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  1. #1
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    Default P226 vs 229 and caliber options

    Try as I may, I cannot get on board the Glock bandwagon. My wife has one, and I shoot it like shit. I'm a Sig guy and my EDC is a P938 (yes I know, but I'm 160 lbs, live in FL, and don't wear Hawaiian shirts). I also have a P229 non-rail in .40 that was a 21 st birthday present from my father, so it's not a candidate for milling for an RMR.

    I just purchased an RMR-06 and it's going on a Sig that likely won't be carried in a holster often, but will be a bedside/truck/bag gun. That all leans towards a P226, but when considering that you can use the larger mags in a 229, I still get a full grip on the frame, and would want a threaded barrel which bring the length and velocity the same, in addition to the RMR negating the sight radius advantage, I'm having a hard time not just going with another P229.

    Caliber wise, I have no manhood issues with a 9mm, but think that .357 Sig adds increased capability to a longer distance weapon. I don't have an issue with controlling the recoil of my .40, own a dozen different rifle and pistol calibers, reload, and the 9mm mags aren't the same as my EDC, so I'm having a hard time seeing a reason to go with 9mm other than ammo cost and availability.

    Is a P229 Elite or Legion in .357 Sig my best option?

    I've also been looking for pistol stocks that mount to the accessory rail after seeing the Glock PDW capabilities, but found nothing. I weld and have a milling machine, and am aware of NFA laws, but it seems like a sweet setup to have a rail mounted QD stock that holds spare magazines. Thoughts on that are appreciated as well.
    Last edited by gatorgrizz27; 11-28-2017 at 06:52 PM.

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    Sounds like you want Glock possibilities. I'd say get over being bad with them. I used to be better with an M&P.
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    Glocks aren't for everyone and a good DA/SA gun like the Sig is an excellent choice. No matter how good a Glock trigger can be made, it's hard to beat a tuned up single action trigger pull.

    As for 357 Sig...if you're "upgrading" from 9mm then you might as well get maximize what you're going to get out of it. I know there's not a lot of difference between the 229 and 226, but I'd still opt for the longer barrel.

    The 226 is a pretty gentle shooter with 357 Sig and obviously I think it's a good choice.

    Now if you're wanting a PDW, Glock is currently the only game in town.
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    IF you have the potential for longer ranges--but that's a big if... I'd vote for a P226 in 357SIG. Take away a real longer range need, then 9mm seems the obvious choice.

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    I’d consider buying a .40 P229, and then add an aftermarket extended .357 SIG barrel. The P229 would be easier to conceal than a P226, should you want to later head down that path. The P229 would give magazine commonality, the .40 would allow you to shoot some of your existing ammo stock, and an extended .357 barrel would allow you to squeeze out a few more FPS from the SIG round.
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    Okay, so you like SIG Sauers, Buy Shoot and Carry which ever YOU shoot best!

    Personally I own the P 226 & P 228 in 9mm, the P 229 in 40 S&W and the P 220 in 45 ACP. Never encountered any issues with either. I am completely content to carry all as a self defense piece anytime.
    Last edited by Michael Biggs; 12-14-2017 at 06:00 PM.
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    This thread title made me smile my first duty pistol when I got into this business was a 229 DAK in .357. I liked it. We had .40s too, but the sheriff like the road guys to have the .357s and the court guys to have the .40s. Please dont ask me to explain the logic on this. We were issued the Winchester Ranger round for it. I have a good opinion of the 229 from my couple of years with it before we switched to Glocks. I wasn't crazy about DAK trigger but I got used to it; I would have preferred the DA/SA but we didn't get a choice back then. Truthfully if the 224 had been available as a mag compatible back up back then I would have really been happy. I carried a 239 in .357 as a back up in those days. What a trip down memory lane. Btw the .357 round is solid. I'm still wishing Glock would do a 34/35 sized weapon in the caliber. I know I could get a 35 and change the barrel but I couldn't carry it.

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    Gatorgrizz, I have a P229 that SI milled for a red dot. Unfortunately, Sigs are out in terms of milling for SI right now. If this truly is going to be a nightstand/truck gun, I would recommend the P226 as Brent has suggested. As far as PDW, with the extra points of contact, you might find that the Glock PDW is easier to shoot well. If that still isn't your cup of tea, try using a search engine for P226 PDW.

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    Iíd get a Sig SP2022 9mm. The trigger feels better than a P229 IMHO. Itís literally
    half the price and lighter than said P229. I had a P229 in .357 Sig. I found it to be very
    accurate and flat shooting. I didnít like the cost of ammo and bullet reset with rechambering,
    so I sold it.

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