I've always shunned SIG, as I've felt their prices were too much about their name and not enough about real quality in the manufacturing. (Granted, they are THICK and heavy, but the slides on older Sig models are still STAMPINGS, and I just couldn't justify paying $700+ dollars for that...)
BUT, I've always admired the Sig228 due to it's size and ergonomics, and I've found someone who wants to do a private sale on an "older" one. (I don't want one of the new ones which are basically a 9mm version of the 229 which are not as small / light as the originals. - And, yes, I know this would get me into a machined slide instead of a stamped & pinned one, but what can I say? Sometimes I'm fickle...)
I've done some research and found the way to read the year code that is stamped on the bottom of the slide near the muzzle, and I've seen a rough approximation of the Glock Serial Number thread on Sig pistol serial numbers. I also am aware to look for German proofs.
Since I own no Sigs, much of my "learning" so far has been here, the Sig forums, and a buddy who still has a couple Sigs. That still leaves me a couple questions I hope you guys (and gals for G33
) can help out with:
1. This pistol has some old Trijicon nightsights, so I'm planning on investing the ~$50 for new capsules, but it also has the "Short-Trigger." What is that, and does it raise the value of the pistol any to me?
2. I've heard a lot of Sig fans report that the quality of Sig took a nose-dive somewhere in the last 20 years, but I can't identify when that was. Can someone give me the time-frame and a little history? (I'm guessing it has to do with production in the US, or a particular leader of the company, who came up with ways to cut production costs.)
3. Other than Sig and Mec-Gar, anyone know of any magazine manufacturers for the 228, and whether they're good ones or ones to stay away from?