Sig P238 (380) or S&W Shield (9mm)

Sig P238 (380) or S&W Shield (9mm)

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    Sig P238 (380) or S&W Shield (9mm)

    Which would you rather have for EDC during summer? Do you think Shield is a good pocket gun?
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    the p238 is more of a pocket size gun than the shield being that it is smaller in size. You can carry a shield in your pocket, i have one and can do it if i wanted to but i normally carry it IWB with a single clip holster.. that being said i can conceal it with cargo shorts and a t shirt.
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    The Sig P238 is so convenient to carry that I would have to go with it - I did actually. Light and it actually is fun to fire as well. Nice gun.

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    Setting aside the "go with the highest caliber gun you will absolutely carry every day" rule of thumb, the P238 is a very nice pocket gun. I'd trade my Ruger LCP for one, if it weren't for the price.

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    I have a 238 and use it for pocket carry. A nice gun.

    I'd take a 9 over a 380 all day long, but the SIG is what it is: a small, easy to shoot, soft recoiling and very accurate pocket gun.

    The Shield is a bit big for pocket carry, but makes up for that by being a 9mm.

    But the Shield has one huge disadvantage when compared to the SIG:

    You can find SIGs. As far as I'm concerned, Shields don't really exist.
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    I just got my Shield today, and initial impressions are that it's a tad too big to be a practical pocket gun. I think it will disappear in my IWB holster, though.

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    I have and carry a p238 most of the time. I really like shooting it. I haven't shot the shield but I am very happy with the sig.

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    I have both.

    I prefer the slightly larger caliber of the Shield, but I can more easily conceal the Sig. Both guns are very nice shooters.

    The Shield is a much better value for the price, but the Shield is really too large for a pocket gun.

    These pictures might help illustrate.shield vs p238.jpgsigp238 cell phone.jpg
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    I'd rather have a Sig P938 with a 7 round mag.

    Shown with 6 round mag
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    If you plan on pocket carrying at all I would recommend the Sig. I would probably pick the Sig either way, either the 238 or the 938. The shield looks like an excellent all around gun, but if you want something specifically for summer I would take the Sig. That said if you only want one gun to always carry either the Shield or the Sig 938.
    I think guns are like insurance. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Sig
    Pros: pocket size, reliable, manageable recoil, available, superb gun, fun to shoot at range which means lots of practice
    Cons: .380, PRICE, safety

    Shield
    Pros: 9mm, price (just got one for $369), reliable, manageable recoil, superb gun
    Cons: difficult to pocket carry, harder to find than Bigfoot,

    It really comes down to two things
    1. Is pocket carry an absolute requirement?
    2. Can you stomach the cost of the sig?

    Both are great guns.

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    As for pocket carry the Sig is your best bet. The shield is a great gun I love it. One of the best on the market IMO.

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    I vote for the Shield.........


    S&W Shield 9mm for $429.99 at Kittery Trading Post

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    Sig P938 is best of both worlds but it is more expensive. Sig 238 no longer makes sense to me with a larger caliber in the same size package unless recoil is an issue. I will say the recoil on my P938 is very manageable and I have not personally shot the P238 so I can't compare.

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    second ( or third) the Sig 938. you get a very small well built 9MM. It shoots very accurate for a small framed pistol. The are for sale new all day $749.99. Several models to choose from, most include the Sig night sights.

    They only ship one mag and the 6 rounders are easy to get but the 7 rounders are harded to get.

    It price is your concern then get the Ruger LC9.
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