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Old 07-24-2020, 05:06 AM   #1
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My next SIG - Too many models to choose from?

Guys,

I swear I have looked through the Sig web site over and over. It's not that I don't have enough information...it's that I have "analysis paralysis". I have too much data and not enough knowledge. Hope you can help.

Key fact: I have a concealed carry permit, but no handgun in my safe is designed for concealed carry. My next handgun needs to remedy that.

Another key fact: I love my P226 and have a lot of range time with it firing 9mm groups in acceptable patterns at acceptable distances. I may be a neanderthal, (OK...Yes...I am)...but I really prefer the DA/SA set up on the 226 to any other semi-automatic I have fired. Is it the best for concealed carry? LIkely not...but I think it would be the best for me, because I am used to it.

Fact: I like 9mm. Again...is it the best? Maybe not....but for CC, it would seem to be at least a very good choice, I have plenty in my ammo cabinet, I've shot thousands of rounds at the range, so...it's the best for me.

Fact: I really like my 226 and I'm sold on the Sig product line as being the right place in a quality vs value graph for my needs and tastes.

Opinion: In my opinion I THINK I would give up magazine capacity for ease of concealment. I generally hit what I aim at. So having a few extra rounds in the mag is less important to me than the ability to conceal the firearm and draw it effectively if ever needed.

So my question boils down to a relatively simple one. What is the best Sig DA/SA 9mm handgun for a man with large hands that can be easily carried concealed?

Thanks for any opinions or advice you may have! I really appreciate it!!!

Phil
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Old 07-24-2020, 05:08 AM   #2
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I like the P229 for carry.


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Old 07-24-2020, 05:31 AM   #4
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Get an M11A1, no rail, less chance to "grab" anything. With larger hands, you could replace the Slim/Short Reach Trigger, for the standard model, or even a Dual Adjustable aftermarket model, and add G-10 grips for a secure hold.

Here's mine... normally I carry a .40 S&W P229 in that size package.
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I carry a P225A1, not too big, not too small, accurate, love how it feels in the hand. If I was looking for a CCW with more capacity, it would be an M11A1. Slightly larger than a P225A1 with double the capacity. Basically a P229 without a rail.


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225A1 is way too big for only 8 rounds of 9mm.

Go with a P229. Basically a shortened P226 that you clearly love. Seems like a no brainer
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Since you mention having a P226, for a few years 30 years ago, in LE, I carried my duty weapon, a 9mm German made P226, or P220 .45 often times concealed in this Galco Royal Guard Holster, which did a good job concealing the full sized pistol.
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I got started with concealed carry thinking I needed a tiny gun, ended up with a Springfield XD-s. Nice enough pistol, and I shot the **** out of it for about a year, then got a yen for something different and bought my first of a succession of DA/SA pistols. Current carry pieces are either a CZ 75D PCR "compact" or a Sig P220R. I put compact in quotes, it's marketed as such, but is only slightly smaller than my Sig, and weighs only a couple ounces less with both fully loaded.

I carry either in an OWB holster at 3:00, they hide easily with either a sweat shirt or other light cover garment. Don't get hung up on size. Although you may feel like you're trying to hide a cannon and that it will be obvious to everyone, truth is, most folks are pretty oblivious to their surroundings and what's going on around them. If I was in your shoes, I'd start with the 226, if it's just too big/heavy, then I'd start shopping for something else. Of course, if this is just an excuse to buy another gun, then go for it! Oh, and don't forget a good belt. Good luck.

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some form of 229 version, with or without rail for a light, depending on your wants/needs.
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Sounds like a 229 in 9, might be your best option.
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The P225A-1 is a great range gun but is about the same size as a P229 railless with half the ammo so it makes little sense to choose it over a P229 (IMO)
The M11A-1 is the current 9MM railless P229 but there are also used options and a low round count Sig will easily out live you

If you need or prefer something smaller the P239 in 9MM is an 8+1 DA/SA metal frame and is smaller than the P225A-1

I carry a P239 9MM in a Stealthgear IWB that also fits all my P228-9 pistols equally well
I used to carry the p239 80% of the time but recent events has me doing 50% P239 50% P229

P239

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I know you said DA/SA was your preference but the P365 is a significantly easier pistol to carry than anything SIG has in the DA/SA realm. I would ask yourself, "is having my preferred trigger system really worth carrying a pistol that weighs nearly twice as much?"

I have a P239 and a P365 and I wouldn't ever have an excuse to carry the P239 instead except for the fact that it's in .357 instead of 9mm. Of course I'm sensitive to carry weight. The truth of the matter is I don't even give my P365 that much time in the holster because it's so much bigger than my Beretta Pico.

I'd carry the P226 you already have for a week or two. That would give you a fair enough idea of what it's like carrying an all metal gun. If you feel comfortable carrying with the P226 then I would buy any of the smaller SIGs with confidence knowing it will fit your needs well. What I'd hate to see you do is drop big bux on a P229 only to find that while it's controls and operations are familiar it's still a heavy brick that bulges in all the wrong places and isn't really so much smaller than the P226 to make a difference.
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225A1 is way too big for only 8 rounds of 9mm.
Not for me. I find it nearly perfect for concealed carry. Seems like so many people rank capacity over most other factors. I'm not one of them.

Love my 226's, too big to carry unless it's winter time. Love my 229's, a little fat but I'll carry it anytime. Had a 365, sold to switch to a 365 XL, not really fond of the teeny grip. The 225 is like goldilocks. I'd venture to guess most people who haven't held or actually carried a 225 won't appreciate appreciate that it feels a good deal thinner than a 229. I sure didn't. The specs on paper don't do it justice, especially the recessed controls compared to other Classic P series pistols.
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If You can find a P239 in 9Mm You could use that.
Problem is they are hard to find plus the mags are expensive when You find them
The gun has been discontinued though.
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Not for me. I find it nearly perfect for concealed carry. Seems like so many people rank capacity over most other factors. I'm not one of them.
I'm sorry but in 2020 you are less likely to get robbed by a single crack head with a knife than a mob of 10 people at an intersection trying to drag you and your wife out of the car and beat you to death. Now more than ever you need more than 8 dinky rounds of 9mm.

Just my opinion
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