I realize that these two choices are kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum as far as the small semi-auto's go. As much as I am not a glock fanboy, at all, the G36 has always intrigued me, and I actually was going to buy one once, in the store with the money, but they just happened to be sold out.
The pro's that I see as far as the G36 are that it is a .45, which I like, thats my most used pistol caliber. My normal carry is a 1911, if I need a lightweight carry/BUG option, its my S&W 638. I feel as far as going from one shooting system to another, its usually do-able as long as the process is simpler. For example since I carry a 1911, I train to disengage the safety as part of the draw, and its not really an issue for me anymore. It's actually even more natural since I do so much M-16 work, and we carry them condition one, and it requires a flip down with the thumb to disengage the safety in order to engage targets.
So since I would be going from a more complex sequence to a simpler one, I have confidence in myself that I could make it work. As far as adapting to the new trigger style/weight, at the distances I would be engaging with a sub compact pistol, it would be contact distance to a few feet probably, if its further than that it's time to disengage. Another plus side would be ammo can be shared between it and the primary, so in a worst case scenario you could transfer rounds from one weapon's mag to the other's
Downsides to the Glock are its a bit heavy compared to my J-frame or the 238, it's a Glock (I had to throw that in there), and it is a little bit bigger. Although, with proper gear you can conceal anything.
The 238 is smaller and more compact, and has a similar firing sequence to the 1911, i.e. it is carried cocked and locked. Since I'm used to C&L carry, I don't see that as an issue. It's also pretty lightweight, not much more than my 638.
The main downside is the caliber, .380 is marginal (well really any pistol round is). I already shoot .380's so it wouldn't be adding a new caliber to my ammo shelves at least.
I really need to decide which method of carry I'd probably be going with too, as that could help with my selection. I've never been big on the Kel-tec's or LCP, I just don't like the feel of either, or way that they look, I'd rather spend a little more money and get something that feels a bit more substantial.
And I know I have a j-frame already that is perfectly suitable as a BUG, but I would like to add a sub-compact semi-auto to the collection, for a number of reasons.
Thanks for the input.