Sig P220, P226, P228, or P229

Sig P220, P226, P228, or P229

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    Sig P220, P226, P228, or P229

    Hello, fellow Defensive Carry readers!

    I'm in the market for a new defensive handgun. I own a P6/P225 in 9mm, and want to stick with 9mm to standardize on ammo. I'm also considering shooting USPSA production class, and I've looked at what's available on Sig Sauer's website, gunbroker.com, and investigated some on Wikipedia.

    The conclusion I've reached, is I really need to shoot these guns to see how well they handle, and find what feels best for me. For carry, probably the compact P228 or P229. For USPSA, most likely the full sized P220 or P226. I think both the P226 and P229 have .22LR versions, but you're looking at $1000+ per frame including the conversion kit.

    I'm interested in other's opinions on defense and competition choices, and most interested in those who shoot Sig.


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    Get a P229 in .40 cal.. You can then change it to >357 sig, 9mm, and .22 by simply changing barrels, mags and slides (for the .22).

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    I've never shot competition so I can't help you there.

    I've owned a P229 in .40, a P239 in 9mm and a P220 in .45ACP. Still own a P225.

    IMHO, for home defense, any of the full\mid size P series pistols will serve you well, P220, P226, P229, P228. Just a matter of which one you prefer.

    I stupidly sold my W.German P220 a while back, but since have consolidated down to 9mm. I'd like to add P228 or P226 someday.
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    For all the SIGs I own, I should be certain of this, but I thought the only 9mm P220s were the ones with the European heel-release magazine.

    Either way, if you are gong to shoot Production, you probably want to go double-stack. The P226 is a great competition gun and has 20-rd magazines available. Yes, you can convert to .22LR for practice.

    I would imagine you could find a good quality, used P226 for under $700. The .22LR conversion kit runs about $350. Since you'll be shooting Production there's not much to accessorize; maybe change out the sights and put some different grips on.

    I am, personally, an IDPA shooter, though I have played USPSA a couple of times. I shoot single-stack .45ACP by preference, but I have a P226 that I happily shoot in SSP division in IDPA (roughly speaking: minor power factor, double-stack, DA/SA trigger production gun).

    Here's a P226 in that price range on GunBroker right now:

    * Sig Sauer P226 226 9mm Para + 3 Magazines, Case : Semi-auto at GunBroker.com
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    If you want to stay with 9mm, I would also get the P226 in .40s+w. Change out the barrel and mags, and shoot 9mm. At least this way you have a great HD gun in a larger caliber. But the P229 would be nice too.
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    I’ve always had a thing for the Sig 220. That and the 239 are the sigs that appeal the most to me.

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    I love the P220 as well, it's the best pistol I've ever fired. However, the P220 was made to be a .45acp, not a 9mm. To buy a 9mm P220 is just sad.
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    The 226 in 9mm gets my vote. Is a great IPSC pistol and has never malfunctioned in 8 years. I also have a 228 that my wife stole off of me that has also been 100% reliable. The 226 shoots more accurately for me but the 228 carries better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nlaney View Post
    Hello, fellow Defensive Carry readers!

    I'm in the market for a new defensive handgun. I own a P6/P225 in 9mm, and want to stick with 9mm to standardize on ammo. I'm also considering shooting USPSA production class, and I've looked at what's available on Sig Sauer's website, gunbroker.com, and investigated some on Wikipedia.

    The conclusion I've reached, is I really need to shoot these guns to see how well they handle, and find what feels best for me. For carry, probably the compact P228 or P229. For USPSA, most likely the full sized P220 or P226. I think both the P226 and P229 have .22LR versions, but you're looking at $1000+ per frame including the conversion kit.

    I'm interested in other's opinions on defense and competition choices, and most interested in those who shoot Sig.
    Got to start by saying they are all SIGs, so you can't go wrong.

    I think you'll have a hard time finding a 220 in anything but .45 these days. My 220 SAO has the smoothest trigger of any of the SIGs I own. The 226 is also great, and if you get it in .40 SIG makes a 357 SIG barrel that drops in, if you want to go to 9 mm Barstow (sp?) makes a drop in barrel. I think both have .22 conversion kits available from SIG, I'm sure the 226 does!
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    Yes, Sig makes a .22lr conversion for the P220. I thought about getting it, but I opted for the Mosquito instead. The Mos. was a little cheaper, and has the same manual of arms (except the slide safety on the Mos.), that's the only downfall to the Mos. IMO
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    I have a 220 with the 22lr upper and it works well. I also have a 225 and a 228. For some reason the double stack P228 seems to carry better for me than the 225. Even though the grip is a little thicker it seems to ride closer to my body than the grip of the 225. I carry both in a High Noon Topless holster. The P228 is my all time favorite Sig, it just "feels" right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    If you want to stay with 9mm, I would also get the P226 in .40s+w. Change out the barrel and mags, and shoot 9mm. At least this way you have a great HD gun in a larger caliber. But the P229 would be nice too.
    I am pretty sure that in the SIGs that support multiple calibers, only .40S&W and 357SIG are interchangeable with a factory barrel swap. They have a different slide than the 9mm versions of the various weapons.

    If you have the .40S&W/357SIG frame/slide, you can get an aftermarket 9mm barrel (I think BarSto makes them), but the SIG factory 9mm barrel won't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzaerexys View Post
    I am pretty sure that in the SIGs that support multiple calibers, only .40S&W and 357SIG are interchangeable with a factory barrel swap. They have a different slide than the 9mm versions of the various weapons.

    If you have the .40S&W/357SIG frame/slide, you can get an aftermarket 9mm barrel (I think BarSto makes them), but the SIG factory 9mm barrel won't work.
    I believe you're right, I wasn't very clear, but I didn't mean to use a factory barrel for the 9mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nlaney View Post

    The conclusion I've reached, is I really need to shoot these guns to see how well they handle, and find what feels best for me.
    I carry a SIG P-220R Carry or a SIG P-220R Carry SAO regularly in an IWB holster. No problems concealing them or with comfort and shooting them is a hoot!

    I'd like to try a 22LR conversion but they're a bit too expensive for me too. I love the P-220!
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    I've had to make the same decision. A few years ago I picked up my P229 in .40. Now I would trade it for an older 9mm P228 in a heartbeat
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