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Just looking at the specs, the P229 is 2 oz lighter and half an inch shorter. It seems to me there isn't much difference in conceal carrying either one. I don't have a P229 so I don't know.

Can anyone confirm this for me from experience or tell me otherwise?



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I have both the P229, and p226, I have carried both and there is almost no difference to Me, that doesnt mean everyone. Living in hot humid SW Florida I changed my carry weapon from them but when its cool enough I do switch back to the P226 MK25
 
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I've carried both (.40) for a considerable amount of time. Subjectively, no real difference in size and/or weight. Both IWB (primarily) and OWB (occasionally).

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While I no longer own a 226, I still have a 229 and carried both in one sort of Galco OWB holster or another over time. Functionally, no real difference between the two as far as concealed-carry is / was concerned for me.



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In the world of concealment, they're roughly the same size.

That said, concealing a full-size is no fun, a 365 or similar, would be a better option
 
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I have carried both OWB and still do from time to time. With a good holster and belt, there is little difference between the two gun.


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You may notice the extra length when bending or sitting if wearing iwb.
I notice a full size grip vs compact when wearing a shirt that is a little more fitted.
 
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OP, I presume you are considering a P229. Unclear whether or not you have a P226. Regardless, I would handle both guns before buying. They have distinctly different feels.

Mine have G10 grips and the GrayGuns Intermediate triggers.


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OP, I presume you are considering a P229. Unclear whether or not you have a P226. Regardless, I would handle both guns before buying. They have distinctly different feels.

Mine have G10 grips and the GrayGuns Intermediate triggers.


I already have a P226 that I have been carrying. I also have a P365XL. I was considering whether the P229 would be the Goldilocks equivalent. I like the SAO trigger of the P226. And while I don’t mind the extra bulk and weight of the P226, I do recognize the difference between that and the P375XL.

Thanks to the answers, I don’t have to get the P229.



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I carried both about equally since 1996. I never noticed any qualitative difference between the two. I really have no preference and shoot either equally poorly.
 
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I have the 229 and the 365.

Back in the day I cross-shopped the 226 and 229... they were very similar in feel but the 229 felt slightly better in (my) hand so that's what I went with. The 229 and the 365 regular or XL grip I have both are not similar.

While it is technically between the two in size, the 229 is much much closer in size and feel to the 226 than the 365.
 
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I'm a decent sized person. 6'2 and 220. I don't feel any difference between the two. IWB. Since I shoot the 226 better I normally prefer it, but its really a wash. This now for a couple of decades plus. I've wondered off and on from the P Series for carry but go back on a regular basis as they are my favorite guns.


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With magazines actually in place, the P226 and P229 are almost identical in height, as measured from bottom of magazine to top of rear sight. The only time there is a notable difference in height, is with the magazines removed. The critical difference, when carrying concealed, is, therefore, not really different, at all, with both weapons.

As for the length, I can only see that mattering for IWB carry, when one pistol may poke the user in an uncomfortably way, and notably, a shorter weapon would NOT, necessarily, be the better choice. A longer pistol may “bridge over” a sensitive area, whereas the shorter pistol, unable to bridge that gap, may be the one to poke the user.

The internal-extractor P229 slides are annoyingly different than the P226 slide. The serrations are so small, as to be difficult to grasp. When I transitioned to a SIG P229R duty pistol, from the Glock G22, in 2004, I would rather have chosen the P226, but, it was not on the list of approved duty pistols, at that time.

As for conceal-ability, I had used a P220, for police duty, as well as personal-time carry, for two years, in the Nineties. The P220 is as long, and as tall, as a P226; nicely concealable, and comfortable. The grip area is, of course, a bit thicker, with double-column-mag pistols. During and after 2004, I never learned to like carrying my P229R DAK IWB. That rail added too much rectangular bulk, and that part of the holster put too much pressure on me. I returned to using revolvers, for personal-time IWM carry.


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Okay, thank you for all the replies. I ditched my idea of getting a P229 for the reasons that it isn't that far off from a P226.

I went with a P320 M18 instead as it has the manual safety I want. I got it today and I'm hoping it will be the Goldilocks choice between my P365XL and my P226 SAO.



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Gents,

I carry a P226 and a P229 and find the P229 slightly easier to carry. That said, I still gravitate toward the P226/MK25.

This necessitates the use of an outer garment(vest or jacket).

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