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Old 03-14-2014, 11:13 AM   #16
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My daughter shot both the G42 and P238 at the range and feels the Glock fits her hand better. She had much better grouping with the Glock. Likely the differences in trigger. I'm no Glock fan but it did feel pretty good to me and shot nice too. If you can, shoot them side by side and see. What ever fits/works best is the one for you.

As a P938 owner I am a bit skittish of buying a newly designed gun hot off the press though. My $.02

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For future reference...never ever ever buy a Glock unless you are trying to figure out how to induce regret over a purchase.

Best post ever by the way Sigdak! If there was a contest I would vote for your last post
I have a glock 19 and never had a single problem with it. Actually the only reason i got a p938 is because of the size (not that i dont love my sig). I dont think there is a manufacturer that doesnt have problems with guns. Hell a lot of people had to send their p938s back to sig
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I ordered a Glock 42. I have held them but not shot one. I have several Glocks and have never ever had any problem with any of them. I just bought a Sig P938. I love it. Both Glocks and Sigs are very good guns. Recoil shouldn't be an issue with Glocks. Carried them many years on duty. My Glock .45 caliber hardly has any kick.
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I received my G42 this past weekend, shoots well, recoil is good, i'm pleasantly surprised. This, the LCP and Kahr P380 are the only 380's I've fired. Comparing the Glock to my P938, the Glock fits MY hand much better. 100 trouble free rounds to this point, I give it a thumbs up.

I continue to hear numerous problems with Glocks and SIG's. The only trouble I"'ve had in any of mine was a brass to face issue with a G19 Gen 4. Glock sent me replacement parts and the problem became history.

I'd recommend trying them each for fit to your hand and go with the one that feels best/right. Either is a fine choice.
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After shooting a Glock G19 for the 1st time I quickly traded my HKp30 for one!! Wasted a ton of money on the HK to have a 500 dollar gun outshoot it!! Its the best pistol I have ever owned! Fits in the hand like a 2X4 but plain shoots! It fits in my hand the worst and shoots the best. The whole idea about finding a gun that fits your hand is not valid in my eyes.
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I've got a 938 and quite like it although the trigger is heavy. I've handled the 380 glock and its pretty big and clunky for a .380. Between it and the 238, I'd take the 238 every time.

My baby .380 is a kahr cw 380. Its tiny, has a great trigger, and shoots very nicely. It's also very accurate. It had teething problems but it has been running great since I put a new extractor in it and tuned the extractor tension. They are worth considering.
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I'm an older woman and recoil sensitive. No arthritic problems in hands or wrists, though. I have a P238 and love it. Bought it after firing a good many guns because it had the most acceptable recoil for me. I also shot a friend's brand new G42 recently.

IMO the recoil is comparable from both. The slide on the G42 was easier for me, but I believe my P238 has a stiffer slide than many of that model. The G42 was extremely accurate for me, but I can't compare that to my Sig because it was my first pistol and I learned with it.

If you can try both, do that. Also consider the difference between the P238, which has a safety and is carried cocked and locked, and the Glock, which... isn't.
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I prefer the sig p238. Mine is the HD and it has been very reliable and a very easy carry piece.
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I shot both back to back to back switching between the two with each magazine, in my opinion the glock has less felt recoil (much softer feeling). It is larger than the 238 and I will not be trading in my 238 any time soon. I prefer the smaller size of the 238 and the materials used in the construction of it. I could not pull off pocket concealment of the glock.
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I had a 42 for a minute. Nice gun with very little recoil. Sold it to get a 938- great gun.
Not for the reason you think. In the end, I wanted a 938 in the first place, and already have a LCP.
I'm a long time Glock owner-a 17 with thousands of competitive rounds fired. NEVER any problems. They are absolutely reliable and accurate. I got the 938 because it's a 9, small to carry,and cheap to shoot a lot.
That said, get the one you want-either should give a lifetime of dependable service and fun.
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I've held both, but never shot either one. Im looking to purchase a 380 carry pistol. What do you think? Also, does anyone know which one has a softer recoil? I have injuries in both my wrists so the softer, the better.

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I am going to be honest with you!

My wife owns a P238 which of course, I shoot as well. And I have a Glock 19 at home for HD, which is shared, but bought for my wife as well.

If I have to pick between the P238 and the Glock 42, I would pick the SIG, and will tell you why:


-P238 has been around for a while, so newest models are very reliable.
-P238 "eats pretty much" everything. At least, my wife's pistol.
-P238 rack is extremely easy to operate. And the more you use it, the better it gets
-P238 is smaller, easier to conceal. However, you can get an extended magazine that improves the grip without sacrificing on concealment.
-P238 is more pretty , but that's subjective.

So in my opinion, the P238 wins. However...

-Glock's trigger is nice for newbies (like me)
-It weights less
-Less expensive

The issue that I see with the Glock is that, for being a modern .380, is too big! It would be different if chambered in 9mm, but c'mon ... it's just another .380, which is not bad, but modern .380s are smaller.

Also, while I have not shot a G42, the recoil maybe more than the P238. This is also subjective, but the reason for that is that the P238 is heavier and it's not polymer, so it may absorb part of that recoil energy on the frame before transfer that to your hand.

I've read on the Glock forum, which I am a member as well, that some users have experience FTE with the G42. It seems that the Glock is kind of picky with some type of ammo and/or needs some break-in, which is not so common on Glocks. I've put several hundreds rounds on my G19 and I've had zero failures so far. As a matter of fact, I did not lube it when I bought it and it shot fine.

And while Glock's trigger may be good for accuracy, I actually feel more comfortable doing pocket carry of a SA pistol than a "safe action" trigger or whatever they call it. Yes, the safety is on your brain, blah, blah, but still ...I feel better grabbing a P238 from my pocket holster than grabbing a G42 and accidentally shooting my wee wee ;-) It is different if carrying IWB or OWB, but not for pocket carrying, at least not me.

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Get both, realibility is good, BUT STYLE and quality is the Sig difference! Recoil is low on both, hince strong spring on Glock 42 dont use weak loads, Glock is slicker for carry, .380 is already very low in recoil realm. No problems, look at carry and quality if only buying one. Your on the right track ita just money now, alsoDO NOT get rapped on cost of Glock 42 especially now, they will eventually come down on prices as they are shipping as fast as they can.
If you are buying soon and want gun now buy Sig first for all the right reasons and get glock later as it will probably be $380 range!
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Get both, realibility is good, BUT STYLE and quality is the Sig difference! Recoil is low on both, hince strong spring on Glock 42 dont use weak loads, Glock is slicker for carry, .380 is already very low in recoil realm. No problems, look at carry and quality if only buying one. Your on the right track ita just money now, alsoDO NOT get rapped on cost of Glock 42 especially now, they will eventually come down on prices as they are shipping as fast as they can.
If you are buying soon and want gun now buy Sig first for all the right reasons and get glock later as it will probably be $380 range!
Also you will probably see that little glock get coverted to single stack 9mm very soon too, everything is in order to do so.
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no recoil with P238, just don't get a lemon and your good to go.
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Get both, realibility is good, BUT STYLE and quality is the Sig difference! Recoil is low on both, hince strong spring on Glock 42 dont use weak loads, Glock is slicker for carry, .380 is already very low in recoil realm. No problems, look at carry and quality if only buying one. Your on the right track ita just money now, alsoDO NOT get rapped on cost of Glock 42 especially now, they will eventually come down on prices as they are shipping as fast as they can.

If you are buying soon and want gun now buy Sig first for all the right reasons and get glock later as it will probably be $380 range!

Paying more than 1k on two pistols that pretty much are the same :-) Sorry, it makes no sense to me.

If the OP is still undecided and want the Glock, should wait. Glock will probably recall or fix that weak spring. Plus, the G42 can't be found anywhere, so waiting may be a better idea.

I still don't justify buying a modern .380 so big, like the Glock. But that's just me.
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