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Old 08-26-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting the sig p226 in a 40. For both me and my mom I checked one out today and held it and it felt amazing smooth and clean thinking about making it a home defense weapon and my mom will carry hers what do you guys think?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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The 226 is a large gun, much too big for carry in my opinion. They are great guns though if they fit the user.

Me personally, I've had one for about a month or so and honestly don't care for it, shoots great... Just not for me.
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Love my 226 extreme in 40.I've had her for well over five years.I have fired at least 4000 rounds out of her and she's eati'n everything I ever fed her (steel cased Tula all the way to PDXI Home defense loads).I have both the 357. and 9mm conversion barrels.Where I agree about her being a big gun and for me to carry concealed is not gonna happen except maybe winter time or when hunting.Mom may want to rethink this and ask her lgs to let her slip it in her carry position to find out if it's right for her.As for home defense definetly a great pistol.
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I have never carried one on me before, but I would think it would be carryable. It's not crazy heavy at all and not crazy big at all, so you would have to try it out. I think it would be easier to carry in a shoulder holster, but it might get tiring quicker being around ones chest rather that on the waistline, but again i've never carried one for CCW before.

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Just curious why .40, and have either of you shot .40 before?
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I had a 226 in .40 cal and personally didn't care for it. The kick wasn't harsh but kinda awkward, best way I can describe it. Mine was just the nitrone with night sights so perhaps different grips could of made the difference. I have heard that because the gun was designed for 9mm it has unbalanced recoil in .40 which makes sense to me after shooting it, I'm sure others will have a different opinion.
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My 226 .40 is my trusted bedside gun because its the one auto that has NEVER malfunctioned on me.

Having personally carried just about every size handgun in my time I would agree the 226 is a lot of gun for a man to conceal but if your mom purse carries in a dedicated holster purse it should not be a problem.

You will hear many opinions on caliber and the .40 is "snappier" than the others but the 226 is plenty of gun to handle it if .40 is your choice.

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I just bought my first P226 a couple of weeks ago and I have been extremely pleased with it. I had read a bunch about it and most of it was positive...things I liked:

1. Decocker allows you to carry the gun with hammer down easily, DA on first shot.
2. Mk 25 has excellent sights
3. Gun is very accurate
4. I find the recoil of the 9mm to be tame so accurate follow up shots are easy...easier than any other 9mm I own
5. 15 round capacity is always welcome
6. 4.4# trigger pull in single action is crisp and clean which further aids accuracy
7. It looks good!

Things I don't like
1. Expensive...mine was 1000 new and with the current state of affairs, new gun prices are on the high side
2. The trigger reset was a bit longer than I expected on the Mk25 but not bad
3. not really anything else so far
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Why not go for a SIG P228? Might be easier to carry and from what I understand it is just a downsized P226.

Apologies if I have my models mixed up. I understand they discontinued either the P228 or P229. Either way, the one they still make should make a better carry gun and I know they are available in .40 S&W.
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Originally Posted by KJG67
Just curious why .40, and have either of you shot .40 before?
We have both shot 40. And love that caliber it has more stoping power than a 9 and were more comfortable with the 40.
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