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SIG Sauer P238 Review

SIG P238 .380 subcompact gun with Rosewood grip and engraved slide

Written by Be a Blogger for a Day Contest Winner, Rachel McMurry.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good gun that I can learn to handle well so I can get my concealed carry license. It has been a bit of a bumpy road for me because I have small hands. There seems to be this assumption that the best-concealed gun is one that shoots 9mm as a minimum. Unfortunately, most guns that hold those rounds are too big for my hands and I always have to spend a few minutes adjusting before I try to shoot so it doesn’t go flying out of my grip. As a result, I looked hard at the pistols that use the .380 ACP.

I tested the Beretta Nano through a gun rental a few times, borrowed a SIG Sauer P238 HD and the SIG Sauer P238 Nitron, but was eventually given a Ruger LC380 because cost-wise, it was the least expensive option. That pistol started out fine, but my shooting wasn’t getting any better. The Ruger LC380 was a lighter pistol with a mostly plastic frame, so it ended up kicking more. Likewise, it developed some feeding issues despite extensive and frequent cleaning sessions, so it had to go.

I knew I wanted the SIG Sauer P238; of all the .380 pistols, I liked it the best. It fit my hand the right way, had the weight I wanted, the caliber was right, no finger grooves, and it didn’t feel like a Glock. My boyfriend ended up surprising me with an early birthday present by selling my old Ruger while I was at work one day and hiding a the SIG in my lockable case for the Ruger. Inside the case was my brand spanking new, straight-from-the-factory Sig Sauer P238 ESR. We went shooting the next day to try it out.

SIG P238 .380 subcompact gun with Rosewood grip and engraved slide
My first shot with the SIG P238 hit right where I aimed.

Quick Facts

The SIG Sauer P238 is chambered for the .380 ACP and has a flush magazine with a capacity of six rounds—extended magazines with finger grips hold seven rounds. The P238 is a predominately-metal frame with very few plastic parts making it heavier than its Ruger LC380 competition. My particular P238 has a cherry wood grip instead of the usual plastic grips. It also uses a metal frame and engraved metal slide. It is a beautiful pistol that doesn’t look like a toy with the visually appealing features that don’t diminish the effectiveness of the gun. The composition of materials to make the P238 causes it to appear as though it is the mini-me to the 1911 and also weighs more than Ruger LC380.

The P238 has an eight-pound trigger pull and is a single action with a barrel length of 2.7 inches—a very nice change to the Ruger LC380’s heavy double action. The gun weighs approximately one pound even with all the rounds in the magazine and one chambered, ready to go. At 5.5 inches long, just over an inch wide and almost four inches tall, it is easy to hide and can fit inside many small purses. It’s about the size of a large wallet. The P238 also has factory SIGLite night sights installed on the pistol with an easily-accessible safety on the left side of the frame.

Fit

The P238 is fairly petite in comparison to larger-caliber offerings and small compared to some .22 pistols, as well. The size makes it an excellent choice for concealment, but also means it can be difficult to hold without having fingers dangling off the bottom. Enter the extended magazine that increases the grip length and capacity by one round. I have small hands, so I can hold the gun well with the flush magazine. However, with the extended magazine, I always hold it better. Quite simply, I guess this is because I don’t have to think about having my pinky finger accidentally slipping during firing.

The only change I would consider making to the pistol is in regards to the grip. I would consider a longer magazine so it would fit those with larger hands better (my boyfriend) but still maintain the overall small size that makes it a great concealed handgun. My favorite thing regarding the grip is that it doesn’t have the finger grooves. Nothing sucks more than being unable to fit your fingers and grip to the grooves properly, and as a result, you are unable to properly hold the gun.

At the Range

I was able to take the gun to the range less than a week after getting it and before the first round even went through the barrel, I didn’t clean it. Before panties start getting twisted, I should add that I didn’t have to clean it first. It came to me lubed with the factory stuff in all the right places. The dry fire tests didn’t indicate anything was sluggish. I load all the magazines to feel the difference between the flush and extended-grip magazines. I like to pop in the flush magazine, chamber the first round, and send it down range to a target at five yards.

My first shot hit right where I aimed and I learned that the sights were perfect for my left-eye dominant self so no adjustments were needed there. I proceeded to send more down range and began to get more comfortable with the gun, but my groupings got progressively worse. Not because of the gun itself, but simply user error. My finger was wrapping too far around the trigger and causing the gun to shift. Due to the size, I had to conscientiously remind myself to only use the tip of my finger and not relax letting my finger wrap further over the trigger. I adjusted my hold on the gun and began shooting again. Perfect. I immediately began hitting the target where I was aiming.

Maintenance

This is definitely a higher maintenance gun compared to the Ruger LC380. Due to the fact that the SIG Sauer is an almost exclusively metal gun with a negligible amount of plastic, each shooting session requires cleaning immediately afterward. I neglected to clean the gun once after shooting and due to the humidity levels outside, plus the gun being stored in its case in the garage, some surface rust began accumulating on the sights. Fortunately, nothing happened to the actual frame and it was just the sights. However, that was an excellent reminder this isn’t just a cheap plastic thing. It is of higher quality with a lot of metal requiring much higher cleaning maintenance.

Overall, I love this gun. It fits my hand well, shoots where I aim (unless I pull the trigger with too much finger). The only con that I can think of is the only way for me to fully fit my pinky around the frame is if I am using the extended magazine. I also know people with much larger hands than I who have difficulty fitting their hands properly around the frame because it is so small, Their hands just swallow it up. I love that this gun has the “honey, I shrunk the 1911” feel to it, is easy to take apart for cleaning, and is a very accurate pistol for it’s size and caliber. If you are a newbie like myself with small hands, I highly recommend at least trying this one if available to rent at your local gun range.

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SIG Sauer P238
Action Semiautomatic, single-action only
Barrel Length 2.7 inches
Caliber .380 ACP
Overall Height 3.9 inches
Overall Length 5.5 inches
Overall Width 1.1 inches
Weight Unloaded 15.2 ounces
Sights SIGLite night sights
Grip Rosewood
Capacity 6+1 rounds
Magazine 6 rounds
Frame Anodized alloy beavertail style

Do you have a SIG P238? What do you love about it? Share it with Rachel in the comment section.

Rachel is still a novice to firearms and shooting after being first introduced seven years ago by a family friend. As a result, she is still learning which guns she likes the most but definitely leans towards rifles such as the AR-15, AK-47 with wooden stock, 1911 and 1911-style pistols, and the super fun Thompson with drum magazines. Rachel understands the challenge of finding firearms that are easily managed with small hands and is quickly becoming more specialized in helping others with the same issue.

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Comments (56)

  1. When I first started looking at pistols,
    my focus wasbself-defense. I got the 9mm pitch, as in anything less was a waste of time and money. Folks get pretty passionate about this issue and as a newbie, I was almost scared to look at anything else. Over the next several months I tried almost every 9mm in my price range. While l could manage them, often that was all I could do. To make things,even more difficult, many were absolutely gorgeous to look at. However, I never found ” THE ONE”; Until picked up the Sig 380. That was the day I had my ah-ha moment. The gun fit me perfectly. It had that comfortable feeling I didn’t even realize was missing with the 9mm. My speed and accuracy improved with the very 1st magazine. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I absolutely love this gun. I feel no need to apologize for the smaller caliber or size. This gun fits me, has improved my accuracy, speed, and confidence. It also made me realize that the best gun is the one that does all those things, because they are what makes shooting fun. I’m so glad I didn’t settle for what everyone else thought was best. I’m not sure I’d be having nearly as much enjoyment as I’m getting from my 380!

  2. Had an LC9 and the feel of the grip and the but of the recoil were unpleasant. Carry a S&W M&P Shield in 9mm and a fine gun. But I wanted a true pocket pistol but was shocked at the prices in my LCS. So bought it at auction, got great Hogue rubber grips, Viridian Laser, three Magazines and the ESR holster(It turns on the laser as you draw. At the range it ate anything and everything, was more accurate than I am and it is now pulling dual role as my EDC with my Shield. I love it.

    1. I also got the  Hogue rubber grips, Viridian Laser, three Magazines and the ESR holster, did you find it difficult to put the laser on the Sig 380?

  3. I hear this all the time about how women love the Sig p228 380 and also the P938 9mm, and it’s great when your wife or girlfriend is totally happy with their gun, it gives them a great start in the shooting sports, or just the confidence they need to be a concealed gun carrier and confident in the use of their gun…good choice I hope she enjoys her new Sig…

  4. My lady and I went shoping for a handgun for her (she has her CCW in CT no less). She tried racking many of the 380’s and loved the ease of racking this gun. Although initially afraid of the recoil, she handled it beautifully, continuing on thru 2 mags without pausing. When she turned to me and said “I love this gun”, I knew we had a winner. She owned it when we left the store/range. Important that she like it and not be afraid of it for self defence. Thanx Sig, great job.

  5. I carry my p238 and a front pocket holster. Over the last year or so I noticed on many occasions when I stowed the weapon at night the Magazine had dislodged, not to point of falling out, but out about 1/16″. either case not fully engaged. Thought this was a isolated problem with my gun. Until my brother visited me this week and he pulled his P238 out of a IWB holster, Same Thing ! Magazine dislodged. Called Sig this morning, Conversation went like this… After explaining what the concern is the reply was very nonchalant, ‘Yea, we have heard of that happening, send it in we will fix it’ I asked, why no recall. Reply ‘ Not wide spread enough, but we have a lifetime warranty’ My reply, Warranty does me a lot of good if I’m dead because the magazine dropped out if I needed it for protection. His Reply, kinda agitated ‘ Well before you get in a Gun Fight send it to us and we will fix it’
    Great attitude Sig !!!

    1. I have noticed the black six round mags don’t fit as tightly as the stainless 6 or stainless 7 round mags, depending on the ammunitiion. With Ruger ARX, I can’t even get the mag to snap in tightly whereas I can with Atomic JHPs with the exact same mag.

    2. The P238 has big problems. I won’t carry mine anymore. The longer magazine drops for no apparent reason while firing and is the cause of feed/jam issues. So many people are having the same problem and Sig has not accepted open responsiblity for the flaw and issued a recall. People send the pistol in and have it returned with the same problem unsolved from the various web sites, like YouTube, that I have visited. Very, very disappointed in Sig. I called them and they told me to send it in if I think there is a problem, like it was the first complain they had. Not good at all.

  6. I just happened on this review while searching for the Sig P238. Several days ago my husband and I went shooting. Purposely so I could rent the Sig P238. I too have small hands and short fingers. After I got done shooting, I knew without a doubt that this is the gun for me. One of my biggest problems with most guns was trying to rack them with arthritis in my hand and with most guns I couldn’t do it at all. I found the P238 to be fairly easy to rack. I know as rental it has had many rounds shot through it and would be easier to rack than a new gun. So just to be safe we went to a gun store to see just how easy a new gun would be to rack. I wish we had thought to rent a gun before purchasing three other guns that didn’t work for me (The Bodyguard by S&W, a S&W hammerless revolver, and S&W M & P Shield). Your review was very helpful to me. I have my CCW but am still very much a newbie!

  7. I have three p238 pistols and I have large muscular hands. I wanted 380 as I can draw it fast from my front pants pocket while in its holster. Short range accuracy excellent as soon as it clears my pants. .9mms penetrates due to velocity thus mushrooming bullet might not open in time. 380 is slower but at same caliber slug so stopping power should suffice. The essence for self defense is thus speed to deplore a hitting round than stops the attacker. My bed side gun is full sized glock .45 cap.

    By the way, I only clean my p238 once a year. It works fine with like t or dust caked on. It is simply not true it needs frequent cleanings. My Glock works perfectly and it was last cleaned 2010.

  8. Thank you for your review, it was well done and covered just about everything, I have the bigger brother to the Sig P238, I have the P938 in 9mm, it is very close in size and I really like this gun, I have large hands ,but with the extended mag, I can grip the gun without any problems, my trigger finger is another thing, and it wants to go to the second joint, which I’m not use to, but I seem to be able to hit my target without any bad groupings, the P938 is more accurate than it has a right to be for its size and caliber which blows me away, and you’re right the 1911 style makes these guns just feel right in hand, mine has rubber grips and is all black, I just liked the feel much better than the other offerings and it works for me, these guns are very easy to conceal carry and you don’t even know it there unless you need to get it out, I wear mine in a DeSanti Mini Scabbard, I’m a lefty and appreciate the ambi side safety’s because I won’t carry a gun that isn’t ambi friendly, thank you for this review…..,

    1. Like all my guns (except my rifle that shoots 7.62×54 mil surplus), I clean them when they get wet, start leaving crud when I handle them, or accumulate enough cat hair or lint so as to notice.

  9. I think the OCGunsmith is being facetious. When you work all day on full-size 1911s, which, when they are properly tuned — as the OCGunsmith has done for me on 4 completely customized full-size 1911s plus 1 completely-customized Officer’s model 1911 — which all have a 4-1/2 pound trigger pull (or even less), then a pocket gun like the SIG P238 could feel a bit different in the hand. As you all know, a 1911 has a straight-pull trigger, whereas the SIG P238 has a rolling trigger set on a pin.

    I own a SIG P238 and I also own a Colt Mustang Pocketlite. The SIG P238 (and SIG P938 for that matter) both have PLASTIC triggers AND mainspring housings. The Colt Mustang Pocketlite is all metal. I had the OCGunsmith remove the plastic parts in the SIG P238 and replace them with aluminum parts. He also did a trigger job on that gun for me. Both of those services made the gun’s trigger pull feel much more repeatable and not so mushy.

    I can personally attest to the OCGunsmith’s services. He’s a reputable and honorable man. You’d be well served if you sent him your pistol to work on. It’d be money well spent.

  10. well to start with I have 5 380 pistols, the first 4 I bought thinking this is gonna be the one, but when I got my 238 that was the one the others stay in the safe most of the time, had to buy extensions for the mags cause my hands are not small but I love my little 238, carry it everywhere and enjoy shooting it

  11. My husband and I both love our Sig P238 Nitron Sports. I love the extended magazine, sights, and Hogue grips. The finger grooves work for both of us, even though my hands are small and my husband’s are wide. I don’t have enough grip strength to rack the slide on some guns, but the Sig P238 is perfect. In fact, I like the P238 so much that I got a Sig P938 last year for Christmas.

    They’re the perfect size for concealed carry. I have read lots of comments about using a revolver for CC. But, I shoot better with the P238 than with any of our other guns. The Sig P238 is very reliable, and I have decided that comfort and familiarity are the deciding factors for me in choosing a carry weapon.

    By the way, mine is on my belt in our horse barn every day. It’s always dusty and frequently exposed to humidity. I’m terrible about remembering to clean it, but the P238 shoots beautifully at the range nonetheless. I convinced my cousin to buy one for her first weapon, and she loves it, too.

  12. Nice review indeed and anything but surprising in that I have yet to read or hear of a bad review of this particular model…Actually strike that as I did see a guy at the range (actually his wife) that did not care for the SA design but that’s not specific to this model but across the board SA models).

    Another variable I think people are taking more and more into consideration anymore largely due to the horrid state of the economy is the cost of training, ammo costs to be specific. However, here one could use the SIG 238 as their primary CCW and train as much as possible as money allows–yet, IMO it makes (more) sense to purchase the SIG 938-22 also which is essentially the same model as its big brother yet uses .22lr ammo instead of the much more expensive .380acp ammunition. This has become quite common as increasingly we see more and more people shooting say a S&W M&P 9mm and S&W M&P .22lr and so on down the line…I have a 1911 in both .45acp & .22lr with practically the very same specs outside of caliber…

    1. The cost of .380 ammo IS a good point (along with general availability). Luckily, my local Wally World’s have started stocking Prvi Partisan for about .33/round for “cheap” .380, which is cheaper than even the .38 a round I was paying for the 100 rnd box of Winchester White box from them. And it’s nice, clean burning ammo. (I tried a box of Tul .380 once. Dirtier than Pittsburgh in the 1950’s.)

    2. Most of the military caliber rifle ammo I shoot (6.5 Swedish, 8mm Mauser, .30 carbine, etc) is PPU. It’s (relatively) cheap and it’s always good and always available, so my house is filled with blue boxes. They’re on my Most Favored Companies list.

    1. The Sig P238 fits in my palm, and I have small hands for a male. I have a pocket holster that I use with the P238 and it doesn’t imprint with jeans. I’ve been wearing it that way for several years with confidence; in the gun and the carry method. I also use an inside-the-belt holster and have never been questioned.

    2. Per specs from the manufacturers’ sites:

      S&W Shield: 6.1″ L x 4.6″ H x 0.95″ W
      Sig P238: 5.5″ L x 3.9″ H x 1.1″ W
      Sig P938: 5.9″ L x 3.9″ H x 1.1″ W

      Note that the Shield specs are with the extended 8-round magazine. With the flush 7-round magazine it’s about 4.25″ high.

    3. One of the P238 variants is the Extreme, which comes with Hogue G10 grips and an extended magazine (7 rounds vs 6 standard). The listed height on that model is 4.46″ (all other specs the same).

      For further comparison, the specs on the Sig P320 Subcompact (9mm) are 6.7″ L x 4.7″ H x 1.1″ W, but that’s with a double-stack magazine holding 12 rounds.

    4. “Sig P238: 1.1″ W
      Sig P938: 1.1″ W”

      I’d swear when I’d A-B’d those two models the 938 was slightly thicker to accommodate the extra 9mm pressures.

    5. If you think that’s odd, compare the Springfield XDS in 9mm and .45 ACP. All dimensions are identical, and the 9mm version actually weighs slightly more unloaded – because the smaller bore means less barrel metal is machined away.

    1. Factory trigger pull is ~ 7-8 lbs per the Sig site, though it feels lighter than my ~ 6 lb striker pistol triggers (perhaps due to shorter travel). Claiming the trigger pull is double that to drum up business is not something a reputable smith would do.

      Clearly, this is not a gunsmith who I’d consider sending any business.

  13. Recently bought on of these sweet little pistols for my GrandDaughter on her 18th birthday and she loves it. She insisted we go to the range upon opening the box, She is a natural with this pistol! She also has the small to medium size hands and I bought the extended grip mag later and it just makes her grip better!! Yes, I spent some bucks on this little jewel, but I will not regret it. Could have spent a lot less on a lesser quality gun but when a life might depend on the quality and functionality of a weapon…This one purchase is a NO-BRAINER!

    1. “Could have spent a lot less on a lesser quality gun but when a life might depend on the quality and functionality of a weapon…This one purchase is a NO-BRAINER!”

      Exactly. I have a (not quite as) little Bersa .380 and it had the infamous disconnector spring problem where it would only fire if held “gangsta” style sideways. Not exactly what I’d trust for a CCW weapon; the SIG premium was worth it to me.

  14. The P238 is my small carry gun. I practice at 15 yards and am always impressed with the accuracy. Never had a hiccup with that gun. Even shot 100 rounds through it without cleaning just to test it. Love all my Sigs.

  15. I bought the first 238 Elite for my daughter, as she is petite and needs a small grip. The .380 is just what she needed, coupled with Hornady Critical Defense ammo. After shooting it, I picked up another, for me. Now I have three and I’m happy with all of them. The 3rd 238 is for my Sig Sauer Collection and will likely never be fired, by me.

  16. I love my Sig P238. It is a good gun for a person with small hands. I can rack it easily. I have a good grouping with it, usually in the 8,9 & 10 area, like I usually say the person would be hurt or … I am better with the Walter PPQ which is usually in the 8’s, but I can not rack it very good because of my grip.

  17. I have large hands and have had no problems with the 238 with the flush magazine. Love the gun and carry it often (have several choices). Trick is to learn to shoot with the small grip. Pinky stays under the grip. The only FTE was with some really cheap ammo. I carry in the front pocket with a Red Dog holster which is slightly thinner than most.

  18. One thing you can try for a better grip for your boyfriend is an original Colt Mustang extended mag. Much longer mag base for a grip area. It fits and shoot perfectly.

  19. We bought a P238 for my wife about a year and a half ago and she loves hers. We tried out several dozen pistols before we bought it (we have the Nitron / Rosewood with the tritium night sights and the laser.

    It is a very solid gun and its light rack and trigger were the biggest selling points. My wife is Asian and very small with tiny hands and the P238 was perfect for her. It is a great bonus that it is such a solid gun – like others have said – a mini 45. I carried a 45 in the Navy and can attest to the feel. It is a great little gun.

    One thing that was recently mentioned in another article by the folks at Sig was that they realized the P238 was very much over-engineered for the 380 ACP round … and so they up-sized the weapon’s capacity to 9 mm and created the P938 – same gun – just a bit more knockdown.

  20. I owned a P238 for several years. Never got to the point where I could carry it because of the frequent failures to eject. I eventually traded it for a G42. No more failures. I do carry a Sig P239 in 9mm or 40s&w daily.

    1. “I owned a P238 for several years. Never got to the point where I could carry it because of the frequent failures to eject. I eventually traded it for a G42. No more failures.”

      SIG had a replacement spring that solved that problem. I’ve had one FTE and that was on my first box of ammo. None in the hundreds and hundreds of rounds that followed, and most of that was either WWB, Tul (soooo dirty), and PPU.

  21. I purchased 2 Sig 238 and my wife and I both qualified with them for our CCL. We have the Enhances, which most do. It is a great Concealed Carry or open carry. It is easy to handle, Load and fire. I also purchase the P290 which is Sig and it is great also

  22. The reason why a gun in your handbag is a very bad idea is simple. A thief will go for the handbag first, you’re fighting for the handbag now. It’s the place you have your protection. If he gets away with your bag he also has a gun to be used at another crime. If you fight for your handbag with one hand and draw your gun with the other the fight is over, he will run. If attacked you use your handbag as a first offensive weapon, hit him with it to distract him pull your gun and you know the rest.

    Having your gun in your handbag is not the best way to approach self-defense. Work out all the possible scenarios and the best way to deal with them in a real life situation. That is the only way to be prepared.

    The .380ACP round is about the minimum acceptable for defense if that and should only be used at very close range. Use it as a backup to get to your car and a bigger gun. A 9mm semi-auto with HST or Gold Dot ammo is the way to go.

    For the .380 the Hornady XTP bullet in any loading is superior. I use Underwood +P .380 XTP rounds in my G42. Yes I know there is no such thing as +P in .380 but….at 1200 fps the XTP bullet should be OK and get the minimum penetration at least if not expansion. The G42 seems to have no problem with it. Yes it’s a bit snappy but nothing I cannot handle even with my arthritic hands.

    When Texas has open carry I will not use the G42 as a primary carry gun anymore. I am disabled, I have issues with the way I can carry. I worry now about printing, not worried with the new law. I won’t open carry but I will not worry about printing with a larger 9mm.

    If you have a very small hand yes you are at a disadvantage with choices for a carry gun. If it is also a strength issue as well as size I suggest you do exercises to strengthen your hands. There are some very nice handguns out there like the Shield for people with smaller hands. Although with the Shield IMO an APEX kit is very helpful, I think the trigger on the Shield is a bad one and needs help. The M&P line with the small backstrap might be good too. Forget a Glock, the double stacks are FAT (which I prefer) but maybe a G42 or G43 is something to try. Small hands usually do better with a single stack magazine feed handgun.

    Also I would say just because it has a safety does not mean it is fool proof. Murphy’s law is always a consideration. If you run with a round in the chamber you need a hard holster like a Kydex material or hard leather.

    Those are my observations from my experiences.

  23. Love the fit of my P938 but the trigger is over12 lbs. my can’t even fit it, feels like it is jammed. I installed a lighter hammer spring and stainless trigger but it doesn’t help much.

    1. Because it’s single-action and designed to be carried “cocked and locked”, the P938 has a factory trigger of about 4 lbs. You should definitely take yours to a qualified gunsmith to have that issue looked into.

    2. Checked the Sig site, and it turns out the factory trigger is ~ 7 – 8 lbs. It just feels lighter than ~ 6 lb striker pistol triggers, likely due to the shorter travel of a single-action mechanism.

  24. Gongrats on finding a pistol that fits your hand. You learned a lesson about finger placement on the trigger, that Hollywood hasn’t been able to learn (for ever). The shooter (hero or outlaw) always has his, their, finger wrapped around the trigger to the third joint and always seems to be able to pull the trigger and hit the target. This may work in Hollywood, but not in the real world. Tried it once, just for laughs. Couldn’t control the pistol, couldn’t make accurate hits on a target 25 feet away. Any way hope you enjoy your Sig.

  25. congrates on your new gun. I’ve never been a Sig fan, but they do make a fine pistol and I’m sure the P238 is a very good firearm. The problem with your pinky not fitting on the grip will more than likely go away as you become more accustomed to it. I have a Glock 26. The short grip bothered me at first, but now I don’t even notice it. I probably would have to change those cherry wood grips to something with a little more texture to it though. Anyway, enjoy, and good shooting.

    1. One more thing. You mentioned how it fit in your purse. If you do carry it in your purse, or however you carry it. please make sure you have a good holster for it.

    2. “You mentioned how it fit in your purse. If you do carry it in your purse, or however you carry it. please make sure you have a good holster for it.”

      Yes, because it’d be a shame to scratch that nice finish. Otherwise, since she doesn’t have your deficiently designed and unsafe Glock 26, it would be perfectly safe for her to do so. No need to worry about an errant pen or fingernail polish top causing an accidental discharge.

    3. A manual safety isn’t a magic button operated by telepathic command from the gun’s user. It’s a mechanical lever that can and will get switched off if bumped with sufficient force by any solid object.

      The presence of a safety doesn’t justify irresponsible handling. Unless it’s a concealed carry purse with a dedicated pocket for the pistol, the pistol should be in a holster regardless of how inherently safe you presume it to be.

    4. Hey Rick, do you carry your cocked and locked 1911 tucked into your waistband aimed at your genitals? I HOPE NOT! The 938 should ALSO be carried cocked and locked and SHOULD have a holster protecting the safety AND trigger!

  26. I have a P238 and love it. It’s a great deep conceal gun for carrying in a pocket holster or in a Crossbreed mini-tuck as it doesn’t print AT ALL which makes it perfect for summer time. Loaded with Atomic JHPs there’s reasonable punch, too. (remembering the old maxim that a .380 in the pocket beats a .45 left in the truck). A P938 (9mm) prints just too much larger for my tastes. Life is full of tradeoffs, isn’t it?
    I like also that, unlike a 1911, the safety can be engaged with the hammer down so it’s an extra layer of safety which is important with a tiny’ish pistol that is eminently pocket-able. Again, trade-offs.
    Yes, it’s not the most accurate thing past 25 feet due to its tiny barrel and small sight radius,

    1. Rick,

      I carry a P938 locked and cocked in a nylon pocket holster. It replaced an old S&W model 60 that I carried in a Blackhawk Serpa holster for years. There were times that I didn’t carry the S&W because the time and place dictated clothes that didn’t conceal it. I find myself carrying the Sig all the time, and it just feels like a wallet in my front pocket. I looked at both the 238 and 938 the day I bought the 938, and quite frankly I didn’t see or feel much difference in size. IIRC, the 938 is the same height and only 1/4 or 3/8″ longer than the 238 and about an ounce heavier. If you can see/feel a difference in your pocket, good for you — I couldn’t.

      You’re right about the accuracy beyond 25 feet. My 938 was pretty accurate right out of the box at 7 yards — beyond that not so much. But the problem could also be 70-year-old eyes and trifocals, heh. I once had a cop tell me that if you are thinking about shooting someone beyond 25 feet, they’re probably running away and you shouldn’t.

      Interesting comments about the grips. I got the 938 with the oversize rubber grips with finger grooves and the extended mag because it fit my hand better than any other subcompact I looked at. Isn’t it marvelous that we still live in a country where we have so many choices. Just with the Sig 238 and 938 there are about a dozen variations of each.

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