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HI All,

Looking for a new carry piece and the P290 is a top contender. I pocket carry. Currently it's a Kahr P380 which is nice and light. I am interested in people that have pocket carried the P290 to get their impressions. I am mostly concerned about weight, but any and all feedback is welcome.

I've pocket carried:
Micro Desert Eagle - 18oz loaded (no issue)
Glock G26 - 24.6oz loaded (wasn't a fan of pocket carry with this but the G26 is an inch longer and bit thicker than the P290)
Kahr P380 - 13.90z loaded (very light)

For reference the P290 with 7 rounds weighs 23.6oz.

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I tried it for a while and it's doable, but for me it was a tad on the heavy side.. Great pistol though.. I had two of um, but sold one to help purchase my Kimber Solo.. Between the two the Solo is my designated pocket 9mm. For range use the Sig wins the day. So for me, it's nice to have both on hand..:wink:
 

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Considering Sig P290, anybody pocket carry one?

I think it might be the heaviest single stack micro polymer 9mm on the market. PM9, CM9, PF9, LC9, even the double stack P11 (and more) are lighter. and all will fit (or not fit) a front pocket as well/poor as the P290. fully loaded G26 weighs almost exactly the same as a P290 as well and it's certainly longer but not much thicker or taller.

the P290 might be the way to go for you because selection is personal and subjective. But weight won't be the reason. it's a bit of a hog compared to its completion. decent sights, re-strike, a rail, good ergonomics. it's not a bad gun. it's just a fatty.
 

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No pocket carry, just a little too big for that. Remora carry works great as it is slim and you almost forget that it is there. I have also added XS Big Dot sights to the gun (XS hasn't tried them out yet, so they do not list them yet) and used the P239 sights on them and they hit where aimed at 7 yards.
 

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Re: Considering Sig P290, anybody pocket carry one?

I had a p290. Beware of light strikes. Unless they have fixed the issue with a newer batch.

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I havent pocket carried mine for any extensive amount of time, but it is a breeze to do so for me. I wear loose fitting jeans so thats probably a factor. I love the 290rs and have just over 400 issue free rounds down the pipe.

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No pocket carry, just a little too big for that. Remora carry works great as it is slim and you almost forget that it is there. I have also added XS Big Dot sights to the gun (XS hasn't tried them out yet, so they do not list them yet) and used the P239 sights on them and they hit where aimed at 7 yards.
Just checked out Remora, pretty interesting. Thanks for the tip.
 

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I havent pocket carried mine for any extensive amount of time, but it is a breeze to do so for me. I wear loose fitting jeans so thats probably a factor. I love the 290rs and have just over 400 issue free rounds down the pipe.

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So I take it the weight does not bother you? Do you ever feel like you have a pendulem in your pocket?
 

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thumperacc Your pockets , give one a try. It would not fit mine. Might try a cm9 also. Bigger than the P380 smaller than the P290rs. Better trigger on the cm9 too
 

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I tried it for a while and it's doable, but for me it was a tad on the heavy side.. Great pistol though.. I had two of um, but sold one to help purchase my Kimber Solo.. Between the two the Solo is my designated pocket 9mm. For range use the Sig wins the day. So for me, it's nice to have both on hand..:wink:
From the specs I see, the Kimber is lighter but thicker than the P290 (I own neither so I could be wrong). I guess for you weight is more important than thickness?
 

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thumperacc Your pockets , give one a try. It would not fit mine. Might try a cm9 also. Bigger than the P380 smaller than the P290rs. Better trigger on the cm9 too
You're right it is my pocket it has to fit and I can try that in the store when I can find one in stock. What I can't find out is how it is to live with day in and day out long term. I was hoping to get some insight into that experience when I started this thread.

Thanks for the CM9 suggestion, but one of the reasons I am moving away from the Kahr is I want to standardize on hammer fired DAO with restrike capability. Same manual of arms for anything I might carry.
 

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I've carried a P290RS for about 6 months now, using a Remora most of the time. Pocket carry works fine when I'm wearing looser fitting pants such as cargos, but not with jeans. With jeans, I use the same Remora for appendix carry. Either way, it's a comfortable carry. The P290 is a chunk but, coming from a Diamondback DB9, I like it that way!
 

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I pocket carry a LCP and after that the P290rs seems too big. I was hoping to pocket carry the 290, but it is too heavy and prints too much for me.. YMMV.

It is very comfortable to carry in a Mini-Tuck as well.
 

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Yeah, almost anything would be big after the LCP, that thing is tiny. It makes my P380 seem big.
Who makes the Mini-Tuck? Is that a CrossBreed?
Crossbreed makes them. I use it when I am doing more active things outside (rather than sitting around in a suit in an office situation) and the Remora just isn't secure enough for me because I often times forget I have it there with the Remora (it would be "not good" to lose it in the field and not know where). The Mini-Tuck is equally comfortable with jeans and work shirt, but more secure when bending over and jumping in and out of the pickup.

I use the Remora when in a suit as it is slim, light weight and plenty secure enough; not bunching up my suit and comfortable when sitting.

I have a SHTF for it also, but the Mini-Tuck is more comfortable (IMHO). I have changed the clips on the Mini-Tuck to the clip style on the SHTF as they are less obvious if I need to shed my vest or coat and tuck it.

I have a tuck-able version of the Remora and have used it several times, but I am not thrilled with it and simply use the mini-tuck if I feel I am going to be in a situation of taking my suit coat off for any extended amount of time.

The slimness of the P290 makes for a very comfortable, concealable weapon. In comparison to the CZ2075 RAMI 40 S&W, the CZ 82 9x18, a Taurus M-85 38spl +p, or a Tanfoglio "Mossad" compact 9mm (yeah I have them all.....), it is the most comfortable to carry, being the slimmest of the five. Note that I wouldn't call any of those a pocket gun, even the M85 prints too much with a Mika pocket holster unless you have very baggy pants. (I am not as skinny as Chief Mika) http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/

I feel it has adequate firepower when loaded with Speer Gold Dot 124gr (so far 100% reliable with 200 rds of that ammo down range). I have had light strikes with PPU 9mm (primers are deeply seated) and failure to extract with +p+ 115 grain, but no other problems in well over 1500 rounds total with the gun. I use the PPU ammo 1 box out of 4 for training as it gives me failures (1 or 2 per 50) that I need to do immediate action drills on. As I have only fired 1 mag of +p+ 115 with 4 out of 6 failing to extract, I do not even try to use those. But as I said, other ammo is no problem. My partner has a P290rs also and has had the same issues with PPU ammo, but no others. He also uses the Remora for carry, which is surprising as he is very sensitive to IWB, and carries OWB less the one exception of the P290 in a Remora.

So to get to the point and quit rambling: no, I wouldn't call the P290 a pocket gun. The only guns I am comfortable with as a pocket gun are my American Arms 22Mag 1 1/4" revolver and my Ruger LCP as weak-hand BUGS in left front pocket carry.
 

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Glad I found this thread as I have been thinking about the 290rs for pocket carry as well. I am toying with the idea of a sig 238, 938 or the 290rs to be exact.

Does anyone have any pics of the 290rs in the pocket so we can get an idea as to how good or bad it bulges/prints

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I have been thinking about getting the little RS as well... but that weight!? What about that weight?

In an effort to gain a little insight as to what it would be like to to carry one; especially with all the naysayers stating how heavy it was, I grabbed my G26 and loaded seven into the magazine.

Holding the Glock in hand, well, it sure felts like a substantial peace of heft to me. But you know, all the better to pistol whip one with after the ammo is gone! LOL - just joking, but it does feel... uh... put it this way, you know it's in your hand. Of course, that also makes a gun more controllable, so it's a trade off, but what would it be like in your pocket I wondered?

Thinking I would have to force the pistol into my front pocket to continue with my experiment, imagine my surprise when it merely slipped in!! Who would have guessed? With the gun in my hand, I wouldn't have - but it did. Ok so that's a different story but I had to share my shock.

Anyway, at first it did feel rather heavy in my pocket and I was rather discouraged. I guess it should have felt heavy - in my whole life, I don't think I have ever put any one thing in my pocket that was that heavy. So keeping that in mind, for the sake of science, I tried it again for a couple more days around the house (I mean it was no big deal slipping it in my pocket so why not lol). Day two saw me barely noticing the thing, and by day three I honestly had to touch my pocket as I had forgotten if I had it in my pocket! Wow! Note I wear a belt every day - and have for my entire adult life - so that helps.

I have to admit I think I am more shocked than anyone who may be reading this that that kind of weight will become unnoticeable. Especially that it became unnoticeable in a rather short amount of time!

If I can handle the weight of my Glock un-holstered in my pocket with no discomfort, than the 290 with a holster is going to be a breeze. I need only discover if the shaving of an inch here and there will enable me to pull the pistol out of my pocket with ease - my Glock goes in fine but fights on the draw :confused:.

Can't wait for the tax refund so I can go have a look. If it, the 290 does draw - I'll buy it on the spot! :image035:

That's all to say...

For all those saying it's to heavy on paper - put something that weighs the same in your pocket for a day or two - I did - and I got to tell you, it's doable! Well it was for me - and knowing it'll translate into a more controllable weapon on the range only makes the decision easier!
 

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i'm thinking of one as well. saw one in an lgs the other day. the 290 is, for all intents and puposes it's about the same size as the pf9. which i had left in the car, but had the desantis nemesis iwb just aft of right side hip. as i was handling the gun, i picked up my shirt and slipped it in. it was slightly snug. but it didn't pull the holster out and this is a pocket holster. would be even better with a remora. once i tried putting the pf9 iwb, i kicked myself for pocket carrying for almost a year. now the only problem is finding a 290 at a reasonable price.
 

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Have EDC my 290RS laser in a pocket for 4 months ... doable, but not easy to hide (too fat?).
Prefer the DeSantis TUCK-THIS II, IWB. It disappears with the 8 round mag installed with the 6 round in the attached sleeve.
Sweet gun, shoots great, finds the 10 ring like magic.
 
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Sig P290rs vs 250sc for CCW

Sig 290rs vs 250sc for CCW

I've attached one photo comparing my new 290rs (Re-Strike model) for CCW because my 250sc is too big and heavy for my EDC preference. The 290rs is hard to find so I bought one online at Buds Gun Shop for $518 with debit card. After FFL transfer, local background check and tax, this 290 cost me $620 total, compared to $500 total for my 250sc two years ago. Damn expensive for a 6 to 8 round “micro” 9mm semi auto, but I don't like to mix ammo calibers. My loaded 290rs is about an inch shorter and 6 ounces lighter than a fully loaded 250sc. But as you see, the extended mag grips are pretty similar.

My 290rs came in a hard plastic Sig case, with plastic paddle holster, and two mags (6 & 8 rounds), gun lock and owners manual. My 250sc is shown with standard 12 round mag and a 15 round mag with X-grip adapter. It also will load 10 and 17 round mags. I also own a Sig 250C with threaded barrel and Tundra SV suppressor and a dozen 17 round mags, which unfortunately all stay locked away because my lawyer warns me I will likely be prosecuted if I actually shoot anyone with it. What a waste of money! ($3000). But if the “zombie apocalypse” or anarchy ever comes, I'll be ready for it.

This 290rs was incredibly stiff. The barrel slide stop and release single lever wouldn't budge after I racked the slide open and tried to chamber a snap cap dummy round from a mag. My FFL dealer told me this would loosen up with break in, so off I went to my local public firing range. But first I fully greased the barrel slide and racked it manually over a thousand times. I even left it racked open overnight to loosen the spring a bit.

Field stripping the 290 for cleaning and lubing was very difficult for me, compared to the 250. I had to go to YouTube.com to find different techniques. I had to use the “girl” method of holding the slide back on a table top to push out the retaining pin with a pointy tool until I found another technique where a guy stuck his thumb in the trigger loop to grip back the slide. Crazy, but that worked best for me and I finally got adept at it. That video is called Field Stripping the Sig P290 without tools. Youtube also has a video comparison between the two guns (old 290) by The Yankee Marshall.

At the firing range, I shot 200 rounds 9mm WWB FMJ, then 50 Gold Dot 147 grain HP, which is my carry load since I bought so much of it for my suppressor. I'm no marksman, but I did pass my CCW shooting test at 15 yards with the 250sc, but I couldn't shoot the 290 straight past 20 feet. Terrible recoil and long slow shaky trigger pull for me. I and the gun got slightly better with practice, but I have no target confidence beyond 10 feet with it, which is the minimum self-defense distance I would pull the trigger at anyway. No malfunctions except I had to manually rack the slide all the way back very hard to feed magazines. Eventually, the slide loosened up and would chamber the 8 round mag after a strong slap in. I carry the 6 round mag unchambered in the 290 for my own safety. I don't expect to be fast, just careful and accurate. I stopped practicing after 250 rounds because it was getting very costly, but not much more accurate, and I was getting a blister on my shooting hand palm from the rough grip stippling. My girlfriend thought this “cute” little gun would be ideal for her. I won't let her shoot it because I can barely shoot it straight. She actually racks the 250sc slide easier than my new 290rs. Probably just more break in time.

So my initial impressions of the Sig 290rs for CCW: expensive, reliable within 10 feet, if not very accurate in my non-expert hands. More concealable than 250sc, but I'll grab the 250 first for home defense if I can get my hands on it, especially with its double stack bullet capacity and all my extra mags for it. I'll keep practicing, but frankly, I'm disappointed with the 290rs for my intended CCW use. I'll keep carrying it though and get used to it. By the way, I'm using a VEDDER 4-way belly band holster I found on Amazon.com for my pot belly build. It has 4 elastic pockets spread around the waist so you can holster wherever you feel most comfortable. Costs @ $30. Sig 290rs vs 250sc.jpg
 
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