This is a discussion on Any Consensus on Sig P238? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by farronwolf One of the ladies in our class last weekend had a brand new P238. She had shot a total of 6 ...
I've shot the Kahr CW-9, 40 and 45 and loved them all. I was really impressed by easily handled the Kahr CW-45 is. No more kick than the CW-40, which was easily managed. Nice package. My better half had great difficult racking the slide on any of the Kahr models, unfortunately. So, for the present, those are out of contention for her. Me, on the other hand -- I've got an XD 9SC and an XD 40. I thought I'd carry the XD 9SC, but man its heavy. I've purchased a super-tuck holster and will see how that works. I was really surprised when I tried appendix carry and found it to be comfortable and concealable. Anyway, in search of a lighter carry gun, I may go for the Kahr's assuming research and people's opinions say they are as reliable as the SA XD's and more reliable than the Sig.
When I first heard that the P238 was coming out, I was pleased. I thought that it would be wonderful for a company known for producing guns that work (even though they may be ugly and may not be the easiest to shoot well) were going to make a Mustang Pocketlite copy. I have two Mustang Pocketlites, and they always work, but the sights suck. A few hundred rounds through both of mine, and nary a malf of any kind, but I always wanted good sights. The sights were the major appeal of the 238 to me. Then, I start hearing of problems with function; major problems..what the hell? I'll stick with my old Colts, lousy sights and all, till Sig fixes the (inexcusable) problems, thank you.
The extractor can be slightly bent or sprung to increase the tension on the cartridge rim. The Colt Mustang mags I have will work in the P238 but they will not extract the last empty casing. The follower in the Colt mag is taller and the empty catches on it. Mine likes all brands of ammo except the Buffalo Bore +p copper coated flat nose. I keep mine loaded with a Speer Gold Dot in the chamber and the mag full of Buffalo Bore 95 grain +p hard cast lead flat nose. I pocket carry it in a Stoner leather holster. Spare mag is carried in a homemade leather pouch in my hip pocket. My manner of dress allows me to carry a full size Colt 1911 almost all the time but the P238 comes in handy for those few times I cannot.
I have a p238, blue box too! Zero problems and its laser accurate. Very easy shooting gun. Mine has the nite sights which are nice and bright in the dark. I wouldnt hesitate to buy another one.
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There is for me. Mine has been 100% reliable. (and fun to shoot)Is there any kind of positive consensus on the P238
I love my Sig .380. 100% reliable here too. It is my usual EDC. Very accurate and pleasant to shoot. It conceals very well whether in a pocket holser, ankle holster, OWB/IWB holster or whatever. Very lightweight. I don't even notice it which makes it very comfortable to wear. Some have obviously had problems, but many others have not. There are a number of people in my circle of friends/acquaintances that carry this gun regularly. I don't hear of any problems from them.
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I have the p238 HD. Gun is very accurate the only problem is I had issues with FTE and missfeeds. I called sig and they sent me a upgraded recoil spring and I still had the same issues. I just recently mirror polished the feed ramp and received a new magazine from sig today this magazine looks totaly different from my original. I believe the problems that many have had with the p238 has a lot to do with the original magazine. I have not shot the gun yet with the new upgrades I will keep you posted as soon as i do.
Thanx JD I will check that out also.
I tried to provide links but they wouldn't work so I am editing this post to let you know that you can get on sigforum.com, go to sig pistols, and look for thread titled Sig P238 Range Report. This thread has pictures of all 3 generations of magazines. I guess I made a mistake and ordered the 11lb springs instead of the 12lb springs from Wolf and the 11lb spring provided no difference in results. I will order the 12lb recoil springs later when I get time.
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