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Old 10-31-2016, 08:37 PM   #1
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P226 or P229?

I searched to see if there were any other threads on this but I couldn't find anything. So, as the title says, I'm getting ready to order a Legion and I'm not sure what to go with. I currently have a P226 with the E2 grip and I did own a P229 at one time, but I sold it off a couple of years ago. It's a tough decision on which to get and if it helps, I'm getting it in .40S&W. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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for carry, the 229 is smaller.
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both.
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IMHO, since you have owned them both, which one felt better in your hand?

Since you sold the P229, maybe get the 226 Legion.

There have been a few discussions about the size difference, some shoot better with one or the other, personal preference, 229 shorter better for concealed, designed for the 40 S&W, 226 longer, close to the same width, designed for the 9mm

Good luck, and welcome to the forum
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I agree with dirtdiver. If you've had both, which did you like better? You kept the P226 so maybe that's the one. People seem to be polarized as to which they like better. I have both and never shoot my P229, but I do occasionally carry it and its just a little big for me. I have several P226's because they just feel so good. To me the P226 is more accurate and controllable and the grip feels slimmer. The P229 is smaller but they're both big guns. I'm sure if I didnt have the P226's I would be in love with my P229. As a disclaimer I've never shot any of them in .40, my sigs are all 9mm although I dont know how that would change things. The P229 seems to have more muzzel flip and I would think the .40 would only make that more pronounced.
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Thanks for the replies guys. To answer about the in hand feel, since my P226 has the E2 grips in which my P229 had the standard grips, I prefer the E2 grip better. As for concealed carry, I have the CZ P-07 in .40S&W that I use as my everyday carry. But I do carry the P226 when I'm wearing something like a hoody which are big and conceal it very well. ElJefe you make a good point about muzzle flip and so does DirtDriver69 in that the P229 is probably built with .40S&W in mind. I wish my local gun dealer had test firearms that I could shoot, but alas they don't. I wish I could get both lol Since I like the way that the E2 grips feel, I'm leaning towards the P226. Any other input is welcomed.
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Test drive a 229, 357 SIG, before you buy anything. Exciting, powerful round.
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It's a case of vanilla or chocolate!
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Test drive a 229, 357 SIG, before you buy anything. Exciting, powerful round.
+1. And a .40 barrel will (usually) drop right in.

I agree that with standard grips the 229 feels fatter than the 226. But you can put different grip panels on the 229 to fix that. What grips come on the Legion?
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Test drive a 229, 357 SIG, before you buy anything. Exciting, powerful round.
My P226 started out as an .357Sig, but I converted it to .40S&W because it's more readily available and cheaper in my area.

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It's a case of vanilla or chocolate!
Funny you should mention that, because I do prefer vanilla over chocolate.

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+1. And a .40 barrel will (usually) drop right in.

I agree that with standard grips the 229 feels fatter than the 226. But you can put different grip panels on the 229 to fix that. What grips come on the Legion?
Hogue g10 grips come on both pistols.

One more question, I've heard that the finish on the P229 doesn't hold up well, but haven't really heard anything about it on the P226, so has anyone experienced this on their P229 or P226?

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I dont know if the 40 is different in measurements but the diff in the 9mm legions was the barrel was 1.2" shorter. Height and width were the same (0.1" diff in height). Biggest diff was the 226 9mm could take a 18 round mecgar mag while the 229 was limited to the 15
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There is no wrong choice. I am a huge 357 Sig and 40s&w fan. My bedside bump in the night gun is a P229 Legion with tlr-3 light in 40 with the +2mag. My 1st floor bump in the night gun is a P226 with a TLR1 in 357 Sig. Both P226 and 229 will perform equally. I tend to lean to the P229 for 40/357 only because it was initially designed for it. It's being more a Sig purist than any practical reasons. Since you have a P226, then a P229 would be a easy choice.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I've read everyone's opinion on the matter and have decided to go with the P229 in .40 S&W. I'm a little leary of hearing about some of the P229 Legion's finish wearing off, but I'm sure that Sig will take care of this issue should it arise. I went with the P229 because as some of you have stated, it was made with .40/.357 in mind. You guys are an awesome community! Thanks again.
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Here is a Legion P229 40 pic to hold you over...






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nice firearm, can't wait until mine arrives at my FFL.

EDIT: It should be worth noting that I sold my P229 because I didn't like it, I sold it off because at the time I needed extra money for bills. It wasn't until I got my head above water that I was able to get the P226 that I currently own. I bought it used to save a few extra dollars and the nice part, it came to me in like new condition from a gun shop in Utah.
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