Any problems carrying a P229 CCW?


December 17, 2008, 11:32 PM
Just looking for peoples opinions on just how concealable this particular firearm is.


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Marcus L.
December 17, 2008, 11:39 PM
Not very in my opinion. I know that you bought the elite model and it will be even harder with the beaver tail. It makes a great duty gun and isn't hard to conceal at all provided that you are wearing a jacket of some sort, but it will be tough to maintain good concealment with just a T-shirt on. That's why I carry a P239 off duty.

December 17, 2008, 11:41 PM
yea, still waiting to pick it up =(

i'm toying with the idea of adding a P239 to the safe, but i seem to be reading that the two are pretty close to the same size.

Marcus L.
December 17, 2008, 11:52 PM
Well, you can read about it being similar in size and look at two dimensional pictures and think the same......but it is a very real difference when you actually feel it in your hand and feel it in your pants.

The same applies to the P232 in comparison to the P239. The difference looks small in pictures, but the size difference is quite a bit different when you get your hands on them.

December 18, 2008, 12:10 AM
One o' my main CCW in winter under a large coat.
In summer, not so much!

December 18, 2008, 12:34 AM
I've IWB'ed a 229 for a few years now. You'll need a good belt. I used an Uncle Mike's Sidekick at about 1 o'clock, and I can sit stand and drive fairly comfortably. I'm actually moving away from the 229 as a carry platform, but it can be done.

Kind of Blued
December 18, 2008, 04:56 AM
I'm a twig of a man, and concealed a 226 last summer just fine in an M-Tac.

Wish I still had it. :(

December 18, 2008, 05:13 AM
I conceal my duty Glock 22 all the time. Its definitely not as easly as my Ruger snubby but it can be done with a good belt and holster.

December 18, 2008, 07:24 AM
i've had good luck concealing a 229 w/ a cover garment. it is a little bulky for concealing w/ just a t-shirt, though.

the 239 is quite a bit slimmer and easier to conceal than the 229 - but a 229 can be concealed successfully.

December 18, 2008, 09:05 PM
I carry mine winter and summer. As someone mentioned a little bulky for summer but I just wear a large size pull over and sometimes carry mexican.

December 18, 2008, 09:14 PM
I carry mine every day, no problem.

December 18, 2008, 09:20 PM
i've got the bug to buy another gun ... if it would be better to skip the 239, think it's possible to learn to love the pinky hold on a glock 26? I'd like something small and in 9mm.

Marcus L.
December 18, 2008, 10:19 PM
Try them both out and decide for yourself. I prefer the P239, but you might like the G26 better. The P239 will be more slender(even with Hogue grips) and it eats up recoil a little better, but the G26 has greater magazine capacity. The P239 will also be more accurate. When I train with it I also shoot at 25yrds and I keep much tighter groups at those ranges with the P239 than with the G26. If you think the P239 grip isn't all that secure, a Hogue Wrap Around rubber grip makes a HUGE light and day difference and as far as I'm concerned.....a necessity.

One more thing to consider is the advantages to single stacked magazines. There is less friction as the rounds are being cycled upward since there isn't a funnel taper at the top. So, less spring pressure is needed to get the cartridges to the top, and the cartridges don't need to roll for feeding. Rolling increases friction and can be a problem in dusty environments. This is one reason why new Beretta M9 magazines being used in Iraq need to be kept so clean and why the USMC was favoring single stacks as part of the .45acp pistol project. Lastly, single stacks are less prone to jumble drops. Lets say that you chamber your pistol so that a round(or more) is depleted from the magazine. There is now a window of travel in the magazine and if you drop the pistol or the magazine the rounds can be jumbled in the magazine and become misaligned. A single stack is much less prone to losing alignment during a drop. So, there are some reliability advantages to consider with a good single stacked magazine. That being said, I still favor the double stacked P229 magazine for duty use and would not want a single stack. I do like the single stack better for off duty or CCW though.

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