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Old 08-27-2013, 08:11 AM   #11
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I don't know about the stopping power better thing. But the 40 round is a good one. And the 226 is a great platform.

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I recommend the P226 in 9mm. The gun was originally designed for this caliber. An HK USP can better handle a .40. The USP comes in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45. Both guns are extremely well made, accurate and very reliable. If you are interested in the HK, I would get the USP compact for carry. Here are my pistols...

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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We have both shot 40. And love that caliber it has more stoping power than a 9 and were more comfortable with the 40.
Good. Just wanted to make sure you've both shot .40 before. There's endless debate on ballistics, recoil, and magazine capacity. I know at one time it bugged me and I was looking at .40 too. I have a p226 in 9mm and absolutely love it, as does anyone that I've let shoot it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:06 PM   #14
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I don't know about the stopping power better thing. But the 40 round is a good one. And the 226 is a great platform.
Why do you say that I just think since the .40 is a bigger caliber that it has more stopping power than a 9mm
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Why do you say that I just think since the .40 is a bigger caliber that it has more stopping power than a 9mm
It's a commonly debated issue. And really a moot point where terminal ballistics are concerned as long as you're using modern JHPs.

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Not a big difference is there? But some people will debate it to death.

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The real concern with handgun calibers is recoil management, and that varies from person to person and from gun to gun. A good rule of thumb for new handgun shooters is to work with the biggest caliber that you can efficiently manage the recoil with. But you don't sound new so hey if you're used to .40 then shoot .40, there's nothing wrong with it.

Another good rule to follow: if you're looking to buy a different make/model gun, find a way to rent/borrow one just like it and shoot it before you buy it if at all possible.

The P226 doesn't recoil like a gun designed to be chambered for .40, because it wasn't. It was designed to be chambered for 9mm. Once you shoot it you may find that you like the P239 better in .40, they changed more than just the barrel, slide and chamber on it from 9mm to .40, unlike the P226. ;-) I'm not saying you will, just throwing it out there as an example of what can happen if you shoot before you buy.
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Check out a p229; its a bit smaller, shorter barrel and lighter. It's more compact is the take away from my comment.
You can't go wrong with SIG reliability and quality, but the P226 might be a bit too large IMO especially for CC.
My P229, like Tack mentioned, is my bedside pistol. I would stake my life on it (god forbid) if I had to. My P229 has SIGlite night sights and an SRT trigger and I find it quite manageable. And after 1000+ rounds not a single misfire, FTF FTE or whatnot. Yes it's pricey, but worth the cost IMO.

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I've owned a Sig P226 .40 cal for several years and I love the weapon. It was accurate as Hell right out of the box and it has been a reliable weapon with any and all ammo I've run through it. That and my Springfield Armory Loaded (one step down from the Range Officer) 1911-A1 are my 2 favorite open carry weapons.

My indoor range target shooting with the Sig -- target at 45 feet:

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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.
Pretty well sums up my opinion. It's an excellent gun without question. I just prefer something a little slimmer. I had a P226 for a couple years and really couldn't lodge any complaints about its performance. It just didn't fit me (honestly, I wish it did).

I prefer CZ 75, BHP, and 1911s when it comes to metal framed guns, and often carry a single-stack polymer XDs45.

Buy whatever performs best in your hands. If that's a P226, I have no reason to deter you. Great gun.
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Pretty well sums up my opinion. It's an excellent gun without question. I just prefer something a little slimmer. I had a P226 for a couple years and really couldn't lodge any complaints about its performance. It just didn't fit me (honestly, I wish it did).

I prefer CZ 75, BHP, and 1911s when it comes to metal framed guns, and often carry a single-stack polymer XDs45.

Buy whatever performs best in your hands. If that's a P226, I have no reason to deter you. Great gun.
Check the web they just had a recall on the XDS line.
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I have been CCW carrying my 226 357Sig forever, well since they came out. I love it.

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