Just ordered a new duty weapon

Just ordered a new duty weapon

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    After LOTS of research, I've saved up LOTS of George Washington's and just ordered a Sig 229R Enhanced Elite in .357 Sig.

    Guess now I have to find some ammo for it
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    Really nice weapon great choice
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    I don't know about the "Enhanced Elite" part, but my son carries the 229R in 9mm, and he's very good with it. Other than needing a new recoil spring after many, many rounds, it's been very good to him. I think you'll be very happy with it.
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    Waiting on the pics. Congrats on the new piece.
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    The "Enhanced Elite" has what I wanted on it: Night Sights, Short Reset Trigger (Its reset is about like that of a 1911) and Beavertail. I chose the .357 Sig because it seems to have fairly impressive on-target performance and impressive barrier penetration results in 125 gr.
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    Interesting choice. What is the "duty" this pistol was chosen for? What were the deciding factors? What kind of capacity is the standard flush fit mag for one of those? Do you get armorer support and department supplied ammo or are you on your own?

    Sorry for so many questions, I've just been trying to figure out what draws people to Sig or any double action hammer fired pistol for that matter....especially when they seem to generally be larger, heavier, and of lower capacity than their striker fired counterparts regardless of maker.

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    I have 3 229s, one Nitron, one SAS and one Elite all in 40 S&W. I love the 229( can you tell). The Elite is my EDC. Shot a lot of other guns and still have others but nothing like the 229. You will LOVE it. 357 is pretty cool too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkykb View Post
    Interesting choice. What is the "duty" this pistol was chosen for? What were the deciding factors? What kind of capacity is the standard flush fit mag for one of those? Do you get armorer support and department supplied ammo or are you on your own?

    Sorry for so many questions, I've just been trying to figure out what draws people to Sig or any double action hammer fired pistol for that matter....especially when they seem to generally be larger, heavier, and of lower capacity than their striker fired counterparts regardless of maker.
    What is the "duty" this pistol was chosen for? : Reserve Deputy Sheriff. (1,800 sq mile County; 9 full-time officers-only six of which are actually Patrol Deputies; 13 Reserve Deputies who cover Patrol shifts, provide event and crime scene security, prisoner transport, etc, etc.

    What were the deciding factors?
    (a) I have and carry a 1911. I shoot it well (outshot the young guys/gals in the Reserve Academy), but wanted something that had more magazine capacity. Backup can be more than 50 miles away (already had one incident like that).
    (b) We have to provide our own weapons, our own duty gear, our own portable radio, etc.

    (c) I chose the .357 Sig because of (1) its performance on ballistic gel tests, (2) anecdotal accounts by using organizations of its literal impact downrange on people shot with it, (3) Its flat shooting trajectory makes in very accurate at 50 yards.

    (d) Its DA/SA--While I shoot my 1911 very well, I do have some concern about its light trigger pull, esp. under extreme stress--I actually like the idea that the first round is double action, which requires more effort than the 1911. Now, this Sig has a short reset on the trigger that makes it similar to the 1911, for follow-up shots. If you absolutely must shoot somebody, I want to be able to deliver accurate and timely follow-up shots.

    (e) the Mag capacity for the .357 Sig is 12 rounds. Not as much as say a 9mm, but its still 4 more rounds than my 1911, and I can carry the same number of mags that I currently carry (4 + 1) and have 60 rounds rather than 40!

    (f) Glocks and Smith M&Ps are OK, but I just don't like the feel of Glocks and other Polymers.
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    14 round Mags available too. Plus how good if feels in your hand and even better after you empty a mag.

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    Yeah, I agree. Very Sweet!
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    After doing some google-fu for pictures and you-tube-fu for reviews, man do I want one! Especially of the .357SIG (my favorite caliber) flavor.
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    Awesome. pics! and hope it serves you well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Really nice weapon great choice
    Agreed.....I tip my hat to you sir on a fine purchase.
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    Well Padre, I would have to say that insure wouldn't feel offended if you put one in my holster and said go to work.

    You chose a well respected gun, and an adequate cartridge. Nothing as fun as a new duty gun to get intimate with.
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    Excellent choice!

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