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Old 01-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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Would you chance it?

Whilst perusing other forums, I came across a website called gunsamerica.com. They have a LOT of sigs (predominately 226 and 228) in the sub 600 dollar category.

It's a good price, but would you chance it? I know that mid-90 german made sig's are regarded as the best made sig's ever. I know nothing about swiss sig's (even though I know that Sig is/was a Swiss company). Most of these are swiss.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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This is where research comes into play. Know what you're looking at and what to look for. The older Sigs are very good firearms, but some of the older ones do have some issues. A little research, and you'll know what to look for, and the questions to ask.
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What is there that you are chancing?
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What is there that you are chancing?
Sig 228, swiss made, from like 1989. I'm chancing my time, patience, and a few hundred dollars. I might keep saving up for a new 229, like I have always wanted. It's the gun that got me INTO handguns to begin with, before I turned 21. So, it's kind of my dream gun. Maybe I should just wait it out and save for the one I REALLY want instead of emassing a huge collection of "safe queens"
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Stay with what you want.
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I will interject my opinion as a SIG fan. If you are sticking with the 9mm round, then I personally think the P228 is a better balanced gun than the P229 though many like the slightly heavier feel of the stainless steel slide of the P229.

Also, those "Swiss" P226s and P228s on GunsAmerica are probably German-made, or at the least Swiss assembled from German-made parts, even though they are Swiss police turn-ins. From what I have seen when there are batches of SIGs for sale on GunsAmerica, they are usually by a reputable dealer like Robertson Trading Post. While I have not personally bought from GunsAmerica I know a few people who have and they have been happy with their purchases.

The guns themselves were typical police surplus guns, carried a lot (lots of external holster wear), shot a little (very nice internals and barrel), and usually very dirty. Also, be aware that because they are former Swiss police guns, there will be additional Swiss canton markings (shield, lions, etc) on them along with an importer's stamp. Some people won't buy them because of them.

I am a little surprised that if you really want a P229 that you can't find a used one that is comparably priced to these P228s and P226s. I would say keep looking and maybe even try GunBroker. That is where I got most on my SIGs.
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I just bought my first Sig, a new P226 MK25, from a seller on Guns America. I also recently purchased an old (1961) s&w model 27. In both cases the seller had good reviews and what I received was exactly as described.

Read the seller reviews and be careful to read the product description thoroughly. Any questions, ask the seller.

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I purchased one of these about a week ago, I still haven't received it yet but I was told to expect about a week or so before shipment. I'll be the guinea pig maybe for ya if I get it in before the weekend and post the results.

I was also hesitant about it but the seller had great feedback and it is a German made Sig (Swiss turn in) so if figured I'd give it a shot hopefully it works out.
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Can you send these guns into Sig for refurbishing? What does such a service cost?
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I got my 229 locally off of armslist.com I was able to pull the slide and really look.
It is in great shape with no outside wear at all. The barrel shows moderate use-smiles.
I gave 600.00 for it 6 extra mags and some Double tap HP rounds. I turned half the mags an hour later, so I figure I gave 525.00 with 3 mags. A Bar-sto barrel & spring.
For 750.00 I have a 229 that shoots 40 and 9mm flawlessly.
I couldn't be any more satisfied if it was new.
If you live near even a moderate sized city, there are shooters to be had.
After this panic wears off, there will be a lot of 2 box old oppourtunities out there.
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Can you send these guns into Sig for refurbishing? What does such a service cost?
Yes. It is under the Customer Service selection on the Sig Sauer website.
SIG Custom Shop Price List
The "Full Service Package" includes detailed stripping, cleaning, and replacement of springs prone to wear for $84.95. The "Sig Service Package" adds the installation of Siglite (Meprolite?) night sights for $144.95. Sometimes SIG will have their Sig Service package on special for around $113.

I think a deterrent to using the service is the shipping costs. I have personally never used these services, however.
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Sig has round trip shipping for $55.00 if I remember correctly.
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When I bought my 2022 they only had 2 left. One 9mm and one .40 Cal. The 9 had night sights that was going to cost me an additional 100 bucks! The choice was buy the .40 which I didn't want, spend the extra 100 bucks or wait for who knows how long.

I took the 9 and paid the extra 100. I'm glad I did, it's what I wanted. I wouldn't have been happy with the .40

Get what you want and avoid buyers remorse!
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