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Old 04-14-2017, 06:28 AM   #1
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P228 Purchase Advice, Please

Happy Easter Weekend, all.

I have an opportunity to purchase a nickle finish P228. I have not seen the gun, only a couple of pictures. This is what I know/don't know: there is a nick on the rail, the night sights are all but gone, the 13-round mags are zipper-backed with an early 90's date code, it does not come with the factory box (seller bought it used), I do not know if the serial numbers match (yet), I don't know the manufacture date, and I don't know if the finish is a factory finish. The asking price is $700.

Attached are photos that were provided.

Based on this information, what are your thoughts/recommendations? What other questions or concerns should I have?

Thanks.
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:25 AM   #2
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I wish I could help you but there are better informed people on here that can. 228 guru 12131 will probably be on here to help out. I would think if everything is matching and a factory nickel the price would be good.

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Mr Waverly, it looks as the plating is "flaking" on the rail, also other 2 areas circled looks to have a "loss". I'm no expert by any means, but I do know, many vendors, years ago wouldn't guarantee plating aluminum, which is the grip frame.
I don't think without any supporting documentation, to prove it is a factory finish, that it would be worth $700. If the seller wants a sale, he should be willing to give you the serial number, so you could check with Sig CS, to see if they have any records concerning what finish left the factory.
I know there have been several threads here, concerning the fact that sometime distributors would have nickeled finishes applied. To me that isn't the same as a "Factory Finish".
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:17 PM   #4
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I'm no expert but I would pass on it. You'll spend more money just having it refinished and replacing the sights.

You can find good deals on used P239s. My local Cabelas has three in their Gun Library right now for around that same price (not nickel plated). Also check GunBroker.

Also, for a couple hundred more you can have a brand new one and send it to Robar for the NP3 coating if you really like the nickel look.
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Without any supporting documentations to verify its originality, it's all wishy washy, no matter how good it looks. In my stupid years, I would have bought this. But, I've learned along the way.
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Pass.
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Old 04-16-2017, 04:33 PM   #7
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Well...my two cents (worth both pennies)

Here in Kommifornia, P228's are very hard to come by
Thus, expensive

Given the scarcity factor of P228's and since Sig isn't making them anymore, if the #'s all matched and it were a West German gun, I would be tempted @ $700 even with the so called finish "issue"

Can you get it for less? Offer Six Benjamins maybe? At that price, issues become less of a big deal.

I would shoot the **** out of it anyway

...and what a cool gun to shoot!
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Here in Kommifornia, P228's are very hard to come by
Thus, expensive

Given the scarcity factor of P228's and since Sig isn't making them anymore, if the #'s all matched and it were a West German gun, I would be tempted @ $700 even with the so called finish "issue"

Can you get it for less? Offer Six Benjamins maybe? At that price, issues become less of a big deal.

I would shoot the **** out of it anyway

...and what a cool gun to shoot!
I'm tossing the 2 pennies back at you.
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With unknowns and questionable finish, that price is way too high. I'd pass.
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I'm tossing the 2 pennies back at you.
Nah
You keep them
Save them
Put them towards your next Sig
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Sig CS does not have records as to origionality of the types of finishes that left the factory. Best bet in this case in my humble opinion is to try to buy it for 500 or 550 and have it refinished. Klein Plating turned in their records to the Feds when they shut down. Sig records do not go back that far so I have been told. BUT-I have 2 nickel Sigs. About 4 years ago I wrote CS to see if my 228 and 226 were factory nickel. I received a HAND WRITTEN NOTE stating that both left the factory blue. Well guess what-all Sigs left the factory blue on the way to Klien Plating. Anyway my Sigs nickel plating look factory. They are perfect. Also a lot of Sig owners sent theirs to Klien to be nickeled.
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$700 too high priced for a P228 in that condition.

Look for one with triple matching serial numbers, original case, owners manual, signed test target, and no dings!

That is worth around $700.
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This other thread started by alinc100 looks like the same nickle plated P228. He doesn't state what he paid for it, but everyone says it was a good deal.

I found a P228
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This other thread started by alinc100 looks like the same nickle plated P228. He doesn't state what he paid for it, but everyone says it was a good deal.

I found a P228
Everyone congrats him, which is normal. He already bought the gun. No one said anything about "a good deal".

Here, the OP has not bought the gun, and came asking for advice. Big difference.
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Even if the finish IS original, it is flaking off. Pass.
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