Sig Sauer P938 Review – Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of the initial offering Sig Sauer P938. It seems that many new guns go through an initial period of Beta testing when first released on the market. The problems that show up when guns are first released are either quality control issues or design problems. Sig Sauer has a reputation for being a quality firearm manufacturer, at least Sig seems to think so based on the price of their guns. The P938 is no exception in the pricey department and unfortunately, it isn’t showing the Sig quality that you pay for and expect when shelling out $700 for a Sig Sauer firearm.

Sig Sauer P938

Sig Sauer P938

The initial offering of this newest Sig  has been fraught with errors that could be expected from a $300 gun produced by a first time manufacturer. But Sig Sauer has been around the block many times and with the recent disasterous initial offing by Kimber of the pricey Kimber Solo one would think that Sig would at least try to nake a good first impression. When I shell out big bucks for a hand gun I expect a minimum level of attention to detail, quality, and performance. So far, the first P938 pistols have been hit or miss in this regard.

Here are excerpts from a review on the Mouse Gun Addict blog written by a Sig Sauer P938 owner

“After running 300+ rounds through the P938, I think I’m ready to give an overall recap of the ownership experience so far. As a beta tester I knew my chances of getting a 100% pistol were going to be 50/50 if my past beta testing results were any indication of future results. Unfortunately, I have to say that this pistol falls into the 50% failure group. Let me recap why I’m making that judgement.

1) If you watch the videos you are probably sick to death of me saying that the gun shoots left or I need to work on my grip or trigger control to keep the pistol from shooting left. Well, as it turns out the shooting left thing wasn’t my issue. Earlier, I had checked the rear sight placement and saw that it was centered in the dovetail. It didn’t occur to me to check the front sight. In the picture below, you can see the front sight was not installed correctly and if it was centered, by moving it to the left, I’m sure the pistol would be shooting much closer to point of aim. Chalk this one up to poor QA.

2) Failure to extract multiple brands/varieties of ammo. I guess it could be worse if the pistol failed to extract every round, but as it is currently, it’s very annoying. I’ve had multiple failures to extract with:
Winchester White Box 115 Grain FMJ
Remington UMC 115 Grain JHP
Federal American Eagle 124 Grain FMJ
Winchester Personal Protection 147 Grain JHP

I did find some brands that had no extraction issues at all. The Speer products; Gold Dot and Blazer aluminum were trouble free. Federal 115 Grain FMJ also worked. S&B is probably ok, but I’ll be avoiding that going forward due to the one failure to fire I had on day one. Some folks would just stick to ammo that works and be good with that. I take a different view when 4 of the 8 varieties don’t work. I’m willing to avoid one or two choices, but not half of the 8 I have tried so far.

To the credit of Sig’s Customer Support Team, I called them this morning about the failure to extract problem. They emailed me a FedEx prepaid shipping label within minutes. I’ll clean up the pistol a bit tomorrow and drop it off at the FedEx depot on Thursday. They estimate 7 to 10 day turn around on the pistol. Obviously I’m glad they made the return easy, but I’m still disappointed I have to though the drill. I’ll get them to push the front sight over while they have it. I’m sure they have the right sight pusher for the job.

3) This one is 100% on me to fix, but I shouldn’t have to adjust my shooting style to work around a physical design element of a pistol. The sharp bottom edge of the trigger that tore me up on day one can be worked around with a band-aid or changing the way I squeeze the trigger. I’ve also had comments that I can break the sharp edge with a dremel or by hand with files and abrasive papers. I’ll figure out how to deal with it.”

It seems to me that these gun manufacturers just don’t learn from their own past mistakes or the missteps of their competitors. Wouldn’t it be rather simple to understand that most gun owners are going to shoot cheap ammunition in the guns they buy. I do the same thing. I practice with a lot of inexpensive rounds and shoot a few expensive quality rounds.  And please! What is the reasoning behind shipping a new gun with a front sight positioned to the left? This shows obvious and blatant lack of quality control. Read the entire post along with pictures about the Sig Sauer P938 Pros and Cons on the Mouse Gun Addict.

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