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Nice....Sig P238 Copperhead

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MikePaiN, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    I love the looks of this lil' Sig. I haven't had much interest in "pocket pistols" or the .380auto....but it is making me want to get some :)
    How's the 238 doing, are they still having reliability issues?

    Sig Sauer P238 Copperhead
  2. HK-Freak

    HK-Freak Well-Known Member

    They're definitely still having issues, but if you get one that works they're pretty nice shooters. From everything I've been seeing it looks as though about one out of every ten is a lemon. I must admit, I like the looks of that one.
  3. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    I can only speak for myself and my P238. Mine has been 100% from the first round and I love shooting it.

    Mine was not an early production and that may have a bearing on it's perfect reliability.
  4. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member


    If they'd make those in .32acp or Makarov, I'd buy one immediately. But having no use for .380 makes it hard to purchase one ... maybe in .32NAA?
  5. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    How is 32 acp better than 380?
  6. benzy2

    benzy2 Well-Known Member

    It seems like a lot of complaints are about the recoil spring. If placed backwards it wears out real quick and even placed correctly it wears out soon. Buy a handful of them for replacements, shoot till one fails, then replace them a little sooner than that in the future. Really nice little pistol.
  7. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    It isn't in many ways, but .380 doesn't do anything that 9x19 won't and I prefer .32 for mouseguns.
    It will fit more rounds in, and it does deliver similar muzzle energy in a lower-recoil package, plus .32acp actually exists, while sometimes .380acp seems to be made from unicorn horn or something.
    And I stock .32 but not .380

    And .32NAA is superior to .380acp, I'd probably pick up the SIG if it were in .32NAA and I could find the ammo relaibly ... I like the mini-1911 guns and have been kicking myself for not picking up a Llama in .32acp a few gun shows back (I know it would need some TLC to run reliably, but it was just so damn adorable!)
  8. HK-Freak

    HK-Freak Well-Known Member

    Never met anyone who preferred .32 over .380.
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    "Q"? ;) ...Bond actually preferred the .25ACP

    In the Walther PP and PPK, I believe the .32ACP has a slight advantage in feeding geometry.
  10. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Well, I prefer 9x19 to 9x17, actually.
    But if I'm going to get into mousegun territory, I'll take 7.65x17mm over the 9x17 every time, all you get in a mousegun is penetration, I'll take many small deep holes over less small shallow ones.

    But shoot what you like, and thank me for leaving you some 9x17 ammo next time you're picking up a box.
  11. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    How much penetration do you need?

    I have seen a number of reports of shootings where 380 fmj rounds were through and through in center mass hits.
  12. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    Back on track, my P238 is a good shooter, very reliable with hollowpoint ammunition. Very low recoil for it's size due to the tilting barrel design, less recoil than my delayed blow back P232 SIG. One of its best features is the tritium night sights, something a SD pistol needs IMO. My only problems were with the factory mag with FTF, it works flawlessly with Colt magazines at about half the price of the SIG.
  13. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

    Cute little penny-colored gun. I have to say though: I'd much rather have seen sig expend energy completely dialing in the first guns instead of releasing a gazillion variants over the top of complaints.

    But hey, mine has been a flawless joy for hundreds of rounds, once I exchanged the defective early magazines, so consider me a fan.
  14. DasFriek

    DasFriek Well-Known Member

    With a slight grip change that gun would be gorgeous!
    I have no fear of the P238 as ive owned one and learned to tweak it to make it run perfect and put over 600 rounds threw it flawlessly after an initial 50 rounds.
    Most of these guns have feed issues and need mag tweaking.
    Ive read sig has made changes in mags and springs and i feel they are working on issues and i would have no issue buying another P238 as long as i can find one i can afford again.
  15. aryfrosty

    aryfrosty Well-Known Member


    I have owned mine for about 3 months now and initially had a problem with the slide latch when I slowly cycled the slide...it would catch in the takedown notch and lock the gun until I pressed the latch toward the frame. Once I took a slight "bend" out of the latch spring that was pressing the latch outward it became flawless. Fit/finish and reliability are very good.
  16. Guns and more

    Guns and more member

    I guess you never met a Seecamp owner.
  17. Clint C

    Clint C Well-Known Member

    Love mine so far!
  18. HisSoldier

    HisSoldier Well-Known Member

    Mine is an HD, the only 238 with a stainless frame. All the rest are aluminum alloy. It works perfectly.
  19. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Never had any issues with mine.

    That one is definitely interesting looking.
  20. BULLSI

    BULLSI Well-Known Member

    I determined that mine is going back to get work done to it. Video of the gun jamming and a pic of what it does to the casings not every time but two per mag on average.


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