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Old 05-19-2017, 08:45 AM   #1
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Sig p220 carry vs full size

Just looking for some opinions regarding carrying either of these. I feel like the .4" extra barrel length isn't that significant, Since the grips are the same size I feel like I wouldn't even notice the difference. Anyone have some real world experience with the carry? I have 2 p220s one is the standard size and one is the 5" 10mm.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:28 AM   #2
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The 220 full sized barrel is 4.4". Carry version is 3.9".

Half a inch isn't much. But Carry is overall smaller.

If you get the P220 SAS Carry version, you will have edges of slide and frame rounded off to enable easier draw.
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I like the carry, it has a very natural balance and points like a laser. I like the full sizes too. If I had to choose, I would get the full size because I want the extra barrel length and the carry slide length doesn't reduce the overall size by that much. If I were going with one exclusively for carry, I'd probably get the p227 carry model and have a few more rounds.
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The slide/barrel may be shorter but that doesn't necessarily define a carry gun (although a shorter barrel will probably be easier to draw). A carry gun is usually defined by how concealable it is. A smaller/shorter/slimmer grip will offer better concealment than a full-sized one. Barrel length is almost always going to be concealed, unless the barrel is 3" thick.

What are the grip lengths on the P220 FS and Carry models? If they end up being the same size, there really isn't going to be much of a difference when it comes to concealability.
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I believe you want either the earlier P245, or the later P220 Compact which has the abbreviated grip. The P220 Compact even had a SAO version.
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full size 220 & carry share the same frame, 8+1,
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My EDC was a full size for a couple of years, then I went to a 220 Carry, then a few months ago I went to a 220 Compact.

The carry conceals identically to the 220 full size because the grip size is the same. I saw no difference whatsoever in accuracy or anything else between the full size and the Carry.

The 220 Compact that's now my EDC conceals much better than the full size or the Carry because the grip is shorter. The price you pay for that is 2 rounds as the Compact is 6+1. I feel that's a fair trade for the concealability.
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