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Old 07-17-2012, 12:34 PM   #31
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:49 PM   #32
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...I found them on midlandusa listed as for the p228/229 and they work great. Half the cost, I think I bought 2 when they were on sale for about $22 each.

Mec-Gar Magazine Sig Sauer P228 9mm Luger 15-Round Steel Blue
Product #: 560839 Mec-Gar #: MGP22815B
I just looked at those magazines...but I don't think they will work in the P229 I just ordered. The P229R that I ordered uses the P229-1 magazine, and these appear to be for the older, wider mag well. Or am I misunderstanding?
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I just looked at those magazines...but I don't think they will work in the P229 I just ordered. The P229R that I ordered uses the P229-1 magazine, and these appear to be for the older, wider mag well. Or am I misunderstanding?
Yes, those mags are for the original older 9mm p229 frame.
The best way to tell the difference is the leangth of the extractor.
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The best way to tell the difference is the leangth of the extractor.
I just got my P229 in last night, and it does have the new, longer extractor in it. The magazines are also labeled P229-1. (They also say "Made in Italy" on them, so I assume they are Mec-Gars.)

I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of the Diamond Plate. I'd never seen one "live" so I was expecting something pretty garish. It's not at all, IMO. It is noticeable, of course, but the slide seems more of a matte stainless than a hard chrome. I'm really glad I ended up ordering this model, and saving a good deal of money. I know I'm in the minority on this, but I actually like the finish (on this one, at least.) I ordered some more P229-1 magazines from Greg Cote LLC.

Now to clean it and shoot it! Like most new SIGs, it came dripping in oil.
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Good purchase! Wipe down the exterior and shoot it. No internal cleaning required or complicated grease treatment, thes e things just work or they not worth anything, which is one reason that people just love SIG's!-Dick
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I'd still break it down (normal take down) and take a look...then "rinse, lather, repeat"...

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I'd still break it down (normal take down) and take a look...then "rinse, lather, repeat"...

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I always like to field strip and clean a new pistol anyway...for one thing, it lets me look it over, get familiar with how it breaks down, and of course cleaning a gun never hurts. SIGs are incredibly easy to field strip (detail stripping is a different matter) so that's not a pain. The only gun I have ever owned that drove me crazy and I could not get back together was a Ruger .22 pistol. I bought one in the 70s, and in the 80s I gave up on trying to get it back together!
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