Sig P239...what caliber?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Virginia58, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Virginia58

    Virginia58 Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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!
     

  3. Phelenwolf

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    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.
     
  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    9MM

    cheap practice amo, and plenty of power.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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

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    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 :)
     
  9. Virginia58

    Virginia58 Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  10. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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

    Don Davis New Member

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    My P239 in 9mm

    [​IMG]

    I carried it for years with a 2nd mag in my pocket.

    Unbelievably accurate

    Great gun IMHO

    :cool:
     
  12. Phelenwolf

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    You will love it. I one the way mine handles and carries.

    As for a IWB I would look at a Milt Sparks VM-II. It is one of the best IWB holster there is. I have several VM-II's for the different weapons that I carry.

    You can find them at
    www.topgunsupply.com
    or on eBay. I even found them on www.gunbroker.com.

    Good luck and hope to see your range reports soon.