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Old 11-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Is the P226 or P220 better for concealed carry for a female

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
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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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.
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both are full size but 226 grip is bigger because of the double stack.
if it's got to be a 9, rent a glock 27 for a test run.

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I really liked the Glocks but am more comfortable knowing a safety is on. I usually chamber a round so all I have to do is flip the switch. But I really enjoyed the Glocks maybe for my following gun I'll pick one up right now though I'm looking at the Sigs any idea's I'm 5'8" and 145lbs. And it doesn't need to be a 9mm but do so enjoy the 9mm's. My Bersa was a very comfortable carry. Just frustrating knowing it may not work when I needed it most. Know what I mean. I'm pretty new at shooting so would like something I can break down easy for cleaning as well. I've helped a friend clean his Glocks and Sigs and know I could do them myself. (I like to know the gun inside and out that way hopefully no surprises. I kept my Bersa clean and ready to go at all times)
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there's no safety on a da/sa sig.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:29 AM   #6
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I guess hitting the gun range and finding out what I can rent and what is good for me will be my best choice of action. Also learning a lot more about what I'm looking for. Hate to admit it but it has been a while since I've been out and I miss it a lot. I really am looking forward to finding what is best for me Thanks for all the help
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Have you looked at the 239 in 9mm?
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Can't go wrong with either Glock or Sig. THe Sigs are higher quality IMO. The new Gen 4 Glocks had a weird rep for a little while, but it seems they fixed the issues. Lok into the 229 lineup as well, there might be something in there that tickles your fancy, and it's more on the concealable side. Or, as already mentioned, the 239.
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Have you looked at the 239 in 9mm?
Not yet but I really want to try out a lot and see which is best for me. So I'll see if I can find one to try. Thanks
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Can't go wrong with either Glock or Sig. THe Sigs are higher quality IMO. The new Gen 4 Glocks had a weird rep for a little while, but it seems they fixed the issues. Lok into the 229 lineup as well, there might be something in there that tickles your fancy, and it's more on the concealable side. Or, as already mentioned, the 239.
Actually one of my son's is seriously thinking about the 226 so if he gets that I can try that one also. The 229 lineup was interesting to me also. I'm not in a hurry I want to take my time and get the right one. May take a while but I'd rather be sure than sorry. Thanks I'll check them out.
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if you can live with 8 rounds, look at a p6/225 or wait for the 224
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My 226 carries fine. But I'm 6'2" and 230 pounds!
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Bondgirl--Hello to my neighbor just south of me.

I have both a P226 and a G19. I prefer the 226 over the Glock. It is easier to release the slide for cleaning, bigger buttons, etc.

The Glock is very reliable and I have zero worries on carrying hot.

Take a 25 minute drive north to Total Firearms in Holt. They have all of the guns mentioned for rental and if you want to test something from them prior to buying you can. If you buy, no rental/range charge.

If you ever make it up this way you are welcome to try mine as well.
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First, I find out what round she's comfortable with--226/220 are both a handful, and 220's .45 can be more than some like to practice with.

If it's in 9mm, consider p228 or 229. A size down, and perhaps something she may become more confident with. New 224 might be worth looking into as well, that should be out soon.
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The 220 and 226 are both pretty big for concealed carry unless you're a pretty large person. As bearone says they're both the exact same size except the 226 has a fatter grip. I personally think the 220 has a bit longer grip, but that may be me. Both of them have a bit too long a grip for my tastes as I'm a small-framed person and the longer grip is harder for me to conceal, which is why I carry a 229. The P220 compact is definitely more concealable than either a 226 or a full-size 220, but you only get 6+1 rounds in it.
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