Just Announced: SIG P-229 Limited Edition Carry Models

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In recent months SIG Sauer has put a great deal of effort into improving and modifying the P-229. I first announced the Legion P-229 on October the 5th (The Legion 229). Just yesterday I received an email from SIG Sauer announcing two more new models in the P-229 lineup will be available very soon. One could actually say there are three models. The new models are the SAS 40 S&W/.357 SIG as well as the Nitron in 40 S&W/.357 SIG. Both of these pistols can be converted to 9mm with the use of the new X-Change 9mm kit.

These new pistols have features that many P-229 users will recognize. Both the SAS and Nitron have the standard P-229 frame and use the standard P-229 magazines. The difference lies in the slide,barrel and internal workings. Both pistols have a 3.5 inch slide and barrel. This is reduced from the standard 3.9 inch barrel and slide of past versions. The purpose of course is to enhance concealability. Both pistols use the new Siglite night sights.

The Nitron uses the standard internals of the classic P-229 while the SAS features the SRT (short reset trigger). The SAS also has all edges rounded and smoothed. Both variations have the new G-10 grips which are nearly identical to the Legion P-229 only lacking the medallion of the Legion.

The MSRP of the Nitron is $1142.00 while the SAS runs slightly more with an MSRP of $1176.00. Interestingly enough neither pistol has a picatinny rail.

This press release from SIG

NEWINGTON, N.H. (November 12, 2015) — SIG SAUER, Inc., is now offering the P229® Carry chambered in .40 and .357SIG. These reduced-length pistols maintain the standard grip length and magazine capacity as the standard P229, but with a shortened slide and barrel length.

Available in Nitron® and SAS models, the P229 Carry features a non-railed alloy frame and durable Nitron finished slide. SIGLITE® Night Sights come standard. Black G-10 grips offer a stout grip, even when wet.

The 3.5˝ barrel makes the P229 Carry easy to draw from concealment or a duty rig. Ideal for inside the waistband (IWB) carry, the P229 Carry uses standard length, full capacity P229 magazines, making it a great back-up choice.

“As we’ve worked with armed professionals over the years, we kept hearing comments about shorter slides and barrels, but with full-size magazines and grips,” said John Brasseur, Director of Product Management for SIG SAUER, Inc. “This combination offers advantages in certain low visibility applications. One benefit of our New Hampshire-based facility is that we can adapt new designs very efficiently to meet the needs of our users in the field.”

The Nitron model features a DA/SA trigger and the full set of internal safeties found in all Classic SIG SAUER® pistols. The SAS model features the Short Reset Trigger system (SRT™) and has had the SIG Anti-Snag® treatment applied, where all sharp corners and hard edges have been rounded, making for a more comfortable gun to conceal.

Both the Nitron and SAS P229 Carry models are shipping now in .40 and .357SIG. A caliber X-Change™ kit will also be available to convert .40 and .357SIG variants to 9mm.

For more information, please visit www.sigsauer.com

P229® Carry Nitron

Caliber .40, .357SIG
Action Type DA/SA
SA Trigger Pull 4.4 lbs.
DA Trigger Pull 10 lbs.
Overall Length 6.7″
Overall Height 5.4″
Overall Width 1.3″
Barrel Length 3.5″
Sight Radius 5.3″
Weight w/Mag 31 oz.
Mag Capacity 12 Rounds
Sights SIGLITE® Night Sights
Grips G-10
Frame Finish Hard coat black anodized
Slide Finish Nitron®
Features Uses standard P229 magazines
MSRP $1,142.00

P229® Carry SAS

Caliber .40, .357SIG
Action Type DA/SA
SA Trigger Pull 4.4 lbs.
DA Trigger Pull 10 lbs.
Overall Length 6.7″
Overall Height 5.4″
Overall Width 1.3″
Barrel Length 3.5″
Sight Radius 5.3″
Weight w/Mag 31 oz.
Mag Capacity 12 Rounds
Sights SIGLITE® Night Sights
Grips G-10
Frame Finish Hard coat black anodized
Slide Finish Nitron®
Features Uses standard P229 magazines, SIG Anti-Snag® treatment
MSRP $1,176.00



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • So it’s an M11 with different grips, SRT and some bevels.

    • Anonymoose

      And a half-inch-shorter P224 barrel and slide.

      • KestrelBike

        These are the versions that justify the $1,175 MSRP.

    • Parnell

      The M11 has a 3.9 inch barrel like the P229.

      • Yes, Darling… we all know that.

        • Parnell

          GFY sweetheart.

  • Anonymoose

    This was on TTAG like a week ago, and I’ve been drooling over it since. It is just a P229-marked P224 slide mated to a P229 with a shortened dustcover, it should be able to take 9mm P224 barrels (the only things caliber-specific with the P224 are the barrel and magazine- the 9mm barrels are thicker than standard P226/P229 barrels to interchange with .40/357). Wish I could find a threaded P224 barrel though…

    • Bill

      Do you already have a P229? I think a lot of current P229 carriers are going to be underwhelmed. It may appeal more to people who don’t already have one.

      • Anonymoose

        Eh, I think it looks neat, but I wouldn’t trade my P228 for it.

      • Tom Currie

        It is designed to appeal to people whose entire understanding of “carry” comes from reading (bad) magazine articles and (worse) blog posts about what you need. The whole idea is to magically make the gun suitable for people who think “the barrel should be 3.5″ or less” when looking at a bunch of stats in a magazine.

        I have yet to see any significant improvement in ‘carryability’ from shortening the barrel of any pistol carried IWB, but I suppose that a “long slide” 1911 might be just a bit too much.

        • Well honestly the best way to increase concealability is to shorten the grip. That’s where you gain an advantage.

          • Tom Currie

            Agreed. Shortening and thinning the grip are where dimensional changes can help. Of course, the problem is that mall ninjas want a tactikool gun with a short thin grip that somehow holds at least a whole box of ammo.

  • iksnilol

    It’s literally one (1) cm shorter.

    *smh

    • FourString

      and the pricing…… feed the middle class first jeez

  • Bill

    I thought SIG was returning to reality with the Legion and the P225, now they do this. The 229 is essentially a Carry version of the 226, so now we have a Carry version of a Carry pistol, sort of Carry Squared. Then you can get the P224, which I guess would be a Non-Subcompact Compact Carry Carry.

    “The 3.5˝ barrel makes the P229 Carry easy to draw from concealment or a duty rig”
    That 4 tenths of an inch is going to make it possible to time my draws with a calendar instead of a sundial.

    • TJbrena

      “That 4 tenths of an inch is going to make it possible to time my draws with a calendar instead of a sundial.”

      Other way around, a sundials provide a shorter measurement of time than a calendar. It’s just that you can more easily tell the date from a calendar than the time from a sundial.

  • Bill

    OK SIG: serious about concealment? Chop the butt off a P226 and reduce it to P229 or P224 length. The fine lines of my Carhartt coats, and whomever the tailor of choice is for feds have far more trouble concealing a big butt, be it human or pistol, than normal length slides and barrels.

  • Bill

    At least everyone who projectile vomits at the sight of a rail ought to be happy.

  • Vitsaus

    SIG is just phoning it in these days. The American market ruined them. Their catalog looks like the cereal aisle at the supermarket, though sillier.

  • RadicalizedModerate

    What’s with the eruption of new SIG models?

    • Anonymoose

      I read a rumor about them hiring some marketing guys from Kimber, and so they’re trying to make a bunch of minute variations to their guns (granted these are more than just color variations like most of their spread) to appeal to everyone out there, ever.

      • floppyscience

        The CEO of SIG Sauer, Ron Cohen, was the general manager of Kimber until he joined SIG in 2005. A lot of people seem to blame him for running Kimber’s quality into the ground and likewise for SIG adopting their Kimber-like business model of making a thousand different variations of each model at the cost of QC and value.

  • Yojimbo

    These are more appealing to me than the legion version, however I can only think the reason Sig would offer an aftermarket 9mm kit is again bilk more money from the consumer. Why on earth would they not offer it from the get go in 9mm already? Sig trying to take every single cent they can…. oh well I guess I’ll just keep the 7 I have now.

  • floppyscience

    With most people carrying IWB these days, it’s not the length of the slide/barrel that determines concealability. I’ve carried a 5″ gov’t 1911 and a 4.6″ CZ 75, and they were no more difficult to carry than the 4″ FNS I have now since the grips are all the same length and I carry IWB.

    I really hope more manufacturers get the memo and start giving us pistols with longer slides and shorter grips.

    • iksnilol

      What’s the limit of length you can carry comfortably? 6″ revolver? Would that be possible without much issue?

      • Six (in a revolver) is pushing it but a full size 1911 with a 5 inch barrel is no problem at all.

        • Tom Currie

          When talking about revolvers and semiautos, remember that a 5″ barrel semiauto is about the same length as a 4″ barrel revolver. For no really good reason, the chamber length is counted as part of the “barrel length” of a semiauto, but on a revolver, the chamber is separate, so the chamber and the cylinder gap are not included in the barrel length.

      • floppyscience

        Not sure, haven’t reached that point yet. Longest thing I’ve carried was the 5″ 1911 and that was no problem. Haven’t had the pleasure of carrying a 6″ revolver IWB.

  • “Lenny”

    I carry a P229 SAS in a Galco ankle holster when I wear boot cut jeans. ( Glock 27 when I wear dress pants. ) This P229 SAS Carry will be a little lighter in my ankle holster plus it has G10 grips. I don’t like the one piece grips o my P229 SAS.