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Sig P220..Carry or Standard?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Electrified, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Electrified

    Electrified Member

    I am preparing to order my first Sig. I've settled on the P220 Equinox, but can't decide if I should go with the standard or carry version. The standards barrel lenght is 4.4" and the carries barrel is 3.9". Can someone tell me what the real difference will be to me? Why should I get the longer vs the shorter? Will the half inch longer barrel make that much difference in accuracy? I have a Ruger P345, but want to expand my collection. Thanx for your input.....
  2. BsChoy

    BsChoy Well-Known Member

    If you're carrying alot I like the feel of the carry...it points real good for me and should hide well. Although the 5 inch single action 220 I handled was the proverbial bees knees.
  3. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    I prefer the Carry over the standard 220 because I feel the Carry's slightly shorter steel slide makes for a better balance (less "top-heavy") when mated to the alloy frame that is common in size and weight to both variants.
  4. The Law

    The Law Well-Known Member

    I'm also a fan of my 220 Carry. However, I only have my 226 to compare it to. From my own limited research it seems most owners that have had both a 220 and a 220 Carry have preferred the Carry (from my perusals at SIGforum.com).
  5. prolanman

    prolanman Well-Known Member

    You won't be disappointed with the Carry.
  6. varoadking

    varoadking Well-Known Member

    P220R Carry DAK with Nill rhomlas stocks, night sights, short trigger (standard), Bedair stainless steel guide rod, #18 Wolff mainspring:

  7. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Give me the standard SIG (DA/SA) P220A without rails any day of the week. :D
  8. Autolycus

    Autolycus Well-Known Member

    It really depends on what you intend to use the gun for. If its a range gun then go with the standard P220. If the gun is for carry I would suggest getting the carry model.
  9. rj112275

    rj112275 Well-Known Member

    i have the same question

    after deciding that the P220 will be the next 45 that i own, i took off to the local gun shop. they had the carry and the fullsize.

    the only difference is 0.5". i couldn't tell much difference, but thought the fullsize balanced a tad better. will carrying an extra 0.5" really make it that much easier to carry? if not, i'll probably go with the fullsize.
  10. loplop

    loplop Well-Known Member

    Personally, I find the balance of the P220 Carry better than the fullsize, in the stainless (heavier) slide guns. The shorter bbl will be nice for IWB, as it won't act as a lever arm as much when you sit.

    One other benefit of the Carry version is reduced perceived recoil. I know, it seems to defy logic... But the Carry's seem to shoot softer than the fullsize pistols. I thought maybe it was in my head, but a few others (Mas Ayoob, among them) seem to notice the same thing.

    Will the shorter barrel affect accuracy? Not unless you're a master shooter. I regularly shoot groups like this with my P220 Carry Equinox ... It's a fantastic pistol. 8 yards:
  11. Electrified

    Electrified Member

    Well I did decide on the carry version and ordered it today. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow and we can head to range. Can't wait!!!
  12. loplop

    loplop Well-Known Member

    Enjoy!! Let us all know what you think. Nothin' better than the first time at the range with a new gun :D
  13. Paints

    Paints Well-Known Member

    I have the full sized P220 and it shoots like a dream.

    I really don't think that a half inch in length makes a significant difference for concealed carry, especially IWB. It probably doesn't make any difference in accuracy either. It will give a little better velocity (maybe 50 fps?).

  14. loplop

    loplop Well-Known Member

    Paints: the one place the Carry is nice for IWB is less barrel to lever the gun around when you sit.

    ANY P220 is a sweet gun. They pulled me away from my 1911's, and to tell you the truth, I don't miss 'em.

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