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Old 01-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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P226 vs p229 vs m11a1 for carry

The topic pretty much explains what I would like to know

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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oh crap........ wrong section..... sorry.... disregard
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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For what a newbies input is worth here is what I have found regarding carry pieces.
Last Sept I purchased my first handgun (first gun period) after much research. I went with the P226 22Lr after having fallen in love with the idea of buying upgrade barrels to move up to 9mm. The gun is great and I love it - BUT: I am now contemplating a carry piece. The 226 is a full sized hand gun, you are not going to easily slip it in your waste band or pocket. If your idea of carry involves a holster - the 226 would probably work best for you because it is a full sized gun and thus can handle everything you would want from a handgun. On the other hand and this is were I have come to an impasse; I do not want to carry something that is going to be obvious as I personally feel that invites problems. To me carry is for one thing - if the need arises you are going to use it quickly and most likely at short range. A small piece in my pocket where I can have my hands on it with no one knowing I am a split second from taking action seems a better approach. From what I have learned and I would ask experts to comment - you should only pull as gun if you plan to use it and only when you are in immediate danger. You are not going to shoot at someone who is any distance from you as that would put you at a distance where you would have a hard time arguing the need for deadly force - big gun with long site radius and accuracy does not seem to be a requirement. More compact guns are less accurate but we are probably talking about hitting a fairly large person at close range - unless you have someone motivated by a personal vendetta to "get you" a hit anywhere is probably all most would ever need to slow down the aggressor and get off a 2nd or 3rd shot if needed. Consider when you would perhaps not carry the larger piece because of its size, weight and visibility verse the smaller piece you basically would never be without - I think the odds are the smaller piece with you all the time will have a better chance of saving you than the larger piece you just might have decided not to bother with on the day you come to need it. I have a fairly big hand and the Sig 938 is at the top of my list for these reasons.

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226 is full size & 229 is a compact.
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They aren't that different in size though

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no, 0.6" isn't that much
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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I am not a subcompact or microcompact shooter. My hands are too big for that. I need a compact or fullsize. I chose these 3 because that are, or were, service pistols. I know the gripe with the m11..... I do intend to carry in a holster as that is the safest way to carry.

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If you have large hands I would say a carry size 1911. It's slim single stack and 3.5" barrel would be a good compromise especially if you wear slightly baggy clothes. I have a smaller frame which makes it harder to conceal that gun so I went with the p938 as a carry but I sometimes carry a glock 36. Even that is a little large for my frame and have to carry it in the small of my back. Your LGS should be able to fit you with a couple of set ups in shop and see what looks and feels right. I would definitely consider single stack though. Especially if the powers that be restrict mag capacity, a double stack wouldn't even make sense for CC.
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My hands aren't that big. Too big for subcompact, good for compact

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I carry both the P226R and P229R concealed. I change between a gun pack, IWB, and OWB. Just depends on what I'm wearing and where I'm going. Haven't had a problem concealing them, and have found they are close enough in size that I can carry my 226 in the 229 holsters.
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If you have large hands I would say a carry size 1911. It's slim single stack and 3.5" barrel would be a good compromise especially if you wear slightly baggy clothes. I have a smaller frame which makes it harder to conceal that gun so I went with the p938 as a carry but I sometimes carry a glock 36. Even that is a little large for my frame and have to carry it in the small of my back. Your LGS should be able to fit you with a couple of set ups in shop and see what looks and feels right. I would definitely consider single stack though. Especially if the powers that be restrict mag capacity, a double stack wouldn't even make sense for CC.
just wondering, how do you sit down & drive & still have access with sob holster.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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226 and m11 are both full sized and 229 is compact. I don't mind carrying full-size. It's a matter of reliability, ease, ergo, etc

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I have just made the conscious decision to transition from the 1911 to the SIG system for carry purposes.



I have SIG p220/P226 and P228. The P226 will be a range/competition /training gun. The P228 and P220 wil be carry/self defense guns. I am used to carrying a combat commander so the size issue isnt for me.
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the m11 and p229 are the same dimensions I believe. Honestly, i dont think you can go wrong with any of the 3. Barrel length isnt as much a concern for cc (especially what.....a .5''?) as the grip length, at least for me. I have a M11 for my carry gun and I love it. All 3 are fine weapons but for me, I give the edge to the m11 with the corrosion resistant internal coating. Again, not a game changer but being that the 3 are so similar its a small edge (if its not a gimmick). Also, I personally really like the SRT trigger. Will it matter in a fight or flight scenario where im probably shaking like a leaf? who knows. Just my 0.02. Cant go wrong all around imho.
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I own a M11-A1 with a Blackhawk holster. This time of year I could carry this gun and leave no indication I have it on. However in the summertime with only a t-shirt on it would be difficult to hide completely. If you insist on only these choices I would recommend the M11-A1 or the P229 SAS. Reason, smoother edges and no rails to snag on clothing upon draw. Personally I carry the P238 SAS everyday.
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