Sounds like you have a winner. I had the P2000SK V2 ad sold it to buy a P2000 V2. I liked the SK but I wanted something a bit bigger. I agree with you about the snappiness of the .40. I just ran about 130 rounds through my gun Tuesday. I still can't believe how mild it seemed. The LEM trigger takes some getting used to but it's a fairly easy learning curve.
Like your friend, I looked at both at P2000 and a Sig 229. The shop I was at had a good deal on a slightly used 229, no rail with both .40 and 357 sig barrels. What made me pick the HK was the size. The 229 just felt bulkier in my hand. This is my first HK, but I'm already planning my next purchase.