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Virginia58 06-28-2012 04:12 AM

Sig P239...what caliber?
I am ready to pull the trigger on a Sig P239 this week. This will be the smallest footprint autoloader that I own, and the only single stack I would own other than a 1911. I have decided to purchase the GEN 2 SAS version of the 239, and use this for those hot Virginia days, or any time concealment is more difficult.

My quandary is deciding what caliber to get. I own a 226 in 9mm, a 226 in 357Sig(with a 40SW barrel, and a 229 in 357Sig(with a 40SW barrel). I like the idea of the interchangeble barrels obviously, but I understand the single stack 239 will cost more to interchange as the magazines are not interchangeable. So in addition to the cost of another barrel, I would need to buy additional dedicated mags as well. Below are some considerations I have tossed around.

1 Round count between the calibers is not a huge issue (without using an obtrusive extension the round count is 7-8)
2 Because the round count is about half of the double stack version of the same caliber, an effective caliber is more important possibly.
3 I have large hands and the 239 is the smallest framed gun that I can comfortably grip. I have handled and shot Smith's Shield, Beretta's Nano, and Springfields XDS...and the winner is the 239.
4 With my larger framed autos I can comfortably shoot all 3 calibers, and although there is some differences in recoil, there are no real isssues with the recoil and getting back on target for follow up shots. That said, even though the 239 is steel frame and heavier than some pistols of similar size, I would take recoil and stability more in consideration with this frame than on my larger framed pistols.
5 I have only shot the 239 in 9mm and 40SW, but I frequently shoot the 357Sig (and carry that round for concealed carry with the 229).
6 With the 226s shooting all three calibers side by side in the same session, the tightest groupings for me are with the 357Sig. Not huge diffeences in groupings, but slightly better.
7 Ammo costs are highest, availability.variety lowest for the 357Sig; while lowest cost/best availability is for the 9mm ammo. 40SW somewhere in between.

Any other considerations I am missing? Any thoughts or experiences of the forum members to share that might help me out?

Thanks! And sorry for the long post.

Axxe55 06-28-2012 04:49 AM

with the calibers you already have, and the choices it comes in, looks to be a hard decision. and if faced with the choice you are trying to make, i would be probably having the same problem. but for me as i don't own a pistol in 357 Sig., that would be the one i would give the most consideration into. i have never owned a pistol in that caliber, and with Sig's excellent reputation, i would be willing to take a chance on it. i probably wasn't much help, but good luck with your choice!

Phelenwolf 06-28-2012 02:46 PM

Me personal I would go with the 9mm. Yet you said you have a 9mm, .357 Sig and a .40 caliber Sig pistol. So any caliber would work for you.

locutus 06-28-2012 11:13 PM


cheap practice amo, and plenty of power.

HOSSFLY 06-28-2012 11:40 PM

Well, you carry the 357Sig - Never even shot one-
But IMO in a simi auto if it ain't 9mm or 45acp why bother ;)

locutus 06-29-2012 01:32 AM

[QUOTE=HOSSFLY;852721]Well, you carry the 357Sig - Never even shot one-

Hoss, what the heck ya been up to since ya left the other forum??:D:D

HOSSFLY 06-29-2012 01:45 AM

Well I'll be dam!!! How you been these last hundred yrs?????

Agent_H 06-29-2012 06:30 AM

I was pleased with the 239 in 9mm. Nice smaller pistols. It carried well for me. I did get to shoot the .40 and found it "snappy" in the small package but you might not notice it if you have large hands and already shoot the .357 sig.

Please post some pics for us when you pick one up :-)

Virginia58 06-29-2012 05:28 PM

Well it's done! All over but the waiting. I ordered the P239 in .357Sig, GEN 2 SAS model nitron finish with Sig nite sights and short reset trigger. Also picked up a Bedair stainless guide rod and several extra +1 mags. According to tracking information it should reach my local FFL tomorrow (Saturday) and with luck will get my hands on it and put some rounds through it.

Now I need to get a good carry holster. More inclined to carry right side IWB, between 4-5 o'clock. At 6'4", 250ish that is the best comfort location for me. I do have a hidden holster briefcase (Uncle Mike's) that the 239 should work well with when in business clothes with little cover garment. For non-busines attire, I need to find a good comfortable holster.

Thanks much. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Agent_H 06-29-2012 05:36 PM

I am excited for you lol! Get us some pictures when you can. Congrats!

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