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Old 08-29-2016, 11:16 PM   #1
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P320 Carry grip frame height vs. Compact?

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a P320. Really looking forward to this pistol.

I have no problems concealing larger guns and generally prefer them to smaller guns.

In considering the P320 Carry vs. Compact, with the only difference being grip height. How much difference is there between the Carry and the Compact in terms of grip height? I know that there is only a 2-round difference in capacity and it doesn't look like the frame height is significantly different.

Should I just go with the Carry and enjoy the two-round capacity advantage or do you guys think that the Compact frame makes a significant difference in carry-ability.
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:51 PM   #2
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Just look at Sigs website for the height difference. The decision is all up to you. I find guns that are easy for some to conceal difficult for myself. Good thing is that either way you could always just buy the other grip frame and have both.

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Just look at Sigs website for the height difference.

Good thing is that either way you could always just buy the other grip frame and have both.
Good suggestion and good point.

According to SIG's website, there is less than 1/4" difference in grip frame height (.2"). That doesn't give me any actual user-feedback, though.

And, I agree, grip frames are cheap (less than $40); easy to have them both, if desired.

With less than a 1/4" height difference, my gut tells me to go with the Carry and gain two-rounds of capacity (9mm) or one-round of capacity (.40S&W). I would have no problem easily concealing the Full size or the Carry versions.

The recent craze to go for the smallest pistol size possible for EDC leaves me scratching my head. Most of those little pistols that are such hot sellers suck as compared to larger pistols when it comes to shoot-ability, capacity, ability to hit accurately, and enjoyment of use. I can see how wearing a tailored business suit is pretty restricting on carry gun choices, but with casual attire, I think most people can easily carry a larger pistol than they probably think they can. About all I wear year-around are shorts and a Duluth t-shirt, which easily conceal my M&P40 or G21SF.

If anyone here has personal experience with both Carry & Compact grip frames, I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on the difference in real-world use.

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If you can conceal those easily I would go with the carry

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Get the carry. You can always get a compact grip module for $50
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Yes. Decision has been made. Thank you. I'm going with a full size, possibly carry. I don't think I will want anything smaller.
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I have the compact. I also just use the 17 rd mags and x-grip adapter when I can conceal the full size grip and the 15 rd mags when I have to. Easy enough.
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I have a Carry, as well as compact and subcompact grips for it.

If you can conceal the Carry with no issues, then your decision is easy.
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Cabelas has the P320 with Night Sights on sale right now for $549. That clinched the deal for me. They didn't have a Carry but did have a Compact. The lowest price I've found for these is $580, and a couple of local dealers are actually asking $680 for these!!! So $549 looked really good.

I wanted a full size 40 and a Compact 9, so that's what came home with me. These both have what looks to me like the latest, updated versions of take-down lever (slimmer) and slide stop (lower profile). I will pick up a Carry frame in 9 to bring the Compact up to being a "Carry".

I'm really looking forward to getting these to the range later this week.





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I have the Carry in .40 s&w and 9mm as well as the subcompact in 9mm for conceal carry. I shoot the .40 better than the others. I do wish that there was an extended mag with the pinky extension for the sub though. I think that I would shoot it better if I had one.
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I have the Carry in .40 s&w and 9mm as well as the subcompact in 9mm for conceal carry. I shoot the .40 better than the others. I do wish that there was an extended mag with the pinky extension for the sub though. I think that I would shoot it better if I had one.
Nice. The .40S&W is awesome, isn't it!

I'm planning to get a Carry slide/barrel/frame in .40 to go with my full size .40. I like the full size .40 a lot, but may prefer the Carry size .40 for CCW. And I think I may get the full size conversion for my Compact 9mm. The Carry and Compact will definitely be small enough for me. My pocket nines are safe queens as I prefer larger carry guns.

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