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SIG Sauer 229 SAS Pistol

Designed and finished for the professional who carries a sidearm all day, every day, SIG’s custom model is an excellent duty pistol.

May 01, 2006  |  by Mike Detty - Also by this author

Looking it Over

On first glance, you’ll notice that the 229 SAS DAK pistol has a spurless hammer that rests within the frame and slide, in keeping with the snag free design. You’ll also notice that, like many currently popular cop guns, the 229 SAS does not have a manual safety.

Because this particular SIG uses the double-action-only trigger system there is no decocker. In fact, it is impossible to thumb cock the hammer since the weapon cannot be fired in the single-action mode. Though the gun does not possess a manual safety, its long trigger pull requires a deliberate stroke and it stacks just slightly before breaking, which should eliminate most unintentional discharges.

Another safety feature of the 229 DAK is that the magazine must be removed and the slide locked back to turn the take-down lever and remove the slide. The trigger does not need to be pulled to remove the slide. Once the slide is off of the frame, it is an easy matter to remove the guide rod and recoil spring. The barrel can then be withdrawn from the slide. Reassembly is in the reverse order. Fieldstripping the weapon for cleaning and routine inspection is easy, tool-free, and takes just seconds.

Shooting Impressions

Even though I knew the light-and-smooth DAK trigger made shooting the 229 SAS in rapid-fire exercises easy, I did not predict that it would be an easy gun to shoot small groups with. Don’t get me wrong—SIG pistols have a tremendous reputation for mechanical accuracy. I just didn’t think that I’d be able to manipulate the trigger consistently enough to produce groups that I know the gun is capable of. So, it was a pleasant surprise to see the gun produce tiny five-shot groups at 20 yards.

Corbon’s 135-grain Pow’R Ball ammunition produced the best accuracy of any ammunition that I shot in the 229 SAS. It yielded five shots into a group just a little more than an inch. I think that it is particularly noteworthy that the gun handled all bullet weights from 135 grains all the way up to 180 grains with outstanding accuracy. And even though each of these bullets has a substantially different bullet nose profile, they all fed just fine. I fired more than 400 rounds during the evaluation, and there were no stoppages or failures of any kind.

I set up some steel targets at 12 yards and did some draw-and-fire exercises with the 229 SAS DAK. Fobus sent me a paddle holster for the pistol, and I found it to be a secure and comfortable way to carry the Custom Shop SIG. Its pliable plastic paddle was comfortable to wear even during extended pistol drills, and it held the gun securely even during brief sprints.

I wanted to determine if there would be any difference between times when using the intermediate trigger reset vs. the full-length reset. I used a PACT electronic timer to measure the time between the shots. What I found was that there was no noticeable difference in time between shots using the long pull vs. the shorter, heavier pull. For me, it was easier to release the trigger all of the way between shots while it seemed to take a concentrated effort to use the shorter trigger pull. In any event, both trigger pulls produced quick, decisive hits on the steel.
SIG’s new 229 SAS pistol possesses the legendary SIG reliability and accuracy with a number of refinements that make it perfect for professionals who carry their guns 24/7. The gun possesses a beautiful balance and natural pointing characteristics. These design elements combined with its excellent sights and smooth trigger pull make the SIG 229 SAS a devastatingly easy gun to shoot.

Mike Detty is an NRA-certified rifle, pistol, and shotgun instructor. A certified rangemaster and competition shooter, Detty served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Arizona.

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