did not figure it would bother. The hump did not bother me when firing with the wrong hand.

So I ordered the Hogue aluminum for this. Joy soon turned to tears. They would not fit over the stirrup for the main spring strut at the bottom of the grip frame. Calling around, I learned my main spring arrangement was obsolete. Sig indicated they would replace the main spring arrangement with the new style if I paid the freight both ways. I took the opportunity to request new style grips and replacement of my expired three dot night sights with the sig bar dot. I paid the freight to Sig and they sent me a tag on their account which knocks FedEx price down substantially.

In not too much time the gun was back with the new main spring arrangement and new humpless Sig DAO grips. The sights were replaced and they sent it back in the new style box which works great for a Bhp. I still have my old Sig box. I had expected to be charged for parts but such was not the case. I was astounded. I doubt these extras would have been free if this had not been one of these first P229s to hit the shores and sold on letterhead. They may not have had the opportunity to inspect one for a time.

I compared the old hogue rubber, the new and old sig plastic and the two mainspring arrangements. It was easy to see why the Hogue aluminum would not fit with the old style ms strut. I understand Hogue has now modded their grips to function with either main spring strut. I really liked the feel of the hogue aluminum. I was so pleased, I soon ordered a new 14 round extended magazine. No longer did a substantial part of my hand hang off the bottom of the gun a la compact frame 1911. I think there is no going back to any other grip or magazine. The grips and magazine have made this gun so much more ergonomic in my hands.

And you folks thought I was 1911 and BHP exclusively.

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Old 08-17-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Chuntaro,

Great read about your P229. I just purchased a new P229 Stainless Elite and haven't even fired it yet. Got a Kevin Nightengale holster for it. It's off to the range tomorrow. While it's in forty, my preferred caliber is .357 Sig. That barrel arrives tomorrow and will be swapped out and break in will commence. Also, got an additional six magazines to test and break in at the same time. I can tell I'm going to love the new pistol. It just fits right, points naturally, and seems to be a winner.

And YOU thought I was a Commander and BHP guy...

Enjoy your re-acquaintance with your P229.

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Old 08-17-2014, 11:10 PM   #3
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Did you get the barrel from Top Gun or another source? I sure would like to see a picture of that roscoe with your report on your range outing.
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Chuntaro,

I got the works from RSR Group. I'm an FFL, so it helps...in this case A BUNCH.

Barrel and spare mags should be here today. Want to take the whole thing to the range and test the mags and both barrels. Should be fun...to say the least. Luckily I have some .40 and .357 Sig ammo loaded in addition to the factory stuff. That gets spendy in a hurry, to say the least

The extra 8 ounces is going to make it a peach to shoot. It will weigh just a few ounces heavier than my SS Commander, but be 12 + 1 instead of the 7 + 1.

More when it all arrives (today) and I test/take pictures...

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Chuntaro,

Great read about your P229. I just purchased a new P229 Stainless Elite and haven't even fired it yet. Got a Kevin Nightengale holster for it. It's off to the range tomorrow. While it's in forty, my preferred caliber is .357 Sig. That barrel arrives tomorrow and will be swapped out and break in will commence. Also, got an additional six magazines to test and break in at the same time. I can tell I'm going to love the new pistol. It just fits right, points naturally, and seems to be a winner.

And YOU thought I was a Commander and BHP guy...

Enjoy your re-acquaintance with your P229.

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I know this is a vintage thread...
Here it goes, the SIG P229 is a terrific pistol in the sense of being a smaller length Bbl. full capacity weapon. ( Carry version)
By the same token, my P227 in .45 ACP. Comprises nearly the same dimensions & weight.
I have found the data to load a 160 gr. HP. bullet to the ballistics of a .40 S&W.
...So now I have little need for a P229, albeit for a little extra capacity.
( but I have a functioning 14 rd. mag. With a powerfull spring, For the 227).
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:22 PM   #7
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Isn't the P227 essentially P226 size? If so, that would make the P229 smaller, though admittedly not much smaller.

The other advantage the P229 would have is it still in production, and was in production longer, and parts, particularly magazines, should be easier to come by than parts for the P227, which was only in production for a short period of time and is now out of production.
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