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220 Carry Elite Recoil

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by curmudgeon and anarchist, Nov 22, 2007.

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  1. curmudgeon and anarchist

    curmudgeon and anarchist Member

    Nov 18, 2007
    I just notice that the 220 carry elite (30oz) is lighter than the 229 (33oz).

    Does anybody own this gun? I'd like info about the recoil in the 220 carry elite.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. TennVOL

    TennVOL Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    I would think it recoil's like a .45
  3. KI4LIV

    KI4LIV Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Melbourne, FL

    That's probably the most vague answer I've ever seen.

    Every brand or design of .45 pistol recoils differently..

    That's like someone who is trying to help you find a needle in a stack of needles and you telling them "it looks like a needle".
  4. poet

    poet Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    The closest Sig .45 that I own to yours is the 220Carry-R SAO. The felt recoil is very managable. In fact I am at 300 of my usual 500 round break-in period for new guns that I acquire. At around 240-260, the pistol started to eat anything that I put into it, I even put an emprty case in the middle of a full magazine and it fed just fine. The only down side is what would correspond to the beaver tail on a 1911. It is needs to be just a bit longer, IMHO, because the edge will start to dig into the web of your hand between the thumb and trigger finger. Other than that, IT IS ALL SIG.:D
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2007
  5. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    So. Calif.
    SAO, yes, SA/DA, no


    As mentioned, either P220 standard or Carry offers very docile recoil..

    But, IF you get an Elite in SAO, then I would say yes, the Beaver-tail is a good thing, as it will benefit in control of recoil and follow-up shots on target "without" the need to worry about it "digging-in" to the web of your hand.. With both my 1911's with the B-tails, this "digging-in" does not occur, but benefits the follow-up shots as mentioned..

    If you decide you want a DA/SA P220, in either full size or Carry, then IMHO, you do not need it from my shooting experience with both.

    It could also come down to an IF you want to CCW, then the P220 without the B-tail will conceal better without worry of shirt, etc., hanging-up on the B-tail.

    If you decide that you want the DA/SA model, and go with the B-tail as well, you won't regret it being there, as the bottom line IMHO is that B-tails are both, an attribute to helping with one's grip and getting on target with follow-up shots, faster, with more accuracy, for a person owning one, and shooting one, for the first time, and up the road as well.

    To be clear, if it were me buying another P220 standard, knowing what I know now, I would definitely go with an SAO Elite, without doubt.

  6. Rexster

    Rexster Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    SIGs have a higher bore axis than many pistols such as Glocks, so all SIGs will recoil in a different manner than low-bore-axis pistols. I believe much of the weight of the P229 is in that massive slide. I owned my P220 way back in the early 1990's, and got my first P229 in 2004, so I never fired them side-by-side, but I would say the P229 has more sudden felt recoil, while the P220 had more total recoil. Neither is the least bit painful or unpleasant to me.
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