Using P229 Parts in P226 Frame

There is very little difference between the P226 frame and the P229. Below are some pictures of P229 parts in a P226 frame.

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 This one shows what a cut down nose would look like.

This one shows what a cut down nose would look like.

The only difference in parts between a P226 and P229 are:

Grips

Mags

Locking insert

Hammer Stop

Slide and Barrel (guide rod and spring too)

If you would like to build a 226 with a 229 slide, you would want to buy a 229 drill jig and specify that you want it modified for a 226 since the 226 is a tiny bit longer at the rear than a 229 and won't fit in a 229 drill jig or the older 226 drill jigs.

If you already have an older 226 drill jig that was made for a 229 frame, it would need to be modified by sending it to me or doing it yourself with a Dremel. Below are some pictures of the procedure:

 

 The cut is from 1/4" above the floor to 1/2" above, so I made a wide mark at 3/8"

The cut is from 1/4" above the floor to 1/2" above, so I made a wide mark at 3/8"

 It took a bit of futzing and fitting to get the frame to fit, I didn't realize that I was leaving some material on the width and the frame was hanging up there.

It took a bit of futzing and fitting to get the frame to fit, I didn't realize that I was leaving some material on the width and the frame was hanging up there.

 It wasn't pretty, but the frame fit and I was able to get the alignment pin in. I would normally use my mill to alter these, but wanted to see how difficult it would be with a Dremel. My conclusion is that you would want to use a fairly aggressive cutter like a burr, and be ready for the cutter to climb all over the jig. It might be easier to send it in for the free conversion.

It wasn't pretty, but the frame fit and I was able to get the alignment pin in. I would normally use my mill to alter these, but wanted to see how difficult it would be with a Dremel. My conclusion is that you would want to use a fairly aggressive cutter like a burr, and be ready for the cutter to climb all over the jig. It might be easier to send it in for the free conversion.

 I like the longer grip of the 226 a lot. I think this is the route I am going to go for my personal  collection, P226 frame and 229 slide so all my parts will be interchangeable with my 229s except the locking insert and hammer stop. I can use 226 mags in both.

I like the longer grip of the 226 a lot. I think this is the route I am going to go for my personal  collection, P226 frame and 229 slide so all my parts will be interchangeable with my 229s except the locking insert and hammer stop. I can use 226 mags in both.