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

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:50 AM   #16
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I'd be test driving a glock 26 vs a sig p238 vs a smith and Wesson shield in 9mm
Shoot those 3 before you make your final selection
Far easier to carry concealed in my opinion

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:00 PM   #17
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The Sig P226 is a great gun (love mine)... but a bit heavy and large for concealed carry. I bought a Sig P250 9mm sub-compact a week ago and had it to the range yesterday... not as nice as the 226 but not bad, fairly inexpensive and available in a number of calibers up to 45. The 9mm comes with a 12-round double stack magazine and while it is double action only, I haven't found that to be a problem after using the 226 for a few years.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:41 PM   #18
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I let my wife carry my 226 40 S&W for a couple days, when she gave it back her report was;to heavy and bulky for her, womens clothes being more form fitting makes it hard to conceal real well. Maybe the 238 in .380 would be better, it's accurate out to "minute of bad guy", less recoil, and the 380 round will be the highlight of some thug's day if you pinwheel him with it! My opinion.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:21 PM   #19
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no doubt, a 226 is big for a woman to carry.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:06 PM   #20
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BondGirl, the P226 is huge compared to the P220 Compact. I'm 6'4" 220# and consider the P226 to large to carry concealed. If you can handle a .45, I'd highly recommend the P220 Compact. As others have mentioned, the P239 is a great carry gun and you have your choice of 9mm, 40 or 357Sig.
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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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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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