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Old 07-31-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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290 or 938?

After purchasing my p250 2sum a few months ago I have decided to upgrade from my S&W Bodyguard 380. I really like the bodyguard, but with all the new 9mm coming out that aren't much bigger I think it's time to switch. My 250 SC will be my primary CC pistol during the winter/fall so what I decide on will replace the Bodyguard as my summer/pocket carry. With that being said I know the 938 is probably a better overall pistol vs the 290, but is it worth the extra money? Also my Buddy has a 238 he carries daily and even with a crossbreed iwb holster it is starting to rust after 3 or so years of moisture getting on it. So I didn't know if a 290 would be better because of the polymer frame


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Old 07-31-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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Keep it simple: Go with the P290 (RS version) for consistency of operation with your P250.
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If you can deal with the super long 250 trigger pull, then you'll love the DA on the 290, its smooth and not nearly as long as the 250. with the pinky extension the 290 feels worlds better in my hands than a 238/938. BUT, its hard to beat the old skool SA of the 1911, and what better way to carry than locked and cocked? tough decision bro.
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P290 until they solve some of the issues with the P938 or at least when more people are reporting postive feedback on them.
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what better way to carry than locked and cocked?
DAO. Hey, you asked!
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P290 until they solve some of the issues with the P938 or at least when more people are reporting postive feedback on them.
I've heard mixed reviews of both models, but it does seem like their are a lot fewer complaints over the newer 290rs
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I have both go with the P290 100% with every type of ammo I have fed it. The P938 is smaller but it is picky about what it eats. I can fire 50 rounds weak handed non support without any problem through my P290.
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honestly? if you can find one get a S&W Shield. i have YET to hear anything but "win" about that thing
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honestly? if you can find one get a S&W Shield. i have YET to hear anything but "win" about that thing
I'm going to look at those too once they become more available as well since I have the bodyguard and like it.
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So I was at my local academy wasting time earlier today and couldn't believe what I seen. They had a 938 nightmare for $530. I checked gubroker.com and you can't touch one for less than $650. They also had the 290 for $500, but it wasn't the new rs version. I didn't buy one, but am VERY tempted to go back tomorrow and pick up the 938................decisions decisions!
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I have a P290 that I really like. I never shot a P938 but I'd love one. I like the metal frame and lighter weight. But like I said, I really like my P290. I like the look of it and its been flawless.
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Well I went back to my local Academy and it wasn't good. They still had the 938, BUT the "kid" that was working last night told me the wrong price. I wasn't able to verify this last night because they had so many pistols in the display with the 938 that I could physically see it, but the kid told me twice it was $530 when it was really $700. Safe to say I was a little unhappy. I still managed to walk out of there with a new pistol though. I left with a 290 w/ laser
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Congrats on hour purchase. Hopefully Jou like yours as much as I like mine. I actually went to the range this morning and put a little over 100 rounds through mine. Very nice shooter for the size.

As far as the P938, I thought that price was real low. Hey, you still got a real nice gun. Good luck.
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Congrats on hour purchase. Hopefully Jou like yours as much as I like mine. I actually went to the range this morning and put a little over 100 rounds through mine. Very nice shooter for the size.

As far as the P938, I thought that price was real low. Hey, you still got a real nice gun. Good luck.
Thanks. The only bad thing is I'm out of town for work the next several weeks so I can't make to the range anytime soon.

One question though. Have you found a good technique for breaking down the 290? I'm having a booger of a time trying to get mine broke down to give it a good wipe down and lube.
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I use two method but the first is the easiest.

Lock the slide and hold the gun in your left hand. Push the front of the slide down onto the edge of a counter or table. You will hear a click. It doesn't move far. After you hear the click, use your right hand to push in the slide lock lever. Then you can pull it straight out.

Lock the slide back and hold the gun in your left hand. Stretch your left thumb up into the slide opening (extractor opening) and pull back. After you hear the click, push in the slide lock.

It gets easy after a few times. The first two times were the worst.

Do you have the first gen or the RS? If you have the first gen, could you please try something for me? With the gun unloaded, not cocked and with the magazine inserted, pull the trigger. On mine, I get a spot were it hangs before the end of the trigger pull. It only does this in that condition. It doesn't do it if the gun is cocked and ready to fire and it doesn't do it if the slide is locked back. I've been asking the question but unfortunately, no one will help. Thanks and I hope you get the gun broken down easier now.
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