Differences in 226 and 229

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Differences in 226 and 229

Postby devildog28 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:59 pm

I'm already set on getting a usp compact for my small carry gun, but in my research I compared it to the badass Sig226 and noticed there was also a 229 gun. Is this just a hopped up 226, or a totally different gun all together?
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby Preacher1011 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:45 am

The 229 is shorter than the 226. Basically it's the difference between the full size and compact Glock. If you're wanting an even smaller carry gun check out the 239. It's a single stack 229 and is A LOT thinner. Never thought a blocky gun would fit my hand but the 239's do somehow. Congrats on going with sig though, they are the ultimate carry gun in my book. :thumbsup:
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby fenton_3 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:25 pm

First off the previous post did a good job as the p229 is basically a compact version of the p226. There are also some other difference that were not mentioned. First off the older p226 have a stamped steel slide and the true compact version of the p226 is the p228; which are no longer made for the civilian market. The p229 has a machined solid steel slide; which was needed to support the increased pressure the .40 cal and .357 sig rounds. With that being said all of todays p226 slides are machined from solid steel and not stamped as there have been cases of slide failer due to the roll pins not being replaced after 5,000 rds. I own both a p228 and a p229, and the p229 is noticibly heavier due to the machined slide. Also the p229 mags will not fit the p228, but the p228 mags will fit the p229 as the mag well is slightly wider. The recievers are vitually identical and have the exact same trigger even though they were manufactuered a decade apart. The sight are not interchangable as the machined slide also has diffently machined sight dove tails.

As of today the p229 is offered in 9mm, .40, and .357 sig, the p226 is offered in all the same calibers and is just a larger version of the p229 with different machine cuts. If you plan to buy a used gun all the above mentioned information will come into play.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby devildog28 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:05 pm

Thanks for the info guys. I already have one Sig but it's too "fat" to conceal all that well. I've shot a friend's compact USP and I like that even though it's lighter than Sigs it's very well balenced, and the lighter weight makes the USP my choice for the next purchase.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby apexhunter » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:40 pm

I've had my 229 for a short while and even though I love the functionality, accuracy and the SWEET trigger, I'm having problems finding a really comfortable set of grips for it. Like Devildog, I find the 229 to be "fat" in my hands (probably due to years of shooting a Kimber or other single stack pistols) so I'm trying to to decide on which 3" 1911 to get for carry and whether or not to keep the 229 or sell/trade it towards a true carry pistol.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby Preacher1011 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:15 am

apexhunter wrote:I've had my 229 for a short while and even though I love the functionality, accuracy and the SWEET trigger, I'm having problems finding a really comfortable set of grips for it. Like Devildog, I find the 229 to be "fat" in my hands (probably due to years of shooting a Kimber or other single stack pistols) so I'm trying to to decide on which 3" 1911 to get for carry and whether or not to keep the 229 or sell/trade it towards a true carry pistol.



If you like sigs and want to stick with them give a look at the P239. It's a single stack and A LOT thinner.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby apexhunter » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:59 am

I have given the 239 a serious look and it is on my list as it is basically a 229 slimmed down for single stack configuration. My only reservation is that I have talked myself into a 3" barrel for the ultimate in conceal size. I'm drooling over a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II to match my Stainless Target II but can't justify paying a grand for a compact carry and/or truck pistol.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby Preacher1011 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:59 pm

apexhunter wrote:I have given the 239 a serious look and it is on my list as it is basically a 229 slimmed down for single stack configuration. My only reservation is that I have talked myself into a 3" barrel for the ultimate in conceal size. I'm drooling over a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II to match my Stainless Target II but can't justify paying a grand for a compact carry and/or truck pistol.


If you want something to drool over check out this bad boy. :bow:

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Kimber Eclipse, one of the prettiest pistols I've ever seen. It and the Sig Eclipse make me drool every time I see them.
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Re: Differences in 226 and 229

Postby apexhunter » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:16 am

They are SWEET! I had one in my hands last weekend and had to put it down before my wallet exploded in my pocket. For a little less money I'd still love to have a Stainless Ultra Carry II as it'd be the little brother to my target model...but as much as I want it, $900+ is hard to justify in today's economy.
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