This is a discussion on Sig p238 - any owners out there? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by mhunter Dang, got enough crap trap goop on that barrel? Hmmm. Do you think I need more?...
The P238 is the reason I changed my mind about owning a .380. After a day with a Taurus TCP, I swore off the idea of them. Bought the Sig on Saturday and I'm super happy. Compared to the rest, it doesn't even feel like I'm holding a .380.
I had always been intrigued with the P238 because of the size, weight, and attractiveness. So when Buds had it at a fantastic price about a month ago, I bought one with rosewood grips. I've been extremely busy this summer, and sadly hadn't had time to shoot it, until today! It was great! It was just a little snappy (a bit less than my LCR), which was to be expected because of its small size. But it was perfectly manageable - and the accuracy was fantastic! I was centering on the target at 20 yards! That may not be impressive to some, but I usually struggle with accuracy. My only complaint is that the magazine only holds six rounds!
i have been carrying mine for several months in a Desantis cozy partner IWB and love it. It conceals well and I hardly know its there. It is fun to shoot at the range and shoots well. Never had any problems with it at all. As said in previous posts the early versions had problems, the last couple of years are fine, so get a new or newer one. You will not be unhappy with this one !
My wife has the 238 SAS and loves it. Perfect for her small hands, easy to rack and release the slide, fun to shoot and most important(for her anyway) it's PURTY. She has an LCR and a new SDs but the little SIG gets the lion share of here attention.
No real downsides other than possibly single action and the crazy expensive magazines.
Sorry for the newbie question, am familiar with DA striker, and SA/DA sigs, but if you carried this a round in the chamber but not cocked, you have to manually pull the trigger back, correct? You cannot pull the trigger to cycle the hammer to cock and release like the DA part of the DA/SA. Am I understanding this correctly?
Standard way to carry would be cocked, with safety on?
To answer the original question...yes!
I came to realize that due to my job and related attire I simply can't carry anything larger than a pocket auto. Even my J-Frame was too bulky and out of the question. So 90% of the time during the week I will be carrying said small auto...so the importance level of this particular carry weapon is high. I owe it to myself to settle for nothing less than the best in this category, and that, to me, is the Sig Sauer P238!
Some may not like the external safety or the fact that it's SAO, and those are valid points you need to address. But the way this firearm is constructed (all metal, SAO w/external safety) allows for an extremely pleasant shooting and accurate pocket rocket. Opinions are common and not worth much, but mine is that the P238 is THE golden standard of what a modern pocket pistol should be for the demanding, experienced pistol shopper. I only wish I'd gotten one in the first place instead of the roundabout way I ended up with it.
An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.
That said, I still want one of these SIGs. My pocket .380 is a Kel-Tec P3AT, which is a complete POS compared to gems like this SIG and the pocket Kahrs.
I held the P238 for the first time today, what a beauty! I carry my LCP everywhere all the time, its kinda rare that I actually carry my CW9 in the summer. I'm actually thinking of selling the LCP and CW9 and replacing them with a P238. I cant stand the LCP and I'd prefer a carry piece that I enjoy shooting and one that I can be proud of. I have larger guns that I carry OWB but I dont think a t-shirt covers them well. Sweet little pistol, I'm leaning towards the Extreme model or SAS.
I carry a .357mag because no one bickers about the .357mag being "enough".
Shoots as accurate at close range as any full sized weapon. Love it. My wife loves it
You are 100% correct about the 7 round extended mag. Better for my big hands. I still have a problem with my thumb hitting the mag release button while firing. I have very large hands. (That's why I have a Glock 19 G4 for myself)
If we could find range and carry ammo that we are more comfortable with (fewer FTF and FTEs) I'd be a lot happier.
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