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Old 01-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
Joined: Sep 2011
From: Veneta, OR
Posts: 7
Advice on Sig P229

Hi all. I need some advice on buying a used pistol. I've been looking at a particular (well) used Sig P229 in 40S&W. The price is lower than many, but the bluing is pretty worn.

But here is the thing that concerns: the feed ramp has two slight burrs at the outside of the bottom tips, where the ramp contacts the frame. My question is this—

1. What is a ball park price to have this fixed or replaced, and
2. Is this a sign of another problem or just normal wear?

If the seller will adjust the price accordingly, it may be worth it to buy and fix, otherwise I'll keep looking. I could get a P229 without these issues for $100–150 more. Advice, comments?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
Joined: Jan 2010
From: Bend, Or.
Posts: 472
I know a gunsmith could buff/polish the burs off of the feedramp. I don't think it would take very long/cost very much but I would call a couple and get a price quote. Not sure about it being normal wear or not. You could ask a smith that as well. Good luck!
Old 01-22-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
Joined: May 2011
From: NW Quadrant WA State
Posts: 288
A "Well Used" Sig is probably just "broken in". Most of their pistols will handle round counts into the 10's of thousands of rounds without any more than a worn finish.

I would insist on shooting a box of ammo through the pistol before buying it to make sure there are no issues beyond those that are visible.

I've carried and shot a P-229 in 9mm for several years now. My round count is over 40k and all that shows for wear is a polishing of the barrel where the slide comes in contact and a slight polishing of the slide rails.

It's hard to go wrong with a Sig, even a used one.
Old 01-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
Joined: Nov 2009
From: WA
Posts: 463
Bruce Gray's Guide:

Guide to Sig Sauer pistol inspection : Grayguns by Bruce Gray

Anytime I look at a used Sig, I go through his info and make sure I know what I'm getting.
Old 01-30-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
Joined: Mar 2010
From: lacey, WA
Posts: 24
don't fix it if it ain't broke, buy the sig

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