That’s really what this gun is designed to be – a carry gun. The phosphate coated internals are more resistant to corrosion, and since it’s priced competitively with the rest of the Sig P229, this would actually be my first choice of the family of P229 sized guns to ride in a holster. Since I know you’re going to ask, my 2nd choice would be the P229 SAS Gen 2. Back to the Sig M11-A1 and it’s performance as a carry gun. The Sig is definitely a bit more difficult to conceal than the M&P Shield, but it also holds twice the ammo and is much easier to shoot well, thanks in no small part to the Short Reset Trigger.
A carry gun also needs to be reliable, and the Sig nailed that category as well. It can shoot a diet of pretty diverse ammo:
- 147 and 124 grain Federal Hydra-Shoks
- 147 grain Winchester Ranger/PDX bonded (my favorite carry load)
- Armscor 115 grain FMJ
- S&B 115 grain FMJ
- Federal Range and Target 115 gr FMJ
- Winchester Super-X 147 gr FMJ