I picked up a used 228 DAO a few years ago for a very good price. I ran a few rounds through it cleaned it and put it in the safe. I bring it out from time to time and run a few rounds through it and back in the safe it goes, I was wondering if it would be worth converting it away from the DA0 and how hard it would be to do. Any thoughts would be appreciated. PS: I really like to have a decocker, cant say why actually.
I only do something like that if I really want it and don't really worry about the value or cost part. I don't look at a gun as any sort of investment. Not to say you don't get lucky by accident at times. Also look at the cost of buying one already in that configuration unless that particular gun has some sentimental value to you.
Not exactly inexpensive to do, but to me it would be worth it. Whether DA/SA, or single action only like 1911s etc., having SA capability is of value to me in a semi-automatic pistol. I've owned traditional DA/SA P series SIGs since the '80s, and wish the SRT 92fstech mentioned had been standard on SIGs from the first.
Matrix has a conversion kit, and I'd imagine Top Gun Supply also has either the kit, or the parts needed available separately to do the conversion.
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Yes, it's worth it. Many years ago I purchased a DAO 228. The DAO trigger pull on the SIG was noticeably heavier than my S&W 3913 and interestingly my S&W 686 revolver. Initially I installed a SIG Short trigger on it and it made the trigger pull more managable.
I had the DAO swapped to a DA/SA and noticed a significant improvement in the trigger, to the point that I removed the short trigger and replaced it with a standard trigger.
I acknowledge that trigger pull preferences are very personal and also vary by pistol so YMV.
Another TTP to improve DA trigger pull I have heard is to use a 19 pound hammer spring instead of the stock 20+ pounder. I recently installed one in a SIG 229 ICW a Gray Guns SRT kit. It definately changed the feel of the trigger pull, but my trigger pull gauge didn't show a difference (could be bad gauge). I don't have enough trigger time on the new configuration to vouch for the 19lb spring personally, but I trust Bruce Gray completely.
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I bought a police trade-in P228 a few years back that was DAO. I originally wanted to keep it that way as a training gun to help practice double action shots....got tired of that and converted it to DA/SA after 2 months.
It was a simple operation after getting the Sig Armorer DVD from Top Gun Supply.
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Originally posted by sigfreund: To convert to double action/single action, you would need the decocker assembly (lever, bearing, spring) and a DA/SA hammer.
And maybe the left grip panel as well. On some Sig FACTORY DAO's, the left panel was not cut out inside for the decock lever. The outside cutout was there, but not on the inside. There was a thread on this subject here years ago, and some doubted this who had never seen a factory DAO, but I posted pictures to clear it up.
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Originally posted by stiab: I posted pictures to clear it up.
Do you still have the photos? I don’t recall ever seeing anything like that and I’ve always had a special interest in DAO models.
Some time after the DAK trigger system was introduced SIG offered a “slim” grip set for the DAK P229, and that would have probably fit the P228 as far as I know. The left side panel was odd in that at first glance it appeared to have the decocker cuts, but there wasn’t room under the panel for the decocker.
I have a set myself, but it was available for only a short time and I never saw the grip except for the set I ordered. It’s within the realm of possibility that a DAO P228 might have been fitted with the DAK P229 slim grip panels, but extremely unlikely.
I would be curious to know if your photos are of the same type of grip.
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