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Old February 5, 2000, 10:08 PM   #1
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Well I got my bar sto barrels for the P229 i have , it is the .40 and i got the .357 sig and 9mm barrels in stainless, first all the barrels are first rate, they did just drop in and the fit is snug, for all you doubters, i did just replace the 9mm barrel and just all the exsiting gun and it shot 9mm flawlessly, no catches or malfunc. got to love the ideal of buying one gun and just 2 inexpensive barrels 180.00 each and having 3 guns. if anyone one wants more info email me. i will update again after final shooting 200-300 rounds and shooting the .357 sig 200-300 rounds. also grouping info from free hand. i alread see 1/2 inch improvement just the first 50 rounds in the 9mm compared to the .40. great gun.
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Old July 17, 2001, 12:45 PM   #2
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did i read that right you can shoot 9mm 40 and 357 sig in the p229.i have a p229 sport i am thinking about getting a p229 keep in touch ,thanks,keith
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Old July 17, 2001, 01:55 PM   #3
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You should be able to interchange barrels in the P229. It is especially easy changing between .40 cal & .357 Sig. 9MM may be a little bit more of a problem if this is the caliber you purchased your handgun in since you wont be able to use the magazines for .40 & .357 then. If you start with a .40 or .357 caliber P229, you can also use the magazines for 9MM rounds (it "magically" becomes a hi-cap).

This is also true for glocks and other common .40-.357sig caliber pistols.

Barstow is just one of the better barrel manufacturers. If you don't need such quality, check in Brownells & other places for drop-in pistol barrels starting from $89-120.
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Old July 17, 2001, 10:24 PM   #4
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Oooooookay!!!

Let's see if we can sort this out. Depending on what I read, I got the impression that the original P229 was chambered in 9mmP or .40Auto.

The P229/9mmP has a smaller OD barrel than that used in the .357SIG or .40Auto. Of course, the breech face on the 9mmP version of the pistol is slightly smaller, too.

If you want a legitimate three-caliber pistol, buy the P229 in either .357SIG or .40Auto configuration; add a factory barrel for roughly $130 for the companion caliber [where mags are adequate for either caliber], then buy the 9mmP barrel from Bar-Sto [which will most likely drop in because it is 99% fitted and the correct OD].

Not to say that going from the P229/9mmP to .357SIG or .40Auto is impossible or inadvisable, but I've never seen such a conversion.

I've seen many of the opposite exchange...
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Old June 15, 2004, 08:06 PM   #5
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barsto barrel ?

did the 357 SIG barsto barrel drop in .im asking because my 40 smith and wesson did drop in but my 357 SIG did not drop in .im going to have it fitted
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Old June 15, 2004, 10:06 PM   #6
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yes , my 357sig barrel just dropped in. now they have to version, one is to be fitted the other to drop in. i think the fine print does say sometime you may have to fit the barrel.
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Old June 16, 2004, 01:51 PM   #7
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Great guns and great barrels go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Barsto makes good stuff. For low priced ($94.95 or less at this time) stainless steel barrels, take a look at Guns 'n Stuff.
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Old June 16, 2004, 02:10 PM   #8
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Armalube,

Why would a weapon as "amazing" as the Sig 229 benefit from an aftermarket barrel? Your latest advertisement-like post would suggest otherwise.
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Old June 16, 2004, 07:42 PM   #9
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Is the Sig 229 the only pistol that can do this (chane to 9mm, 40cal, 357sig.)
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Old June 16, 2004, 08:31 PM   #10
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brennan,
No you can also do it with 239 and the newer 226's with the machined stainless slide.

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Old June 17, 2004, 09:56 AM   #11
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I just bought a .357 SIG drop-in barrel from EFK Fire Dragon (an Arizona Gun Runners associate) for less than $140 (Prices subject to change). Literally dropped in and was ready for use. I've only put about 100 rounds through it, though, since .357 SIG ammo doesn't run cheap.

I had no malfunctions, and my groups were as tight as in .40 S&W. But I do recommend a 19 or 21 lbs recoil spring for the .40 to .357 conversion, as the original 16 lbs factory part will not absorb the full brunt of the .357 SIG load, and using it frequently will unnecessarily wear out your gun, especially at the rails. I'd personally go for the 21 pounder. The slide might be a tad harder to rack, but the gun will still cycle, recoil less, follow-up easier, and live longer.

I get my gun springs at www.gunsprings.com
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Old June 17, 2004, 10:34 PM   #12
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Bar Sto Barrels

I bought a Bar Sto barrel for my Sig P239 40 Cal in the 9mm to save money when target shooting at the range. The gun functions with out flaw at all times.
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Old June 17, 2004, 11:39 PM   #13
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I had no malfunctions, and my groups were as tight as in .40 S&W.
If your match barrel doesn't IMPROVE your groups, you probably wasted your money. Meaning, either:

-You aren't good enough to tell the difference, so spending the extra money was silly, or
-You are good enough to tell the difference, but the barrel is mediocre.
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Old June 18, 2004, 07:46 AM   #14
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CastleBravo: Is it possible you failed to consider the alternative?

I bought my .357 conversion barrel so that I might have the option to shoot in that caliber, not because .40 doesn't do it for me. It wasn't about improving my groups. It was about having "two guns in one".

One advantage that comes to mind is this: I recently went to my favorite gun store to buy some ammo. As luck would have it, they were out of .40 and were not expecting a new consignment of the wildly popular cartridge for several days; but they had plenty of .357 SIG in stock. I didn't have to wait to go to the range.

Another one is this: In a global SHTF scenario (not that I expect one to happen any time soon) most gunners will find themselves up a creek, what with 9mm/.40/.45 caliber shortages and all. The only one you might come by in any number, if at all, is the .357 SIG.

So you see, having equally tight groups only confirms that it was money well spent. Not the other way around.

Cheers.
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