P220 45, P226 9mm, or P229 .40 ??


September 24, 2005, 03:19 AM
Which should I buy? The only pistol I have so far is a Makarov..

this will be mostly just for range use, but for occasional carry as well.

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September 24, 2005, 04:26 PM
I think the general consencious is to carry the biggest caliber that you can comfortable shoot.

BUT in this case, these are really three different sized "tools." I guess the 226 and the 220 are very similar but you really should try to get the chance to shoot these, so you can feel the difference between the sizes and caliber.


September 25, 2005, 02:26 AM
As has been mentioned, it will really depend on what you are most comfortable & efficient shooting...If it were me, I'd go w/ the 220 or the 226. Since it is for mostly range use, I'd go w/ the full size pistol first and take full advantage of the longer barrel & longer sight radius...then it would come down to which caliber you prefer ;)

September 25, 2005, 02:31 AM
I vote P229 in .40 because you say it will be carried occasionally. To me the P229 balances perfectly and you don't really lose any capacity versus a P226. The P229/226 has the advantage over the P220 in that you can buy 9mm and .357sig conversion barrels and then have a 3-in-1 pistol.

September 25, 2005, 07:43 AM
Range use? 9mmP is cheaper to shoot.

I have a P220 - a superb pistol - but prefer a S&W 3913 in 9mm for all-around use. Just a great all-around pistol and available new or used in many configurations for $275 up. I bought one in like new condition for $325. But it's a single stack.

September 25, 2005, 09:34 AM
All of the above :D

I'd go with the 220 first but be warned, once you get your first Sig, you'll want another and another. They're so well made that your enjoyment is only limited by your ammo budget. :evil:

September 25, 2005, 10:41 AM
Three-in-one Sigs are not recommended by the factory. Reason? The extractor for the 40/357 is not designed to extract 9mm cases.

I have a P226-40 with 357 conversion barrel. It's a fine weapon. Like all handguns, it has its pluses and minuses.

September 25, 2005, 11:10 AM
My sig 226 is the perfect weapon, I dont think you can go wrong with any Sig. I think you have a caliber issue more than which sig.I like full size and perfer bigger firearms,since I dont carry on my person very much, rather in the truck.

September 25, 2005, 11:18 AM
when i wanted a sig for similiar reasons, i went 229 in 40.

September 25, 2005, 11:22 AM
229 in .40 could do for a secondary CCW in more potent caliber.

220 and 226 are the same size. 15 rounds of 9mm vs 8 rounds of .45ACP. For pure range fun I'd get the 226 since 9mm is so cheap to shoot.

That said I own a 220 in .45ACP and wouldn't trade it for a 226.

September 25, 2005, 12:41 PM
I have a 226 in 9mm. Fine fine hand gun. Very accurate. I'd like to get a 220 eventually as well :D I guess i'm not much help. If you're going to carry it, just get what you are most comfortable with and what you can deliver consistant hits with.

Ala Dan
September 25, 2005, 12:44 PM
has always been a West German SIG-SAUER .45 caliber P220A. :D But, I also own its cousin, a West German P228 9m/m. :cool:

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