The P228 is a compact version of the P226 and is in use with various law enforcement agencies and the US military where it is designated as the M11. The P228 has a shorter slide and barrel than the P226 and unlike the P226, the P228 is available only in 9×19mm Parabellum rounds with a 13-round magazine.
In-game, the 228 Compact is a moderately powerful semi-automatic pistol available to both teams. It has a fast rate of fire and deals moderate damage, and can instantly kill players with a headshot if a helmet is not worn. Its downsides are its small magazine size (13 rounds) and low reserve ammo, and its lower accuracy and stronger recoil makes it a less optimal choice for long range combat compared to the Night Hawk .50C and K&M .45 Tactical. Its price is relatively low, making it a good situational choice when a better sidearm is needed.
Depending on the amount of available starting money (usually around $800), buying this weapon during a pistol round would leave the player just enough money to buy a Defuse Kit as a Counter-Terrorist.
On the pistol round as a Terrorist, you can buy the pistol along with a grenade to execute rush plans.
For long range, crouch and target the body. Targeting the head at this range is unlikely to work. Take cover when facing a sniper, and do not attempt to attack them. Firing fast at longer range can be risky without crouch and cover, you might waste your ammunition and give your opponent the opportunity to kill you.
This pistol can be a good choice for players with good aim, due to its decent stopping power and accuracy. It also useful for scoring headshots in pistol rounds.
Spray at the head in close quarters combat.
Fire a burst of 2 or 3 at the head in mid range combat, if the enemy isn't wearing a helmet a single headshot will kill them, if they are wearing a helmet you will see white sparks fly about, meaning they have less than 15 health left, so aim for a larger target like the chest or stomach.
This weapon is a great alternative to the Night Hawk if you dislike its recoil and small magazine size/ammo reserve.
If the recoil becomes too high, it is recommended to aim at the chest or the neck of an opponent and keep firing to increase the odd of scoring a headshot.
In Counter-Strike 1.6 and Condition Zero, many players tend to avoid wielding this pistol due to the low accuracy and damage compared to the Night Hawk. However, shooting at the torso of opponents with the P228 can offer some advantages. It is more useful for close range combat due to the higher rate of fire and larger magazine size compared to the Night Hawk.
The 228 Compact appears in the following missions:
Motorcade Assault: In the mission, the player will encounter a 9×19mm Sidearm-wielding Terrorist standing in a windowed hallway. Jumping into the hallway will yield the pistol and a kevlar vest. No additional ammo for it is available throughout the level.
Thin Ice: The player starts the level with the weapon.
Downed Pilot: The player starts the level with the weapon. The pistol is lost when the player is captured.