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Glock30 Guy
06-14-2010, 05:56
Just wondering how they perform. I handled one a while ago and really liked it but the price was too high. Ended up with a Ruger LCP which I sold after a month. Has Sig addressed the recalls? Any issues with FTE? Reliability? Any jamming issues with certain types of ammo?
Any issues with getting good carry 380 ammo?

I am looking at the Equinox version which a local place has for $700.

bac1023
06-21-2010, 20:22
I never liked that pistol. :dunno:

Cobra64
06-21-2010, 20:49
Don't buy it. You'll be sorry if you do.

Glock 17L
06-21-2010, 21:32
I've read some bad news myself about the new P238..
They look very good & wonder why they are having problems, The little Colt .380s always ran great & these are a copy, they even use the same magazine..

I have read were some guys have them & there 100%..
I think the main problem is with the recoil spring compressing during the first couple hundred rounds.. SIG Recoil springs aren't the double type anymore?? WHY??

Cobra64
06-22-2010, 01:00
I've read some bad news myself about the new P238..
They look very good & wonder why they are having problems, The little Colt .380s always ran great & these are a copy, they even use the same magazine..

I have read were some guys have them & there 100%..
I think the main problem is with the recoil spring compressing during the first couple hundred rounds.. SIG Recoil springs aren't the double type anymore?? WHY??

Yeah, it ain't pretty...

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/238_spring2.jpg


http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/238_spring.jpg


http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/3400001512

I can't find the shots of a new P238 barrel beat to hell.

rfd339
06-22-2010, 02:41
Yeah, it ain't pretty...

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/238_spring2.jpg


http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/238_spring.jpg


http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/3400001512

I can't find the shots of a new P238 barrel beat to hell.

WTF....the spring in my ink pen would be stronger. Looks like Sig need to rethink something on the guide rod springs or the slide weight or quite buying lowest bid on springs to save a dime.

Brian Dover
06-24-2010, 16:07
Yikes! Just bought one today--a local store had gotten in a large quantity of them at a very good price. Hope I don't have to put my gunsmithing "skills" to use right off the bat.

Will report back after some range time...

BamaAla
06-25-2010, 12:38
Wow, I'm glad I read this thread; I was literally about to go get a 238. I assumed they would perform like the Mustang...you know what they say about assumptions. Suppose I'll refocus my mini hunt and check out the DB380's.

Brian Dover
06-26-2010, 14:37
Took my new 238 out for a spin this afternoon. Noticed it was bone dry (no lube) from the box. Oiled it up and shot several mags full without any glitches. Most of the ammo was fmj ball, the rest jhp.

Hoping the trigger breaks in a bit with some more shooting, that's the closest thing to a gripe I have so far.

Cobra64
06-26-2010, 20:46
Another P238 thread: http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/9170066512

disco_Stu
06-29-2010, 22:11
For what it's worth, I had nothing but problems with mine from the very beginning. You name it, I had it; failure to feed, failure to eject, stovepipes, failure to go into battery, etc, etc. I ended up sending it back to Sig. While I was on the phone with customer service, I specifically asked them about the magazine problems that I had read about. I was told that there were no issues with the magazines. While it was at Sig, they adjusted the extractor. This fixed some, but not all issues. I still had the same issues, just less often. I was ready to write this gun off, but I ended up ordering some Sig magazines. Lo and behold, when I get the magazines, the follower has changed completely from the magazine that I have. I now have absolutely zero issues with this gun. I can't say the same for Sig Customer Service, but I am happy with the gun now.

Brian Dover
07-04-2010, 09:16
Another range session with my 238 on Friday. Totally flawless again. Sold off some Colt Mustang mags at a show (they worked in the Sig first time out but seemed to have weakish springs) and got a couple new Sig branded ones.
Probably will put another 30-50 down the tube tomorrow. If that works out this thing will become a summertime BUG.

M1A Shooter
07-04-2010, 10:14
i have one that i shot 100 rounds out of right out of the box with no extra lube. had 2 failure to go into battery with my wife. it was the first round of the first 2 mags through. she was riding the slide forward and after that was corrected, it ran great. cleaned and lubed it when i got home and it looked good.

CigarGuy
07-05-2010, 13:52
I shot another 50 through mine today, without a hitch.
My only problem is accuracy. The P229 was right(pretty much) where I aimed. The 238, not so much........:dunno:

M1A Shooter
07-05-2010, 16:16
my 238 is dead on for me and low right for my wife :) ive gotten it on target out to 25 yards for my HCP class.

Popsmoke
07-10-2010, 08:52
I have a 238 and I really like it. I carry it in the summer under a t shirt and its invisible.
I shoot it about 100 rounds every 3 months, and never had a problem, never. Its about 5 years old.

I usually carry a P229 or a G19 - I shoot the Sigs very well, but the G19 has a conceals easier.

Brian Dover
07-10-2010, 12:25
I have a 238 and I really like it. I carry it in the summer under a t shirt and its invisible.
I shoot it about 100 rounds every 3 months, and never had a problem, never. Its about 5 years old.

I usually carry a P229 or a G19 - I shoot the Sigs very well, but the G19 has a conceals easier.

The Sig P238 has only been out for a year, maybe less. Were you referring to a model 232, that's a different .380 and has been available for quite a long time? Or did you mean a Sig model 239?

Popsmoke
07-11-2010, 13:33
my bad. I was referring to a 239 in 9mm. nevermind.