New Sig Sauer P238 .380ACP 1911 > SEX
Ohhhh boy. I first laid eyes on one of these at the gun show two weeks ago. They feel so good in the hand. A .380 1911, based on the tooling for the old Colt Mustang, but with Sig's locking barrel. It's got Sig's signature lines to it and it's a beaut. I can't wait to get some range time with it, but I heard from the K9 guy I bought it from that it is downright pleasant to shoot. I generally carry my J-Frame .38+P+ with me off duty at all times, and will continue to tote it in an ankle rig at work, but I've been looking for something a little bit slimmer to maybe slide into a pocket holster in cargo shorts, etc. The J-Frame worked for it too, but the cylinder can be bulky sometimes. The two weigh about the same I think, although the Sig feels heftier I think because it's more compact.
.380ACP is kind of a mouse round, but that's okay with me. Can't have everything...and 7 rounds of .380 Hydra-Shok to the chest and head is enough to make anyone think twice. Plus I can carry a reload in the form of standard Colt Mustang mags as opposed to a speed strip or speed loader for the J-Frame. The finish is beautiful on it, and it has For-Real SigPro night sights on it too...no more stubby front sight and groove of the J-Frame, which instills a LOT more confidence for me since I never shot very hot with the .38. In addition, I carry a full-size 1911 at work and a Commander-sized '11 for plainclothes stuff, so the manual of arms comes natural to me. Next purchase is a good IWB holster for it, but as the safety is pretty tough to actuate, I would feel comfortable throwing it in a pocket for short durations. Also, there is a firing pin block on it, so for those that aren't comfortable with that idea with a cocked hammer, you can lower the hammer and the safety still functions on this particular gun. You could conceivably do that, then cock the hammer and disengage the safety on the draw, but that sounds like a terrible idea altogether, but it is a possibility. I've been a 1911 user for a good while now, so cocked and locked doesn't make me queasy. :D
Best part? The gun retails for around $600. They were at the gunshow used for $580 and up. K9 guy got it straight from Sig for around $400 with some instructor voodoo. Put about 50 rounds through it, but hasn't carried it since...he's kind of a pocketgun junkie, and has a dozen others who's polymer frames he prefers. He let it go to me for.....$350!!
Some pictures, range report when I get it out there!
Very simple takedown
Pre-requisite from now on...REAL sights.
Size comparison with the snubby.