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Old 03-30-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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I got a Sig p229 with new TFO sights here with the serial # AD 36 720. It says the frame was SIGARMS INC EXETER NH, FRAME-P229 made in Germany on the frame under the slide... the barrel has a "P" in a circle on it. I swear it feels as heave as my 226 Equinox and the slide seems a little squarer and wider than the Equinox. The slide says Sig Sauer P229 Stainless and Sigarms INC Exeter NH USA. The trigger guard is also a little rounded while my Equinox is more squared.

Can anyone tell me any info on this gun? What the letters and #'s mean?



I would appreciate it, I can't seem to find it.



Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:58 AM   #2
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It's a P229 assembled in Exeter with parts made in Germany. P in circle is the Exeter proof sign. The pistol was test fired in the factory with two overpressure rounds before it hit the market. It was common practics when your pistol was made. Recently made barrels don't have this sign anymore. There was lot's of speculation about it from overly concerned owners, but nobody came up with facts. The AD prefix is a part of the serial number. There is no information in this alphanumeric block. It keeps the serial number short.
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I'd say you are good to go. That date code means it's older and IMO, higher quality than the ones made now.
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I'd say you are good to go. That date code means it's older and IMO, higher quality than the ones made now.


I have heard that from other people. What changed that made people feel that they are higher quality (older SIgs)? I have only had one other Sig and don't know as much about them as I should. Are there any differences between the newer ones and the older ones (aside form the lack of a rail on the older ones)? Anything in particular I should be looking at on an older Sig as far as condition that is different then other semi autos? It seems to be pretty good other then some slight carry wear.
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