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P938 anyone?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Damon555, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Damon555

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    After trading off my RM380 for a 44 special revolver I find myself looking to replace the pocket pistol. I've decided that it will be a 9mm because I am not set up to reload 380 and have plenty of 9mm components. After a bunch of reading it seems my mind is pretty much made up and the Sig P938 is my main focus. Is there anything actual owners of this pistol can tell me that might give me second thoughts? Or have you found it to be a good option?.....Good or bad can you fine ladies and gentlemen give me some insight into the little Sig?
     
  2. JR24

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    I want one for occasional summer pocket carry, but have not yet had it reach the top of the buy list yet.
     
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    I have one that I bought last year. I haven't had any problems out of it. It's my EDC. The P938 replaced a Kel-Tec PF9 and only weighs 2.5oz more than the PF9.
     
  4. Varminterror

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    For pocket carry in a holster, the 938 is a fine option in its class. As one of the few SAO options, it has one of the better triggers in its class, which makes it nicer for range use when it's not on duty. The fact it comes standard with tritium night sights is a huge advantage in its class too, and closes a lot of the gap in cost between it and other models. It's a very accurate pistol, but so are most of the pistols in its class - surprisingly so for most folks. Like most Sig models, the P938's are available in a broad spectrum of finish options, which is just icing on the cake.

    I will offer my standard, obligatory, recommendation against manual safety carry pistols. In the event of a stress inducing attack, the manual safety is a liability. I prefer to carry a weapon with as few manual manipulations between, "oh ****," and "bang" as possible. The P938 is a fantastic pistol, and I have carried mine quite a bit, but it's a liability. This is the ONLY negative feedback I would offer for the P938 - it's a great example of an SAO pocket 9mm, but I don't recommend ANY manual safety pistol for defensive use.
     
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  5. Damon555

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    Thank you Verminterror.....great post. I love SAO triggers which is mainly what puts the Sig at the top of my list. As for the safety I agree, it is a hindrance but something I'm willing to live with. Being an ambi safety (I'm a lefty) is one redeeming factor that several similar options did not have.
     
  6. JR24

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    Proper practice, muscle memory, and grip alleviate the "extra step". I cannot bring a 1911 up to firing position (one or two handed) without disengaging the safety due to my high grip and muscle memory.

    Like any gun, practice practice practice.

    I do, however agree with you vis a vi slide mounted safeties, as those are far less "natural" to disengage.
     
  7. MikeInOr

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    The local farm and ranch store had a 938 for sale on black friday for $525. Seemed like a great price and I was seriously considering purchasing one for pocket carry. For me it is too fat and although it would be fine in a waistband holster it would not work for me as a pocket gun. I ended up buying a Kahr CM9 instead and found its size suites me much better for a pocket pistol. I am confident I made the right choice for me. If the size for the 938 works for you it is a great gun with a great reputation.

    I grew up learning to shoot with guns that have external safeties before all the plastic striker fired guns with no manual safeties came along so I wasn't worried about the manual safety. I do like the long double action feeling pull of the CM9 though... it is very similar to the LCP that the CM9 is replacing.
     
  8. Damon555

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    I should have been more specific with regard to pocket carry. Although the situation might present itself where I'll pocket carry it the pistol will most likely be in a belt holster 95% of the time. So that's not a huge concern. I will also say that I despise most of the smaller pistols long and heavy DAO trigger pull.....that was a major reason for not wanting to hold on to the RM380. I understand that it is a safety feature but shooting a semi-auto DAO is not an attribute that I can appreciate. I'm so spoiled on good 1911 and target rifle triggers that I've become somewhat of a trigger snob.
     
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    I love my P938, I can shoot it almost as well as a full sized handgun.

    Personally though, the P938 is too big for my pockets. I mean, it'll slide in there, but it doesn't seem to want to come back out after my hand is wrapped around the grip. That's not something I'd want to deal with in a high stress situation.
     
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    I carry mine in a IWB holster.

    Irregardless of which SAO pistol I carry (Sig P938, Firestar, or 1911), I always practice sweeping the safety off as I unholster/bring the pistol up to shooting position. Practice enough and it becomes second nature.
     
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    I have carried a p938 for several years. I don't have any complaints or issues with it. My trigger pull is about 8 lbs and that is after it has over 500 rounds through it. If you are picky about the trigger this is something to consider.
     
  12. Damon555

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    Obviously I'll shoot it before I change anything......Hopefully the trigger will either already be pretty good or can be made that way by putting some rounds through it.

    On a side note.....When my wife and I took our carry class a few years ago there was a lady there who had a Sig P938. My wife really liked that gun but never said anything after her initial comments about it....Fast forward to yesterday and I mentioned something about getting one....That was a mistake! She immediately connected the dots and I saw a glint in her eye.....She said "if I don't like my little revolver (S&W 642) maybe I can carry the Sig"......"Darn it", I thought, "I've lost the gun already and I don't even own it yet!".....lol
     
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    Guess you need to plan on buying two!
     
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    My Sig P938 is a great little gun, it's more accurate than it has a right to be because of the short barrel, the night sights work well and are spot on, it handles better than a lot of larger guns in this caliber, mine has the Hogue rubber grips which I liked better than the other offerings even though they looked awesome, so yes, the P938 I would recommend to anyone wanting a reliable well built semi auto in 9mm...I use 7 round magazines with the extension, it gives my large hand a good grip, plus one extra round, I carry mine in a DeSantis Mini Scabbard, which holds my gun in close and out of sight, I've owned mine for close to five years now, and won't be giving it up ....,
     
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    Love mine as well, and have carried it every day for over 3 years.

    As far as the safety goes, I am an "SAO guy" anyway... all of my handguns are SAO except for one, so I hit the safety every time out of muscle memory as @JR24 mentions.

    The gun is solid and reliable, accurate as heck, and is something that I depend my life and my loved one's lives on.

    Be sure to get a few of the 7-round mags, gives you an extra round plus the pinkie grip which helps a lot.

    I carry mine IWB in a Stealthgear Onyx holster. Most comfortable holster I have ever used, hands down.
     
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    I was an early buyer/beta tester, so mine had reliability issues with 115 grain ammo, but after getting those issues straightend out it is a solid shooter. I believe the later versions are good to go out of the box.
     
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    I'm encouraged by the majority of the responses here guys and gals.....thank you
     
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    I bought the Extreme variant recently and am trying to love it. I prefer DA/SA platforms for concealed carry so getting used to SA with a manual safety is taking some effort so I haven't started carrying it yet.

    I chose the Extreme with the G10 grips because it added to the slimness of the 938 and what I was looking for was something small enough to be a deep concealment option (like my LCP) but chambered in 9mm and easier to shoot than my LCP. After two sessions at the range I am finding the G10 grips might be too thin. I'm still experimenting with various ways of gripping the gun but I'm already thinking I will probably end up moving to something a tad larger and deal with the concealability issues. I may even end up back where I started with a 30ish ounce DA/SA single stack 9mm pistol. (Brand and model withheld intentionally as it adds nothing to the conversation). We'll see.
     
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    For a pocket sized 9mm. I prefer a DAO set-up like the Kahr CM9. No safeties to worry about and it has one of the nicest DAO triggers I have ever encountered on a semi-auto. Having said that if you're in the market for a SAO design, then the SIG P938 would be a great way to go. I have a SIG P238 and have tried a couple of P938s and found their triggers (and their sights), to be more than serviceable for the job at hand. The only caveat here is I would only carry it in a belt holster; not too crazy about pocket carrying one.
     
  20. Damon555

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    The Kahr CM9 sounds like an interesting pistol but I've not handled one yet. I did, however, have a chance to try out the trigger on one of the LCP II 380's and was mildly impressed. Makes me wonder how its bigger brother the LC9 would feel. But as mentioned in an earlier post I love a SAO, 1911 style trigger.....even if I need to have the trigger worked on a little it won't be a big deal.....and the P938 is a very nice looking pistol. Not that I care about looks over function for an SD gun but my wife has some input into the matter too!
     
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    I like the trigger on my LC9s. It's definitely not "1911 style," but the pull weight is less than 5 lbs.
    In contrast, the P938 has a very short trigger stroke, but it's much too heavy for my taste.
     
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    Hmmm... in a well designed pocket holster my 938 disappears in jeans or dress pants front pockets. Trigger pull is quite nice after several hundred rds.

    Obviously YMMV.

    alabamaholster.com front pocket holster FYI.
    I don’t have a trigger pull gauge but I estimate 5lbs or a little more.

    Find what you like and carry it!
     
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    I started with buying the rosewood grips from SIG because I think they are beautiful, but I soon realized that they are not practical.

    I ended up buying the SIG Hogue rubber wrap-around grips with the finger grooves as the most comfortable, practical solution. I went with function over beauty I guess.

    Here is an image from this morning as I got ready to place it in my IWB holster. Cocked and Locked and ready to go! Not the cleanest, is she??? I try to clean her every time I shoot her, but as you can see, dust and lint collects on the outside from daily carry.

    These are the Hogue grips along with the extended mag to give the pinkie grip.

    2IXg5C6.jpg
     
  24. ROD KLOMP

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    This is the model I have also, and love it, the extended mag and Hogue rubber grips really make this little gun comfortable to shoot as well as carry, because you have a better grip on the gun when drawing from a holster, because this gun is single action only, I prefer carrying it in a belt holster, mine is a DeSantis Mini Scabbard and it holds my P938 close in to my body, this gun IMO, is better carried in a belt holster because it is single action, and having it in a pocket IMO, isn't the most safe way to carry it, tooooooo easy to accidentally get the safety off and then you have or might have a problem when removing the gun from your pocket, I only carry these guns for pocket carry, Kahr PM9, Kahr KP45, Ruger LCP, and Glock 43 , my other EDC guns are carried in either belt or IWB holsters meant for concealed carry...my P938 is a Blacky, with all black hardwear, these PP938's can be carried very well in an ankle holster, it'e small enough and doesn't print...
     
  25. 109Hammer

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    Same here, had to send mine back to Sig for evaluation. It didn’t like the 115 grain. What did you have done to straighten it out, or was it just a break in?
     

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