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Is the P226 or P220 better for concealed carry for a female

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:58 PM   #21
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My Bersa Thunder 380 jammed a lot on the 5th or 6th round but was a good gun to start with. I found out that the little e clip (I know that is not the technical name for it but can't remember what it was right now) kept jumping off the pole. I had to keep checking it before I went out shooting. So now I'm looking at the Sigs. I have a couple of friends who swear by them and I am impressed with their reviews also. When I went out shooting with my friends I've tried a couple Glocks which were smooth to shoot and a couple Sigs. I felt more comfortable with the Sigs. I did also shoot a Ruger which I liked but the tear down of it was more complicated than I'd like to start with. My Bersa I could take a part and put back together easy so cleaning it was nice.
If you like the Bersa brand of handguns, check out the Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro. My wife has this one......

It is a breeze to take down and is a great weapon.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #22
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How about getting the best of both worlds... SP2022 or P229 in 40...
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depending on what version of either pistol you mention may determine which is better for you...the P220 should be thinner and therefore, perhaps carry easier for you...add a pair of Hogue G10 stocks (expensive but really worth it I think) it will feel even thinner...(this works for both the P220 and P226 I have recently found)...

for lightest, look to the older stamped steel, folded and pinned breach block slide versions but don't discount the stainless slide versions (as they can be more robust for a slight weight penalty)...

the P220 compact or older P245 can give you a shorter grip area for even easier conceal ability but you need to see what works for you...

I have been carrying SiGs for a long time (1988) and have carried others and I seem of late to be preferring the fuller sized pistols (along with the P245) for their balance which may be important to you...

if looking at 9mm...don't discount the P225 or P228...really outstanding pistols in a field of outstanding pistols...

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Ok so looking to upgrade to a better concealed carry and was wondering which you all thought might be a better fit for a concealed carry for a woman. I know it depends a lot on the feel of the gun for each individual. I have shot both the Sig P 226 9mm and a Glock both were nice but I think I'm leaning in the direction of the Sig. Although the P220 compact looks interesting. Let me know what you think Thanks
Hello from Walled Lake, MI!

I've got a 220 compact SAS gen2 - I love it. I was a bit worried about carrying it because I'm wiry and don't have a lot of room to conceal anything. While it is a pretty big conceal gun, I have no problem with it in an IWB holster, a OWB with a coat over, or even in a 5.11 holster shirt.

I'd try before you buy though - this is a pretty heavy conceal gun.

On the other hand, my wife has a 938 extreme that she loves (and I like it too). That gun is very easy to conceal. We have a recently manufactured one, and luckily have not seen any of the performance issues that some have seen with earlier models.
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My Bersa Thunder 380 jammed a lot on the 5th or 6th round but was a good gun to start with. I found out that the little e clip (I know that is not the technical name for it but can't remember what it was right now) kept jumping off the pole. I had to keep checking it before I went out shooting. So now I'm looking at the Sigs. I have a couple of friends who swear by them and I am impressed with their reviews also. When I went out shooting with my friends I've tried a couple Glocks which were smooth to shoot and a couple Sigs. I felt more comfortable with the Sigs. I did also shoot a Ruger which I liked but the tear down of it was more complicated than I'd like to start with. My Bersa I could take a part and put back together easy so cleaning it was nice.
.See if someone can put a springloaded circlip or snap ring on there for you instead of the e clip.
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I have a 228 and love it. ive carried it concealed a few times and its relatively easy to carry. its heavier than alot of carry weapons but its not to bad
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real 228's are a classic.
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While I do carry my P220 carry on a daily basis I would not advise carrying a P226. That is a big thick pistol.
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I am new to the forum, but own and have carried both Sig P238 and a Springfield XD subcompact .40. Love both guns the P238 is a little easier to conceal.
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I carry the SIG P238. Great firearm, never had a misfeed and incredibly easy to conceal. I'm 6 foot, 175 lbs and I don't wear baggy clothing so its a good fit for me.

My buddies sometimes give me a hard time about not carrying something with more "stopping power;" however, the 380 is plenty.

I'm not sure where he got his info, but my grandfather (career medic in the Army) told me that regardless of caliber, if you are hit with one bullet you have a 70% chance of living. However, if you are hit with two, again regardless of caliber, you have a 20% chance of living. His two cents was always that is better to put two or more shots on mass than it is to worry about how much bullet you need for a one and done situation.

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The p238 is plenty, grandfather has a point but more importantly in Two-Tone, Equinox, Lady, Rainbow or Extreme?

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Ha! I carry the two-tone. Its one of my favorite pistols.
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You don't need to shoot anyone with that, just draw it and they will go blind.
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226 is both big and heavy, as is the 220. Being heavier than a Glock, it will be easier to shoot. How about a Sig 229 in 9mm. Smaller, but still soft shooting.

It also depends how you intend to carry the weapon. If on your body you will want something smaller, if purse carry, you can carry anything as long as you don't mind the additional weight.

I carry either a Sig 238 or a Taurus 327 Federal Magnum "snubbie" revolver. I have, on occasion, carried a Glock 32 with a KKM 40 S&W barrel. On one occasion, while traveling, I did bring along a Kimber Pro Carry II, but that spent most of its time in the car. Usually, I purse carry even though I do not think it ideal (I think it takes a bit to long to get into action). It's just a matter of comfort and convenience.

Anyway, I happen to think both the 220 and the 226 are a bit too big for everyday carry (EDC). As always, your mileage might vary.
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I'm a little new to all of this and just applied for my CCW in California. Ok no jokes please...
I've been looking at the EMP or the Kimber Carry 2. I like the 9mm but found that the Kimber didn't recoil much more than the EMP.

Like I said I'm new to all of this but I figure the idea is to conceal the weapon the best I can. I have friends who carry the Glock 19 and 23. I just didn't like the trigger on the Glock myself.

For me it's what I can get the most comfortable with.
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Glock 26 9mm. Give it a try.
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The Glock 26 is a fine carry gun.
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I have small hands and thought the Sig P226 Extreme grips were nice, my two shooting buddies have P220s and they were ok but not as nice as the 226 Extreme. My wife has all kinds of fashions and I don't know how a gun would affect clothing selection but one thing I did notice that I envy a great deal is my wife's purse. That thing could carry ANY pistol you wanted to conceal in there. My full size 1911 would get lost in there! I also don't worry about power in a round as long as you carry at least 9mm, modern day hollow points work fine and another reason I never worry about power is I also carry a knife with me at all times.

By the way, a full size 1911 with a bob tail or round heel is easier on small hands but I do wish there was a gun smith in the area that could install a short trigger for me.
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