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Old 07-26-2012, 01:15 PM   #16
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I have both, 226 9mm, 229 .40. Both are excellent shooters. The 229 is my EDC, though occasionally I will swap it for the 226.

You cannot go wrong with either. Which ever you chose you will go back to get the other soon or later!
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I have both, 226 9mm, 229 .40. Both are excellent shooters. The 229 is my EDC, though occasionally I will swap it for the 226.

You cannot go wrong with either. Which ever you chose you will go back to get the other soon or later!
What type of holster are you using for the P226, IWB? Do you feel much of a difference?
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While I understand that the P229 is awesome in theory would the P226 be dominant due to its longer barrel and yield better ballistic performance and accuracy?
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the longer sight radius & improved 9mm ammo make the 226 hard to beat but many agencies issue 229's in 40 & 357sig.

357 sig is the big step-up in penetration & flat trajectory.
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the longer sight radius & improved 9mm ammo make the 226 hard to beat but many agencies issue 229's in 40 & 357sig.

357 sig is the big step-up in penetration & flat trajectory.
Thanks for the input.

Which ever I get it will be in the .40. I wonder what their main reason is for picking the P229. Is the P226 considered more of a 9MM and does the performance translate to the P229? I know that I am beating a horse here but I want something that is going to provide the best performace and accuracy at any distance in a .40. As mentioned I will get a barrel for the 9mm, and then the .357sig, later. Maybe I am just splitting hairs here.
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As I keep searching for the answer to this Holy Grail Question I stumbled on this which helps me understand a bit more. Looks like the 229 is a bit more beefy to handle the 357 and .40????? How Sig Sauer P229 Is Useful in Military Combats - Business - ECommerce

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I am just thinking out loud...sorry. But the 226 also comes in 357sig?
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Thanks for the input.

Which ever I get it will be in the .40. I wonder what their main reason is for picking the P229. Is the P226 considered more of a 9MM and does the performance translate to the P229? I know that I am beating a horse here but I want something that is going to provide the best performace and accuracy at any distance in a .40. As mentioned I will get a barrel for the 9mm, and then the .357sig, later. Maybe I am just splitting hairs here.
My p226 9mm is at the gunsmith so as a result I took my p229 EE .40 to my defensive handgun course. I'm in love, the p229 is a dream to shoot, smooth fast and it's more compact design is perfection. Up until that point I had only shot it at the range, but the defensive handgun instructor made us do multiple target drills and speed drills so I got to experience the229 on whole new level. DAMN it shoots niiiice!
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welcome from az.

2 varieties of elite, all stainless/40 oz, dark-aluminum frame/32 oz.

i've got an older, ke/'94 226 & several 229's in 40/357.
This is a great picture for comparison. Thanks
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I have the P229 and it is fabulous and yes it was designed for the .40 and .357 SIG and the pistol of choice for the Secret Service.

I also have a couple P226s in 9MM.

You really can't go wrong with either. The both are extremely accurate. I picked up my P229 as a CPO for $490 a few years back and it was as new inside and out.

Shhoting my P229 in .40 is like shooting most other pistols in 9MM.

Nice shooting
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40/357 use the same mags.
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i dont carry either one of these as they are too beefy for my frame
but i actually prefer my 226 over my 229
both are excellent pistols
i seem to be more accurate with my 226 at self-defense ranges for some reason
your results may vary
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Ok so after another day of research.... If I plan on getting a .40 and also a 9mm (Bar-Sto barrel) would that make any difference since the P229 has a shorter barrel?
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Ok so after another day of research.... If I plan on getting a .40 and also a 9mm (Bar-Sto barrel) would that make any difference since the P229 has a shorter barrel?
This is my last question on this. Since I will also be using this with a 9mm barrel I am wondering if it would be better for a longer slide in order to take advantage of the FPS?
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I have a P229, in both .40 S&W and .357 Sig. While I donít own a P226, Iíve rented one at a local indoor range.

P226 in 9mm was very easy to shoot, minimal recoil, very quick and easy to reacquire the target. If it is similar to the P229, the .40 S&W conversion would require a different slide. I can only assume it would be as well or better behaved as the P229 in .40 S&W.

P229 in .40 S&W is also very easy to shoot; bit more recoil than the P226 in 9mm, but very manageable. I got the gun with the .357 Sig barrel and picked up a .40 S&W barrel to save money on target rounds. I found that I preferred the .357 Sig to the .40 S&W for recoil management and accuracy at longer distances. To me it was a bit counterintuitive, but I switch back and forth all the time and shoot both and my performance always seems to be better in .357 Sig.
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