The earliest P229s I’m aware of had slides finished in something called “F-coat.” The next version’s slides were finished in the original form of Nitron. That finish was very abrasive and not all that durable. It caused very noticeable wear on the barrel, to the point of leaving a ridge near the top of the muzzle. The worst one I had was a 9mm. The barrel wear didn’t seem to have any effect on accuracy, but it was disconcerting to look at. The sharp edges of the slide also showed finish wear with that Nitron.
The later Nitron that I assume is still used is an excellent finish. It is not obviously abrasive and is extremely tough and durable. I have a P229 that I’ve carried almost daily for years and two P226s that are my primary training handguns. One has over 14K rounds through it and the other over 9000. The P226s have been drawn countless times from leather and plastic holsters, but none of the three show any finish wear on the slides—none at all, even on the sharp corners.
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Originally posted by Shotgun Zeke: Nothing wrong with used. I have a P228 & P229 in 9MM and really like them. I did recently realize my trigger finger is a bit short to reach the trigger correctly. So, if you have stubby fingers, it might be worth checking out before you buy.
Solved that problem with my 1995 P229 .40. G10 grips and GrayGuns trigger. Combo reduces distance from trigger finger pad to trigger face.
Still my favorite SIG form factor in a handgun. Surprising to me that I actually own more P226-based guns because I strongly prefer the compact P228/229 pistol. While I've come to prefer the non-rail versions, I really don't see any serious downside with the railed guns. My P229R is positively the sweetest, smoothest shooting DA/SA SIG that I own.
I have a German made P229 with .40 and .357 barrels. It has been to Gray Guns for their work, and shoots like the other pistols I sent to GGI. It is a 1994 model, AC serial number, and no rail.
However, the action does seem exceptionally smooth. Bruce mentioned that this was typically of the older German made pistols, and recommended that I not let it go. Perhaps the factory does some had fitting, but I am not sure of that.
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I got mine in 357 sig approx 10 years ago. Just bought one in 9mm a few months ago. It is just slightly bigger than the G19. P229 Handles much better for me. It is a beautiful and reliable weapon for carry.