I copied and pasted this from another forum I'm a member of (sigtalk.com for all you sig fans) and just didn't feel like typing again..... The same application's apply, but I kind of want another view on this. Please bear with me..
Which would you choose? Which would you carry?
I like the p229. I like the way it shoots, I like how (in 9mm) the weight mitigates recoil and makes target reacquisition quicker. I have never shot it in any other caliber. New, they are like 1000$, which all of you should know. They are rather ubiquitous, so parts are easy to find. 9mm p229's are rare, in my area.
I have never held a p228, let alone shoot one. I want it in 9mm, which is this model's sole chambering. The ones I am looking at are swiss police trade-in, which means it's stamped. This, to me, is rather desirable. I feel like this gives the gun a story. They are german-made. They are NOT CPO, so they have no warranty (repairs are out of pocket). I don't know how easy parts are to find for it. They have holster wear, but it will be in a holster anyway, so that doesn't bother me. p228's are not common, but not rare, but are increasing in rarity. The p229 apparently replaced the p228, so I can only assume that they are approximately the same size, save for weight as the p229 is built on a .40 caliber chambering. Heavier slide and all that, something everyone on here probably already know.
Both will remain unmodified. No aftermarket trigger work, no lights (maybe night sights as it is going to be my carry), no lasers, no nothing.
In this respect, I have looked around and found they are rather similarly sized, as the p229 was the "replacement" for the p228. P228's are, as I have come to find, are classics. I choose 9mm because I find it more then adequate in defense (with the right ammo) and because they are more economic to shoot and practice with.
Just as a way of reference, I am 5'11", 155-ish pounds. I do not currently carry, my permit hasn't arrived. I can't carry a full size duty pistol, I carry my p250 full size (home-defender), by way of what I consider a full sized pistol. I cannot move adequately without having to readjust, especially when sitting. I do not want a "subcompact." My hands are smallish, but I have long fingers and big palms. Because of this, my pinky (and in some cases, ring ringer too) hang off the bottom. To me, a gun carries on the hip (or appendix, or shoulder, or whatever) is a COMFORTING experience, not a comfortable one.
I prefer hammer fired, and I prefer Sig. I like their fit and finish. I like their history. These are the guns I have kind of settled on, beating out numerous CZ, FNH, Glock (at one point), H&K, S&W, and others. No gripes about them, they just don't feel right to me. I have shot numerous of each in the recent days and spent much money on gun rental....
I know that I have started a lot of "this or that" threads lately, and I am sorry for this. This is the first one that I am trying to get some actual information from. I don't make a lot of money, so this is why I need some SERIOUS opinion. Money must be wisely spent, and I probably can't buy another gun for a LONG time, so I am trying to amass as much information as possible on a carry gun.
Thank you all for any, and all, information you can give me on this.