Well my P229R Two Step has finally reached over 5,000 rounds. Most of it was 22LR, but I’m still keeping track of frame rounds, and per a caliber to track the slides. As of today my P229R has a total of:
22LR – 3,956
9mm – 1,050
26 Range Trips
First range trip: 01/01/2010
First range trip with 9mm kit: 03/21/2010
Took over day to day training, and practice: 06/20/2010
Anyways some comments, now that I have the same grips on my P229R as on my P228R I got to say that the recoil difference is so minor with 9mm slide it’s not even worth mentioning. My splits are pretty much the same, and even my draw times are equal (even though the P229R has a full power main spring, and my P228R has a 18lb main spring).
Also in the case that I’ve fired with the gun I haven’t experienced a single extraction or ejection issue with the E2 style slide in the 9mm kit. So far, so good.
Some holster fit comments related to the E2 slide. I can only comment on Raven Concealment Gear since that is what I run, but it has no issues with holsters designed for the P229R (with the Surefire X300 attached), but it drags on the top of the slide with the holster designed for the P226R (also with X300). It’s not a huge issue, but it is kind of annoying, since I have to use that holster with the 22LR slide.
Anyways in closing, I have some frame wear that I have to monitor, but I’ve been pretty weak on my lubrication, I haven’t cleaned the gun since early May (it was disgustingly dirty, but it still ran in both calibers), and I’ve only added a small dab of grease when I switch from 22LR and 9mm. Also no parts replaced since neither slide is to 5k for recoil springs, and frame replacements aren’t until 10k.
Cya on the range, next trip for my is Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, next week.