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Ok, I’m thinking about getting my first SIG, probably in 40 S&W. maybe in 9mm. No real need, I just want one. My question for you SIG experts is whether to get the 226 or the 229. I know the 229 is suppose to be compact, but there is little difference other than the .6” barrel length difference. Width is the same. Height is only .1” difference. So is there really much difference between the two when it comes to carrying?
 

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You won't go wrong with either. I have a 226 in 9mm, and someday I hope to get around to picking up a 229, but in .357SIG.
 

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JT - while I have not tried the 229, let me say that I have little concern over ''downsizing'' for carry with regard to gun dimensions - or weight come to that. I seek a reliable solid platform and one I control and shoot well.

The 226 for me does this and while quite heavy is still well at ease on my hip. I very much doubt a smaller version would be any advantage as concealment is no prob - or printing issues. I have the ST cos I sweat buckets - just have to keep the few steel items (levers etc) coated with film of RIG or CLP to avoid them corroding.

I got some ex LE 15 rounders and so my carry status is 15+1, and that is +P GD's. All in all I feel this is about my ultimate carry piece and with the CT's fitted even more versatile. I got the night sights as an addition from new and they too are excellent.

Cost is high I have to admit but when it comes to what may save your life - I think it is worth spending what you can manage to get the best for you.


 

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Take a look at the P239 and the P225. They are the most concealable pistols that Sig has to offer that are fullsized pistol rounds.

The 239 comes in .357 SIG,9mm and .40. The 225 comes in 9mm.

There really is alot of difference in size in the 229 vs. the 226 that may be be apparent by looking at the paper stats, but when grabbing each one, you'll notice a big difference.

The 229 is bascially a 225 with a double stack mag. The 226 is a big gun. I can coceal it with no problem, but the way your body is shaped may not.

Best thign is to try each one and see how you like it. I own 4 Sigs and love them all. I persoanlly think its the best brand out there...
 

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Thanks everyone for the input. I carry Glocks, and I am quite happy with them. I just want to get a SIG because they are cool and I don’t have one. I was wondering about how well they conceal, just in case I ever decide to give it some carry time. I also like having a little variety around for my kids when they get older. Just in case Glocks don’t work well for them. Never know if they will be able to buy a handgun of their own by the time they are adults.

I’m going to get a trade in because I don’t want to spend more than $400. As such, it comes down to a 226, 229, or 220.
 

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...I’m going to get a trade in because I don’t want to spend more than $400. As such, it comes down to a 226, 229, or 220.
All excellent pistols. I carry a P226ST in 357SIG. I don't find the size differences between the P226 and P229 to be important or noticeable for carry. Both are sweet shooters, but different. If you want .40, then the 220 is out. Based on what you've said, I would give strong consideration to the P229 in .40. The 229 in 357SIG will leave a huge grin on your face. The good thing about going with .40 is that all you need is a 357SIG conversion barrel, and you are ready to go.
 

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I had a Sig 229 in 357 sig was a good little gun accurate and crowd pleaser with the booms .. Had to sell it just didnt fit my left handed style
 

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JT said:
Ok, I’m thinking about getting my first SIG, probably in 40 S&W. maybe in 9mm. No real need, I just want one. My question for you SIG experts is whether to get the 226 or the 229. I know the 229 is suppose to be compact, but there is little difference other than the .6” barrel length difference. Width is the same. Height is only .1” difference. So is there really much difference between the two when it comes to carrying?
Not to start a war, but IMHO, a 40 beats a 9 and a 45 beats 'em both. Can't go wrong with the P245. I love mine, it conceals well, comfortable to carry constantly from Miami to Austin Texas and back in three weeks.
 

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Thanks again to all for the input.

I actually carry in 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, and occasionally 45. I feel well armed with any of them. Usually it’s 40 (or occasionally 357) in a Glock 23 in the cooler months, and 9mm in a Glock 26 in the hot months. The reason I may get 9mm is because it is a good round for those in the family that are not as avid shooters or as big of stature as I am. If I go with the excuse for buying it that I may eventually pass it on, it may make sense to get a 9mm. Of course my little girl may surprise me one day and take my 45 instead. :biggrin:
 

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I actually carry in 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, and occasionally 45. I feel well armed with any of them. Usually it’s 40 (or occasionally 357) in a Glock 23 in the cooler months, and 9mm in a Glock 26 in the hot months. The reason I may get 9mm is because it is a good round for those in the family that are not as avid shooters or as big of stature as I am. If I go with the excuse for buying it that I may eventually pass it on, it may make sense to get a 9mm. Of course my little girl may surprise me one day and take my 45 instead. :biggrin:
When I met the gal I wanted to marry, I MADE sure right off the bat. First DATE: Church. Second date: Shooting Range. Okay, got married. Immediately new wife demanded access to MY beloved Government model 45. Solution: Get rid of her M84 Beretta and buy her a Commander 45 w/tritium sights. Next issues, get her kid (now my stepdaughter) trained.

SAFETY first because when we got married stepdaughter was SIX. Taught her starting with the basics. By age 10 she was handling a 22WMR SA Ruger. By age 12 she was shooting a 9mm (we determined she doesn't care for semiautos--too much in motion) and by age 14 we'd settled on a good DAO Ruger SP101 .357. By age 16 she was shooting full house 357 into the 9 ring at 30 feet. Now she's 24, married a year and all I have to worry about is bring her hubby up to her skill levels.
 

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When I met the gal I wanted to marry, I MADE sure right off the bat. First DATE: Church. Second date: Shooting Range. Okay, got married. Immediately new wife demanded access to MY beloved Government model 45. Solution: Get rid of her M84 Beretta and buy her a Commander 45 w/tritium sights. Next issues, get her kid (now my stepdaughter) trained.

SAFETY first because when we got married stepdaughter was SIX. Taught her starting with the basics. By age 10 she was handling a 22WMR SA Ruger. By age 12 she was shooting a 9mm (we determined she doesn't care for semiautos--too much in motion) and by age 14 we'd settled on a good DAO Ruger SP101 .357. By age 16 she was shooting full house 357 into the 9 ring at 30 feet. Now she's 24, married a year and all I have to worry about is bring her hubby up to her skill levels.
Sounds like you raised her right.

My daughter is six. I got her started with a BB gun at 5. It is always treated like a real gun, including being stored in the safe with the rest of them. Every time we shoot, we go over the Four Commandments of gun safety. She is already asking how old she has to be before she gets to shoot the 22. I told her in depends on how much she practices with her BB gun and how well she follows the safety rules. On a semi related note – she has a Barbie house with three levels. She decided that each level would be an apartment. She then got a rifle and handgun (from the various GI Joes that I bought for when I play Barbies with her) and put one in each apartment “for protection”. Yep – I was pretty proud of her.

My wife has a Glock 19. She originally had a Ruger until she tried my Glock and decided she wanted a Glock instead.
 

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Ex - great success story - you must be proud! :smile:







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Just wait until you have one. They’re great.
 

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Ex - great success story - you must be proud!
In point of fact, I am DAMNED proud of the way we raised her. Proof is that her husband is the VERY first boyfriend of her's I ever liked, and she married him. Kid comes from great stock: His dad is retired 06 Naval Intelligence, personal buddy of Ollie North.

She's 24 and now two years out of college in Business, she is a senior manager for a big women's clothing chain...got her own store and in two years she is earning almost what it took me 16 years as a teacher to gross. I knew I shoulda been a doctor!
 

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Oh and has anyone tried one of the DAK Sigs? I've heard those are neat.
I haven't FIRED one of the DAK's yet but I hear it's as close to the ParaOrdnance LDA action that can be done.
 

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I've had the 228 (which I loved, and would love to get another, due to it's size and mag capacity. I've also had the 226, 225, 239. I very much prefer the 228 though..
I was taken thru the Sig plant on a guided tour for possible employment, and the place is spotless. They were running the 229's on the OKuma CNC centers and also the new Sig GSP ?? (the 45 acp pistol) All the slides are milled out of bar stock, which makes them so strong. VERY tight ship they run in Exeter Nh :biggrin:
 

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Sounds like you raised her right.

My daughter is six. I got her started with a BB gun at 5. It is always treated like a real gun, including being stored in the safe with the rest of them. Every time we shoot, we go over the Four Commandments of gun safety. She is already asking how old she has to be before she gets to shoot the 22. I told her in depends on how much she practices with her BB gun and how well she follows the safety rules. On a semi related note – she has a Barbie house with three levels. She decided that each level would be an apartment. She then got a rifle and handgun (from the various GI Joes that I bought for when I play Barbies with her) and put one in each apartment “for protection”. Yep – I was pretty proud of her.

My wife has a Glock 19. She originally had a Ruger until she tried my Glock and decided she wanted a Glock instead.
You know what worked great for me when my daughter was six? We made a game out of disassembling and cleaning and reassembling my guns when I got home from a match. She picked up on nomenclature real QUICK! She picked up on the three main rules of gun safety even quicker. She liked getting dirty with the gun crud so I let her help me clean certain parts of various weapons. I think I let her sit between my legs and hold the Ruger 10/22 WITH me as I fired some rounds so she could get used to the feel of it. This was when she was 7 or 8.

We kept that up until she was 10 and I started her off on my Ruger 10/22 rifle. Position, seated with her elbows braced on the insides of her knees. Rock solid position. Later on she went to the Ruger Super Single Six .22LR/.22WMR. Stayed with that before moving to my Browning Hi-Power 9mm and she discovered that all the moving steel of the slide and such was too much of a distractor. SO, she's a revolver gal. My wife OTOH, is a 1911 chick all the way!

That's fine by me. Since I gave the daughter my SP101, I now have an empty hook on my safeplace door. So I need a replacement. Don't think I want another SP101, so now I have decisions....decisions.....Ruger Alaskan 454/45LC? ParaOrd TAC-4 in the SpecOps finish? Sig P220 STS with SureFire X200 gunlight? Hmmmmmmm
 

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My wife OTOH, is a 1911 chick all the way!
Nothing wrong with that, you should but a 1911 to fill that empty space she would love you for it.

Let me throw out another vote for the P220, but out of the 2 you listed I would go with the 226.
 
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