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Genuine SIG P229 from the Secret Service in .357 SIG.

The SIG-Sauer P229 is a pistol used by the United States Secret Service. It is available to be chambered in .40 S&W, .22LR, 9mm and .357 SIG. The Secret Service uses .357 SIG in their P229s.

Description and UsersEdit

The P229 is a compact firearm often used for duty and/or concealed carry purposes. The standard version features a DA/SA trigger. The pistol has also been made available in a DAK (Double Action Kellerman) model, which is a DAO system with two trigger reset points, and a lighter, smoother pull than that of traditional DAO handguns. The SIG P229 is essentially a smaller P228 with different caliber options. The P228 is merely a compact P226.

As SIG Sauer has slowly begun adopting the E2-style grip system across the P229 model range in 2011—a move similar to what is also happening to the larger P226—they have also begun using the .357 SIG/.40 S&W spec frame dimensions for their factory 9mm P229s, presumably to streamline the number of variations in parts needed to be kept in inventory. Although the manufacturer has announced that older-configuration magazines will continue to operate in the new receiver configuration, SIG-Sauer has nonetheless revised new P229 9mm factory magazines to a design that is specific to the resized magazine well of the newly reconfigured receiver/frame. As a consequence, the newer magazines are not back-compatible, due to their larger diameter.

The US Coast Guard began switching over to the P229 in 2004, beginning with the first shipment of 14,000 handguns from the production facility.