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p238 vs 938 for ccw

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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p238 vs 938 for ccw

Trying to decide betw a 238 and a 938. Im a lefty so the 238 would need to be a model with the ambi safety.

I intend to carry in my front left pocket in a pocket holster. I pocket carry now and Im used to it. I just want to step up to a Sig

Between those two, which would you go with and why?
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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Given they are nearly identical in size we just chose the 938 for my wife due to it having a harder hitting round. In my opinion, get a 9mm if it meets your carry style.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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I would definitely go with the P938. The 9mm round has a lot more stopping power than the 380. I recently purchased a P938 and it is my current carry gun. Very accurate and easy to carry.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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The 238 is very reliable and a lot of fun to shoot at the range. I also own the 938 and I have encountered frequent failure to feed issues with this gun whenever I fire hollow-point rounds. I suspect that there may be a problem with the magazines, which are very hard to top off without a loader due to the stiffness of the spring. (The rounds nose dive in the mags.) I view the 238 as "ready for prime time" and the 938 still a work in progress that may have been released to the market before all of the bugs were worked out.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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All the 938s are not unreliable. mine eats everything I have tried in over 800 rounds
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #6
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It's only about the caliber, especially given the hot rounds you can buy for the 9mm.
I never had an interest in the 238 for only that reason.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:32 AM   #7
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I have a 938 that has run perfect from day one I am very happy with it. Two weeks ago the wife got the 238 that she is very happy with. The way I see it a 380 with a good hollow point is better than throwing a stone. Size wise not enough difference to be a big deal for concealing.




I hope the pictures help. I will say the 938 has more recoil takes a bit longer to get back on target. Its not hard to manage its just that the 238 is such a sweet shooter with very little recoil. I don't know if this helps but you really can't go wrong with either gun
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I currently carry a P238. It is the most prized weapon I own. And I own many. I use high quality Hornady Critical Defense ammo in it. It carries PERFECTLY in a small-of-back holster and I depend on it for MY defense and that of my family. I am also picking up a P938 simply for the additional firepower of the 9mm round. Once I am certain of it's reliability, it will move into the place of the .380 and my P238 will be my back up. I say save up the money and get them both. If not an option, I would go with the 9mm for the fire power. Although a .380 hollow point self defense round isn't gonna be taken lightly no matter where it hits.
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I currently carry a P238. It is the most prized weapon I own. And I own many. I use high quality Hornady Critical Defense ammo in it. It carries PERFECTLY in a small-of-back holster and I depend on it for MY defense and that of my family. I am also picking up a P938 simply for the additional firepower of the 9mm round. Once I am certain of it's reliability, it will move into the place of the .380 and my P238 will be my back up. I say save up the money and get them both. If not an option, I would go with the 9mm for the fire power. Although a .380 hollow point self defense round isn't gonna be taken lightly no matter where it hits.
I agree I own the 238 along with 229 .40 and 1911 ultra looking to add the 938 once it looks like its good to go
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I agree I own the 238 along with 229 .40 and 1911 ultra looking to add the 938 once it looks like its good to go
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you may be safe on the 938's now
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938 wouldn't feed Hollow Points

FMJ fed like butter, but any brand of JHP wouldn't feed.

I field stripped the gun and manually polished the feed ramp. I was tempted to use the Dremel but decided against it.

I had 320 grit and 600 grit full sheet sized sandpaper. I cut a strip about 1/2" wide all the way across the sheet and wrapped it around the end of a pencil that was approximately the same diameter as a 9mm bullet.

I left the tag ends of the strip very long and that gave me something to hold onto. By pinching the tag ends, I could keep the sandpaper strip tightly wrapped around the pencil.

Then it was lots of GENTLE strokes on the feed ramp as I watched some TV. Move the sandpaper strip as required if the paper gets clogged. After 15 mins or so I switched to the 600 grit paper, cut another strip, and polished it again for about 15 minutes. Apply no pressure and let the sandpaper do the work!

I then finished up with a little metal polish. I ran out of Flitz last week and used some Noxon that I had bought at Lowes. Polished it with a micro cloth, then buffed it with a dry micro cloth and it really shines!

Loaded a magazine with JHP and racked the slide. First shell slid in effortlessly. Racked the slide 6X and emptied the mag, then repeated the drill twice more and all shells fed smoothly. The 938 now feeds JHP as smoothly as the 238.

Take your time, don't apply a lot of pressure while using the sandpaper and even the newest novice can do this without risk of damaging their gun.
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See my P938 extreme peeking at you? It has been there for 3 ish weeks. It is kinda shy so it stays hidden in a Desantis Intruder Holster for my 1911 officer,which works perfect for it. But don't make it mad because it will come out and bark/bite to defend its master. Its got a belly full of 115 grain Hornady Critical Defense and is not afraid to spit them out if needed. It fits nice and tight since my body fat is providing extra retention. LOL
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Ho, decisions decisions... My buddy at church today who owns a 238 pointed out something that I'd not thought about...

With the release of the 938, in a few months a patient man might have quite a number of 238's on the market at either a marked down price for new, or a lesser price used... Good old fashioned economics...

Gives me pause - because I was kind of leaning toward the 9... Hmm - they both ARE Sig's after all, it's not like I'd be disappointed...

Maybe be patient and after Christmas pick up a second-hand 380 and then wait a year or two for the 9 to be completely vetted and add that to the gun safe as well.

Sounds like a plan. Ive benefitted more than once by waiting a while and learning some lessons that the 'first kid on the block' had to pay for.
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Ho, decisions decisions... My buddy at church today who owns a 238 pointed out something that I'd not thought about...

With the release of the 938, in a few months a patient man might have quite a number of 238's on the market at either a marked down price for new, or a lesser price used... Good old fashioned economics...

Gives me pause - because I was kind of leaning toward the 9... Hmm - they both ARE Sig's after all, it's not like I'd be disappointed...

Maybe be patient and after Christmas pick up a second-hand 380 and then wait a year or two for the 9 to be completely vetted and add that to the gun safe as well.

Sounds like a plan. Ive benefitted more than once by waiting a while and learning some lessons that the 'first kid on the block' had to pay for.
I have been telling myself I don't need any more micro stuff but the little brother sig is really screaming at me to come and take it home.
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My 938 feeds Gold dots perfectly no problems with any ammo I have tried so far.I believe I have a later model sn is in the 89xx range I know a lot of the really early models have had problems tho.
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