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Old 01-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Sig 220 45acp

To those that know more than me,

I had my heart set on a SIG P229 calibered in .40; however, Bud's has the 220 on sale right now in .45. Unfortunately, I wont be able to shoot the 220 and I wanted to get your opinion on how the two compare.

My uncle has the 229 and I absolutely love the trigger on it and the thing feels like I'm shooting a 9 mm. Will the 220 in .45 have noticeably more recoil? Is it similar or does it have a different feel all together?

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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The experience I will share with you comes from my own 220, which is circa 1978 and has a trigger that is like sex, and a 229 in .40 that I sometimes rent at the range.

As I mentioned, my 220 has the best trigger I've ever pulled. It shatters like glass, probably because it is so broken in. The 229 has a trigger that is typical for a Sig--still quite nice.

As far as recoil goes, I find the 229 in .40 to be "snappier" and more percusive than the 220 in .45. The recoil on the .45 seems more like a "push" and, for me at least, is softer and easier to control for follow-up shots.

Just my two cents. YMMV.
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4o recoil can be harsher than a 45. I like both, but would choose the 45 if I had to.
A 220 will be a pleasure to shoot. On the other hand patience will get you far, and the 229 you miss today will be available again.
Lotsa fish in the ocean. Lotsa guns on the market.
With a Bar-sto conversion 9mm barrel and maybe a 9mm recoil spring that 229 really can be shooting 9mm. A very soft 9mm.
I got one for my 229-40 and it was one of my better decisions.

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If you're looking at the 220 SAS SAO they're listing, I just got mine today. Should hit the range tomorrow. My Initial impression is that this is a great setup.
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Never had a 229 but my sig 220 elite dark has one of the nicest triggers I've ever felt and my 220s recoil feels like a 9mm I couldn't believe it when I first shot it the 220 is a very nice gun and would be my choice and worse comes to worse pick up a 229 later the more sigs the better
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The 220 is a pleasure to shoot. I find that I am more consistent (more accurate, faster back on target, etc) with my 220 then my old 229 - 40cal. There is nothing wrong with the 229, but I am just far more in lover with my 220.


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the 229 may be older & have a well broken in trigger.
which 220 are you looking at? many on sale.

why won't you be able to shoot the 220?

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Oooo, That's Easy....

This is a good question. First hold both guns and feel it in your hands, fit is so important. That said I do own both and hands down my favorite gun, not just between the two, but out of the 12 handguns I own is the P220. Smoooooth trigger pull, sharp clean break every time, very manageable recoil with quick target acquisition and very very durable. I could go on but as my son has told me many times, "Dad, give it a rest."



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it helps if you say which 220 you're referring to, full size, compact, carry, srt, alum grips, finger grooves, all stainless, mid-'90's, newer production.......
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It is the P220 Carry SAS Gen 2, single action only. Its on sale at Buds right now for $700. The reason I wont be able to shoot it is purely based on work/life schedule. It is on sale now and I wanted to take advantage before they are gone, but I wont be able to make it to the range until the 27th of January.

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Well, I pulled the trigger on it. I'm sure I wont be disappointed. This will be my second SIG and I've never shot one I didn't like.

Thanks for the help guys, you definitely set my mind at ease!
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As promised I thought I'd report back. I got the one with rosewood grips they had when Buds first listed them. I gotta say I really like it. Unlike my other Sigs (226, 2022), the slide lock is really stiff and I can't release the slide without pulling the slide back itself which is probably the right way to release the slide anyway. Everything else performed great. The recoil was manageable. More of a push that the Sig XO I was also shooting. And it's a poor comparison but the triggers are very different and I was more accurate with the 1911, but my finger sits differently on the trigger so it may just take some getting used to.
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Had a West German P220 years ago, and wish I had not let it go. I have a P229R in .40 cal. now, and enjoy shooting it. I shoot both .40 and .45 the recoil can be managed on both, and both can be shot very accurately. Just takes time on the range.
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It is the P220 Carry SAS Gen 2, single action only. Its on sale at Buds right now for $700. The reason I wont be able to shoot it is purely based on work/life schedule. It is on sale now and I wanted to take advantage before they are gone, but I wont be able to make it to the range until the 27th of January.

Thanks for all the help guys!
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I have 2 p220's and 1 p229.
Of the 220's one is a stainless elite,at least a full 40 oz weight. The other is a equinox,quite a bit lighter. The stainless is much more comfortable to shoot. Just a dream! The 229 is a pleasure also.It has a srt and enhanced trigger. With 40 it is not much more lively that a 9mm. 357 sig makes it a bit snappy. Now which is better,Redheads or blonds,chocolate or vanilla. Personal preference. The equinox is my second choice to shoot the other 2 it does not matter.
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