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Old 03-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #16
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Yes the grips are available..you can go here:SS0558
I also PMed you with an alternate site as well.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:37 AM   #17
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Thanks. I PM'd you back. That said. You say this link and the PM'd one are two different places? I went to both and they appear to take me to the same web site?

So a P229 with s/n AHU 18XXX would be the "Standard Frame" option, correct?

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Standard Frame option

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yogiboobooranger.

Thanks. I PM'd you back. That said. You say this link and the PM'd one are two different places? I went to both and they appear to take me to the same web site?

So a P229 with s/n AHU 18XXX would be the "Standard Frame" option, correct?
Yes, I believe so.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #20
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Fuzzy, I'm curious to know where you bought your 229.

I bought my first one, an E29R-40-BSS, at the Sig-Sauer Academy's Pro Shop in November 2011. It has an AGU xxxxx serial number and was boxed 30 November 2010.

My slide has full-height serrations (unlike yours) and a long extractor (unlike yours). Your slide looks exactly like the one on my second 1994-built 229/40, except that it lacks a serial number and Made in Germany stamp.

Like you, I've been listening to complaints about the new version (not sure if Generation 2 applies to the basic 229's evolution). My 2010-built 229/40 has been fault-free with 300 rounds out the pipe (some of them shot in the Academy's defensive pistol-shooting class I took as a refresher to combat skills I applied in Vietnam).

I doubt the long extractor will be the cause of any problems, so long as it (like the short one) is kept clean. My Smith and Wesson M&P40c and my Ruger SR40c each have longish extractors and also have over 50 fault-free rounds out the pipe, FWIW.

I got the second 229 to learn something about build-quality in the old and new versions. I think it's fair to say that the old one is better made (and is more pleasing to my eye), but that is not to say that my new one is poorly made, as some claim. Both shoot equally well, which is to say, they shoot really well, even if I say so myself.

If my new one fails, I fully expect Sig to honor the lifetime warranty I have as the gun's original owner.

Are you the original owner of yours? If so, I'd ask Sig about your gun's configuration. Based on my two 229s, I wonder if you have an older-made slide on a newer-made frame, and if so, should it be so...

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Hello wrdwrght,

I purchased this Brand New P229 / 40 at a local gun store that I have dealt with many times. Has a Jan 2012 manufacture date.

I will say I looked long and hard to find this one with this configuration. It wasn't easy. I was about to give up and then I came across this one. I just didn't want to chance having a possible problem that others were writing so much about here. And probably more important to me was I really dislike the look of the new longer external extractor as well. - Just plain ugly in my book.

I did contact sig since and their explanation to me was that this particular gun was probably by "chance". That is to say, during assembly they had an older style slide, or two? still on the shelf and just happened to grab and use it. And by chance it got sent out with others already using the newer slide with long extractor.

Thats all I know. Just glad I found it

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Good to have SIG tell you your configuration is correct. After that, it's between you and your particular gun, no matter the complaints that others have imprecisely voiced about theirs. Glad you're happy with yours. I am with each of mine.
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Fuzzybottoms- Reading your posts here I sense you had some apprehension investing in your P229. Now that you have it in hand, I hope you're feeling more at ease and I look forward to your first range report. I predict nothing but praise and admiration for your new sig. Shoot safe and enjoy! Don't keep us waiting too long though.
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serial number manufacture date

I have a Sig 229c-357-T, beautiful 229 in two tone 357 caliber, and im trying to get the manufacture date. The serial number starts in AL, anyone have any thoughts?
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I have a Sig P229 like yours except its 9mm and if its an E2 model it was made in 2006-2007. They are limited editions (makes them special).
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Hello wrdwrght,

I purchased this Brand New P229 / 40 at a local gun store that I have dealt with many times. Has a Jan 2012 manufacture date.

I will say I looked long and hard to find this one with this configuration. It wasn't easy. I was about to give up and then I came across this one. I just didn't want to chance having a possible problem that others were writing so much about here. And probably more important to me was I really dislike the look of the new longer external extractor as well. - Just plain ugly in my book.

I did contact sig since and their explanation to me was that this particular gun was probably by "chance". That is to say, during assembly they had an older style slide, or two? still on the shelf and just happened to grab and use it. And by chance it got sent out with others already using the newer slide with long extractor.

Thats all I know. Just glad I found it
with the long extractor.....
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@thinblueline: I also have a 229 with the serial starting with AL. But it's not an E2. Do you have any info about that set up? And does the AL still make it "special"?
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nothing special
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Pull the grips off and look at the date code inside.
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the date code on the grips doesn't mean when the sig was manufactured.

it may be close & could be off by 2-3 years.
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