It looks like a nice find at a nice price.
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Man, was that Haney’s that you bought that at?I had to go to Biloxi for a conference; first one since 2020 due to Covid. When I checked into the hotel, I thought it was a good omen that I was in room 229. I showed up the next morning at the conference and after the business meetings started, I had a break to run a couple of errands. Just a couple of miles from my hotel was a gun and pawn shop where I had previously found nice guns at reasonable prices. As I looked through the cases, I saw a number of new SIG P320s and P365s, even a Legion P226, and at the end of a row, a P229. I asked the clerk to see the P229 and he pulled out a .40 S&W no-rail version, in what I considered to be very good condition. There were the usual wear/handling marks on the dustcover, trigger guard, and front strap, as well as on the barrel hood, although the slide looked brand new. I field-stripped the pistol, and while there were normal wear marks on the barrel, the bore was clean and bright.
There was a paper tag on the trigger guard with the original price of $599 marked out and a reduced price of $549 written on it. Also on the tag was the note that it came with a box. I asked the clerk if I could see the box and he pulled out a blue plastic SIG case, original to the pistol, including all of the tags. Date on the box was 26-JAN-2008. Also in the box were two extra 12 round magazines (used in very good condition), a manual dated 9/2007, and a full-color SIGARMS 2007 Product Portfolio. Inserted in the manual was the warranty registration card, a blue oval SIG SAUER “To Hell and Back Reliability” decal, and a rectangular black & white “got sig?” decal.
I had already decided to buy the pistol but had to ask the clerk what the out-the-door cash price would be. He didn’t hesitate and said $550 as the pistol had already been marked down (the store wrote off the 7% sales tax -$38.50). I didn’t hesitate either and said I’d take it. After filling out the required paperwork and counting out the cash, I was the new owner of a 14-year-old pistol. I asked if this had been a police trade-in pistol and the clerk said that all he knew was that they had bought it from a customer.
I’ve decided that the worn hex head grip screws need to be replaced, and I’ve already ordered a set of Hogue G-10 black checkered grips. I’m not sure if I’ll keep the .40 barrel in it or get a .357 SIG barrel (I already have a P229R DAK with a .357 SIG barrel).
One last thing, what does the “G” in the SKU: E29-40-BSS-G denote?
I figured that. I had been looking at it for a couple of weeks. My gun funds were low, but I talked to them about a couple of trades and thought I may go ahead with it. Clearly I didn’t, but I’m glad someone on here was able to get it. Thanks for sending the pics as it was a very clean pistol. Enjoy it! 👍🏻Yes, it was.
How do her springs look? She pretty clean under the grips?
The braided coil recoil spring still has blue paint on it and it feels like normal tension. I did get the grips off this morning and the frame is immaculate! As SMISSCCJ observed, it was a very clean pistol. I've bought NIB pistols that were not this clean. It has the standard (at the time long) main spring seat. The grip screws had bright red drops of Loctite on them.Thanks for sending the pics as it was a very clean pistol. Enjoy it! 👍🏻
There was a newer German P226 that had the folded slide but I believe it had -GER in the model.Very lucky You. You must live in Mississippi. The G could also stand for German I have a two tone German frame P239 in 40 239-40-TSS-G
Love those grips Sir. And I agree on the chunkiness. I admire the looks of wood grips but they do add to the size.Nice! I love my 2005 no rail 229, it's one of my favorites. Mine was a police trade-in that appears to have never been issued. Unfortunately I didn't get an original box though since it was a department gun. All I did is change the grips because the originals are a bit chunky.
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Nope. Most of my bases were in the northern half of the US or overseas. I did make the obligatory BX run to Keesler before I purchased this pistol. Not only did they have Jim Beam Black on sale, they also had a humidor with boxes of Brick House cigars, for substantially less than I had paid at a tobacco store. It was a good day for me.BTW, were you ever stationed at Keesler?
Definitely a good day. The simple pleasures of life. Nice.Nope. Most of my bases were in the northern half of the US or overseas. I did make the obligatory BX run to Keesler before I purchased this pistol. Not only did they have Jim Beam Black on sale, they also had a humidor with boxes of Brick House cigars, for substantially less than I had paid at a tobacco store. It was a good day for me.