Sig P238

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Recomm, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Recomm

    Recomm New Member

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    I recently purchased a the 238 as an alternative pocket pistol to my kel tec p3at. The sig feels better in hand and I feel more comfortable knowing I actually have sights to look at for a change instead of the slightly raised fixed sights on the kel tec. I have looked around for reviews and haven't found enough to satisfy me as to if this weapon is as reliable I think/hope it is. Any input would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Each and every mechanical device may or may not be reliable. Some do not have a chance to be reliable because of how they are assembled.
    Some that assembled with care and expertise still may be unreliable for some unseen or unknown reason.

    I suggest that you shoot the snot out of it and determine your own opinion.

    (What if it does not turn out to be reliable? Would you sell it or fix it?)
     

  3. griffin81

    griffin81 New Member

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    My wife has one and puts 50 rounds through it a week and she has had it for a few months without and problems. She really likes it.

    play the victim, be the victim
     
  4. armed1212

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    My wife also has p238 and we both love it. I've put around 300 rounds thur it wit very few ftf or eject. Only issue we had was the slide was not locking back on last round or with empty mag. We just sent it in to sig for review. I'm waiting for a answer as of now
     
  5. crispy500

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    People will tell you that carrying a single action cocked and locked pistol in your pocket is not a good idea.

    So I emptied mine, put the safety on, and put the sucker in my pocket. I could never get the safety to flip off under any circumstance. I pocket carry.

    Get a good pocket holster.
     
  6. griffin81

    griffin81 New Member

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    My wife's has not had any FTF issues or anything yet but she did have the slide not lock back 2 times when we first got it and I took I home and cleaned it really well and used clp oil in the slide rails and worked the slide a bit. It has shot flawlessly now. What a fun gun to shoot. Now there is a p938 about to hit the market I'm thinking about buying one for he as well. Its built off of the p238 frame and about 3/4 a inch longer in the slide and barrel. So I've read I can't with to find one with a stainless slide

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  7. Paperpuncher

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    I bet we(wife and I) have 300 rounds through the P238 now, and this is what I found.

    Some of the issues are undeniably our fault though, and it in no way detracts from us liking the gun or recommending to anyone else to buy. The really only Sig related problem that I'm shaking my head over, is the gun shoots 6 inches low at 7 yards with all ammo, which can be obviously be corrected with different sights, I do believe Sig can do better coming out of the factory to get the gun dialed in a bit better.

    I believe the gun is very limp wrist sensitive, with my wife getting quite a few FTF's while unsupported but having the gun feed with no problem while she supports elbows on a range shelf. She'll work on her grip and form and we'll keep and eye on it. The gun shoots fine for me.

    I had some early problems with ammo and light strikes, I believe it was the reload ammo I was using from a very good local source and ammo I have shot 1000's of rounds of with no previous problems of other calibers. We'll see, my source gave me a new batch of .380 to shoot through it yesterday so it could of just been batch specific.

    We shot 150 rounds of PMC with no problems.

    Then I had put on a stainless trigger, and had trigger resetting problems, it's an easily understandable gun to work on, and a little trigger bar very light sanding seems to of corrected the problem.

    I an glad I bought it, would do so again. I also believe it's a tight gun coming out of the factory and needs a bit of breaking in.
     
  8. sdcromer

    sdcromer New Member

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    Go to YouTube and watch the P238 review by Nutnfancy. Should make you feel warm and fuzzy about your purchase. ;)
     
  9. Recomm

    Recomm New Member

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    I appreciate the input from everyone. I think I will shoot the hell out of it like suggested and if it doesn't pan out to be the reliable gun I think it should be, I'll trade it in for a different gun. Sig has a pretty good history so i'm hoping for the best.
     
  10. armed1212

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    Just to update u just got am email from sig that p238 is coming home. I must say that was fast! I sent it out a week and a half ago and already done . Great customer serivce I must say. But let's see how it works when I take it back to range. I will advise if I have the same issue.
     
  11. Recomm

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    I've put about 250 rounds through it since I bought it and it appears to be functioning perfectly. i'm starting to really enjoy my new purchase and the review from nuttnfancy on youtube definitely helped as well. Looking forward to anymore input, especially any negative input that I may be able to investigate as I blindly bought this gun for the fact that it had similar mechanics to the 1911 lol
     
  12. Olympus

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    Wouldn't trade mine for anything else in its class. Mine is totally reliable and much easier to shoot than other .380s I have shot.
     
  13. otisthecat

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    I typically prefer "all black" in my handgun purchases, but the LGS had an Eqiunox .380 arrive while I was at the counter and it wasn't even a question, I had to have it. I've shot a 238 before and was impressed, so it wasn't just the looks, but I would be lying if I said esthetics weren't a large factor in my purchase. I would post a pic (not that it's anything anyone here hasn't seen before, but it's still fun to show off a bit sometimes), but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get a pic from my iPad into the post.
     
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  14. gollygee

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    My wife has one & the safety does seem a bit stiff, but it's barely broken in & I think it'll probably loosen up. But, like you, I hesitate to pocket carry a cocked & locked pistol so I think I'd carry it with hammer down & safety off since the spur hammer makes it easy to cock.
     
  15. dickpalmer

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    I always carry my P238 with me. Fits in my back pocket and looks like a wallet. My wife's is in her carry purse. About 1000 rounds through each with no problems until lately not going completely into battery without a slap on the back of the slide. Usually 1 every mag. Sig recommended new recoil springs since we have so many rounds down range and the serial #'s being below 5000, so they sent me two new flat springs for free. Happy Happy. No problems. I have several Sigs and they are high quality weapons. I buy the ones that aren't issued to me. To hell and back reliability. They do like to be run wet. Chuck the Keltec. Don't rely on it with your life.
     
  16. dickpalmer

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    Ditto on Gollygee also. I leave the hammer down. One click back for safety. I run drills on cocking the hammer while engaging.
     
  17. DoyleTheDog

    DoyleTheDog New Member

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    My buddy got one about a month ago. Over 250 rounds through it without a single malfunction.
     
  18. emsa5804

    emsa5804 New Member

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    I can't watch his videos. He talks like a teenaged moron. He has a teenaged son. Grow up already.