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Old October 30, 2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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What do you think makes a better carry weapon?

A Sig sauer p220 or a 1911?

Please don't answer which ever one you shoot better or which one feels better or well you get the Idea.

Like which one in your opinion would be more reliable and better for carry.

I carried a 1911 for many many yrs and several other brands and have finely been carrying a sig p220 ss elite for the last few yrs.
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Old October 30, 2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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Old October 30, 2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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Sig because it's quicker to the draw without worrying about a safety. I going get flamed on here by the old generation and there workhorse 1911 but I just faster with a sig to the draw! Points better and just a absolute delight!
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Old October 30, 2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Sig. Because there isn't a safety which needs to be deactivated, as they ^^ pointed out.
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Old October 30, 2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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I'm going with the 220 as well...
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Old October 30, 2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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1911....( and I carry one ) ....because its the gun I shoot the best / and it fits my hands, etc....

Wilson Combat CQB model in a 5" in .45 acp is my primary carry gun ...and I'll stack its reliability up against any gun made ( and mine is about 10 yrs old and has at least 20,000 rds thru it now...and I find the thumb safety and the grip safety ...easy to deal with ( and I've done it for a long time )....not that a Sig 220 is unreliable, they are a very good gun ...but the trigger is not better than a well made 1911...in my opinion. I have an all stainless Sig 220 as well...but I don't carry it ...or my Sig 226's, etc.../ if I want a light gun to carry, I will carry a Sig 239 in .40 S&W or a 4" 1911 with an alloy frame ...

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Old October 30, 2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Any 1911 I ever bought, needed ramp polishing's, extractor tunings, they also tended to chip/break. Magazines' were crap!

The Sig 220 is real deal quality, and expensive. Worth every penny.

When your life depends on what is in your holster, I would pick a Sig 220, against a Colt 1911. But you know my choice... (Glock 19gen4, TruGlo sights)
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Old October 30, 2013, 06:18 PM   #8
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P220......my next fullsized 45.
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Old October 30, 2013, 07:42 PM   #9
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I would highly recommend the Sig P220
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Old October 30, 2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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I have both and I always carry my Sig P220 Carry Elite
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Old October 30, 2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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Of the 2 choices....

Id pack a SIG P220R .45acp in the DAK format.
1911s are good but a P220 is more practical in the modern era.
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Old October 30, 2013, 11:15 PM   #12
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For me, of the 2 listed, it is the 1911. I find the 1911 far more comfortable in my hand as well as to shoot than the 220, for some reason the 220 feels out of balance to me. However I do have a sig P-226 that gets carried as well as my 1911's.
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Old October 30, 2013, 11:18 PM   #13
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I would go with the one that has the lightest trigger pull on the first shot...
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Old October 30, 2013, 11:39 PM   #14
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What do you think makes a better carry weapon?

Sig. No safety.
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Old October 30, 2013, 11:59 PM   #15
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I carry my P220 some and it does very well with a decent holster and belt. I have a 1911 that I never really carry, but it’s one of the basic GI models from Springfield and while it runs pretty well has once or twice been a little finicky.
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Old October 31, 2013, 12:20 AM   #16
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I have both, & carry both. If both have alloy frames, the weight is about the same, if the 1911 is a steel frame & the Sig is alloy, advantage Sig. In an OWB holster I perceive little difference. IWB, the 1911 is thinner, thus more comfortable. I do believe the Sig has slightly less perceived recoil, too. I'm glad I don't have to choose, I carry whatever calls to me that particular morning when I put my pants on.
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Old October 31, 2013, 01:43 AM   #17
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IWB, the 1911 is thinner, thus more comfortable.
The 1911 is more comfortable no matter where you carry it.

That is mainly because it is thinner, which also makes it easier to conceal.

I'd rather have to deal with a thumb safety than start out with a DA pull, which is the Sig's "safety."

The 1911 is American-made and reeks class. The Sig has to import it.
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Old October 31, 2013, 01:58 AM   #18
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For a concealed carry gun, between the two you suggest, I would go with the Sig 220. Many of the reasons have been stated, but I'll just sum mine up:

1) No safety- while safeties keep the trigger from firing when you don't want to fire, they can also keep the trigger from firing when you want to fire.

2) Double Action trigger- for a first round shot, personally, I want the extra weight of a DA trigger, mostly to help offset my adrenaline.

I like my 1911, believe me. But for carry, I pull out my CZ-75 BD (essentially the same benefits as the 220).

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The 1911 is more comfortable no matter where you carry it.

That is mainly because it is thinner, which also makes it easier to conceal.
Baloney. Thickness is only relevant when carrying IWB, and the difference in thickness between a 1911 and a Sig 220 is not enough to be significant when carried OWB/SOB/Shoulder. Hyperbole does not lend itself well to a successful argument.
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Old October 31, 2013, 10:22 AM   #19
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Sig because it's quicker to the draw without worrying about a safety.
1911 isn't any slower. It takes less time to flick the safety off than it does to get on target.

As for the OP, "better" is subjective.

Some people like their clunky old 1911s with a consistent trigger pull, even though they have to train to take off a manual safety, and to put the manual safety back on before re-holstering.

Some people like crunchentickers, and would rather train to transition from a first shot double action trigger pull to single action, and train to decock and re-holster.

This really is a six-of-one-half-dozen-of-the-other kind of thing.

That said, I like my P220. And I really like 1911s, Hi-Powers, Glocks, and revolvers.
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Old October 31, 2013, 11:33 AM   #20
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I'll throw another vote out there for the SIG.
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Old October 31, 2013, 11:38 AM   #21
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I don't have a sig, but i'd probably go there for quicker draw, and a little lighter, generally speaking. Yes there's some pretty light 1911s, I know.

Don't get me wrong, I love my 1911, but it's heavy and long both disadvantages for a carry gun (although heavy does help in recoil, quicker second shots, etc.).
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Old October 31, 2013, 01:37 PM   #22
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Sig P220. Unless you like carrying locked-and-cocked (I don't), I much prefer a DA/SA like the P220.
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Old October 31, 2013, 01:54 PM   #23
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I own and carry both, but I like the P220 more.
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Old October 31, 2013, 01:57 PM   #24
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1911....( and I carry one ) ....because its the gun I shoot the best / and it fits my hands,
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I would not choose either- both are too heavy. I did the 5" steel 1911 for a year.

Got an EMP.

Still a 1911, but less weight by far.
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Old October 31, 2013, 02:04 PM   #25
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I going get flamed on here by the old generation and there workhorse 1911
Watch it there, Pup. I love the 1911, but I would vote for the Sig as I, too, prefer the DA/SA to cocked & locked.
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