I’d heard a lot of good things about the P238 lately, so my husband and I decided to check one out. When I handled one at the gun store, I was really impressed with how easy it is to pull back the slide. I could literally do it with two fingers, this from a woman who has always had trouble with semi-automatic pistols. I was intrigued to say the least! I looked at some reviews online, and discovered very little complaints, with the exception of some stove-pipe issues. (Stove-pipe is a type of malfunction that after firing a round, the gun fails to eject the spent casing hard enough and it gets stuck in the ejection port, jamming the gun.) I had been interested in a gun I could carry concealed, and the P238 was looking like a good option. I really wanted to shoot it before I bought it, since it came with a pretty hefty price tag of $635. I called up a range in Denver where you can rent guns and shoot them on their range. Unfortunately, they don’t have guns less than 9mm to rent, and the P238 is a .380.
So I decided to take a chance. I was able to sell a gun I had, but didn’t like all that much in order to put some money towards my new toy. Once I sold my Springfield, I went over to the Shootin’ Den in Colorado Springs to get my P238, which I named Rosie due to the rosewood grips, and also after Rosie the Riveter.
I finally found some time that Rosie and I could get to know each other better. The weather was in the 50′s, and I convinced my husband to go to the range with me to try the two new additions to our family. Did I forget to mention that we also are the proud new owners of a Thompson semi-automatic rifle? To those of you who like 30′s gangster movies and shows, that’s a Tommy gun!! It’s not a fully automatic one from the 30′s; those cost about $20k. Ours is a reproduction in semi-auto. We got out to the range, and I could hardly contain myself. I hadn’t gone shooting in quite a while, and I was excited to shoot the P238 and the Tommy gun. My husband had some trouble at first with the Tommy, because one of the magazines was a little damaged, but once he figured that out and used the other magazine he had, he started having a blast (literally!).
Anyway, back to Rosie. The Sig P238 has a 6 round magazine that was very easy to load. No painful thumbs here. I had dry fired it before we went to the range, and the trigger pull is so much lighter than some other .380′s that I’ve shot. Once I started firing it, I was amazed at how low the recoil is on this gun. It’s a small gun, perfect for concealment, but it has a steel frame, which makes it heavy enough to absorb the recoil. I knew after the first 6 rounds that I was in love and had absolutely no buyers remorse. I let my husband try it out as well, and he really liked it too. Between the two of us, we shot a little less than 100 rounds, and I only had one stove-pipe malfunction. I would say compared to any other gun I’ve shot, that is not abnormal. The only complaint I had about this gun is the ambidextrous safety mechanism. It’s very easy to disengage, but to engage the safety, I have to break my grip on the gun.
In my opinion, this gun is perfect for women who have trouble with semi-automatic handguns. It’s small, has a very easy slide, light trigger pull, and low recoil. I will be recommending this gun to any of my female students, or any man who asks me what handgun is best for women.