Glock 19 for example is smaller, lighter, and has 2 more rounds than a Sig 229 in 9mm.
Hope you never need those 2 extra rounds.
I can't figure out why some one would tell you NOT to carry it.... Sig envy maybe? That is one heck of a nice gun, and I would carry that baby everywhere. I preffered to carry mine in a Galco Avenger OWB holster, but it also did well in a Desantis. I only carried mine (P229 Stainless Elite) in OWB holsters. Good luck and for pete's sake post some pictures~!!!!!!
I have zero issues concealing a 228R on my 5'7" 160lb frame, so saying it's hard to conceal is a poor argument, IMHO.
As for having to learn the DA & SA pulls, excuses. Spend some time with it in the range and it becomes second nature, the learning curve is fast. I pick mine up, point, shoot. I don't agonize over the different pulls, I just do it.
If you desire to have more magazines than the two that come with it, Midway has factory SIG Sauer stamped magazines for $38.
The 229 is a fine firearm, the Elite Dark is just icing on the cake. As "pretty" as it is, I'll have no worries carrying my 220 Carry Elite Dark when I can pick it up. I'm not a safe queen type of owner. If I own it, I'm going to use it. And if I ever had to use it in SD and it gets taken for evidence, I'll be more than happy to buy a new one.
I daily carry a Combat Commander,but after my weekly range session last night I decided next week to strap on my 229 Equinox 40 S&W and do some timed draw and shoot sessions to see if I can trim some time off and tighten my groups up.With 2 spare mags I will be going from 25 rounds of 45 to 37 rounds of 40.As far as the weight it should be pretty close to the same
I'll admit to having sig envy, I've got Sig envy! I want one badddd!
My go-to carry is a P229....I have no problem carrying IWB or OWB....using leather from ubgholsters....or a SERPA
I've been carrying a 229R in .357sig for almost 2 years now and I'm a longtime 1911 guy.
I carry it in a shoulder rig in the cooler months when I can conceal with a jacket and have a MTAC for the summer months, although for really hot summer carry I usually revert back to my Officer's model in a Maxcon V. That combo is hard to beat in the summer, but I do look forward to cooler weather so I can feel comfy with my trusty 229!
The P229 in .357sig is the most accurate, reliable, out of the box weapon I have ever owned in 20+yrs of CC.
I've carried 228s, 229s and 220s along with 1911s. For carry, a 228 is hard to beat. If your 229 has the SRT trigger it'll be a thing of beauty.
Right now I'm strapped with my 220 SAS, Sunday I took 1st place in my (small) division in IDPA with my 220 Elite Dark TB. carried it all day, stopped by two stores on the way home, no one noticed it under a 5.11 shirt
Carry what you train with, train with what you carry.
But yeah, as far as reliability, size, etc. I thing the P229 would be fine to carry.
Since I'm broke, if I ever buy a Sig, it's probably going to be a P2022. But I dream of a P220 Carry in my future.