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Old 06-09-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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What should I look for in a used P228?

1. CPO vs non-CPO?
2. Refinished vs. not refinished?
3. Does date code matter?
4. Police/Military trade-in?

Appreciate any help. Want to pick up an example of this classic, but don't want to make a mistake.
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reading http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-pistols...ion-guide.html

it's a good start
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Thanks VetteGuy.

I did read it and it's an excellent guide to inspecting a pistol for wear and function.

I was hoping for some opinions on the more general questions I had. Any thoughts about those topics?
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well, if by CPO you mean certified pre-owned like a car, sure that would be preferable.
as far as any of the other items, the only thing that might be of any issue would be (to me anyway) if it were german or NH manufacture. if it's not NIB , it's really not gonna be a collectable. as far as finish goes, remember that Sig will do slides but not frames. I'll get mine redone someday but it won't be a SIG Nitron refinishing.

just go by the inspection guideline, if the owner will let you rip a few rounds downrange, you can see if there are any issues. when in doubt take it to a SIG armorer to give it a once over. I thought my 229 was sloppy but the guy i took it to said it's fine.
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1. CPO vs non-CPO?
2. Refinished vs. not refinished?
3. Does date code matter?
4. Police/Military trade-in?

Appreciate any help. Want to pick up an example of this classic, but don't want to make a mistake.
1. from original owner or nib
2. original
3. matching triple s/n's & proofs
4. no
5. test target
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There is no such thing as a bad P228. However depending on if one is looking for just a good shooter or wants a nicer example the price will vary and vary widely from around $450 to over $1000.

There recently have been a lot of CPOs reported that are W. German made with matching triple serial numbers but reports are that they have had the slide, frame, and barrel refinished which is not bad but makes it more difficult to determine the wear versus a P228 with orginal finish. However these are Excellent graded CPOs from SIG that have had all the springs and breach block pins replaced so they should be good to go if one does not mind the slide/frame/barrel being refinished. CPOs also come with a one year factory warranty.

Police trade ins can be good or even desirable depending on the grading and the price. I own a Zurich Swiss police trade in that was graded A+ and it is cool to have the Zurich PD marks on it. Lower graded police trade ins - such as good/fair can show obvious handling wear but be great shooters with not that much wear on the internals - carried a lot but not shot much.

IMO the date code does not matter as all P228s are fantastic pistols no matter when they are made though as a collectible buyers will pay more for German/West German proofed P228s with triple serial numbers, original finish, with original case/manual/test target and the closer to pristine condition the higher the price goes to over $1000 on gun auction sites.

When buying used it is always best, if possible, to examine and dry fire the P228 you are considering to check for wear and quality of trigger. Of course that greatly reduces the number of P228s available to you. On Gunbroker check a sellers reputation to see if he is shown as accurate in describing firearms he sells. Ask a seller for more pictures if you find one that you are interested in so that you can see the condtion of the frame rails, barrel wear, etc.

Good luck!

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Thanks everyone, and especially Sigarms228.
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. . . IMO the date code does not matter as all P228s are fantastic pistols no matter when they are made though as a collectible buyers will pay more for German/West German proofed P228s with triple serial numbers, original finish, with original case/manual/test target and the closer to pristine condition the higher the price goes to over $1000 on gun auction sites. . . . !
That's good to know. I just bought a used P228 and it has some wear on it (after all, it's a '96 (KG)), so I was going to have it refinished. Now I'll think twice about it. Of course, other than the triple serial numbers, I don't have any of the other things anyway . . . I even had to buy a case for it. And I downloaded a PDF manual and printed it myself! Guess it's a shooter; not a safe queen!

At $525, I'm still happy with it. Regardless of its 'collectibility', they're not making any more of 'em . . .
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Mine just says Made in Germany KH code 228. Looks new pinned breech,internal extracter. Black plastic box 2 magazines test target.
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