Getting a Sig P229. 9mm or .357sig?

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    Get which ever one you shoot the best. If you can, shoot both of them in the first or first and second stage of the IDPA classification match. You can get the setup off the WEB, it's a piece of cake.

    Keep track of your time and score for each shot string. It's a good objective test. You will soon learn which one you shoot the best, and that's the one you want if you ever need to stop an assailant.

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    Once again thanks for all of the replies, keep them coming.
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    If you go with the 9mm, try to find a P228. IMO, it has slightly better "feel" in the hand and is a tiny bit lighter.

    As others have said, the .357 Sig is a very capable round. No 9mm can equal it when it is loaded hot. It is LOUD and a bit snappy, and the muzzle blast is impressive, but you do get increased energy for your troubles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey View Post
    Muzzle flip it snaps more than a .45acp.
    I have a P229 in .40 S&W and don't have any issues with muzzle flip at all.
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    .357sig, I personally will not shoot or carry anything that does not start at .38/.357 for the caliber, all my carry guns are /40, two .45's and a .357 magnum, bigger is better especially when it moves at the velocity close to a 9mm
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    I know shooting it will be the best way to know about the round, and that is probably what I will end up doing. How loud is the .357sig compared to the .45acp? How is the recoil compared to the .45acp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey View Post
    I know shooting it will be the best way to know about the round, and that is probably what I will end up doing. How loud is the .357sig compared to the .45acp? How is the recoil compared to the .45acp?
    LOUD ...... VERY
    Recoil.... for me it "pushes back" more... (Compairing a 226 in .357 SIG and a 220 in .45ACP)

    I have a P226 in .40S&W and have the .357 barrel. Great.
    I will be looking at getting a BarSto 9mm barrel in the near future.

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    Well I am not going to down the 9mm because many people carry it and there are good places for it. However, I will pick a 357 Sig every time. I carry one on duty and many other officers at my department do as well. My department actually frowns on officers carrying a 9mm because of a lethal force incident we had a few years back when not a single 9mm round penetrated the cover the subject was behind. The other reason why I am not fond of the 9mm is the lack of power in a leo situation. I know some people will say it is plenty powerful but at our tactical range, the 9mm rounds won't even knock over the steel target plates we use. Now with that being said, there are plenty of good uses for a 9mm. They have low recoil, cheep ammo, slim frame with higher capacity, and several different ammo choices. I guess it all depends on why you are carrying the weapon and your mindset. Do you want more rounds to hit with or want to rely on less rounds with more power? Also skill is not the only factor because accuracy is greatly decreased in a life or death situation. Some people are just more comfortable having more rounds in their magazine. As far as muzzle flip or felt recoil, it will not be very noticeable in a Sig 229. The only time it becomes a pain is when you shoot such a hot round out of a polymer frame like a glock or xd.

    Also this is not intended to down the 9mm round or anyone that carries one. This is just my opinion of the round when carried in a full size frame. My above opinion does not apply to small frame weapons or people needing to carry a weapon with low recoil.

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    I love my S&WM&P 357Sig/40S&W, I carry it mostly in the 357Sig chambering 70% of the time the other 30% of the time I use the 40S&W barrel and I shoot both of them about the same. The recoil and muzzle flip is indistinguishable to me and both rounds should stop an attack on your person in short order provided you get good solid Center of Mass hits.

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    I really like the 357 Sig but I dont own one anymore for a few reasons. Mostly is cost and availability. I like to be able to walk into any gun shop, Walmart or whatever and be able to find a box of ammo. Try it with 357 Sig; It gets tough. Its also a little tougher for me to shoot when compared to my old standby calibers, 9mm and 45acp.

    And a side note, if you don't care for the 40S&W because of recoil, you really won't like the 357 Sig either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I really like the 357 Sig but I dont own one anymore for a few reasons. Mostly is cost and availability. I like to be able to walk into any gun shop, Walmart or whatever and be able to find a box of ammo. Try it with 357 Sig; It gets tough. Its also a little tougher for me to shoot when compared to my old standby calibers, 9mm and 45acp.

    And a side note, if you don't care for the 40S&W because of recoil, you really won't like the 357 Sig either.
    Price=Agreed
    Availability=Agreed
    Tougher to shoot than some= To a point, yes
    Recoil compared to a 40= It is a different type of recoil in my opinion but it does suck out of a polymer gun. Not bad out of a 229 though.

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    I really don't have a dog in this fight. I carry a Glock 23 (.40S&W). Love it.

    But, for what it's worth. The Secret Service issues Sig Sauer P229 in .357sig. Works for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
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    The .357 SIG is like a 9mm on steroids...pretty snappy out of the wrong gun. Probably isnt too bad, out of a 229. IMO SIG does two things really really well, 9mm and .45 acp. If I buy SIG it is one of those two. I think you will be happiest in the long run with a 9mm.
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    Trying to decide between a 229 in .357 sig or a 220 carry in .45 acp... 12 rounds of .357 or 8 of 45 acp. 229 is half an inch shorter and 2 oz lighter. Not sure which way to go, def need to hold and shoot both.

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