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Glock vs. Sig: Which is Best?

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When it comes to pistols, people have a lot of options these days, and the wonder nine handgun has become a mainstay of the gun world. A wonder nine is a title typically applied to double stack magazine firearms, chambered in 9mm.

Two of my favorite compact 9mm wonder nines are the Glock 19 and the Sig Sauer P229. Now let me get this out of the way: I know the 229 is also available in 40 S&W and 357 Sig, and Glock makes a compact for every caliber, but these two are incredibly similar and fill the same niche. So that’s why they were chosen for this article, plus they’re my favorites.

Both are superb weapons, both are companies extremely popular with law enforcement, and both are suitable weapons for self-defense, target shooting and concealed carry.

But which is best? Let’s take a look.

1. Aesthetics

We will start with looks. Let’s say I walk into a gun store and say I’m looking for a compact 9mm, nothing huge, and nothing tiny. The gun store clerk puts a Glock 19 and a Sig 229 on the table. One is a well-refined machine, all steel. The grips can be rubber, wood, plastic. The lines are smooth and perfect, and no machine marks are evident. The entire weapon is dignified in appearance.

The other is a black block, maybe the frame is green or brown. How else do you describe a Glock? Glocks are a very Spartan design, designed purely for function, because it’s on the inside that counts right?

Winner – Sig 229

2. Ergonomics

So you pick up the weapons off the counter for the first time and get a good feel for them. The first major difference you’ll notice is the weight. The weight is important when it comes to concealed carry, and the Glock wins every time. This is due to the polymer frame construction that made Glocks famous when they first hit the market.

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The Sig’s all-metal construction has one benefit — recoil reduction. How critical is this? With larger or more powerful calibers like 357 Sig and 40 S&W, this makes a considerable difference, but with 9mm it’s not too big of a deal.

The grips are both comfortable, but I’ve always felt Sig Sauer hand crafted their grips for my hand, and the metal just gives me a solid feeling. The E2 grips on my Sig Sauer are actually some of the most comfortable I’ve ever felt. The stripling also makes them tacky and gives a very sure grip.

Now the Glock grip is very plain but also very comfortable. The weapon is well-suited for a two-handed grip, and fills my large hands very nicely. There isn’t really a lot to say about it; it’s simple and effective. One downside is the grip you buy is the grip you’re stuck with — no options to change them.

When it comes to controls both weapons are simple. Neither has an external safety, which is a huge plus in my book for a concealed carry firearm. I do find the magazine release on the Glock 19 easier to engage, it sticks out a bit further making it easier to find by just feeling for it. The slide lock on either is suitable, and I don’t see much of an advantage with either firearm.

The Sig does have a very usable decocker, but it’s an unfair comparison since the Glock doesn’t have or need a decocker. But just so you know, the Sig’s decocker is awesome in the world of decockers.

Overall, the Glock’s lighter weight makes an easier-to-conceal carry firearm, and has a slight advantage with the magazine release.

Winner – Glock

3. Trigger

The biggest difference between the Sig and Glock line of firearms is the firing methods; the Glock is striker fired and the Sig is hammer fired. This is the main difference when it comes to triggers and gives two very distinct triggers.

First, the Sig has a double action/single action mechanism, meaning the initial shot has a longer trigger pull that cocks and then fires the weapon. After the initial shot the hammer stays cocked, giving way to a much lighter and smoother trigger pull. This is my preferred handgun action; this is due to my training with the Beretta M9 pistol in the military. It’s a system I’m much more used to.

The Sig 229 has a better trigger, the long double action is smooth with a crisp break and the single action is incredibly light, and can be fired very, very fast. The single action system requires a large amount of trigger discipline, and it’s just too easy to cook off a round in single action for me to suggest this weapon to an amateur. The same for the DA/SA system; one really has to know the weapon to transition from double action to single action without any hiccups. The Sig 229’s double action comes in at around 10 pounds and the single action is about 4.5 pounds.

The Glock provides a consistent pull every time, with every trigger pull. It’s always the same. The trigger is a bit spongy and always gives me the impression of plastic rubbing on plastic. The weight comes in around 5.5 to 6 lbs.

Winner – SIG 229

4. Sights

Sights are incredibly important on any weapon, and especially when sights are going to be relied on for a potential self-defense scenario. The Glock 19 has a sight radius of 6.02 inches and the Sig has 5.7 inches. Does half an inch make a difference? I haven’t personally noticed one, but some more experienced pistoleros can probably tell a big difference.

Now we need to focus on the subject of the sights themselves. The Sig takes a huge lead by providing night sights, big, bright, beautiful night sights. The sights are also tough and very solid, and they are very easy to get on target.

The Glock’s standard U-target sight does the job well enough, but that’s about it. I personally prefer a simple three dot to the U shaped sight, so the first and only upgrade a Glock needs is new sights.

Winner – Sig 229

5. Magazines

One of the most important functions of the wonder nine is having a large capacity magazine. The Glock takes an advantage with a stock 15 round magazine. The Sig comes with a 13 round magazine. Two extra rounds isn’t much, but it’s something. Plus, Sig mags are expensive and aren’t available everywhere. Glock mags, however, are incredibly common and factory magazines are very affordable.

Winner – Glock

6. Accuracy

This isn’t exactly a fair competition, not because one gun is better than the other, but this is very subjective. Personally, I’m most accurate with the Sig, but plenty of people at the range shoot better than me with their Glocks, so I can’t really say one or the other.

 Winner — Tie

 7. Value

Value is subjective. A basic Sig 229 is probably going to cost around $800 new and $650 or so used. A Glock 19 can cost as little as $525 new with two mags. A Glock costs about $80 to produce and a Sig costs about $300 to produce, so clearly higher production cost is a higher cost.

The Sig 229 is a gorgeous piece of mechanical engineering. The Glock is a block of plastic. No offense: It’s an awesome block of plastic, but still it’s a block of plastic. The Sig is a very refined piece of work, offers function and form. The Glock offers superb function but lackluster form.

So the value is there for both weapons. You are getting what you pay for, but both weapons are excellent.

Winner – Tie

8. Shooting Fun Factor.

So if you’re not having fun what’s the point? Let’s start with the Sig. The light reset of the single action trigger makes the Sig a lot of fun to fire rapidly and with the heavy weight reducing the recoil, it’s plenty easy to control. The accuracy is superb, and the sights make target engagement simple and easy.

What’s the worst part of shooting? Spending time reloading. So you can throw a 33 round mag in a Glock and rock and roll, or you can go even bigger with a 50 round drum. Let your imagination be the limit.

Overall winner?

If I was going to trust my life to one of these, I’d choose the Sig.

Maybe a Glock fan can school me in the reasons the Glock is better. You know something I dislike about Glocks? If I squeeze the grip hard enough, I feel the polymer flex and bend, but with an all-steel frame I can’t do that.

I’m also partial because like I mentioned before I like the DA/SA system. It’s what I’m trained on and it’s what I’m familiar with.

Either gun you pick, you’re going to get a winner. This article was a good excuse to break out two of my favorite weapons and take them to the range. I love the Sig Sauer and always will, but the Glock is a great weapon, too.

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  1. I prefer the Beretta PX4 9mm has all the pros mentioned and more. And as far as manufacturer the oldest and most dependable. But then again guns like women, whiskey, and cars are all about what is best or what the individual thinks is best.

  2. If I had to choose between the Sig and the Glock, the Sig would win hands down as I do not care for the recoil of the Glock, let alone its looks or it being hammerless the way it is. But my overall preference was my old 2nd Generation Taurus PT92 that I unfortunately had to sell for rent, sometimes one doesn’t have any other choice.

    • I’m with you on this. When Glocks were first getting popular, I was already carrying a PT92. I hated the feel and the plastic nature of the Glock, and have never owned one to this day. A PT92 that I bought used in 1986 is still my favorite handgun, and the one I carry most often, concealed or open. Love the thing and can’t seem to stop it. It always goes bang, always cycles properly, and puts two in the chest one in the head without deviation. What more could you ask for in a handgun?

  3. There is no such thing as a “better” pistol. It is all a matter of personal preferences. I for one can’t stand Glocks. The trigger feels odd to me, the grip feels blocky and uncomfortable, the weight and balance feel just too weird, but the sights are OK, at best.

    That is to me.

    Me, I like Sigs. Why? Between quality, fit, ergonomics, controls, sights, weight and balance, they are superior to the Glocks but THAT IS MY OPINION AND PREFERENCE ONLY.

    Others may have a different take on it but gun preferences are a highly personal matter, just like ones favourite type and brand of shoes or underwear.

    • I’m a little late to the discussion, but on this point that “there is no such thing as a “better” pistol.” I must respectfully disagree. You have obviously never handled some of the crappy brands such as Jennings or Hi-point; firearms which are typically sold as new primarily through pawnshops. I have seen the sights and other pieces literally fall off of those pieces of crap. I have seen them able to fire a round with the safety engaged.

      I’m not going to criticize Glocks since I have never fired one and have zero experience with them. I will however suggest that there is a reason that elite combat groups such as Navy Seals standardized on the Sig Sauer manual of arms. Sigs are better than many other foreign and cheaply engineered and manufactured pistols, just as Glocks are better than those low end offerings…so yes there is most certainly such a thing as “better” pistols.

      • …Seals just officially adopted the Glock 19 as their duty weapon last year…

      • If you check intonation it the special forces branches are switching to glock because their simplicity and reliability.

      • Team guys carry whatever they want. The contract went to Block because although it’s a great gun the Navy is saving a bundle with that contract, and also plenty of team guys already were carrying them. It’s all about preference.

  4. EgbertThrockmorton1

    There is NO such thing as a “perfect” gun for every single person. That is WHY there are numerous brands and manufacturers of pistols and revolvers. It all boils down to WHAT feels best in YOUR hands and yours alone. That will be the hand gun you are most proficient with. I like Sigs, I like Glocks, both are excellent. In my geographical area, SIGS are far more expensive than the Glocks are. I went with Glocks and do not feel undergunned at all. I started out in law enforcement in the mid-70’s carrying an issued Smith and Wesson .357 K Frame and never felt it was inadequate at all. I still carry and use revolvers, still carry and use pistols. I’m not an expert of any kind at all, but, I’ve had to USE my duty handgun too many times to count, to defend myself or others in the line of duty. So, I know what NOT to do, and what to do. There are no “absolutes” at all when it comes to firearms. When I started out, you could carry any revolver you desired, and could choose from Smith and Wesson, Ruger or Colt; because that’s ALL that were available, for pistols, you could choose a 1911, because that’s ALL that was available. Now, it boggles the mind how many different choices there are. Get what fits YOU best and practice, practice, practice, and never worry about what the tacti-cool commandos think.

  5. I have a Sig 239 (bought in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia, Hence the single-Stack). I love it. The SA/DA
    is the smoothest & easiest trigger pull I’ve ever used & the de-cocker is an excellent feature.

    • I have a Sig 239 also Dave and agree with everything you said. Outstanding pistol! And with the SRT trigger it is very fast.

  6. I can’t use hand guns at all anymore. A right hand condition leftover after / from Nam-shakes too much. Rifles are all I can use and with some pre-thinking on use. I may have to give up altogether on ballistic weapons due to this issue.
    If that is the case I have a Ruger .308 American and a Ruger22lr TD and standard Ruger22lr w/scope ????

    • Dont’ give up just yet…there’s always the shotgun with .00 buck. It does even better when shaken and not stirred.

  7. Hell Nam Vet, now ain’t the time to slack up. Keep the T/D .22, sell the others to a conservative younger hand. Check around and find a used 12 ga. double, then saw it down to an 18 1/2 inch barrel, maybe a 16 or 20 gauge if you can find one. That should take the place of a pistol, maybe more so. I prefer a stock, but a hand grip is OK. Dark days are upon us bro, we must do what we can…..

  8. This would be the Overall Winner with the “all steel” frame, that is made out of aluminum?

    Just kidding. I have both and love them, each in their special way.

  9. I’m confused as the author mentions the E2 Grip, but gives the capacity of only 13 when the newer configuration of the P229 with the E2 grip capacity is 15 for 9mm. Second, is the all steel construction of the Sig as he mentions; Sig Classic P-Series are aluminum framed and are far more common than the more exotic steel framed versions.

    As far as the Glock is concerned, part of the magic is the flexible plastic frame as it is an active part of the gun that reduces felt recoil to the shooter while most manufactures use a more rigid plastic that has to rely on other components of their gun to reduce recoil to the frame (Glock is an engineering marvel). What else isn’t mentioned is that the finish (not tenifer) Glock has on their slides is far superior than Sig’s Nitron, or anodizing. Sig’s will look like battle axes in no time while Glocks are far more resistant to looking beat-up. Sig’s are great shooters and how it behaves when sending rounds down range is easy to appreciate and hard to beat. The downside is that Sigs feel more disposable as they aren’t rugged pistols to the extent that Glocks are which, in combination with the deteriorating looks, gives me the overall impression that Sigs have an unpredictable expiration date attached to them. I bet they are good as an issue piece because they can be fixed or replaced by support. So, I wouldn’t recommend them to a civilian buyer as their primary out there, extended stay post apocalypse piece. As a nightstand piece? Sure. Range toy? Sure. Glock on the other hand is ideal for all conditions and cleaning schedules period. Glocks are simply no-fuss products (now that’s dependable).

    • You didn’t mention triggers. I am researching the market for another handgun. I’m also a bullseye shooter and have a very strong appreciation for good triggers and between the Glock, HK, S&W, and Sig, the SIG 226 with its so called ‘heavy’ DA trigger was so far superior to the others there is no real comparison. Since we are talking about Glock, when I shot the Glock using a barricade rest and two hands, I immediately picked up my 1911 and freehandedly outshot the Glock without problems (at 25 yards). Granted, the Glock isn’t a target gun but if I can’t control the trigger very well, my accuracy isn’t going to be there either. The Sig’s wider trigger makes it feel lighter than it really is, but was very smooth and predictable. Freehand shooting the Sig was far easier due to the trigger qualities than the other three guns mentioned/

  10. You failed to mention resale value. The Sig holds way more of its initial higher price when reselling! BIG plus.

    • I agree.. I bought a german made sig for 700$ a few years ago… 10k rounds later I resold it for $750. I now carry the new m11a1 which to me is the most accurate and durable pistol I’ve owned out of glocks,M&P,S&W,Etc… Also the steel slide thats bit longer helps a lot with faster more accurate follow up shots due to less recoil. (2k rounds in it so far with not 1 failure of any kind). I used to carry a 23 for a few years till a friend let me shoot his p228 w/srt trigger and I fell in love.

  11. The British SAS and the US Navy seals carry Sigs. Thats good enough for me

    • Except the Seals just announced they are switching to Glocks.

    • The biggest thing I hear on here is that Spec Ops uses Sigs. But that is not the case anymore. One by one they are all switching to Glocks. Mostly because the simply fire every time no matter the ammo, conditions or cleanliness.

      • this is actually incorrect – due to the polygonal rifling, Glocks, as well as other makers such as H&K are not supposed to take lead or non-jacketed bullets. Now, I’m not sure how many people continue to fire lead bullets, or even non-jacketed for that matter, but they apparently cause catastrophic failures

  12. Aftermarket parts and regular part the glock wins. If something breaks or you want after market you will most likely need to order it for the sig and will be limited to options. Everyone carries glock spring kits and magazines and accessories have a huge market and can be found everywhere.

  13. I would probably recommend the glock over the sig and give it the edge in reliability. I am actually a sig guy , so why would I say that? The truth of the matter is my sigs are a little bit ammo happy and I can’t say that about the glocks they will shoot anything and everything that I put down the pipe. One of the comments was that a sig holds its value more than a glock. That is not actually not true because if you pay 550 for a glock the resale value will decrease by a 100 dollars and you will end up selling for 450. Your going to lose a hundred dollars on your sig as well and actually it will take you longer to sell it because more people can not afford the sig. An example would be that you have a sports car and toyota corolla. The corolla will sale much more quicker at in affordable price.

  14. For all you Glock fans. There’s a reason why the Spec-Ops boys( men by the toughest standards!!!) chose SIGS. They are simply the finest pistols on the planet. No one can knock the Glock for any faults, because there really are none. But they are not SIG’s. SIG’s have a hammer, are all metal, are more comfortable( my opinion) more accurate( my opinion again),
    and a whole lot more classy.YES, I said classy!. The only fault to a Glock, and I had one, is that the sear can wear to the point of being a hazard. They CAN, and WILL go off when this happens. It’s rare, but it does happen. SIG’s are definitely priceier, but they are worth it. AND, you really never hear of anyone shooting themselves with a SIG. There are miriad horror stories of the self shot Glock fan. A striker fire with no saftey scares me, personally. Pulling a DA through by accident is almost impossible! AND, SIG’s don’t have a saftey either, which is a plus! You can carry in battery, and not shot yerself! Take it for what it’s worth, I,ll take a SIG, any day, and be happy to pay the price.(and I have).

    • MARSOC has transitioned from Colt M45 pistols to Glock 19. Navy Seals have given up their Sig P226 Mk25 for Glock 19. It’s official.

      • Spec ops/Marsoc can pretty much carry whatever the hell they like and typically as a few buddy’s are recon and 1 seal and a few infantry and 1 navy aviator(Still carry’s the sig). Almost all carry the beretta’s except spec/marsoc and navy aviation(carrys sig m11). spec/marsoc can carry whatever they please. But the beretta beat sig simply by politics and small price cost for bulk buy. Which is why the basic infantry any other force’s are switching to glocks, cost. Every marine/army guy or friend I know has told me they’d choose a sig over the Glock’s that they will be switching to from beretta soon.

    • I have both guns Sig p290, and I had G26 and G27. I love both, both brands are the best, Only complain about the Sigs is the low magazine capacity for their compact pistols 6-8 rounds?? wtf. Glock offers 10 round from factory and extended magazines that offer 33 rounds for 9mm and 23 rounds for 40 caliber; I never felt undergunned with my Glock in my car with 33 round clip for my G26, but I do feel undergunned with my Sigp290, and now I have to buy more mags for $49 each for sig, with Glock I just have one 10rnd mag in the gun and have 33 round clip in my car.. But one thing I hate about Glocks is they are so bulky and bulge out of the pocket and very difficult to conceal. All glocks are bulky even the baby g26. But I like Glock little bit more because of extended clips and cheap accesories. I do have to say Sig is much more accurate the the Glocks from my experience with both brands. My advise if you can afford it buy both brands because its like comparing Honda to Lexus.

    • Anyone who carries a given sidearm just because someone else does should probably leave it at home. Your head is not where it needs to be……though no doubt one set of cheeks is keeping another set warm there.

  15. P.S. I would disagree the SIG’s are ammo sensative.( I own 7,all different models, 9mm, and .45) I have a buddy that loads commercially, and he gives me non spec ammo to burn.( will not guage to SAAMI specs) My SIG’s eat it greedily, but they get stuck in my Glock 26, and 30 FS.(REALLY STUCK!!) Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t be shootin’ the stuff anyway, but I reload the brass after I resize it, and the guns don’t seem to notice. They chamber, and eject cleanly, with no misfires. I have hand cycled the worst of it to check. That’s the kind of dependability that keeps you alive, in the worst conditions!!! Nuf said

  16. I’ve shot hundreds of rounds through my Glock 27 and my Sig 226. Glock has never, ever malfunctioned. The Sig malfunctioned many, many times requiring lubricants to get it working again. I like the Sig, but when my life is on the line I’ll take the Glock every time. My Kahr PM9 is also an excellent, reliable gun, no malfunctions after proper breakin.

  17. It’s all a matter of opinions. When a person buys a gun that happens to function flawlessly, it draws them to believe that this particular make and model is the best bang for the buck. Just like vehicles, there are and will continue to be lemons with every manufacturer. Firearms are no exception. Chevy vs Ford, Toyota vs Honda. Same philosophy.

    I am by no means an expert in this field but I however, have owned 4 different SIG’s and 5 different Glocks. Personally I shoot the Glocks much more accurately; but again that’s just me. I also trust my life with my Glocks. I have had all sorts of feeding issues with my Sig 226, 229, and especially the legendary 220. On the other hand, my Glocks have 0 malfunctions to date; with my Glock 17 Gen 4 surpassing 35000 rounds of most brands you’ll find at your local shops. Just my experience though.

  18. Navy seals have switched to the glock, but not because it’s mechanically superior, but because of the smaller size and weight savings from what I understand.
    I’ve had three Glocks malfunction on me off and on, one was a gen3 glock 17C, it did not like certain kinds of ammo. The other was a glock 36 45 acp, and it jammed regularly. Also my gen 3 G22 would shoot about a 6″ group @7 yards. I sold that thing as soon as I could.
    The other glock that jammed on my often was my gen3 g20, but I blame that on the specialty ammo I used in it “bear loads”
    My two sig p226’s I own never have malfunctioned , a mk25 and a tacops tb. Both have been excellent.
    I like my Sigs better, but I have love for the g19, g21 and the g20
    Both brands are legendary status

  19. I think you are much better off with a glock. I just got my first sig sauer, the p226, and am very disappointed after about 80 rounds. The frame has a deep scratch on it where ithe on the rails. I then researched on line and found out, to my astonishment, that these 1000.00 dollar pieces of junk have a very short frame life. What a waste of money! I HAVE PUT THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS THROUGH MY GLOCK AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL SURVIVE A NUCLEAR WAR. Long live glock!!! I will probablyou never buy another sig again!

  20. No comparison between the quality of a Sig and the quality of a Glock
    The Sig is like a Cadillac while the Glock is a Chevy. Both work splendidly but the Cadillac is a higher grade gun.
    Furthermore when you load a bullet in the chamber of a Sig you can rest the hammer on a loaded gun which means no strain on the trigger spring and the gun will be ready to shoot anytime at the press of the trigger whilst if a bullet is loaded in the chamber of a Glock the trigger action and the trigger spring will always be under strain .
    Also inspite that the Glock is a very fine gun but it really is an uggly pistol while the Sig is a very nice looking gun

  21. I recently purchased a CZ P09 Duty – it melds the positives of both guns: Hammer-fired DA/SA, polymer frame, 19+1 capacity.

    Awesome gun

  22. I own a Glock and 2 Sigs. I purchased my second Sig just recently a P229 stainless steel elite in .40cal it’s a beautiful gun with rose wood grips the problem is after taking it to the range and running 350 rounds through it I’ve had 82 failures to feed, the gun is brand new and so are the 2 magazines, I’ve tried 4 different kinds of ammo and 3 different range officers have fired it everyone has had the same problem failure to feed. My Glock has over a 1000 rounds through it and has ran flawless since day one it may not be the prettiest gun ( Glock ) but at least I know when I pull the trigger it goes bang!

    • I think I heard someone mention this problem before the problem is in the brand new and stiff magazine spring. Leave the puppy fully loaded for a week and try again.

      • if its new ld send it in on its warranty to get it looked at… thats ALOT of failure’s.. Its suppose to shoot higher grain ammo than the lowest plinking ammo but I found that to be untrue when I started shooting my new m11a1. I shot 115gr ammo right from the start I just made sure to grease it up little because of the failures I heard that happen due to stiffish spring when first being broken in. In reality I think you got a bad one and not a failure by you.

  23. I own the sig p938 and so far love it and haven’t had any problems with it. Thinking about purchasing the G19. Had only heard good things about it. Does anybody know if the 19 or 23 is better?

    • I own 3 Sigs (p229, p938 and p320). My first gun was a G19 that I still own. Sigs are of higher quality, but in a SHTF situation it is hard to beat the dependability and reliability of Glock

      • I think the DOD shops for lowest bid better than a lower price Glockenspiel I have a 3 sigs and they are of excellent quality.
        However, I carry a dual stack whenever I can.

        • The govt for the most part follows the Fed Acquisition Reg (FAR), or Defense FAR for DoD. While price is always a factor, it is not always the deciding factor. It depends on how the requirement is written. For instance if a certain standard of reliability is required and Sig or any other offer fails to meet it they are eliminated. In general, the low offer that meets all of the tech specs written by the end user wins the contract.

  24. Glocks are down at the bottom of the barrel with Kahr, Taurus, & KelTecs.

  25. You buy a glock if you cannot afford a sig!

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