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SIG-Sauer P229

Semi-Automatic Concealed-Carry Security Pistol [ 1993 ]

The SIG-Sauer P229 series semi-automatic pistol has proven a favorite among police, security and special forces units all over the world.

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The SIG P229 model semi-automatic pistol was developed from the existing P228 series but with police forces and security personnel in mind. As such, it was made for concealed-carry as it would most likely be quickly drawn from a holster positioned somewhere on the wearer's body. Chambering was in .40 S&W and a stainless-steel slide (CNC-milled) was used over the working components as well as the barrel. The sighting feature was of a high-contrast type for quick alignment to the target. The base version was offered with a Double-Action (DA) / Single-Action (SA) trigger unit and various other options found in other SIG models were eventually introduced for the P229. In time, .22LR, 9mm, and .357 S&W chamberings were supported. Service introduction was in the early 1990s.

The P229 went on to be adopted by the nations of Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, Greece, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States - primarily in special forces and police/security circles. In service it has performed admirably well considering its discerning customers and rigorous roles the weapon has been placed in.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Semi-Automatic Concealed-Carry Security Pistol

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
This weapon is either inherently silent/suppressed or can be made so through special assembly added at the muzzle, specialized subsonic ammunition or a combination of both.

Overall Length
180 mm
7.09 in
Barrel Length
98 mm
3.86 in
Empty Wgt
1.91 lb
0.87 kg

Iron Front and Rear


Semi-Automatic; Short Recoil

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moving bolt.
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.40 S&W; .357 SIG; .22LR (model dependent)

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a .357 SIG pistol cartridge
Graphical image of a .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

12-Round Detachable Box Magazine (.40 S&W)
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
82 ft
(25 m | 27 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,150 ft/sec
(351 m/sec)

P229 - Base Series Designation
P229 Equinox - Two-tone accented Nitron stainless steel slide.
P229 DAK - Dept of Homeland Security / U.S. Coast Guard model.
P229 Elite Stainless - Ergonomic beavertail grip; front strap checkering; front cocking serrations; custom wood grips.
P229 SAS Gen 2 - New slide design; melt treatment on frame/slide; SRT trigger system; one-piece polymer grip.
P229 Enhanced Elite - Reduced-reach modular grip
P229 Extreme - Shooter's special
P229 Scorpion - Flat Dark Earth finish; ergonomic beavertail grip; SRT trigger; front cokcing serrations; front strap checkering.
P229 Scorpion TB - Similar to Scorpion base with SIGLITE Night Sights and other subtle changes including threaded barrel assembly.
P229 Combat - Military standard in Flat Dark Earth finish; alloy frame; stainless slide (Nitron); phosphated internal parts and controls; hard-chromed barrel; corrosion resistant.

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