"Pre-Owned" SIG P239


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ManOfTheWest
February 26, 2009, 06:42 PM
Greetings! First-time user here, and a gun newbie.

Can someone tell me if $599 is a good deal on a used SIG P239?

I have no information on the gun, haven't seen it in person, but I know that SIGs have a great track record and I want something for CCW. I'm looking at a possible trip to ********** this summer and the 8 round mag easily meets their requirements.

What questions should I ask the sales rep when I go in to check out the gun? ie: Why did the previous owner sell it? How many rounds has it cycled?...

...what else?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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UnTainted
February 26, 2009, 06:47 PM
I don't know if that is a good price for a used one, but I would recommend if you're going to spend that much of the percentage of a brand new gun, then you should just buy the brand new gun. This is because siG offers a lifetime warranty that DOES NOT transfer with the gun; it stays only with the original buyer. Get the warranty, it's worth the money IMO, not cause sigs break, but cause guns in general break. :D

ManOfTheWest
February 26, 2009, 07:01 PM
UnTainted,

Thanks for your reply. Because I've heard that SIGs have excellent re-sale value, $599 didn't really turn me off too much. But your point about the warranty is valid, something I didn't think about.

As far as guns breaking, true story: a local gun range where I live doesn't have any SIGs for rental. I asked why. He said, "they're all BROKEN." :eek:

SIGs...broken???

I was told that yeah, no matter how well the staff maintains those guns, after many thousands of rounds, sooner or later that gun's gonna break. Even a SIG. And because the manufacturer is overwhelmed with orders, I doubt this particular range is gonna replenish their SIG rentals very soon. :(

Mainsail
February 26, 2009, 07:52 PM
That would depend on how 'used' it is. I bought a Taurus M85 used for $175. When I got it I was pleased to discover it wasn't really used so much as "pre-owned". The packing grease was still in the cylinders. Nonetheless, the P239 is an excellent pistol and you'll be happy with it. See if you can talk them down on the price.
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xlr8
February 26, 2009, 10:09 PM
I've got a P229 Certified Sig Pre-owned and it was right around $500 at my dealer. The SIG CPO's are usually great guns because they've been back through the SIG factory and rebuilt or refinished. On mine the slide was refinished at the factory and I really can't tell the difference between my CPO and one that's NIB.

ManOfTheWest
February 26, 2009, 10:59 PM
I'd like to know if the SIG in question is a CPO. If so, then my interest level just spiked. Then again, I wonder how long it'll stay on the shelf. They can't sell guns fast enough it seems.

Btw, I found a range that has a P239 rental and plan to test it tomorrow. For me it's always try before you buy. The P229 is another option. Like I said, newbie, with no more than 7 hours of range time. Fired seven guns in my life, and best results were achieved with the XDm and SIG P226R, both in 9. But those were full-size models and I'd like something compact.

Those of you who own SIGs, tell me: how do lefties manage the hammer decocker? I'm left-handed and had to use my trigger finger on that P226r. I managed but it's a little awkward if you're not double-jointed. Thoughts?

g17voodoo
February 26, 2009, 11:37 PM
Seems a little pricey for a used gun. If you're spending that much anyway-save a little more and buy new.

Or talk him down. Anything under $500-jump on!

Storm
February 27, 2009, 12:11 PM
I wouldn't go too much over $500. I picked up my 239 used (but not certified) for around $425.

UnTainted
February 27, 2009, 12:14 PM
My dad is a lefty and on his Sig 239, he just uses his index finger to manipulate the decocker, slide release, and mag release. I have seen that people do this in competitoin as well.

xlr8
February 27, 2009, 12:41 PM
Even though its just a bit more bulky, I much preferred the "feel" of the P229 over the P239. With the high market demands of today, I would say that either of these SIGs that you could get for around $500.00 would be well worth your money.

Here's more info about the SIG Certified Pre-Owned program:

http://www.sigsauer.com/Products/ShowCatalogProductDetails.aspx?categoryid=55&productid=201

ManOfTheWest
February 27, 2009, 10:56 PM
Back from the range where I tested the P239 - this one with a Hogue grip, so make that TWO awesome experiences for me. Even though it's a relatively small gun, it has some muscle which takes the brunt of any recoil. And the trigger is simply AMAZING. I shot it well enough and felt confident enough to send the target back a few more yards (I never do that), and still shot well (for a noob).

I'm officially in love with SIGs. :D

Gotta get me one! Don't matter if it's a P239 or P229, long as it's a SIG.

gbelleh
February 27, 2009, 11:55 PM
The 239 is a very nice carry gun. I paid $509 delivered for my CPO 239.

Jed Carter
February 28, 2009, 09:37 AM
Make an offer, dicker with them, go $500 plus tax. It's worth every penny of the $599 but why pay full asking price. Most dealers would not have more then $350 in a trade of this type, so 17% off is not unthinkable. Maybe even go for 20%. I love the smell of salemen in the morning!

1911shooter
February 28, 2009, 02:36 PM
Its not a bad price but , i would walk in with 500 plus tax and if he wont go for it then look around some they are great pistols. and well worth the price new but usually when they are sold pre owned unless certified pre-owned by SIG them selves you are pretty much getting hit oir miss with the used part.

ManOfTheWest
February 28, 2009, 08:30 PM
Regarding that 239 I tested, the sight dots were pretty worn down (rear dot basically non-existent), plus signs of wear on the slide - proof that it's been "to Hell and back." I don't know how many thousands of rounds that thing fired. But I can attest that it *still* shoots accurately.

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