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Sig P239, P229, P228

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    Sig P239, P229, P228

    Hello everyone! I am new to the forum and have enjoyed all the info I have gathered.

    I am about to purchase my first Sig and wouldn't mind reading a few people's opinions. I am considering:

    P229 SCT: love the ergonomics, capacity, TruGlo front sight, and the 4 mags that it comes with, worry it is a little wide for CC, but shoots beautifully.

    P239 SAS: great for CC, very accurate, not quite as comfortable as the 229, not as much capacity, but still a wonderful shooter

    P228: haven't shot one but it carries a great rep. I have handled the one at the gun store and found it very comfortable.

    This will be my do everything gun, as in CC, home defense, and range use. I may even look into a few competitions. I prefer 9mm because I shoot it accurately and I already have a decent supply of ammo. I will be ordering a decent holster, such a Crossbreed or MTAC. I also know I can't go wrong, but I can only choose one for now.

    If it matters, I am a smaller framed guy, 5'8" and 138 lbs.

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    Go with the 229 if you are getting 4 mags with it. I personally am smaller and lighter then you, and I carry a Sig P220 as my Primary. Trust me on the having more mags thing. I pretty much now adays have a rule of 3 mags per gun period. Plus at the range it helps with training. Also Sig mags are pricey, so the more you can start off with the better.
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    Thanks, the mags are attractive. I would be picking up a standard 229 mag too, to keep in the gun while carrying, with a higher capacity as back-up. Same thing goes for the 239. It is coming with 2-10 round mags, so I would be picking up a standard one too.

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    Any one of the SIGs will bee just fine. I have both the 229 and 239, and for carry I do like the 239. It's a "tack driver" for me, and disappears well.

    Just a word, and this is personal preference... I tried the 239 extended (10 rd) mags, and actually hated them. Just never felt right and didn't seem to conceal as well, went back to the standard mags. I also replaced the factory (plastic) grips with Hogue grips.
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    I carry a 228. It's lighter than the 229, and it fits in a fanny pack for summer. I carry a 229 in winter. I have owned 2 239s, one in .40 and one in 9. I think 9 is a better caliber for that pistol. The only drawback for the 239, IMHO, is that for a gun that size you'd expect a higher mag capacity. That said, you can't go wrong with any of these guns.

    By the way: MecGar makes a 15 round mag for a 228.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superthumbs View Post
    I prefer 9mm because I shoot it accurately and I already have a decent supply of ammo.
    If, as stated, you prefer 9mm and would carry with a standard capacity mag in place, there is no reason to get the P229SCT. The 229 replaced the 228 so they could chamber it for rounds that are more intense than 9mm (.40S&W and .357 Sig). The two guns (228 & 229) are essentially identical (both are/were available in a railed and non-railed version) except the 228 uses a fabricated (you might hear these referred to as "folded" slides) carbon steel slide assembly as opposed to the milled SS of the 229. The advantage of the 228 is that it would be considerably lighter than the 229 - and although I haven't actually weighed them - probably the 239 also. So if you are OK with the width (again 228 & 229 essentially the same) why not get the lighter gun to carry? I believe that the added capacity SCT mags will also work in the 228. HTH.

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    I like Sigs and have two of the models you mention, the P229 (.40) and the P239 (9mm). I almost bought the P228 once, but the deal didn't go through.

    The P229 is actually designed for the .40 caliber, with a fairly massive slide. It seems like overkill for a 9mm to me. But if you shoot .40 it is an excellent gun for that. The P229 is also harder to carry than the others, being heavier and slightly wider. I use mine mainly for a range or home defense gun.

    For strictly carry the P239 is a good size - slim and lighter weight in 9mm. It conceals well with its smaller grip size and narrower slide. Those who want lots of ammo capacity criticize the P239 for its 8 round single stack magazine. So you have to decide if that is important to you. I frequently carry it myself, figuring that 8 + 1 and a spare mag is plenty for my purposes.

    The P228 is only a little bigger than the P239 and gives you plenty of ammo capacity in a somewhat wider gun. If you want a "do it all" 9mm and can conceal it, the P228 is a good choice. It all depends on your application and what is important to you.

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    I love the feel of the p239...but given your criteria of how it will be used, go with the p228. I have one and it is on my "never sell" list. It is amazing and a little better than the 229 in my opinion.
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    I think I need to stop by the store today just to hold them all again. The 228 does have a weight advantage that I noticed compared to the 229. I don't remember how it compared to the 239 though.

    Trigger question: All the models being considered have the DA/SA set up, which I like. The 239 has the SRT, which feels nice during dry fire but I haven't used it during live fire. All the guns I rented have the standard DA/SA. Those of you who have experience with both, does it help you with quicker follow up shots? Worth the "upgrade" on the 229 or 228 if available?

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    Here's my view:
    239 out of the three you mention this is the smallest and lightest for carry, but, a little skimpy on capacity.

    229 Great gun, but a bit heavy.

    228 Gets my vote for best all around.
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    I used to have a 239....my wife has absconded with it!......great CCW firearm!

    I also have a 229 with .357Sig & .40S&W barrels. (Two calibers ONE gun!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    I love the feel of the p239...but given your criteria of how it will be used, go with the p228. I have one and it is on my "never sell" list. It is amazing and a little better than the 229 in my opinion.
    +1. The 228's a fantastic 9mm. Like shooting it much more than my friends 239.

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    The SRT is an excellent option. I never had it done to mine as it is not my EDC. BUt for an EDC on a SIG, I would definitely go for it if you have the money.
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    I have a P228 (9mm) and P229 (.40S&W) and I love them both. The 228 has become my favored warm weather carry piece with the 229 preferred when I wear bulkier clothes; size DOES make a difference. I also have a couple of P226 15-round mags for the 228. Top Gun Supply has the rubber mag extensions for them.

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    I have the P239 and just went through the Sig CCP course with it. Fired everytime and reliable. I also have a 40 & .357 barrel with mags for it.

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