COMPARISON OF TEN SIG P229 HOLSTER OPTIONS
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If you are in the market for a holster for your SIG P229, just be sure to keep in mind what you will need from the holster. Whether it needs to be concealable or really comfortable. Before we start looking at holster options, let us first have a closer look at the SIG P229 as a pistol.
Weapon Size and Weight
The SIG P229 has the following measurements:
Length: 7.1 in (180 mm)
Barrel Length: 3.9 in (99 mm)
Width: 1.5 in (38 mm)
Height: 5.4 in (137 mm)
Weight: 31.9 oz (905 g)
You can see from the dimensions of the pistol that the SIG P229 is in the medium size category of guns. Therefore, it is an option for concealed carry if you carry it with the right type of clothing. It can be used in conjunction with a whole host of SIG P229 holster options, from ankle holsters, shoulder holsters, over the waistband (OWB) holsters, and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters.
FIVE SIG P229 HOLSTER PICKS REVIEWED
Below you will find a detailed review of five holster options suited to the SIG P229. We look at the fit of the holster for the P229, if the price is appropriate and how well suited the holster is to concealed carry.
BlackHawk Carbon Fiber Holster Matte Finish SIG 220 / 226, BLACK, RH
This SIG P229 holster is famous for its active retention system. It does away with thumb breaks which can make re-holstering difficult and slows down your draw. Instead, it has a SERPA Technology lock which, when you holster the weapon, automatically engages the trigger guard and will hang onto it until you release it. You release it by simply using your normal drawing motion and using the trigger finger to push the mechanism beside the body of the holster as you draw.
Your trigger finger should naturally fall on the lock release mechanism. However, some users have reported that the thumb push off area is a little on the small side and you need to wiggle the gun to release it from the holster, just like a new leather holster, and that the holster actually follows the gun upwards as you draw. Also, it is a little bulky, so may not be ideal for concealed carry. It comes with both the paddle platform and belt loop, and there are swivel buckles on the belt loop, which allow articulation for maximum flexibility.
Keep in mind that this holster is designed for the SIG 220 / 226, which are slightly bigger guns compared to the SIG P229. This means that the SIG P229 does fit into this holster, but is a little loose. However, because of the SERPA lock, your SIG P229 will feel secure. A few users have noted that, with the belt loops, it is difficult to attach and remove a duty belt. Also, some users have mentioned that it scratched their pistol.
DeSantis Pro Stealth Large Frame Auto Black
This SIG P229 holster is made from premium ballistic nylon and is ambidextrous. It also has a powder coated black spring clip (for left handers, it can be removed and inserted on the opposite side) which will hold this holster securely on your belt. It comes with an extra magazine clip. This SIG P229 holster is an inside the pants holster.
Some users have mentioned that this holster does sit a little low on the waist band, making it difficult to conceal with some garments. A good upgrade would be a version that sits just a little higher which would give you a better draw grip. The star is the black spring clip, which many users say is solid and holds the holster very securely on the belt, even if it may be a little stiff when swapping the clip from side to side.
Gould & Goodrich B803-229 Gold Line Three Slot Pancake Holster (Black) Fits SIG P225, P228, P229, P229 w/equipment rail, P245
This SIG P229 holster is made from top grain tanned leather and, despite the fact that it is created not only for the SIG P229, but for the P225 and P228, it fits the SIG P229 like a glove. The belt loop slots are quite large, so make sure you wear this with a thick enough belt.
If you wear a belt that’s too thin, the holster will ride up, and there will not be enough tension against the belt for a clean draw. With a thick enough belt, draw is smooth and fast. Naturally, as with all leather holsters, the pistol will feel a little too tight, and draw will be slow. Allow for a break in period, and practice drawing and reholstering your weapon until you get it to the perfect size.
Thumb break is also a little stiff at first, but within a few days (and with use) will loosen up. You can also choose between holding the gun straight up or tilted forward, depending on draw preference. And the deep definition molding means that this SIG P229 holster moulds itself to you in time, creating a very concealable holster.
Gould & Goodrich 806-26R Gold Line Small Of Back Holster (Chestnut Brown)
This is almost identical to the Gould & Goodrich pancake SIG P229 holster above, but is a small of the back holster. Made from the same leather, it is as comfortable and concealable as the former. It will fit belts from ½ to 1 inch and there is also an adjustable tension screw.
We do have a small grumble with the fixed belt loops, as you need to remove your belt to remove the holster. We would have preferred snap loops. Again, as it is made of leather, draw will be difficult in the beginning, but after the holster has been broken in, draw is smooth, and the adjustable tension will help you create just the right amount of tension between pistol retention and smooth draw.
This SIG P229 holster does pull your pants slightly at the small of the bank, and your shirt will get stuck on the holster when you sit down and your shirt rides up. Despite trying different shirt lengths, this problem persists. You also may need to wear high-waisted slacks for this holster to work which, although easily done, are not exactly high fashion.
If you’re a fan of small of the back holsters, this holster is perfect, as it fits the SIG P229 like a glove and is very concealable, so long as you wear the right slacks and belt.
Galco Concealable Belt Holster for Sig-Sauer P229, P228
If you want to carry concealed, then this holster might be a good option for you to consider. While it is an over the waistband holster, it is a lot more concealable than standard pancake holsters.
It is made from a two piece construction, where the side closest to the body shapes itself to the contour of your hip, and the molded piece being on the other side. This makes for a narrow design, helping concealability and comfort. One person who has used this holster commented that this is the only holster that he can wear reasonably comfortably while driving!
Because it is a hand molded holster, retention for the SIG P229 is great. If you want to draw your weapon quickly and easily, the combat grip design makes that possible. It also has a covered trigger guard for safety.
As you would expect from a leather holster in this price bracket, quality is quite good thanks to the double stitched seems.
You can choose the holster in either left or right hand configuration, and you can choose between black and havana brown colors. Remember that as this is a leather holster, you will have to break the holster in first when you get it. You can see our guide for breaking in a leather holster here.
How Do The SIG P229 HOLSTER Options Compare?
So which holster is the best choice as a SIG P229 holster? Let us recap and compare the holsters against each other.
The BlackHawk Holster is made from carbon fiber, and is comfortable to wear. The SERPA lock is a winner when it comes to retention as, even though the SIG P229 is a little too small for the holster, it is retained well. Draw is good, but keep in mind that the SERPA lock release takes some getting used. It’s also rather bulky and will easily print through clothes.
The DeSantis Pro Stealth holster is made from premium ballistic nylon and another good fit for the SIG P229. It sits rather low, so can be difficult to conceal, but is comfortable when worn. The main drawback with this holster is the long break-in period when it comes to the holster releasing the gun smoothly. It may be a while before you achieve a smooth and fast draw.
The Gould & Goodrich B803-229 Gold Line Three Slot Pancake Holster is made from top grain tanned leather, and draw is smooth after the initial break in period. Fit for the SIG P229 is perfect and this holster is very comfortable, as well as very concealable.
The Gould & Goodrich 806-26R Gold Line Small Of Back Holster is identical to the above pancake holster. Draw is smooth, although some people find drawing from the small of the back to be slower in general. Extremely concealable, and there is no discomfort, although this holster can pull on your pants waistband.
The Galco Concealable Belt holster is made from quality saddle leather. Because it is a leather holster, you will need to break the holster in first when you get it, to make sure your weapon fits well into the holster. Overall this is a really comfortable holster to wear and is hard to beat! You can do concealed carry with this holster, though it is not perfect for concealed carry.
So which SIG P229 holster would we choose?
The Galco Concealable Belt holster is by far the most expensive holster on our list (more than twice the price of the next most expensive holster), and with it being a perfect for the SIG P229, it would make sense to think ‘you get what you pay for’. And you do!
This is a great SIG P229 holster. But we were blown away with how well the Gould & Goodrich B803-229 Gold Line Three Slot Pancake Holster performed, matching the Galco holster in every aspect, and doing it at less than half the price.
So our top SIG P229 holster is the Gould & Goodrich Pancake Holster, and for anyone who prefers small of the back holsters, we wholeheartedly recommend the Gould & Goodrich 806-26R Gold Line Small Of Back Holster, as the only reason this didn’t come number one is because we simply prefer holsters to the side instead of at the back. Who says you have to always pay top dollar for quality?
IF YOU HAD TO PICK A SIG P229 HOLSTER, WHICH HOLSTER WOULD YOU PICK?
What do you think of the SIG P229 holster options we covered? Do you believe there are better options to fit the P229? Or have you perhaps used any of the holsters that we have described above? If you have, please tell us about it! We would love to hear from you.