View Full Version : I am ready to upgrade!!

August 19, 2002, 07:17 AM
Hey y'all!
I have a SIG P232 .380. It is a great gun that my father bought me for my 21st birthday. It is small and sleek for concealable purposes, and it is the perfect first gun for me to own. Now, a few years later, I want a gun with more stopping power...maybe a 44 or 45, but it still needs to be somewhat concealable. I have shot many of dad's guns at the range, so I am not "scared" of the enormous recoil some of these "big daddy's" have! So, give me your top three most concealable 44 or 45's!!


August 19, 2002, 07:38 AM
i used to carry an early charter arms bulldog.44spl-2.5"

now i carry a kimber ultra in 45acp.

just my $.02


August 19, 2002, 10:14 AM
USP .45 Compact
SIG P220/245

August 19, 2002, 10:26 AM
Top three most concealable:

Republic Arms C45
Taurus PT145 (but read archive on this one first :eek: )


1911 sub-compact

August 19, 2002, 10:27 AM
A light weight (alloy frame) Commander or Officers model 1911. Watch-Six

August 19, 2002, 10:35 AM

Lots of different (and good) advice here, but I'll throw in my $0.02 anyway! :D

Since you already like, and are comfortable with the SIG you have (fine pistol, BTW, I have a 232 myself) I would suggest you seriously consider sticking with SIG as your first upgrade. You will find that the operating characteristics are similar to what you already know and you won't have as much to re-learn. 1911's make fantastic carry guns, but they are very different in functionality than what you are already accustomed to.

You might also consider 9mm, 40 S&W and 357 Sig in addition to just 45ACP. All have pro's and con's, and one of them might be a better fit for you than just going straight to the biggest thing out there.

Good luck! Keep us posted on what you decide. :)


August 19, 2002, 12:53 PM
Top 3:
1. Sig P220 in 45acp. Since you're already use to the basic Sig w/ your 232, this would be a "big bro" to your 380.
2. My personal fav, the HK USP 45 or the USPc 45. They just work well for me and my applications. Plus, you get 10+1 rounds in the fullsize vs. the 8 rounds in the compact or the 220.
3. Springfield loaded 1911. If you're gonna have a 45 in your collection, you gotta have at least one 1911 ;)

My choices are all in 45 acp because of the variety of ammo you can use for practice and self defense & that it is just a good performing round for whatever you need.

August 19, 2002, 01:58 PM
1. Sig 245 in .45 acp it's smaller than the 220 and easyer to conceal.

2.Springfield Armory Compact .45, thats what my Son carrys.

3.You want power you can conceal Right? Than look at the Glock 29 in 10mm.It's more powerful that the .45 it's accurate,reliable,recoil is easy to handle, and it's easy to conceal.
And your Dad, would be impressed.......;)

August 19, 2002, 06:37 PM
1. Colt Defender (get a nice throat-n-polish and ship the slide to Trijicon)
2. Kimber Ultra CDP (excellent out of the box ... but, not a Defender)
3. SA Micro (don't own one, but I needed a third gun to list)

Have I made myself clear?:D

August 19, 2002, 06:45 PM
1.) Kimber Pro CDP

2.) Springfield Armory Micro

3.) Kimber pro carry/SA compact (toss up)

kahr Carrier
August 19, 2002, 07:28 PM
Sig -P239 In 40,or a Kahr K40,or a Para C-7.:D

August 19, 2002, 08:34 PM
You might want to consider a .357 Magnum as your next step up from .380 Auto.

A S&W M27 with 4 inch barrel is my suggestion.

Marko Kloos
August 19, 2002, 08:55 PM
A S&W M27 with 4 inch barrel is my suggestion.

A four-inch N-frame is not what I'd recommend to a female who is specifically looking for a concealment gun.

I second the recommendation to stick with the manual of arms you're familiar with. SIG makes some excellent carry guns in larger calibers. Take a look at both the SIG P245 and the SIG P239, for example. They work mostly like the gun you already own. The P245 is a .45, and the P239 is available in .40, .357SIG, and 9mm. All those calibers are very effective, and both the P245 and the P239 are designed as carry guns. They are relatively small and have many rounded edges, and the P239 in particular is designed with small-handed users in mind.

August 19, 2002, 09:45 PM
The Sig. 245 and 239 are carried by many professionals.And are some of the finest handguns on the face of the planet. I own both and would never part with either.

August 19, 2002, 11:12 PM
If you are looking exclusively for a bigger-bore handgun, I second [third?] the opinion on the P220/.45ACP.

Superior accuracy and dependability...and the manual of arms is very similar.

August 20, 2002, 12:11 AM
I want a gun with more stopping power...maybe a 44 or 45, but it still needs to be somewhat concealable To me this sounds like a CQB Compact or Kimber Pro Carry HD, but then I like the 1911 form.

I don't like the ultra compacts; they conceal well but they aren't fun to shoot. Too much muzzle blast and recoil, and you lose muzzle velocity. Somewhat concealable is something smaller than full size, so the compacts qualify.

That said, the recommendation to go with what you know is pretty good. Another Sig in a larger caliber (.45) may be a better option. BTW, I have a S&W Mod 27 w/ 4" barrel. A great gun but it's not exactly concealable. ;)

August 20, 2002, 01:08 AM
All the above seems to be good input that you should consider. I would add that the recoil on the blowback design of the 232 is fairly sharp. (I have an alloy framed 230). You shouldn't have any problem handling a .45.

August 20, 2002, 01:31 AM
I personally would recommend a Glock 36. Slender, sleek, a .45 and reliable. Why not move on from a Sig? Other great manufactures out there. Variety is the spice of life.;)