I've shot 226 and 229. I went with the p229 based on ergonomics. It fit my medium sized hand like a glove. My p229 is an E2 mode so it has the ergo grip and really suited my grip perfectly and it has the SRT and SIGlite night sights.
As a range gun it's great, for HD it's railed so you can add a light or laser if you want, and the p229 is available in 9, 40 and .357 s&w. plus they even make a .22 kit for it as well. As a CC it really depends on the holster and clothing as it is rather on the larger end of the compact spectrum of pistols and tends to print a bit. But you'd have the same issue if not worse with the p226.
I must have put at least 700 rounds thru her and not one FTE or FTF or any other glitch whatsoever. Love it.