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Old 10-17-2002, 07:59 AM   #1
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Handgun Review: SigSauer P228 9x19mm



Overall: 4/5
Reliability: 5/5
Accuracy: 3.5/5
Durability: 4/5
Rust Resistance: 3/5
Ergonomics: 4/5
Trigger Pull: 3.5/5

This is a review of the Sig Sauer P228. It is a compact double-action 9mm pistol with an aluminum frame and steel slide. I owned one for about 6 months before selling it.

By far this pistol's best trait was its sheer reliability. I purchased it used...heavily used. I fired hundreds of rounds of assorted ammunition through the gun, and it always worked flawlessly. Its accuracy was quite good in spite of visible wear in the barrel, and became outstanding with the addition of a Bar-Sto replacement barrel. Recoil was extremely light even with +P ammunition. In spite of being obviously abused before I even got it, the P228 was still extremely "tight" and smooth-functioning. It also has fairly thin grips, in spite of being designed with a 13-round capacity. However, it was a bit prone to rust where the finish was worn.

My only other criticism of the pistol is its trigger. Fired double-action, the trigger was entirely too heavy for my taste, making it difficult to shoot the pistol accurately. In single-action, the trigger was much better, but still a bit on the heavy side.

Although it functioned very well with all types of ammo, it seemed to have the best accuracy with Federal Hydra-Shok 124gr +P JHP. Pro Load 124gr +P JHP and Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P JHP were also accurate, reliable and low-flash loads in this pistol.

The Sig Sauer P228 was an excellent pistol that I can recommend without reservations to anyone looking for a compact, accurate, and reliable double-action 9mm.
 
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Old 10-17-2002, 08:10 AM   #2
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Comments: I wrote this review a while ago, and looking back would probably rate the P228's ergonomics a smidge lower, as P-series SigSauers have a kind of funky feel to me. But the functionality of the thing could not be denied, it ran great even when filthy & loaded with the cheapest crap ammo you could find. I really abused the sucker and it kept on ticking, but for some reason never did suit me.
 
Old 10-19-2002, 03:37 AM   #3
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The 228 is my all time favorite. Fits my hand like someone poured it into my first. Next to a 1911 it is what I carry the most now.
 
Old 10-19-2002, 06:38 PM   #4
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Hello, ya'll. Do you like/dislike/ or are indifferent to the P225? Just wondering?

Best and thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-20-2002, 03:24 AM   #5
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Have a 225 also. I happen to like SIGS(have 220,225,228,229,230). The 225 is basically the same top end as the 228, just a little thinner single column frame. While I prefer the 228(because of how it fits my hands) I think the 225 is as good.
 
Old 10-20-2002, 03:29 AM   #6
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I sure don't know what happened to that post. Posted me as a guest. Hey Dane, does this mean dinner and a cigar?

Have a 225 also. I happen to like SIGS(have 220,225,228,229,230). The 225 is basically the same top end as the 228, just a little thinner single column frame. While I prefer the 228(because of how it fits my hands) I think the 225 is as good.
 
Old 10-20-2002, 03:48 AM   #7
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A friend of mine describes his 225 as, "It's like pulling Excalibur from the Stone".
 
Old 01-19-2003, 07:54 PM   #8
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HELLO! IAM NEW TO THIS FORUM AND EVERYBODY HERE SEEMS TO HAVE GOOD COMMON SINCE SO I LIKE IT! NOT A BIG FAN OF 9MM BUT I LOVE MY 228, ITS THE ONLY 9MM I OWN. IN MY OPINION SIG ARMS IS THE BEST SA/DA AVAILABLE AND I HAVE OWNED THEM ALL AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. I HAD A BAD TRADEING HABBIT BUT IAM RECOVERING WITH THE AID OF A LITTLE THERAPY <-- JOKE! :lol:
 
Old 01-20-2003, 04:43 AM   #9
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HELLO! IAM NEW TO THIS FORUM AND EVERYBODY HERE SEEMS TO HAVE GOOD COMMON SINCE SO I LIKE IT! NOT A BIG FAN OF 9MM BUT I LOVE MY 228, ITS THE ONLY 9MM I OWN. IN MY OPINION SIG ARMS IS THE BEST SA/DA AVAILABLE AND I HAVE OWNED THEM ALL AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. I HAD A BAD TRADEING HABBIT BUT IAM RECOVERING WITH THE AID OF A LITTLE THERAPY <-- JOKE! :lol:
Thanks but please DON'T POST HERE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
 
Old 01-20-2003, 04:13 PM   #10
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woooops! sorry, I did not know. I guess I should go ahead and apologize for all those other posts that were in capital letters as well. :roll:
 
Old 02-12-2003, 06:01 AM   #11
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As usual I am late for dinner. I own a P220, P226, P228, and a P239. The P228 is my favorite and it fits my hand the best. I find the P220 and P226 to be too large for easy CCW carry and the factory grip on the P239 is too small for me. I shoot these weapons on a regular basis and I always describe Sigs as boring. Why? They don't jam and they shoot where they are aimed every time. Regards, Richard
 
Old 02-16-2003, 08:03 PM   #12
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I like the 225

Don't own a 228 but do have 226 & 220 - I like the 225 best - I'd like to try out a 229 (kissing cousin to 228) in .40 as that seems like the ideal :lol:
 
Old 02-19-2003, 04:28 AM   #13
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I have owned a P228 since 11/28/1994 and I doubt I would have kept it if it were a dog. I have large hands and the P228 is among my favorite 9mms. I like to say Sigs are boring. What do I mean? The are accurate, reliable, and in my opinion damn near perfect handguns. Regards, Richard
 
Old 02-21-2003, 11:15 AM   #14
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I haved owned two P228's over the last 11 years and cycled over
20k rounds in the first with miminal depreciation in accuracy and reliability.
Not too bad a testimonially considering the abuse!

In my opinion, probably the best overall 9mm pistol for general
purpose, protection there is right out of the box with the exception
of the Browing HiPower for which it is on par with.....
 
Old 02-21-2003, 01:37 PM   #15
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SIG P228

It was my first handgun. I love it. Seems like everyone else's here, mine has never had a malfunction, either. The only other 9mm I own is a P7M8 and it's a pretty sweet gun, but does not compare at all in terms of reliability if it weren't cleaned religiously after each firing.

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Old 02-28-2003, 11:17 AM   #16
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P7 is a nice platform, does have that high cost of initial ownership!
I 've spent a great deal of time behind the P226 and enjoyed its virtues
very much. So, when it came down for me to front the costs for a Sig,
the P228 was the better choice for concealed carry and as I was already
very familiar with the ergonomic points of the pistol.
 
Old 08-21-2003, 04:55 PM   #17
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Love the SIG's...except for....

Hi All,

First post here in this terrific forum.

I've shot and owned quite a few handguns over the years....and many times I have considered a SIG, especially the P228. I've marveled at the crafstmanhip and blocky-but-graceful lines of the design. The only thing that has kept me from taking the plunge (after shooting all P-series models) is a small pet-peeve of mine when it comes to semi-auto pistol design....bore axis. Being one who has grown up shooting 1911's and Hi-Powers, I've never liked DA autos in general, but was respectful of their benefits in terms of safe carry and first-shot operation under stress. I've found the SIG's stock trigger action in both modes to be the smoothest and most natural-feeling of all DA autos available. I can recall at least three times when I've been at the gun store ready to buy a SIG, but decided not to at the last moment...usually after test firing on the range.

Ergonomically, I think the SIGs' grips are some of the best out there. My point of reference has always been the Hi-Power, which always seems to fit my medium/large-but-not-meaty hand perfectly, without the need of custom-contoured grips or finger grooves. I've owned several Glocks, and while I've been nothing but delighted with their reliability and performance, they point a bit high from the get go, while the aforementioned 1911 and HP's grip angle are spot-on. The SIG's grip angle is more akin to the 1911 and HP, with a nice gentle curve o nthe backstrap that my hand likes so much, but its bore axis is decidedly higher than the three other pistols mentioned. I've always felt that the lower a pistol's bore axis, the more natural and 'finger-point'-like the handling characteristics are. I use a classic Weaver two-hand grip, and when bringing a SIG up to ready, either from strong-side holster-draw or ponting down, I occasionally have lower the pistol a bit to get the sights in line...most likely due to my muscle memory from using pistols with lower bore axis'. Consequently, I went through a similar adjustment period with my first Glock, because of its higher-pointing grip angle. But the extra height of the SIG's rear slide profile was a bit more jarring to me.

Additionally, I have noticed, as have others I'm sure, that the SIG pistols tend to exhibit slightly more muzzle-flip than other pistols of identical caliber and similar size/weight. Again, the higher the bore axis, the more torque that's applied to the shooting hand and wrist under fire. I've actually found the lighter Glock 19, and even the tiny 26, quicker and easier to shoot in terms of accurate follow-up shots than the P228 because of this. The SIG's accuracy was excellent, but I had to adjust more for each shot.

This is in no way meant to bash SIG's. I find them to be superbly made ultra-reliable, and attractive pistols...truly worth every penny. It actually aches my hearth a bit to have the above issues with the gun, but comfort while shooting (at least as much as is left to the shooter) is a huge issue with me when choosing a pistol for purchase. If anything, the points like those that I have made will hopefully aid new handgun owners in choosing the right gun and considering alternatives, just in case the SIG is the first gun they try.

All the best, and shoot safely.
 
Old 11-23-2004, 06:07 AM   #18
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sig 225

I really like the sig 225. It is very concealable,shoots great,durable and fits me just right. I am a military small arms technician and idpa shooter and of all the firearms I have ever worked/fired it is probably my favorite.It ammo capacity is not all that great but I train to end a conflict very early if possible. It is my favorite sig.My wife want one for personal carry also that says a lot considering she doesnt even like larger framed autos.All in all it is a great and very verstaile pistol.
 
Old 04-17-2005, 07:55 AM   #19
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After going through several SIG models, I'd have to say that the 228 and 2340 were my favorites.
The 228 is far superior in ergonomics, and it does like +p ammo, a lot.
The accuracy is good to very good, and the reliability, as always for every SIG I've tried, is 100%.
It does, as he said, take a beating and stay tight and definately is above the average pistol, but it happens to be priced above average, too.
I paid $500 for mine brand new, and I think it's worth every penny. (Yeah, I prolly overpaid a bit, but I support my local gun shops.)
 
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I have a G19 and a 228 (bought the 19 first). Would never sell either one as it would put me in a kind of "Sophie's choice" position. I love both guns, but the trigger on the 228 is out of this world in SA. I do some steel plate shoots for fun and always score better/faster with the 228. I just thumb cock it for the first shot to avoid the heavier DA. The mag capacity can be brought to parity by purchasing MecGar 15 rd mags which have been flawless. The 228 also appears to be immune to limp wrist malfunctions which can tie up a Glock.

Just wish the finish on the 228's slide didn't rust so easily, and didn't need roll pins driven out to detail strip it. The Glock on the other hand can pretty much be ignored as far as cleaning goes--it just won't rust.

The bore axis thing is a non issue for me, as I've found a good trigger ALWAYS wins out (for me) when I shoot for score. Keeping my eyes open for a 226 also.
 
Old 10-10-2005, 01:24 PM   #21
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As time goes by I'm finding that I'm liking my 229 and 220 less and less. I own: 4 1911s (various sizes), 6 Hi-powers, 2 XD series pistols, 3 Glocks, 2 CZ's and a few other smaller caliber pistols so I have plenty of experience with Sigs. Sigs are very well made and totally reliable guns, no question about it. That said, having shot so many other guns I now have concluded that Sigs are relatively bulky, somewhat top heavy and have a very heavy double action trigger pull that without a doubt effects first shot accuracy. In single action mode they are tack drivers.

I'm also slowly giving up on the 40 smith and wesson caliber. Why? I would rather make sure I have total assurance of a first round hit (with a 9mm) than the possibility of a miss due to higher recoil and stiffer trigger pull in a 40 S & W. The recoil sensation in 40 S&W guns is noticably sharper that a 9mm and even a 45 ACP, which is more of a thud.

What suites "me" best? Hi-power is by far the best, then all the rest are tied.

It's a personnel choice, thank God we have can make them.
 
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