Gear: SIG SAUER P228



Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: Approximately 900 Clamaroonies
Average Rating:
(22 Votes)

P228 Text is courtesy of Wikipedia. P228A compact version of the P226, the P228, is also respected worldwide and is currently in use with the US military (notably with the Army CID, Air Force OSI, and Naval Aviation), designated the M11 and is also the standard issue handgun of the Swedish Police. It is also used by many police agencies around the world, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The P228 has a shorter slide and barrel than the P226. Unlike the P226, the P228 is available only in 9x19mm Parabellum with a 13 round magazine, but can also use P226 15 round magazines. The P229 is nearly identical to the P228, but it has a one piece solid steel (vs. the P228's carbon stamped steel) slide and is available in 9 mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG. From a distance, the P228 can be differentiated from the P226 by comparing the trigger guards (the P228's is curved, while the P226's is slightly hooked) and the barrel and slide lengths (the P228's barrel is 12.7 mm shorter, thus having a corresponding shorter slide). Also in a side by side comparison the P228 would appear slightly shorter (2.5 mm shorter) than the P226. The larger capacity P226 magazine can also be employed in the P228 although it extends from the base of the grip. It is also available in the 'Ladies Escort' version with an adapted trigger for women with extra small hands. Manufacture of the P228 was discontinued with the introduction of 9mm chambering in the P229.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 04 May 2008 17:25:15 UTC.
    1st review

    I was lucky enough purchase this 9mm weapon barely used from a friend. It is accurate, dependable and I feel it is one of the finest "out of the box" weapons out there. I believe it will accept 20 round mags though living in California; we don't see many of those. I love my SIG.

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    aaa111, Mon, 05 May 2008 13:48:18 UTC.

    not much on 9's, but its hard to beat a Sig

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    BLACKMAN, Thu, 12 Jun 2008 08:00:11 UTC.

    Carried this as a Deputy for Off-Duty and it worked flawlessly. Sig makes a great gun Second Only to H&K!!

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    Posse44, Mon, 01 Sep 2008 17:14:42 UTC.

    Great maker of guns.

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    dra5697, Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:36:14 UTC.

    This has been my service weapon for 10 years now, I have taken it to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, all over Europe and the US. At times I have not had the best conditions or time to clean it and it has NEVER failed me. This is a great weapon and yes as the detail dtate I am an Army CID Agent. This weapon is ready to fire as soon as it is pulled and I have never have a pause for concern when I break leather and pull the trigger... just like a good K9 the weapon is always ready to serve. Thanks to Sig for this weapon.

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    chad_aldridge, Sun, 10 May 2009 19:31:20 UTC.

    Extremely reliable and accurate side arm

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    JWoodard, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:37:49 UTC.

    As a LE firearms instructor and patrol deputy I have trained and carried the P228 in 9mm and the P229 in .40 and in .357. It is an excellent hand gun. Highly accurate, reliable and durable. The single/double action is easy to master by anyone with a trace of motivation, and offers known safety advantages despite the denial of some. Mechanical safety features are excellent and reliable.

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    CID163, Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:53:34 UTC.


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    rodloose, Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:32:50 UTC.

    When I served in the Marine Corps, I had been issued a .45 Colt 1911 semiautomatic. At the time, this had been the only semiautomatic handgun I had ever shot. My issued weapon was rather old and heavily worn; most of the weapon's components were loose within the frame. I would characterize this particular weapon as unreliable, as it would jam about once every 100 rounds. As a result, I was certainly not a fan of semiautomatic handguns.
    Years later, I became a Special Agent with the FBI. When we went through New Agent Training at the FBI Academy during 1984, we were issued S & W Model 13s, .357 revolvers, with bull barrels. For my off-duty weapon, I purchased a S & W Model 60, .38, "Chief''s Special" in stainless steel. Both weapons performed flawlessly. I was armed with at least one of them during most working hours.

    Sometime around 1995, the Bureau decided that we would phase out our revolvers, and replace them with Sig Sauer P226's and P228"s. I wasn't happy about this change, as I still remembered the negative experience I had with the Colt .45. I put off switching weapons for as long as I could.
    Eventually, the day came when I had to surrender my revolver, and was issued a P226, and later, a P228. Both weapons made a believer out of me. After firing thousands of rounds from both weapons, neither Sig ever jammed. Their accuracy was also excellent. If I were to purchase another handgun, it would certainly be a Sig.

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    jscherschel, Tue, 18 Aug 2009 18:05:57 UTC.

    Excellent weapon. I've been carrying one for over 13 years and have zero malfunctions.

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    CMBustle, Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:26:23 UTC.

    You will find that most Sig's have fewer parts than others which contributes to its longevity!

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    mardet65, Thu, 24 Dec 2009 17:44:23 UTC.

    Let me just say this . . . I've owned and shot my Sig Sauer P228 for eleven years and it has performed flawlessly. No failures to feed or failures to eject, no problem with whatever ammo I've ever used and no broken parts or replacements from day one. I don't believe there could be a better testimonial to the quality and reliability of any gun.

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    bbj5143, Fri, 25 Dec 2009 14:57:09 UTC.

    I carried the P228/M11 for over 15 years, in some of the most inhospitable locations in the world and it never failed to fire or feed; no matter what. Awesome weapon.

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    Uncon214, Sun, 27 Dec 2009 20:59:05 UTC.

    My girl's uncle has one of these. I LOVE IT!!!

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    S_1, Sat, 06 Feb 2010 02:06:57 UTC.

    I started my Law Enforcement career with Nevada County In Ca. Shortly after a arrived we were all given and trained on the Sig 226. Loved that gun so much I bought a 228 for off duty. That was In "1990", Still have the 228 and added a 229 and a 232 for a back up. I can't count the rounds I have put through my 228 over the years, But I am way into the thousands with never a problem at all. Who said an HK was better? Don't bet your life on it Is all I have to say.

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    TGOOS566, Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:58:58 UTC.

    I carry a P226 .40 S&W, since 1997 have nothing but praise for my Sig

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    GIZMOT2008, Mon, 17 May 2010 03:08:32 UTC.


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    Samsusboy, Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:22:43 UTC.

    I must echo the below,, I opted to also aquire the 380 P238 just to round things out..

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    williewop, Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:12:56 UTC.

    after 17 years of carrying every thing from smiths to glocks, the sig sauer is the best weapon i ever carried. the glock would be a close second. i loved the feel of the sig.

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    madrenc, Sat, 27 Nov 2010 16:56:27 UTC.

    one of the best

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    Mongo1, Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:16:15 UTC.

    I have one and it is fast and accurate. +P+ 9mm. Faster and more accurate with the same power of the 357 Sig, with less recoil. Highly recommend this if you can find them.

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    mikeS90, Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:36:08 UTC.

    great reliable weapon. It is my service weapon as a NJ state trooper and has never failed me the thousand times i have shot it. easy to master and use.

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