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Any reason not to buy the P238 from Academy?

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Old 03-30-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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Any reason not to buy the P238 from Academy?

Been looking for a P238 for over a month now and Academy finally got one in stock.

Apparently it's the all black nitron model and they sell it for $480. I looked at it and it seemed nice but the model # even has Academy in it.

They told me it's an exclusive model that only they are allowed to sell so now I'm worried. Is this a low end version of the gun with cheaper parts in it?

I know it's been said to make sure the serial number is above a certain number to avoid some bad parts they used to put in them but does that same thing apply to Academy?

If I do pick up the pistol today on my way home from work, what parts should I immediately look at replacing? Also where is a good place to pick up some nice wood grips for it as the black on black is just not my style.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Nothing to fear. I bought mine at Academy. It came with a 6 and 7 round mag, holster, and gun, of course. There's no cheapening of parts for Academy, lol.
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I bought my Sig 2022 from Academy and it functions flawlessly. My Windham M4 came from there also and it too is top notch.
You can purchase without worry.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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My P226 was an Academy "exclusive" (turns out to be just the Cerakote frame finish that's exclusive). Was the best price I'd seen for a brand-new P226 at the time.

I would buy there again in a heartbeat. Fair prices and no surprises.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
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They have a no dry fire policy so you have to buy without pulling the trigger (at least the stores in my town do).

Also, once you leave the store you are on your own. You could find a major defect 10 minutes later at the kitchen table and you must deal directly with the manufacturer.

But, I bought two guns there and it all worked out fine.

The price was right too.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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My experience with Academy is basically the same as Leejack.To add.
I bought my first Sig 250c there and the only thing I later noticed was the front sight was half painted.-No biggie -got paint and was a 2 second fix.

There is an old tale of tales that began floating around many years ago,as I was told,that gun dealers disliked the chain stores coming on the scene and into cities and small towns for selling guns below their markup that they somehow indipendently began to tell customers that the chain store guns were seconds coming from the manufacturers.
This legend lives on today.
Consider that most gun consumers will buy the lesser priced brand or the higher end brand at a lesser price if possible.We do this all the time.We will rate our experiences of that purchase and the outcome is that most gun consumers have purchased guns from chain stores like Academy.
If the old tale was true then many manufacturers would be out of bussiness because that is where massive bulk gun purchases from chain stores go and the consumer will rate the purchase..
I was told this tale when I was in my preteens.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, around here most of the gun stores have ran off their customers with crazy prices and omniscient clerks. I went into one around here called "Trigger Time" looking for a "truck gun" S&W Sigma. The omniscient clerk decided that I really needed a $900 Mimber 1911. I kindly told him that was not what I was looking for and hit the door. Haven't been back since.

Unfortunately, many people today are either not trained properly, or are so hell-bent on instilling their own personal wants/needs, or selling what is most profitable to them that they refuse to provide what the customer wants/needs. This is why stores like Academy can't keep stock. You go in, ask to fondle the weapon of your choice, then walk out with it without dealing with these issues.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #8
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These are good points.

The LGStores have ridiculous prices in many cases and people who try to sell you something you don't want. In some cases bash the very brands they sell!

At the superstores, you often are taken care of by someone with very little experience, so you really need to know exactly what you want and have your research done in advance.

I'm all for supporting mom & pop, but the price has to be reasonable and the service should be excellent as well.
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Well thank you everyone. I am now the proud owner of a Sig P238

Was improperly marked $449 and rang up as $479 at the register but they had to mark it back down to $449 so it was just under $500 out the door.

Now I need to find a couple of decent holsters for it and some wood grips.
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Good luck with it. I just shot mine today and am happy with my purchase. I have shot Winchester white box and today some Sellier and Bellot. Both ran through perfectly. Soon I will shoot some HP's to see what shoots the best and what functions the best to decide what to carry.

Post some pics for us.
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Congrats on the new gun!
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #12
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I got my wood grips from Rhynotek. Be REAL careful not to turn the screws too tight. Remember, it's just wood and you might crack it. Use Loctite. Mine are #411390. Here's the link:

Wood and Aluminum Sig Sauer P238 Grips

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Nice grips!
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ended up picking up these from sarge

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Well.......lets see what they look like on.
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