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Much to my delight, the P238 feels just as it looks, like a baby 1911 (in fact, this model looks remarkably similar to my Kimber SIS Pro full size 1911). But SIG's miniature emulation does it with particular style. The model featured in this review has a Nitron® finished steel slide with a black hard coat anodized aluminum frame, capped with diamond checkered rosewood grips. However, the P238 is sold in a whole host of options, featuring diamond plating, rainbow titanium finish, desert tone, and more.
While the female in me appreciates the wide selection of styles, its practical value lies in its petite size. At 5.5" long, and only 3.9" tall, it is no struggle to pocket this pistol ( ...unless you wear girl jeans, in which case, it disappears in an IWB holster). Being used to carrying my full-size 1911, the SIG feels like a featherweight, but in truth, it's one of the heftier baby .380s on the market. For example, Ruger's popular LCP is 5.2in tall by 3.6in wide. The Ruger also wins out on narrowness of grip, measuring in at .8" to the SIG's 1.1" width. However, the LCP, and many ultra compact .380 pistols like it (e.g., the Kel-Tec P3AT or Kahr P380) feature a polymer frame, as opposed to the full-metal construction of this SIG. The benefit of the extra weight (15.2oz, to be exact) and wide frame come into play in its range performance, but I'll get into that later.
The trigger and sights go a ways in making the P238 easy to shoot well. Like a 1911, the SIG has a frame-mounted thumb safety (there is an option for ambi safety, but the model in this review does not include that feature) and is meant to be carried "cocked and locked." The single action trigger is a crisp 7.5lb pull. The sights are large SIGLITE® night sights. While the pistol has a miniscule sight radius of only 3.8", the large 3-dot configuration is easy to track, even in low light conditions.
The SIG P238 really shines at the range. The 1911 angle allows for a firm grip, despite the 2 finger purchase. The wider aluminum grip makes shooting .380 even easier. The recoil sensation isn't much more intense than a .22. The trigger is relatively light (not quite as light as the famous 6.5lb Glock trigger), but with the clean break for which 1911 triggers are known. The large sights and clean trigger break make followup shots easier to keep together, and the frame and small caliber result in a recoil experience that's nearly as slight as a .22.
SIG's dainty .380 struck a nostalgic chord with 1911 that first sparked my passion for the shooting sports, but shooting it has its own joys. The crisp trigger fires just when you expect it to without lengthy travel or creep. The large night sights are easy to track in low light or daylight environments. The compact frame and light weight make it a viable option for summer carry, or other CCW situations that are less forgiving for full-size pistols. The 1911 grip angle and the thickness of the metal frame provide a smooth shooting experience with little perceived recoil. The P238 looks hot and shoots well; it's a .380 bombshell.
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