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Old 08-08-2018, 01:13 AM   #1
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P239 .40 for $530 USD... Am I Getting a Good Deal?

Okay. I'm going to preface this with my story.

Veteran of OIF for three tours, tank crewman, short and thin and spent many of my junior years being very quiet and unassuming. "Stereotypical white guy" is one phrase one of my battle buddies used to describe me.

After 8 years out of active duty, I finally decided it was time for me to get my LTC and my first personal firearm.

I did some digging around for likely pocket guns and settled on visiting a few local shops here in NW Indiana.

Second place I went to runs a range and allow test fires of up to 5 rounds for free. Just pay a buck for targets and some money for liability and the earpro. Pretty great deal.

Tested the P238, P938, and .38 snub. Out of them all the P238 caught me for its size and easy concealment. The .38's recoil was way too snappy on my wrist. I definitely felt that one. They also just happened to have a Combat version for sale for $500 U.S.

I put that on layaway and went home with my test firing targets.

Family interjected with a point that .380 ammunition being as expensive as it is, I'd be better off going for something with a 9mm or .40 S&W.

I went back to the shop and test fired a couple 9mm weapons, specifically the P229 Legion and the M&P Shield in 9mm.

While agonizing over my decisions (I work security and money is tight on bills), my eye caught a P239 .40 lying in the used gun section that had rubber Hogue grips.

No box, two magazines (7 round), and it looked worn. Might be a former LEO backup, I don't know. I checked the serial on a background website and got zero hits, so I figure it is clean. However, I cannot test fire it while it is on layaway.

So my question to you all is if a P239 in .40 for roughly $530 is a fair deal. It feels good in my hands. I included a picture of it using my non-dominant hand to give folks an idea of my grip. I've read that the .40 is snappier than a 9mm, but seeing as how I used to lug around an M9 on my thigh in Iraq, I figure I can deal and adapt.

Thank you in advance for reading.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:18 AM   #2
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If it were a 9mm, then I'd say fair deal. Not good.
In .40, no.

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Actually, looking at it again, I'd say, $500 top, OTD.
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If it were a 9mm, then I'd say fair deal. Not good.
In .40, no.

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Actually, looking at it again, I'd say, $500 top, OTD.
Much obliged, sir. Should I haggle for a slight discount? I plan on frequenting this establishment regularly if possible, so they will get their money from my range time and ammunition.

Or would I be out of bounds since I'm a new face?
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Never wrong to make an offer. They need to sell the merchandise. You don't need to buy it. How I look at it.

Btw, you're aware that SIG has discontinued the P239, right?
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Never wrong to make an offer. They need to sell the merchandise. You don't need to buy it. How I look at it.

Btw, you're aware that SIG has discontinued the P239, right?
Yes sir. Just like I learned they discontinued the 229 SAS. After I put it on layaway, that is.

I often feel a day late and a dollar short.
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A 239-40 is a great gun. I have owned one for years. Personally I prefer 40 and 45 to 9mm.

The only thing that counts is the rails. if it was properly lubed and no silver showing than it will serve you well.
Even a little silver will still last a long time.

I can tell you a P-239-40 will do 357sig and 9mm perfectly with just standard barrels.
I read that single stack mags won't do 9mm, but 5 of them did 9mm for years for me.
So flawlessly I would carry it in 9mm only why when I have a 357sig barrel.

The 40 is a great round that simply isn't as popular as 9mm.
During the Obama ammo shortage 40 was available when 9mm was not.

Here is some info, and enjoy your 239, as it is a good price, and will serve you very well.

https://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-pistol...ion-guide.html



https://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-gunsmi...on-tables.html
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Thank you dwg.

Mr. Flork's guide was one of my first findings when I looked into purchasing the P239.

I want my first weapon to be sort of a go-to for EDC until I can afford something with a slightly higher capacity. But I don't want to shirk a sale on the sellers and appear ungrateful.

So you feel the price is OK?

I think I will have to go back and settle for field stripping this weapon and inspecting it myself before I bring out the greenbacks on my next paycheck.
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WHISPER Two, welcome to Sig Talk from the southwestern corner of Indiana!

First , I have the P239 in .40, and love it, but I think $500, maybe too much! No box and only 2 magazines limits you. Magazines are currently hard to find, and if you do, are expensive to boot.

If this is an older "well used" pistol, a "back up" as you suspect, it may have been personally owned, and not a department issue. There is no telling how well it was cared for. Being "discontinued" simple little things like Sig's Parts Kits, are no where to be found, so sending it off to Sig for their "Full Service Package", or the "SIG Service Plan" should you want new night sights installed, would be a wise choice. They would inspect, and insure it is ready for duty, and replace all the springs. https://www.sigsauer.com/custom-shop/

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Welcome from Texas.
I have two P239s a Nitron with a DAK trigger in 40/357 and a Scorpion in 9MM.
Hope that You also know that Mags will be hard to find and $$$ when You do.
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Welcome from AL! I don’t blame you for listing over the P229 SAS and then the P239. I started off this year with a P239 in .40 and it is a great gun. It is definitely easier to conceal than the P229.

Don’t be shy about a P229 SAS though. The P229 itself will be around for a long time, so mags and parts will be easy to find. The P239 has been hard to find parts for. You basically have to monitor eBay and forums like crazy.

Good luck!
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Are you stuck for any money yet? Any non-refundable deposits? If not, I would wait and research more to find out what you want and why you want it. A gun used for concealed personal protection has different criteria than a gun that will be used more recreationally.

$530 for a used P239 .40 w/ 2 mags is not a bad price provided this is what you want. Bud's still has new ones for $804. The pictures of your layaway don't show me any wear or abuse but the determining factor on this one would be the rail tracks that would indicate whether the gun was shot without adequate lubrication.

The P239 is a great choice for a smaller frame semi used for personal self protection. I have my own personal reasons for preferring a DA/SA hammer-fired semi over a striker-fired semi. Me personally, for concealed personal protection, I prefer a small .38/.357 revolver over anything.

So are you locked into a deal? If not, breathe a bit and read. Don't buy anything you are not certain about. There are plenty of people here who can help decide.
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As much as I love my 239 for $530 I would look for a P229 police trade in or a 229 CPO. If you like the 229 SAS then look for a German frame, legacy slide 229.

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As much as I love my 239s it wouldn't currently be my choice for a first pistol. For >$100 less you can get a used p229 in .40. Mags are a dime a dozen, parts a readily available and I personally like the way it carries. If you're set on a p239 it looks like Sportsman Outdoor Superstore has a recent haul. Their everyday prices are fair but they're always running specials on trade ins. It won't be too long before they run another.
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