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Old 03-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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P229 dao

Hi guys,new to the forum and i just bought my first Sig. A used P229 DAO. I have'nt shot it yet and i'm a little leary that i might not care for the dao feature. I own a handfull of semi autos (glocks,rugers,berreta 92's etc)but nothing in dao. If i don't like it am i "stuck" with it or can i upgrade to a sa/da trigger system? I'm not sure how old this gun is. It has Sig wooden grips and a friend of mine said it was a first generation but i don't know much about Sigs so here i am. Other than the s/n i don't see any other markings that would say anything about when it was made. It's in near perfect condition(to me at least)and i paid $450. If you have any info on this gun i would greatly appreciate it,thanks!
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:48 AM   #2
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We need the first 5 or so numbers of your serial number to determine born on date. And, if it is an older model Sig, the frame will not have the necessary holes in the frame to convert it to SA/DA. Newer frames have the holes and can be converted. I am no expert on this but from previous research on other forums, etc., this is what I have found. Your best bet would be to try your gun and see if you like it. The main difference between your gun and one that shoots SA/DA is that you should be able to carry cocked and locked, similar to a 1911 platform. Your first shot on either gun if carried with hammer down, will be DA anyway. Again, the choice is yours as to what you like. Me, I like the option of being able to carry cocked and locked if I wish.
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The main difference between your gun and one that shoots SA/DA is that you should be able to carry cocked and locked, similar to a 1911 platform.

NO!

DAO and DA/SA are both carried with the hammer down. Do not carry 'cocked and locked' with anything except a SAO (Single action only) that is equipped with a Safety.
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..Some, not all SAO Sigs have the safety, and those that do, are made to be carried either way. I guess I should have clarified that when I made the post. And I am assuming his has the safety, and if not, would not be capable of carrying cocked anyway. Sorry for the mis-placed post.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Sorry guys forgot to give a partial s/n to my gun, s/n is AF 130xx. As soon as i figure how to post pics i will. I'm kinda slow in that dept. sorry. The gun does not have any external safties.
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My best estimate is 1995 manufacture based on the serial number.
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Your gun was made sometime early 1995 according to what info I could find. So it is definitely an older model, probably with no frame holes to convert it. Would require machining I do believe. Not a cheap operation.
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FWIW think the SIG DA is smooth and even (not stagey like my CZ). I shot my newly acquired '98 229 today, it';s not DAO but the first mag I shot all DA (decocked each time) to get a feel for the DA mechanism. It is real nice. All 10 in about a 3-inch hole at 10 yards. Nothing to write home about but I could not have done that with my CZ85.
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Pics of my P229 DAO

Ok guys figured how to download pics so here go's. Here's a couple pics of my p229. One is without the grips to show if it's an early type and also if it can be upgraded to sa/da. The other one just shows the overall condition which i think is excellent.
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After looking at your gun pics, it looks like you have the necessary frame holes. I looked up parts needed to convert, and the cost of the parts from topgun supply is more than what Sig would charge to do the job for you. They list the cost to convert at right around $199. Your best bet would be to call them with serial number to insure it can be done, and go from there. You got a nice looking gun there.
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Here is a list of parts needed to convert your gun to DA/SA. This list comes from Top Gun Supply:Parts to convert from DAO to DA/SA

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Hammer Strut Pin (except P239 which is integral) *Note* Recently, #34280325 and #34280325N have been coming with the Hammer Strut Pin already installed
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Decocking Lever Spring
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Decocking Lever Bearing
Look up these parts to determine cost. Also recommend you get a P series Armorer's course dvd if you wish to do the change yourself. Good Luck..me..I would sell it and buy the one I want.
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Thanks for the info guys, really appreciate it. Plan on shooting it as soon as the rain stops, than i'll decide weather to send it to Sig for the conversion.
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no!

Dao and da/sa are both carried with the hammer down. Do not carry 'cocked and locked' with anything except a sao (single action only) that is equipped with a safety.

exactly!!!
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