Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Gun Pr0n #292

I mentioned a new T&E gun that would be revealed today. This one I'm rather excited about, as it's a stand-in for another gun I would love to have (but isn't MA-approved):

SIG SAUER P238 - Sig's version of the Colt Mustang, it's a 1911-based pocket pistol in .380 ACP. 2.75" barrel, 6+1 capacity, single action goodness with the tried and true JMB (PBUH)-design. It's missing the grip safety, and the thumb safety is not a straight block like on a 1911, but the design and function are very familiar to anyone conversant with the 1911-style of handgun. It weighs 15 ounces, about the same as a Smith & Wesson J-frame (but slightly more than the Bodyguard 380 and a little more than the Ruger LCP).

The P238 is based on the Colt Mustang, with similar styling, dimensions, and specifications. I handled a Mustang at SHOT Show in January, and was quite impressed with how well it shot even at distances beyond that which I would normally shoot a pocket pistol. When I can hit a silhouette steel target at 25 yards with a pistol that fits in my pocket, that's impressive.

Now, as long as I can find .380 ACP somewhere, I'll be happy to see how this runs out on the range.

That is all.


firedigger said...

Wife has a 238. I liked it so much I went out and got a 938. Love it. So does she. Might have to get another 938.

Angus McThag said...

It's going to ruin you for P3AT and LCP for the rest of your life.

Geodkyt said...

I don't get the love for a new .380 in this size class these days, unless you have a disability that makes the recoil of a 9x19mm too much.

Older guns, for the cool factor? Sure.

Dave H said...

I'm quite happy with my P238 with one exception: it shoots low if I use the sights on a target. I'm still trying to decide if it's me not being used to the short barrel, or if the sights need to be tweaked. But for the intended application and range, the sights don't matter as much.

You're right about finding ammo, Jay. And when you do find it it's the same price as .45 ACP. Seems like a good candidate for reloading.

Geodkyt: I bought the P238 for pocket carry. My LC9 felt just a bit more bulky than I liked, so it rides on my belt.

Warrior Knitter said...

I love my P238. I bought it for a summer carry pocket gun. I've shot some of those polymer .380s such as Ruger's LCP and they all had a lot more recoil. Enough more that I wouldn't want to practice with them like I do the P238.

This gun also seems to be a lot more accurate at a greater distance than some of those other lightweight .380s. I can consistently hit a 5" flag on a dueling tree at 7-8 yards with it.

As for ammo, I reload.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Looks like fun, Jay!

I just ordered a box of .380 from It hasn't been fired yet, but I've been happy with their stuff before.

lee n. field said...

"it's a 1911-based pocket pistol in .380 ACP. 2.75" barrel, 6+1 capacity, single action goodness with the tried and true JMB (PBUH)-design"

This makes me wonder if there's some Star in the design.

Snowdog said...

my wife loves her's, she's got small hands so it fits her better, and it has a lefty friendly safety. I find it's easier to conceal than my Glock (reason 2,748 why I need to loose weight, a fat man trying to find a comfortable place for a holster can be a challenge) so I picked up one myself.