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RR: XD9SC vs....... P229? Long rant ensues

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Old 02-03-2010, 03:14 AM   #11
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With my P226 Navy (before I sold it), I always found my best shot was the first DA shot.
Never figured out why that was...
I shot the gun well, but just had to buy my 1st 1911 so the P226 had to go..
With my P229 (9mm) I can shoot well consistently thru the whole mag.


I think more range time and you will have it down.
When I bought my first XD, an XD9 Service, I shot low and left the first couple range trips.
It just took some getting used to the trigger.
When I had my old P229 40cal, I also had a 357sig barrel for it.
I really liked the 357sig round, it was just fun to shoot.
It is like shooting, well it pretty much is, a really very hot 9mm.
But 357sig ammo was a lot cheaper back then, at it all was..
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:19 AM   #12
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I'd say it's getting used to the trigger and the recoil. I've been shooting in the military for 7 years and sometimes I see and feel myself break my wrist down when the shot goes off. It happens. Everybody has their shooting tips, and this is one I recommend as a combat marksmanship coach: if you can get a quarter to balance on the end of your slide behind to the front sight, aim your pistol, have your fiance put the coin there and practice your double action pull. When the hammer goes forward the coin will probably fall off, but you will be able to see the difference between the hammer knocking the coin off and your trigger pull/wrist breaking knocking it off. If that doesn't work try any coin, or put the quarter on top of the chamber.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:45 PM   #13
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I love my XD45c and my 1911s, but my old, love worn P228 in 9mm is still the most accurate and reliable pistol I've shot. I sent it back for it's 300,000 mile service and it came back with a new guide rod, springs, short reset trigger, and some new Christmas lights.

I went away from the DA/SA operating system to all straight S/A carry guns.

I would bench rest that gun with some good federal ammo, and let an expert or two shoot it. I think you'll find it's a lot more accurate than you are able to shoot it right now. If it isn't grouping well under 3 inches at 15 yards benched, I would give Sig a call.

IMO, and no offense, I highly doubt it's the gun, though it certainly isn't impossible.

It may just not be a fit for you. Fortunately, it's a Sig. If you decide it's not for you, you should get a good price for it, considering how new it is. Hope it works out.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:07 AM   #14
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I always shoot my 229 in 9mm better than my XDM 9mm. When i had a Sig 226 in 40, it was not as accurate as my 226 in 9mm. But the difference was small. I personally would sell the 229 in 40 and get a 9mm version.
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I always shoot my 229 in 9mm better than my XDM 9mm. When i had a Sig 226 in 40, it was not as accurate as my 226 in 9mm. But the difference was small. I personally would sell the 229 in 40 and get a 9mm version.
Or look into a 9mm conversion barrel for your 40cal P229.
Although I've never done that and I'm not sure on any accuracy issues..
This is a Semi Drop In, stock length Conversion Barrel to convert your Sig P229 from .40/357 to 9mm.
Bar-Sto Conversion Barrel - Sig P229 9mm - Top Gun Supply
TGS is out of stock, but this will give you an idea of what you are looking for if you want to pursue this option..

Here is a 357sig conversion barrel for your P229
Sig P229 Conversion Barrel - 357 Sig - Top Gun Supply
TGS is also out of stock on these, but this will give you an idea of what you are looking for if you want to pursue this option as well..

There are several other dealers that have these barrels, or sometimes you can find deals on them in the sigforum.com classifieds. 1LL
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:23 PM   #16
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Are your hands large? Long fingers?

I shot my P229 so so the first time out compared to my XD - which was expected. Then I realized the short trigger that came with it had me bending my index finger further than what I felt comfortable with in its SA pull. The standard trigger fit my hands better and I stopped pulling my groups to the left.

I also flinched a lot with it at first and was inconsistent.

Tightening up my grip as compared to my XD and concentrating on NOT anticipating the shot had me punching 3" shoot n see targets out with EASE at 25-35ft. Now its my favorite gun.

Like somebody said have a friend load a snap cap into every mag and you will laugh at yourself when you flinch. Keep practicing you will get it.
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Are your hands large? Long fingers?
Actually, I have relatively small hands and fat fingers. I did have some thought that the short trigger might be an issue. I've installed the standard trigger and will see how that goes. I'd also thought about the tighter grip... I'll give it a go. Hopefully I just wigged myself out on the first couple of days and I can get this down with a bit more practice.

Thanks to everyone for the advice!
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