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Posted: 7/18/2008 5:10:33 PM EDT
I want to get my permit, but don't want to spring for another pistol.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 5:23:53 PM EDT
[#1]
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 7:07:42 PM EDT
[#2]
Yes, unless you are about 8 feet tall and weigh 500 lbs.

Get a J-frame Smith & Wesson (they made one in 9mm if you are fixed on that caliber, look on www.gunbroker.com).  Preferably a titanium, scandium, or aluminum frame.

SIG P226s are an absolutely wonderful pistol...the "Rolls Royce" of pistols, IMNSHO.  But, they are not very concealable.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 8:00:29 PM EDT
[#3]
For me, yes.  I usually carry something a lot smaller/slimmer like a 1911.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 8:13:06 PM EDT
[#4]
I love my P226; it was the first centerfire pistol I bought [as opposed to gifts, etc].

I carried it a great deal when I turned 21.  It was always a compromise - buy a good belt, adjust clothing, and deal with some discomfort.

The P226 is a full frame service pistol.  It is more difficult to conceal, and less comfortable to carry any full frame service pistol concealed than a compact or sub-compact offering.

Whether it is worthwhile to you to spring for another pistol, only you can decide.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 10:31:41 PM EDT
[#5]
I carried both a 220 and a 226. No, they're not too big.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 3:48:46 AM EDT
[#6]
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 5:50:16 AM EDT
[#7]
my 220 concealed great in a good holster, and even a cheap uncle mikes
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 2:07:58 PM EDT
[#8]
This is all up to YOU. What works well for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. There are plenty of people who carry full-size SIGs and USPs (amongst others) with absolutely no problems.

As usual, though, the proper holster and belt make all the difference in the world.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 3:46:01 PM EDT
[#9]
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:45:45 PM EDT
[#10]
Hell no.  I carry my full size 9mm USP.  Same size as 226 IMO.

Dress around it a bit, get yourself a CTAC holster, add some cant, and a good belt.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 9:52:17 PM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
It conceals fine as long as you use a QUALITY holster and belt.

/quote]

+1
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 10:11:01 PM EDT
[#12]
My only handgun is a P226. I have a Comp-Tac CTAC and I'm 5'6", 155 lbs. I'm also one of those guys who likes to wear semi-fitted clothes. I can't stand shirts that are too large for me. I usually wear a polo with stripes to break the outline of the pistol.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 10:17:10 PM EDT
[#13]

Quoted:
My only handgun is a P226. I have a Comp-Tac CTAC and I'm 5'6", 155 lbs. I'm also one of those guys who likes to wear semi-fitted clothes. I can't stand shirts that are too large for me. I usually wear a polo with stripes to break the outline of the pistol.


I'm almost exactly your size. Where do you wear your CTAC? e.g hip. back etc
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 11:27:22 PM EDT
[#14]
I used to carry my duty weapon CCW, but that 226 is a pig, so I bought a 239 for off duty carry.  Easier on the waistband, although I miss having the double stack mags.  

Wear what is comfortable.  
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:08:11 AM EDT
[#15]
I carry my Glock 21 every day with no problems.  I don't think you will have a problem with the 226.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:43:58 PM EDT
[#16]
I have to agree that a good holster and belt will do just fine. I have a G26 for summer carry and gonna get ANOTHER ctac for my beretta for winter carry. The comp tac ctac is really the best holster you can buy, excellent concealability.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 4:58:33 AM EDT
[#17]
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 11:20:55 AM EDT
[#18]
Mine fits/rides just fine concealed. Noone has ever noticed it.

ETA: I have a Galco Royal Guard IWB holster, very comfortable.
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