Which Sig Sauer Concealed Carry Guns To Look For
There's no doubt that Sig Sauer makes some of the finest pistols available, but Sig Sauer concealed carry is not necessarily an easy proposition with some of their larger offerings. Let's face it - not everyone wants to conceal a service pistol everyday.
Granted...some people do.
For the person who wants to carry a Sig, there are some models better suited to daily carry than others. Here are the concealed carry Sig guns to look for...
Sig Sauer is known for being more metal than Scandinavia, but that hasn't stopped them from taking to poly striker pistols like a duck to water - and the P320 subcompact is their latest and greatest example of the breed.
The P320, like the P250 series it succeeded, was designed with an eye on offering the customer the size of poly striker Sig they wanted. The P320 series also is fully modular, as the trigger group can be swapped between frame, slide and barrels. The smallest configuration is the P320 Subcompact.
This iteration of the P320 - which was recently announced as the next handgun of the US Army - holds 12 rounds of 9mm, stands less than 5 inches tall, just under 7 inches long and 1.3 inches wide, with a 6.5-lb trigger pull. Just like the P250 subcompact before it, it's wildly popular for concealed carry, is widely distributed so you won't have too many problems finding it in stores, and it has a price that's very nice - MSRP is just under $600, so you shouldn't have too many problems finding one for around $500.
Check out the best concealed carry holsters for P320 Subcompact pistols.
For the "it's a pocket gun or nothing" crowd, the Sig P238 is one of the most highly-regarded mouse guns on the market. If you like the Colt Mustang, you'll love it - it's a very similar design, in that it's a micro-size 1911 design in .380. It has a thumb safety for cocked and locked carry, though there's no grip safety to worry about.
The P238 carries 6 rounds, though can carry 7 with an extended magazine, and is small enough to fit in a pocket or disappear in a belt holster. Fans of the 1911 will find the controls familiar, and anyone will enjoy the shooting dynamics as it's one of the easiest shooting .380 pocket guns out there.
However, the Sig premium that you've heard of starts to creep in on this one. Sig offers a number of options and finishes, but the entry-level model starts around $700, which some people consider a lot for a mouse gun. However, you'll know where the money went when you shoot it.
Check out the best concealed carry holsters for Sig P238 pistols.
Sig Sauer created a monster in the Sig P365, which quickly became one of the most popular concealed carry pistols on the market. The P365 is one of the few guns that has almost no downsides to owning and carrying and it doesn't even cost all that much to boot.
The P365 doesn't quite reinvent the wheel, but it sure makes improvements. It's a slim, subcompact striker pistol. Dimensions are not far from that of competing models like the S&W M&P Shield, Glock 43 and so on, as the P365 measures 5.8 inches long by 4.3 inches tall by 1 inch wide, with a 3.1-inch barrel. The party piece is a half-staggered magazine, which brings capacity up to 10+1 in the standard magazine, with available 12+1 and 15+1 extended magazines too.
Subcompact size with greater capacity. Night sights are standard, so you may not need to worry about upgrades, which is a bonus. Some feel it's the perfect carry pistol and if it isn't...it'll do until the perfect one gets here. Sig doesn't advertise MSRP anymore, but you could expect to shell out about $500 for one. It would be hard to argue that wouldn't be money well-spent.
Sig 1911 Nickel Compact
The Sig 1911 line are widely considered some of the finest 1911 pistols on the market, and the Sig 1911 Nickel Compact is one of the models to look for. It has a beautiful nickel PVO finish, and more features than some compact 1911s have for twice the price. It comes with an extended beavertail grip safety, low-profile G10 grips, Novak-style SIGLITE sights and a skeletonized trigger and hammer.
However, it differs from many other Commander-frame 1911 pistols, as it has a Commander slide and barrel (4.2-in barrel length, 7.7 inches OAL) but an Officer frame, standing just 4.8 inches tall for easier concealment. Capacity is 7 rounds of .45 ACP, just as JMB intended.
You'll pay the Sig premium, as MSRP is $1198. However, that's hardly unheard of in the 1911 realm, and there are pistols that command far more in sticker that are about the same in quality and features. Sig's 1911s happen to be some of the best around.
Everyone knows Sig Sauer makes some of the finest service pistols, and some people just don't want to carry something smaller - for that sort of person, the Sig SP2022 may be the gun to acquire. It's a slightly compact (compared to the P226, anyway) double-stack 9mm (though it can be had in .40 and .357 Sig) with Sig Sauer's classic double action system, replete with the grip-mounted decocker.
The SP2022 comes from the Sig Pro series of the early 2000s (hence SP) and has a lot to offer the person willing to put up with carrying it every day. Like the other Sig Sauer service guns, it's fat - at 1.4 inches - and heavy for a gun of it's type, at 29 ounces unloaded despite a polymer frame. Barrel length is 3.9 inches, which is manageableish for a carry gun, and stands 5.7 inches tall.
In other words, concealing it is not going to be easy and carrying it will require a sturdy gun belt. However, why you should be looking at this gun if you want to carry a service size Sig is that the MSRP is just under $600, and can be found in stores for $500 or less in most cases. The SP2022 has nearly identical specs to the P229, which can command double that price - meaning you get a Sig without the premium.
Another thing you should know is that the Gendarmerie, the French national police, have found service lives of more than 200,000 rounds aren't uncommon with this pistol. In other words, it's a classic Sig service gun that - with basic care - could outlast you for half the price a typical Sig of the type goes for.
Check out the best concealed carry holsters for Sig SP2022 pistols.
The Sig P938 is for the person who thinks the P238 is awesome but prefers 9x19mm to .380, because that's exactly what it is. It's basically the same gun, slightly scaled up for the 9mm cartridge.
That has made the P938 a very popular concealed carry pistol in very short order. Add another $50 to $60 in MSRP, another 0.1 inches of barrel and 0.2 inches in width, and you get the P938. (Carrying capacity is the same.) It carries in the pocket, but will positively disappear in a belt holster.
Check out the best concealed carry holsters for Sig P938 pistols.
If you're considering the Sig P938 but not quite sure your set yet, check out some of our gun comparison guides to help you decide which gun to get:
Sig P320 Compact and Sig P320 Carry
The P320 platform, as previously mentioned, is highly modular and can be had in multiple sizes; two additional variants good for CCW use are the Sig P320 Compact and P320 Carry.
There aren't many differences. Truth be told, it's pretty much the same gun. Both are double-stack poly striker guns. Both can be had in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig and .45 ACP. Both have virtually the same dimensions: 3.9-inch barrel length, overall length of 7.2 inches and are 1.3 inches wide. Both have a 6.5-lb trigger pull, come with SIGLITE night sights and come standard with an accessory rail. You can get a threaded-barrel versions for suppressor usage if you wish.
They even cost the same; base MSRP is $597.
The difference? The Carry model has a slightly longer magazine in the 9mm chambering, adding 0.2 inches in height and two additional rounds for a total of 17 to the Compact model's 15. If you want a Sig with Glock 19-esque specs, these are the guns for you, though you'll have to decide which version appeals more.
Sig 1911 Ultra Compact
Sig happens to make an Officer-frame, the Sig 1911 Ultra-Compact, which can be had in black or two-tone with a stainless slide. Both can be had in .45 ACP or 9mm, with a 3.3-inch barrel for a 6.8-in OAL.
You get the usual Sig 1911 refinements - beavertail grip safety, ambi thumb safeties, skeleton hammer and trigger, low-profile SIGLIGHT sights and Hogue grips.
These are some of the better Officer frames on the market from a major maker, and both go for $1119 MSRP. The two-tone version comes with cocobolo grips, whereas the standard comes with rosewood.
If you want a Sig service pistol for concealed carry, but don't want the weight and fat width, the P225 is the pistol you're looking for. In fact, that's what it was designed for when initially released in the 1970s. Plenty big enough as a service gun, but the single-stack magazine meant it was thin enough for concealed carry.
It's available with or without a threaded barrel, which adds to the overall length. Without the extended barrel, it has a 3.9-inch barrel length, sitting at 6.9 inches OAL, 5.2 inches tall and 1.26 inches wide. Unloaded, it weighs in at 30.5 ounces as it is all stainless steel - hardly lightweight but almost 5 ounces less than the P229, which is the double stack equivalent.
That puts the P225 roughly on par with most Commander 1911 pistols, except it has Sig's classic double/single action firing mechanism and controls. If you want an easily concealed service gun, this is definitely one to consider. You'll pay the Sig premium for it (MSRP is just over $1,000) but you'll know where that money went when you shoot it.
Sig 1911 Fastback Emperor Scorpion Carry and Fastback Nightmare Carry
The Sig 1911 Fastback Carry series are Commander-frame 1911 pistols optimized for carry, and the two takes on the format - namely the Fastback Emperor Scorpion and Fastback Nightmare Carry - are two excellent examples of the breed.
Both feature extended beavertail grip safeties, low-profile Novak-style SIGLITE night sights, skeletonized triggers and hammers, ambidextrous safeties, G10 grips and rounded bobcut lower mainspring housings. Overall specs are roughly the same; 4.2-in barrel, full-length grips and carry 8 rounds of .45 ACP.
The differences? The Scorpion has an FDE-like PVO finish with black hardware, the Nightmare has a black finish with stainless steel hardware, giving it a wicked partial two-tone appearance. The added steel puts a few extra ounces on the Nightmare, however (38.8 oz vs the Scorpion's 35 oz) and the Nightmare costs $10 more in MSRP. Either way, it's a carry-optimized Sig Commander 1911.
Last, but not least, is the Sig P239, which is essentially a P225 further optimized for concealment. It takes the same 8-round single-stack magazine for 9mm, but every part of the gun that can be trimmed or slimmed for easier concealment has been.
Unfortunately, the P329 has been dropped from the lineup, so you'll have to hit the used market to find one...but it's worth it. Sig's steel-frame pistols are tanks, so you would get a very long service life out of it. Additionally, the P225 and P239 have some of Sig's better triggers.
Barrel length is the same as the P225, but the hammer is trimmed and the slide shortened to 6.6 inches overall. The slide and sights are shaved by 0.1 inches for an easier draw, and overall width has been shaved by 0.06 inches, which isn't much but does make a difference, and the overall weight has been lessened by half an ounce. The trigger guard is also shortened and more round.
However, it's the same classic Sig DA/SA mechanism and controls. It also isn't the case that fewer features cost more, unlike German sports cars; the P239 starts at $957. The P239 is in service with a number of police agencies, including the US Border Patrol for plainclothes work, so make no mistake that it's a Sig service pistol, just optimized for easier concealment. A decent belt holster will make it very easy to hide indeed.
Check out the best concealed carry holsters for Sig P239 pistols.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.