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Posted: 10/3/2004 10:48:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2004 10:49:24 AM EST by sniper1az]
I have had a P220 for almost 10 years now. I have been carrying a 380 Walther PP for a CCW weapon. But I want to get something with more oomph. Looked at the 245, 229,239 & the HK Pro 2000. Want at least a 40. What say ye? Pros & cons of each? Which one would you guys get & why?

I thought I'd ask the experts here.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:31:34 AM EST
I have a 220 too. I would go with a 226/229 in .40 cal then get a sig .357 barrel. 2 guns in one.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 7:16:49 AM EST
Since you already have it, you might try the 220 for CCW. In a good holster with a good belt, it will surprise you. It is very close to the Commander sized 1911s and lightweight as well. I know several guys who have carried them for years in Sparks Summer Specials or similar IWB holsters. In fact, back when I was restricted to DA autos or revolvers only, I actually sold (I know...should have my ass kicked!) my 225 because there was not really that much difference in size or thickness.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 10:10:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By ikor:
Since you already have it, you might try the 220 for CCW. In a good holster with a good belt, it will surprise you. It is very close to the Commander sized 1911s and lightweight as well. I know several guys who have carried them for years in Sparks Summer Specials or similar IWB holsters. In fact, back when I was restricted to DA autos or revolvers only, I actually sold (I know...should have my ass kicked!) my 225 because there was not really that much difference in size or thickness.



Shame on you! Never sell a sighough....I
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 12:07:48 PM EST
The 229 .40 is a great gun. 12+1 rounds. Lots of punch.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 3:39:52 PM EST
For me, the 226 in 40 is the schiznit of handguns.

I own two.

Fits my hand like a glove. True battle pistol. Seals trust their lives to them. Good enuf fer me.

Link Posted: 10/20/2004 3:41:59 PM EST
Three factors come into play when selecting a CCW pistol:

1: Your hand size/hand fit with the pistol

2: Your body size and how it relates to what size pistol you can comfortably conceal

3: What caliber you can handle/ammo capacity

Having said that, go with a "mid-sized" Sig. The P229 in 40/357 is my recommendation.

Here is why:

1) Caliber...you can chose between two good calibers (40 or 357 Sig). The P229 was made particularly for these calibers;

2) Capacity....12 in the mag w/ 1 in chamber + 1 additional mag (always carry a spare magazine) gives you 25 rounds ready to go;

2) Size......big enough to control the muzzle flip of big 40 and fast 357 rounds, yet small enough to easily conceal with most body sizes/types. Also, the gun is small enough for small hands, yet accommodates large hands easily.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:34:42 PM EST
There isn't a whole lot of size difference between the 220 and 245, about half an inch in slide length and a little less than that in the grip. The 220 feels more muzzle heavy to me but recoil is very manageable with the smaller 245.

A 239 (thin) would be the closest to your Walther in concealability and weight, so if ease of carry is most important to you I'd go with that one.

If higher capacity is more important I'd try carrying the 220 for awhile to see if you're ok with the larger size, assuming you don't mind springing for a good holster like the Sparks Versa Max or a Comp-Tac. If that size is comfortable to conceal you could choose either the 226/.40 or a 229 depending on which one felt the best in your hand. The 229 looks a little thicker to me than a 226 but I don't know if the specs bear that out.

I don't think you can make a bad choice with any of the options you're considering.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:30:51 PM EST
I have 3 Sigs...

P226 9mm
P226 .40/357
P229 .40/357

I suggest that you go to your friendly local gun dealer to see/touch them for yourself.

My personal choice is the P226 .40/357.

Good luck & let us know your decision.
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