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Old 11-08-2012, 07:09 PM   #31
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Can't do that, I have the LCP and P238 and the P238 is much better to shoot as it has a good bit less recoil than the Elsie Pea. Just have to get used to carrying that type action.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Colby

Yeah - I have a Stoner IWB hlster for my LCP, too. I have never worn it outside though. The back pocket holster is just so perfect. I don't even realize the gun is there. It's been my best ever holster purchase - and best conceal gun.

But I like the 238. I've been tempted to buy it. It is heavier - which would make it more pleasant to shoot at the range. Not much heavier - but in that size gun a little extra weight does make a shooting comfort difference. And I could see that inside the waistband you would be able to tell almost no difference.

But - my LCP is so concealable and I like the long double action only trigger pull as the "safety" -- I just wonder if I would carry the 238 if I bought it. I'd have to switch over to thumb safety thinking. But I like the looks of it so much and the slightly larger size and weight - that I might buy it --- you know how the sickness goes....

The safety thing is a concern though - because I want to carry the gun chambered and ready to fire - as I do with the LCP - and the long trigger pull of the LCP with the trigger inside the holster - trigger covered and completely safe from any possible movement - that it is just the right set-up for me.

The thumb safety is something that is possible to get switched accidentally. And it is another step you have to take to get the gun fireable. And in a "situation" you have to be fighting your panic and remember to switch that thing off - or your gun is dead. And it's possible to mix up the safety position - forget that it was "on" or "off".
It just leaves a lot of possibilities that a revolver type trigger doesn't have - and that is the type trigger the LCP has - by design. Perfect for me. Same with my LC9 9mm for that matter... same long trigger pull. I love it for safety.

But the 238 is a fine gun... and I like it. Talk me out of it....
Here's the other thing I neglected to mention; the 238 is a great and fun range gun also. It is actually fun and comfortable to shoot due to the weight and single action trigger. You can actually see the sights (at night also). You also don't have to worry as much about an FTF from limp wristing it.

I understand what you mean about the safety but Sig does such a phenomenal job of making a strong an positive clicking safety that is not going anywhere without you engaging it. I practice drawing and disengaging it all the time. I just like single action carry.

With that said, I do not have the p238 anymore. The only reason is because they came out with the p938 and I was able to get a practically identical gun in 9mm. More stopping power and cheaper to shoot. Plus the there is an ambi safety which I am constantly able easily check now while carrying IWB.

Anyway, my two cents. Either is a good gun and the best gun to have is the one that is actually with you. The Sig is twice as much also so I get that.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:43 PM   #33
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I usually carry my LCP in a DeSantis Nemesis, or a Tuff Pocket-Roo with a slot for an extra mag. Sometimes a Don Hume IWB if I'm going to be wearing a coat. I'm very happy with the LCP -- it hits where it looks, and I've never noticed the recoil (but then I'm not recoil-sensitive -- used to shoot a 4" S&W .44mag with heavy, hot handloads and never noticed it then, either).

I'd love to carry a .44, but they're about as easy to conceal as a cantaloupe.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:19 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by gunownerz

I'm pretty slim and 6ft tall. I don't wear really baggy clothes and so it would need to be one that would stay fairly hidden with any outfit.
I'm a lil over 6' and 180lbs, I carry a kahr cm9 in the pocket.
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For me it's the Colt Light Weight Commander chambered in .45 ACP.


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Old 11-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #36
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I carry a Ruger SR9c and it conceals well IWB N82Tactical Pro holster
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I'm a slim guy. I carry a Kahr PM9 mostly in small of back IWB but also have ankle holster, works for me most of year. In winter I will sometimes carry S&W M&P 9c in either IWB or OWB. I shoot well with both, have tried a buddies Rugar LCP, definitely smaller than my Kahr but didn't shoot it as well, might be better with practice but I own a lot of 9mm guns and like to try to stay with the same caliber as much as I can.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #38
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DrJason ---
That one caliber thing is a very practical - I agree.
And 9mm is excellent!

I should follow your lead and stick to one - 9mm.
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