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Bawana jim
June 15, 2015, 12:23
Looked on the Sig website and can't really determine a difference between the two guns in 9mm. It seems both will take same magazines, are there any differences you know of?

hagar
June 15, 2015, 12:45
The 229 is a lot heavier. I'd go for a 228 in a heartbeat, it just feels right where the 229 is top heavy. And I have both, and a 226.

Bawana jim
June 15, 2015, 13:11
Are the mags interchangeable?

hagar
June 15, 2015, 14:28
Think so, but not 100% sure. My 229 is in 357 Sig.

drcolossus
June 15, 2015, 15:26
The only p228 in their current offerings is the M11-A1. It is essentially a P229 in 9mm as it has a machined slide. The older P228 had a folded steel slide and different frame from the current P229 or M11-A1.

The P229 has changed in the shape of its slide and the type of the extractor.
The 9mm P229 frame after 2010 has changed and is now the same as the larger .40.

There are also differences in their mags as there are P229 and now P229-1 mags that fit the larger frame.
The newer 9mm guns can use either mag but the pre-2010 smaller frame guns can only use the older P229 or P228 mags.

http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-pistols/6212-sig-p229-vs-p228-mags.html

Retired Bum
June 15, 2015, 15:45
The P228 had a folded steel slide with the breech insert. The P229 uses a one piece slide machined out of stainless steel. I bought my P229 back in 1995. I have two interchangeable factory barrels for it. The .357 Sig and the .40 S&W. I believe that the factory 9mm barrel won't work with the .357/.40 slide. Barsto does make a 9mm barrel that will work with the .357/.40 slide. It is supposed to be a drop in unit that requires no fitting. Don't know about mags.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

Bawana jim
June 15, 2015, 21:22
Is the folded slide a bad deal on the 228?

wanneroo
June 15, 2015, 21:53
Is the folded slide a bad deal on the 228?

I don't see why. From 1975 to until recent times, the Sig P220 series pistols were made in such a way and have proven to be tough, legendary work horses. I have a 1982 Sig service pistol built in such a way and especially after I restore the finish and replace the springs, it will outlast me.

Retired Bum
June 15, 2015, 23:12
No, there is nothing wrong with the folded steel slide on the P228. I have two Sig's with them. A 1986 made P226 9mm and a 1995 made P220 .45 ACP. The folded steel slide models weight less and have proven to be quite durable.

A pal of mine bought an after market .400 Corbon barrel for his folded slide P220. If you aren't familiar with the .400 Corbon, the factory loads from Corbon will duplicate the performance of the 10mm Auto round in the 135, 150, and 165 grain weights. It is a warm load and his P220 has stood up to these powerful loads with no signs of accelerated wear on the slide or frame. He uses a heavy Wolff recoil spring when he puts in the .400 barrel.

I have a second P226 with an aluminum slide. But it is for the .22lr conversion.......

And so it goes.


The Retired One

metalreptile
June 16, 2015, 04:54
I don't believe standard P228/229 mags will work with the newer M11A1, even though it is designated a P229. The barrel is stamped P229 and the grips are marked P228. Kinda weird to me, but that's just me. :rolleyes:
Give me an old West German SIG any day.

drcolossus
June 16, 2015, 17:06
Is the folded slide a bad deal on the 228?

No, it makes the gun balance better because it is lighter. The folded steel slide is a proven design.
The machined slide makes the gun feel top heavy and was made to handle the high pressure .40 cal. It is not needed with the 9mm.

gates
June 16, 2015, 18:04
I've owned and shot the crap out of a 228 for 20 years, one of the most naturally pointing pistols I have ever owned - never had a failure of any kind, love my old school 228.

chet
July 11, 2015, 14:19
I agree that the 228 feels better to me than the 229. The 229 did handle the additional recoil of the 40 just fine though.

Are the newer 226s running folded slides or no?

Thorack
July 14, 2015, 10:05
Well,

I bought a Red Box CPO 9mm 229 back in 2007 to practice with. Although it looks great and operates without issue the slide does make it feel top heavy. Got a great deal and found a new barrel for dirt cheap, so its still chugging through everything I feed it.

Thorack

anbu_yoshi
July 18, 2015, 02:40
I don't believe standard P228/229 mags will work with the newer M11A1, even though it is designated a P229. The barrel is stamped P229 and the grips are marked P228. Kinda weird to me, but that's just me. :rolleyes:
Give me an old West German SIG any day.

Smaller magwell P228/P229 9mm mags will work, but will wiggle around in the larger P229-1/E2 magwell identical to the way the P226 mags will wiggle in the P229-1/E2 magwell.

It's just Sig's marketing ploy to name it M11-A1 using P228 grips. They're milking the mall ninja hype of the MK25.

Self-appointed Sig expert and frequent SigTalk flyer here. Newbie FAL owner, but long time lurker.

Bawana jim
July 18, 2015, 10:10
Thanks guys, I ended up with a 228 and I am very happy with it. I have smallish hands and the grip is working out well for me...