These days, getting a concealable gun with optimal shooting performance is challenging. And with the abundance of several guns available, the search becomes even more difficult and exhausting.
Our experts bring you two great guns from the same company. In this review, we give the results of our field tests comparing the SIG p226 VS p229.
Sig P226 or P229?
Sig P226 Versus P229
The P226 and P229 are SIG guns with similar features. Our experts consider them to be identical siblings, owing to their functional similarities based on caliber, trigger, slide finish, accessory rail, and action type.
These modular pistols are chambered in the same 9mm, .357 SIG, and .40 S&W. Both have the same magazine capacity, despite one being a tad bigger than the other.
So which one is a better choice between the Sig P229 vs. P226?
(Alternatively, you can also see read what we wrote about the Ruger LCP and the Taurus TCP.)
Size and Dimensions of Sig P226 Vs. P229
The notable differences lie in their barrel length, slide height, and sight radius length. The barrel length, slide height, and sight radius length of the P226 are 4.4 inches, 5.5 inches, and 6.30 inches.
Compared to the P229, the barrel length is 3.9 inches, slide height is 5.4 inches, and the sight radius length is 5.70 inches. Looking at their dimensions, you will see that the P226 is a tad bigger than the P229, which makes it less of a compact pistol.
Design of Sig P226 vs. P229
There’s no significant difference in the design of the SIG P226 and P229. Both pistols are well-built and have the same size frame, although the P226 is more of a full-sized pistol. The slide material of both guns are stainless steel material, and the trigger is DA/SA.
Both also have the same pistol accessories, like the flashlight attachment, barrel rifling grooves, and the same caliber capacities. The flashlight feature is helpful when you are in awkward, low-light situations or when in the middle of unexpected night threats.
Ammunition of Sig P226 Vs. P229
Practically, Sig P226 has the same ammo capacity as the SIG P229. Both have 15 rounds + 1 9mm Luger, 12 rounds .357 SIG, and 12 rounds + 1 .40 S&W. (How about the Glock 26 and the SIG P365?)
Ballistics Comparison of Sig P226 Vs. P229
Pulling the trigger on the P226 will send the bullet flying 12.33 fps compared to the P229 that will fly at 14.32 feet based on the same chambered caliber. That’s about a difference of 13.9%.
The bullet fired from the nozzle of the P229 will travel faster than the P226, but with a longer recoil. Handling the gun won’t be an issue if you have capable, big hands.
Recoil of Sig P226 Vs. P229
SIG P226 has a shorter recoil than the P229 due to its longer slide and more extended barrel length. Since the P226 has a shorter recoil, you are likely to have better recoil control, resulting in faster follow-up shots and more accurate shots. Our experts proved that while testing the two SIG Sauer guns.
This also means that you will fire the P226 without your index finger experiencing any pain due to the shooting.
The difference in recoil force between the P226 and P229, based on the same chambered caliber, is around 13.9%. Though negligible, it means that the P229 will have slower follow-up shots, slower re-acquisition of sights, and less accuracy than the P226.
If you have shot a handgun before and have a big hand, you won’t have any issue using the P229, despite its high recoil energy . Recoil energy is the pressure felt by the hands whenever a gun is fired. However, you would be better off with P226 if you are a newbie.
Both guns don’t come cheap, but that’s expected since SIG Sauer is the manufacturer. The materials used in manufacturing both guns are expensive, hence, the relatively high price compared to other guns.
As for the price, both the P226 and P229 are within the same price range. The reason for this is due to the similarities between the two SIG guns. We also compared the P938 and P365 here, also from the same brand.
Which is better, SIG P226 or P229?
The Sig P226 is better than the P229 based on recoil velocity. However, when factors like concealability and handling are considered, the P229 has the edge over the P226.
Which is bigger, SIG P226 or P229?
The SIG P226 is bigger than the P229. While both guns come in chambered caliber, P226’s overall length and width are 7.7 inches and 1.5 inches. The P229’s overall length and width are 7.1 inches and 15 inches, respectively.
Are SIG P229 and P226 Magazines Interchangeable?
The Sig P229 and P226 magazines are interchangeable. The P229 magazines were made using the P226 round bodies, so there is no doubt that you can insert P226 mags into a P229, but P226 magazines will stick out. However, you can’t put P229 magazines into a P226 since they are relatively shorter.
Overall Winner: P229
Our experts were impressed with how P229 was easy to conceal. It has a small grip area to fit small hands, which makes shooting and handling easier. The P229 is also a great option for beginners who want to have shooting experience.