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Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:57:33 pm »
In response to Mad Orgre's Challenge, I present a review of the first firearm I ever owned, a SIG-Sauer P228.

I bought the SIG-Sauer P228 because, looking back, I really know any better. Which is not to say it was a bad gun, it just wasn't ideal for me. I'll talk about that more later. When I bought the SIG, I'd narrowed my list of first guns to either a S&W M&P-22 rifle, a Browning Buck Mark .22lr pistol, a S&W Model 10-5 or 10-7 with a standard-profile barrel that was 4" or 5" long (preferably 5"), or a SIG P228. The Smith and the SIG went on my list because I thought they looked pretty (the Smith) or just plain cool (the SIG). There were no S&W M&P-22s or Buck Marks at the gun show, and the only Model 10s I found were heavy-barrel variants, but there was one P228, and at a very good price too. So it followed me home.

The Good:

The SIG was bug-nuts reliable. I mean it would run for roundabout 1000 rounds between cleaning & lubing, no problem. Granted, I didn't run any nasty ammo through it, but it ate everything with narry a hiccup. The only issues I have were with the one SIG mag that came with the gun, the occasional failure to feed and every so often the mag wouldn't properly seat in the gun, so I bought new mags (one SIG, the rest MEC-GAR) and the problems went away.

Recoil was relatively soft, as should be expected with an all-metal 9mm, though the high bore access meant that there was a fair amount of muzzle flip.

And the trigger... oh, the trigger. DA was super smooth, and SA was crisp, but reset was fairly long. That trigger spoiled me rotten, let me tell you.

The Bad:

The standard grips were just a touch too thick for me. I have piano-player hands, i.e. small palms with long fingers. So the grips were ever so slightly too big. I occasionally looked into getting an E2 Grip Conversion from SIG, or smaller/thinner two piece grips, but never went all the way for no real reason other than I was cheap and didn't want to spend the money. As a result, I could never shoot the gun as accurately as, well, any other handgun. Don't misunderstand, I didn't have horrible accuracy with it, I just couldn't shoot real nice tight groups no matter how hard I tried.

The sights that the gun came with were standard low-profile bar-dot sights, and as the gun was used, the front white dot had had been worn almost completely off. Serviceable, but not ideal. I had the 'smith at my preferred store/range replace them with a set of Trijicon HDs. Those were much easier to pick up, and my accuracy with the gun increased noticeably, but still wasn't super great.

Finally, in the months leading up to my ultimately selling it, the roll pin set that held the breach block in place developed a tendency to start walking back out of the left side of the slide. This I ultimately blame myself for, as I'd put probably close to 4K rounds through the gun since I bought it and had never replaced the recoil spring. In fact, I had not replaced the recoil spring even after I first bought the pistol.

Ultimately, I traded the SIG in towards my new CZ-75b. While I did not regret doing so at the time, looking back, I am sad that I let it go. True, the pistol had problems, but none that I couldn't have recitified if I hadn't been such a cheapskate.

Overall Ratings:

Accuracy: 8/10. I give the SIG an 8 because, while it didn't shoot patterns, I could not for the life of me get nice, tight groups with it. However, several of my friends were able to shoot cloverleafs with it, so the gun was very accurate. Just not in my hands.

Reliability: 10/10. As I said, the gun never hiccupped, mag issues aside. Didn't matter how bad I or anyone else limp-wristed it, the P228 ran like a Swiss watch (see what I did there?  ;) )

Satisfaction of Ownership: 10/10. It was my first gun, and I loved the heck out of it. And looking back, if I hadn't been so critical of its few failings, most of which were imagined or my fault, and/or been such a skinflint with it, I would never have sold it. Unfortunately hindsight is 20/20, and while I am enjoying the SIGs replacement, I do ultimately regret letting it go.
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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 06:09:58 pm »
     :clap  YES!   This is what we're looking for!

    My experience mirrors yours with the 228.  However, I did have issue with my Trigger Return Spring once.  It was an easy fix and then never had another issue.   

    I'm actually looking to get another one in the form of an M11.
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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #2 on: November 25, 2015, 06:15:52 pm »
    If I get another SIG (BIG if, as my forthcoming P232 review will explain) it will probably be a new-production P229 with the E2 grip. Possibly the Legion model, if I have a chance to handle one before buying.
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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #3 on: November 25, 2015, 07:03:43 pm »
    I would save up for the Legion model, I just bought the P226 Legion today and it is AWESOME!!!  I felt remorse after trading my TacOps six months ago, so I quickly remedied that bad choice with the purchase of a Legion Sig.

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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #4 on: November 25, 2015, 08:03:35 pm »
    I would save up for the Legion model, I just bought the P226 Legion today and it is AWESOME!!!  I felt remorse after trading my TacOps six months ago, so I quickly remedied that bad choice with the purchase of a Legion Sig.

    How do the Legion grips compare to the old-school two-piece plastic grips? Not the original two-piece grips, but the later design with SIG SAUER or SIGARMS markings?
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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #5 on: November 25, 2015, 08:51:17 pm »
    I've only had the TacOps grips with the built in magwell, and some custom G10 grips from Mil-Tac.  The Legion grips are better than both.  They look and feel slimmer than the factory grips (some of this might be due to the undercut of the trigger guard), and the texturing is perfect--not too aggressive/abrasive to hurt, but enough checkering to stick to your hand like sandpaper. 

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    Re: Challenge Accepted: SIG-Sauer P228 Review
    « Reply #6 on: November 25, 2015, 08:53:33 pm »
    Awesome, thanks.
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