SIG 226 or SIG 229?..

SIG 226 or SIG 229?..

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    Question SIG 226 or SIG 229?..

    I have a few question for you seasoned CCH (CCW) holders.

    How much harder would it be to conceal a 226 than a 229? (important specs below)

    How much of a difference is there in shooter accuracy/control between the two handguns?

    How much should a person expect to spend on each model?

    Thanks in advance



    SIG 229:
    7.10" length
    5.40" height
    32.0 oz weight

    SIG 226:
    7.70" length
    5.50" height
    34.0 oz weight
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    never mind - I miss-read the model numbers. ;}
    Last edited by kansas_plainsman; February 19th, 2007 at 10:35 PM.
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    It all boils down to personal preferance. I like the 229 better but you may love the 226. I would say the 229 is easier to conceal, but its no light weight pocket pistol. As far as performance, its a toss up. I would go with the 229 simply because its just a little smaller.

    Price varies on the market, retail here is in the. 600 range
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    I guess I should add that this weapon will more than likely be used as a service weapon as well as a CCH piece - at least until I bought (if I felt the need) another handgun.

    Hence my question about the shootability (accuracy, recoil control, etc)

    Thanks for the answers so far. :)
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    Is it just me....I thought we were comparing the 226 vs the 229?

    I have the 226 and a 228.
    Yes the 228 is easier to conceal but in reality I also carry a 5" 1911 and it too conceals well.
    What it really matters on:
    1) how you plan to carry (OWB or IWB)
    1a) leather will hold tighter/conform into your body better then kydex
    1b) GET a good belt!
    2) YOUR physical build
    3) go to a range and see which one feels best in your hands, fit, balance, shootability.

    Cost wise...trade ins $350-500
    Slightly used - $600-800
    New $850+ on up

    IF you are looking at a 9mm then look for a P228 instead of a P229 IMHO.

    You will enjoy these as they are great sidearms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedMonkey View Post
    2) YOUR physical build
    I am a broad-shoulder (barrel-chested as well) and overweight 6' tall man. I am working on the overweight part though
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    Are we talking 9mm, .40 or .357sig?
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    9mm
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    If you can find a 228, that is the way to go. I would not worry about recoil or other performance issues between the two, there are none.
    Go with what feels right to you. I love my 228 and 229, but I really dont like the 226. Its just a personal pref.

    228 and 229 are the same gun, except the 288 is a little lighter.
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    Alright. Thank you. I will focus on looking at the 228's and 229's if I decide to go with the SIG route (It's either SIG or S&W M&P at this rate)
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    Good luck and keep us posted!


    stay safe....shoot straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedMonkey View Post
    shoot straight
    What's the fun in that?
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    P229 for carry

    I own both of these guns although in different calibers - my P229 is .40 and my P226 is 9mm. I would tend to favor the P229 for concealed carry, as it is easier to conceal due to shorter slide and grip. I have a holster for the P226, but have always found it a bit on the large side for CCW. Both guns are very good for shooting, however, and also for any kind of open or duty carry.

    Both guns are also fairly heavy, as your statistics pointed out. This makes them easier to shoot, but they can get heavy on your belt if you wear one all day. In general I tend to go with CCW guns in the 23 to 25 ounce range, such as polymer frames, for this reason. Here is my P229 carry setup, which I have sometimes used:




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    Use the Longest barrel and the Biggest Caliber gun you can shoot
    competently and carry comfortably (concealed or otherwise).

    Sometimes you may have to compromise on one of those points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tros View Post
    Alright. Thank you. I will focus on looking at the 228's and 229's if I decide to go with the SIG route (It's either SIG or S&W M&P at this rate)
    If you are going to use this pistol for duty use too, be careful of the m&p. There is only a few choices for a retention holster, this is a real handicap for the gun right now.
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