UPDATE: After finally getting a chance to run several rounds through the Sig P238 (though hardly enough to call it a “REVIEW”), I can finally lay to rest some of my speculation. First off it’s super smooth. Second, for being a single action the trigger was much heavier than I anticipated. Third, this thing is TINY in the hand, like smaller than Ruger LCP tiny. Fourth, out of all the pocket guns I’ve fired this one is by far the most accurate. It was a piece of cake to keep a softball sized group at 30 feet which is something special from a gun with a barrel barely longer than 2″. Now with all of this taken into consideration, I might really have to consider the new Sig P938 9mm model for a summer CCW piece.
Pocket pistols have been ruling the world lately. At SHOT Show 2012 we saw the introduction of the new Kimber Micro CDP .380, several new Sig P238 renditions (LOVED the Desert, but will get to that later), and I even got to shoot the rereleased Cold Mustang Pocketlite .380 on Media Day at the Range. Easily the most accurate ultra compact pocket pistol I’ve ever fired as long as I did my part.
One of my predictions for SHOT Show 2012 was that Smith & Wesson would reintroduce their Bodyguard .380 pistol in a 9mm version. In fact I loved the first one so much I was really hoping to have one in a 9mm, whatever that would take or look like. I don’t determine the science, I just shoot the things.
Well while S&W didn’t come through with a 9mm version of their Bodyguard (they’ve been dealing with moving TC to Springfield, MASS and PR for their new Dimension, AND the .300 Whisper hype), Sig Sauer came through with a 9mm Luger version of there hyper popular P238 pocket 1911. These guns are really too small for a grip safety to be 100% 1911, but for people who prefer a single action with a safety as opposed to the Double Action Only Keltec P3AT, Ruger LCP, and S&W Bodyguard and others, the Sig P238 has been a big hit. You’ll see in all the detailed comparison pics that the P938 is different from its older but smaller brother in just a few ways. The slide and barrel are longer, there is full checkering (instead of just vertical serrations) on the front and backstraps and the the grip is about 1/4″ deeper than the P238. It’s too bad Sig didn’t have this little guy at range day or I’d surely have video of laying some steel to waste. Finally the P938 has an external extractor compared to the P238’s interior model. Other than that it’s the same gun. I’m a little surprised the folks at Sig didn’t extend the grip to be a little longer and make it feel a little more proportional. Being somewhat deeper than the original but not any longer in grip length it feels a little weird. But I’ll shut up and let the pictures do the talking.
One last thing. The P938 is shown on the right side of every picture and both the P238 and P938 are the Blackwood models. For comparison’s sake.