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Old 07-08-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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Newbie advice needed on 229 .40

Hello Everyone. I'm new is all regards: the forum, knowledge and shooting experience. Now retired, I've found a passion for handgun shooting. More specifically, Sig Sauer handgun shooting. So far (on advice of friends) I've acquired a Kahr T9, S&W "Shield" .40, and on my own, a Sig P229 9mm Scorpion. The Sig has won my heart and mind, hands down. Here's my question. I'm looking to add the Sig P229 Scorpion (love that look and feel) in the.40 caliber to the growing stable but am concerned about the recoil issue. I can shoot my .40 Shield but it's not a particularly pleasant experience. If the recoil on the P229 is similar, I'd like to add another Sig in the .40 that is somewhat gentler. Also, I'd like to know if the grip size on the two models, 9mm and .40 are the same. Thanks in advance for your help. I read the forum regularly and know that the members are knowledgable, enthusiastic and fun! (PS I have the P238 HDW on order so I know I've got the bug.)
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:58 AM   #2
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Have you considered a P226? It is the full sized version of the P229. Shooting my P226 in .40 is great, the extra weight and length of the full size makes it very fun to shoot.
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If you are going to start a sig collection you, it should include a P226 somewhere in there, so why not get one in .40. Being full size it should be easier for you to shoot than the smaller 229 or Shield.

plus you've already got your .40 shield or P229 scorpion for CCW.
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nah...the p229 in a .40 s&w is perfect. The pistol has appropriate mass to manage it all and IMO is perfectly suited for the .40. The .40 s&w does "pop" rather then "push" generally, it's the nature of the cartridge in my experience (glock 23, 27) but it's not harsh or at all uncomfortable for me in the p229. I have not shot everything, but have had occasion to shoot a number of pistols in the .40 and for me the p229 seems best

I have the p229 in the .40 and the p226 in the 9mm... both seem simply ideally suited for these respective rounds. Cadillac 9mm (p226) and BMW taught-control in the .40s&w (p229).
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Find one and shoot it.
I've had a pair of P229's 40 for about 15 years, I recently acquired a MK25 just because, the 9mm P226 has of course less recoil and for me is easier to shoot and easier on the hand but I shoot the MK25 mostly for target work and carry the P229's because I prefer the 40 S&W for combat.
Why not just put a 40 S&W barrel in your 9mm P229?-Dick
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Hi John,

First of all, Welcome to SIG Talk from California!!! If recoil is a concern, I would recommend going to your local gun range, and rent a p229 in 40. Personally, the recoil from a 40 is not bad at all. As for grip size, 9mm and 40 is the same...
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I have a SIG P229 in .357 SIG. Big bang and very manageable recoil. Picked up a .40 S&W barrel for it and found it very easy to shoot. I put 50 to 100 rounds through it each time at the range with no noticeable hand or wrist fatigue.

I would imagine a P226 in .40 S&W would also be very manageable. I will let you know in case one ends up in my stocking this Christmas.
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I have three P229s - one each 9mm, 40S&W, and 357Sig. I am aware of the recoil but it hasn't been an issue. Of course, the 357 has the most recoil, but the 40S&W is very manageable. You most likely will not have a problem with the 40. Good luck, I think you will find that Sigs are great weapons. Enjoy!
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Thanks all; this is great stuff! Regarding the 226; I'm planning on carrying the proposed 229 - 40 and think the larger 226 might be just a little too large for comfort. I originally purchased the Shield for CCW but as previously described found the recoil to be an issue. I know, in the rare situation where one would have to rely on one's weapon, the memory of recoil would probably not be foremost in the adrenal-fueled mind. Still, I'd like to have total confidence in my ease with the weapon. I go to the range at least once a week to work on my skills and I like the idea that the pistol I carry CCW is the one that I like to use best; and that carry, in my opinion at this time, should be Sig Sauer. One other question: What is involved in converting my current 229 9mm to a .40? What parts would I need and how difficult is the conversion?

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Thanks all; this is great stuff! Regarding the 226; I'm planning on carrying the proposed 229 - 40 and think the larger 226 might be just a little too large for comfort. I originally purchased the Shield for CCW but as previously described found the recoil to be an issue. I know, in the rare situation where one would have to rely on one's weapon, the memory of recoil would probably not be foremost in the adrenal-fueled mind. Still, I'd like to have total confidence in my ease with the weapon. I go to the range at least once a week to work on my skills and I like the idea that the pistol I carry CCW is the one that I like to use best; and that carry, in my opinion at this time, should be Sig Sauer. One other question: What is involved in converting my current 229 9mm to a .40? What parts would I need and how difficult is the conversion?

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The conversion is easy as pie. Just like the .22 conversion kit. And just like the .22 kit, you will need an entire .40 S&W slide/barrel assembly, as well as new magazines.
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a 229, all stainless is heavier & will help a little & is nice to look at.
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You should rent if you can. Also...if you are only interested in the P229 platform, you may want to consider the Stainless Elite. The stainless steel frame will add more weight than the aluminum frame resulting in less recoil. Plus...you get the SRT option, and it's simply a beautiful work of art.
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Hello Everyone. I'm new is all regards: the forum, knowledge and shooting experience. Now retired, I've found a passion for handgun shooting. More specifically, Sig Sauer handgun shooting. So far (on advice of friends) I've acquired a Kahr T9, S&W "Shield" .40, and on my own, a Sig P229 9mm Scorpion. The Sig has won my heart and mind, hands down. Here's my question. I'm looking to add the Sig P229 Scorpion (love that look and feel) in the.40 caliber to the growing stable but am concerned about the recoil issue. I can shoot my .40 Shield but it's not a particularly pleasant experience. If the recoil on the P229 is similar, I'd like to add another Sig in the .40 that is somewhat gentler. Also, I'd like to know if the grip size on the two models, 9mm and .40 are the same. Thanks in advance for your help. I read the forum regularly and know that the members are knowledgable, enthusiastic and fun! (PS I have the P238 HDW on order so I know I've got the bug.)
I just came across a Miami PD 229 w/ Crimson trace laser 3 mags and the sig law enforcement case. (Family Member)
Email me if your interested
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"I know, in the rare situation where one would have to rely on one's weapon, the memory of recoil would probably not be foremost in the adrenal-fueled mind"

I don't believe that at all.

SIG website or a call to SIG with your serial # in hand will answer your question, it may be just a barrel.-Dick
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Thanks again to all who offered their advice. By way of update, I took delivery today on my P229 40 Stainless Elite. What a terrific machine. I haven't fired it yet; needed to bring it home from my FFL and baby it a little first. Lubed up now, she's ready for action. Thanks again, everyone!
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