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Old 11-21-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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239 for carry

How many on here have or have carried a 239. I found one in nice condition for 500.00. Opinions and holster options appreciated. i want a single stack 9mm to carry IWB . This would be my first Sig. I have a full size 1911 that I shoot very well and I was thinking a compact 1911 also.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:20 AM   #2
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I carry mine regularly. I use a Fobus paddle holster for convenience or a slim leather outside cant for dressed up occasions.

The 239 has been around awhile and holsters abound so it all depends on what you want out of one.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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I carry mine in a High Noon Holster. Great gun.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:19 AM   #4
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One of the best carry guns you can have. I have carred one in a Crossbreed supertuck for about 8 years.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:19 AM   #5
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I carry mine in a Galco Tuck 'n Go and carries WAAAAAAAY nicer than my SR9c did...and I liked the SR9c.

People pick up the 239 and think its a pig, but it is like magic when IWB carrying.

VERY pleased at its accuracy and how it carrys. VERY!
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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Wonderfully accurate and so comfortable in my Crossbreed Supertuck. $500 is a great price too.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:23 AM   #7
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In 9mm, the P239 is as perfect for concealed carry as it gets. That's my take on it anyway, and I've been experimenting with various models and carry methods for better than 40 yrs now.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #8
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I carry my P239 in a TTGunLeather holster designed for IWB or OWB (with the belt loops removed).

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:26 PM   #9
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I sometimes carry one in 40cal using a Milt Sparks VMII. I installed wooden grips and clip extenders to increase the grip area. While I find the P239 to be a fine handgun, i find my Sig 1911 Fastback to be a more comfortable carry.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:05 PM   #10
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I carry my P239 every day, on my hip right now. I have added a STR (short trigger reset) and a crimson trace laser. Great gun for carry. My wife sometimes carries the P239. I use a high noon holster and she uses her new gun purse, an early Christmas present.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #11
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That's a good price for a P239, but there are better alternatives and options. While the P239 is a good pistol, it's been outdated by newer and more enhanced pistols for concearl carry. IMO.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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The 239 (9mm) is one of my favorite Sigs. I use a strong side holster from Secret Squirrel Leather. Secret Squirrel Leather is a side-line by a local Pinellas County Deputy
Sheriff. Check out his website, if you like exotic holsters : shark, stingray, ostrich, gator.

Anybody know where I can get the 10 round mags for the 239? I have tried Sig, Mec-gar, Midway, and Top Gun.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:58 PM   #13
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I would go $100 more and look for a used 239 in .40S&W, just because the round is roughly 30% more powerful than the 9mm (but with concurrently more recoil, so take that into consideration as well). Also, it would be convertable to .357 SIG with just changing a barrel. I've been carrying one since I picked it up a week ago. Fobus holsters are good, but I think for a paddle holster I prefer the Galco M5X Matrix that I just picked up today.

The Holster Works makes great kydex IWB holsters for all models, I'm waiting for mine to arrive in the mail so I wil have one more option for carrying.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #14
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I've been carrying the new P239 for a week now and have nothing but good things to say. Went out to the country and fired some .40cal and 357 SIG, which is a powerful round coming out of the small frame. It took some getting used to, but I was soon double-tapping with confidence.

I now use and would recommend the Galco M5X Matrix paddle holster. I'm wearing it right now in fact, and have been for about the last 10 hours. The holster is VERY comfortable riding at about the 3:30 position even when seated. It has about the same feel as a Fobus paddle but even better, as the Galco has an inverted shallow curve [like a parentheses shape ( ] along the bottom edge of the paddle, so it does not dig in to the hip/ top of the butt the way Fobus can. That's important if you're built like me.

The Matrix does not look as 'mechanical' as most Kydex/polymer holsters, and had the added benefit that it will not trap moisture, nor will it have tiny bits of leather 'dust' flaking off on your gun as some leather holsters will.

Here's my 357 SIG P239 in the Matrix holster-

As you can see, it has a great presentation and you can get a very firm grip on the draw. It also says that it accomodates Crimson Trace laser grips, but I haven't tried that out.

As for retention, I was iffy about that at first, but a few adjustments of the set screws later and I can hold the fully loaded pistol in the holster upside down and give it a gentle-to-moderate shaking without it falling out. For normal wear I don't see a problem, as the weight of the pistol itself will help keep it in.

The pistol rides quite high which can be awkward if you're trying to draw while seated (in a car etc), and it needs a good straight-out draw motion until the muzzle clears the holster; but it's a lot better than the Fobus or the official SIG holster in this respect due to the cutout shape where the ejection port sits. This also makes it very easy to re-holster.

This iTAC model holster was about $35 on eBay; it has better retention but trades ease and speed of draw. It would probably be better as a crossdraw.

A crossdraw would be better if you spend a lot of time driving where you anticipate drawing your pistol, but overall I recommend the Galco Matrix holster. I was a skeptic at first because they look so ugly (melted-looking) on their website, but they happened to have one in stock at the gun store and they let me try it on. It looks a lot better in real life, I don't know why the supposedly professional photographers can't make it look that way in the catalogue. It can be ordered direct from Galco for about $35 but it can be had for quite a bit less on Ebay and Amazon. For $26.99 + tax at my local dealer it was a great deal.

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #15
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Great carry gun

The p239 was my first Sig, I carried it daily for 7 years and put thousands of rounds through it at the range. It is a very accurate gun and I never had a FTE. I carried mine in a CTAC holster very comfy, you have made a great choice and yes it is somewhat dated but it is rock solid and will fire every time you pull the trigger which if this is your primary CC weapon you need the confidence that if you pull it on a bad guy it's your story against the dead man's!
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