Last weekend, we were supposed to travel down to Manchester for a birthday party, but our friends cancelled on account of two out of their three daughters running high fevers. I had already crossed Boskone off my list of events this year because of the party, and I didn’t want to rush down to Boston on short notice, so I just ended up staying home and having a quiet weekend with the family.
As a consolation prize, I got to dash into West Lebanon on Saturday morning for the annual Fun Show. It was really hot, really crowded, and really devoid of great deals–not that I was in a position to take advantage of any. I did, however, turn the Ruger LCP into some walking-around cash, which in turn put the toy budget above the critical mass needed to pick up this at my local gun shop:
That’s a SIG Sauer P229 in 9mm. I had been on the lookout for one in that caliber for a while, and when my local shop had one on the shelf for a very reasonable tariff, I had to take a shot at it. It’s date coded 2003, and has so little wear on it that it’s pretty much a new gun.
They’re good to me over at Hollow Point Sports. When I expressed interest, they pulled the P229 off the shelf and held it for me, without so much as a layaway payment, until I had enough pennies rolled to pick it up. Dillon and Sam at HPS are awesome guys who run a well-stocked and clean shop. If you’re ever in the Enfield area and find yourself in need of gun-related stuff, stop by and check them out. (HPS is right on Route 4 in Enfield, on the right side of the road if you’re heading toward Canaan. They’re across the street from a fairly big PetroMart gas station.)
Why did I get rid of the Ruger? Well, I wanted that SIG more than the LCP, the Ruger was expendable, and I had carried it less and less lately because even with the pocket holster, it tends to wear out the pockets of my jeans to leave a tell-tale gun shape. Also, sometimes you just need to jump on an opportunity as it presents itself, and the LCP is utterly replaceable.
My last SIG was a P220 I sold just before we moved from Tennessee to New Hampshire. I had almost forgotten just how nice they are, and how well they shoot. I’ve been mostly carrying a 3″ K-frame for nigh on seven years now, and I’m pretty good with that gun, but there’s nothing I shoot as well as a SIG Sauer with those Von Stavenhagen pattern bar-dot sights. The first time I took that P229 out for a quick 50-round spin, it was absolutely no challenge to hit a soda can offhand at 25 yards with every shot. Back in Knoxville, I owned a P229 in .357SIG once, and that one was a great shooter as well, but the 9mm version has a much softer recoil, and the follow-up shots and double-taps are noticeably faster.
I’m still a revolver guy, and nothing is going to dislodge that 3″ K-frame Smith from the carry gun slot, but that P229 is so nice it only reinforces my opinion that the classic P-series SIG Sauer pistols are just about as good as it gets in an out-of-the-box factory pistol.
(Ammo is Federal “9BPLE” 9mm +P+. Holster is iTac retention paddle holster.)