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Meet the Sig Sauer P938: A Top 9mm Self Defense Firearm?

Sig Sauer P938
Overall, the Sig Sauer P938 micro-compact is a great addition to your concealed carry collection. The quality you’re getting.

Sure, there are countless guns you can choose today at lots of different price points if you have a need for home self-defense or concealed carry. There are great picks, Glock, and many budget firearms companies can perform this function quite well. But how does the popular Sig Sauer P938 stand out overall?

Here is our take: Since getting my license to carry, I’m always on the lookout for a reliable handgun that will be comfortable to wear. Knowing that Sig Sauer is such a trustworthy name in firearms, the P938 stood out as a concealed carry weapon and it definitely fits the bill.

Sig Sauer P938: Basic Facts

At first glance, the 9mm P938 passes the eye test with a frame that’s under 6” long. It doesn’t have a grip or magazine safety, but the safety it has is easy to use for right- or left-handed shooters. The magazine fits flush with the gun, so there’s nothing to catch on your holster or clothes.

Speaking of the magazine, mine came with a 6-round, single-stacked. There are multiple variations of the P938 out there and some come with an extra, extended one, but I just went out and bought a 7-round. The extended magazine also extends the grip, which is great for shooters with bigger hands. In my case, it keeps my pinky from dropping off.

It’s important to note that this pistol shoots without a magazine, so you have to make sure the chamber is clear before cleaning it. The good news is that the magazines are stainless steel and they’re easy to reload or eject.

The Sig Sauer P938 might be a micro-compact pistol designed for concealed carry, but I was really impressed with the accuracy. Inside of 10 yards, my largest grouping was under 2” which means it’s perfect for home defense scenarios and I had no misfires or problems with the extractor after 100 rounds.

On that note, if you’re like me and sometimes get your firearms used at a gun show, the P938’s made before October 2012 have been known to have issues with the extractor but Sig Sauer will fix it for free if you send in your pistol.

The trigger is single-action with 7 pounds of tension. Usually I wouldn’t like that, but it’s perfect for a gun this small because there’s less room for the trigger to go back. One thing I really appreciate is that it has a hammer, which is a personal thing.

There’s no space for an optic or anything, but it comes with Tritium night sights that work great in low-light conditions. I love the Beavertail grip because it protects my hand when I’m shooting, but the rubber texture made a difference in the control I had over the recoil.

Another thing that helps is the fact that Sig Sauer made the P938 with a combination of aluminum alloy and stainless steel. Not only is the pistol really sturdy, but the solid materials in the frame produce less recoil than most compact pistols I’ve fired.

I was very impressed with how easy the P938 is to conceal, too. I knew it was small, but it only weighs about a pound unloaded so I barely felt it throughout the day. Being so small, I was worried that I might accidentally hit the mag release or safety but I had no issues whatsoever.

Overall, the Sig Sauer P938 micro-compact is a great addition to your concealed carry collection. The quality you’re getting for $700 (pre-pandemic, so note that prices can be all over the places based on where you live and supply), plus the trusted design of Sig Sauer, is well-worth the price and knowing there are different options in the line makes it accessible for any shooter.

Inside of 10 yards, the stopping power and accuracy of this little 9mm gun is very effective. Just remember to check the serial number’s manufacturing date and consider getting an extended magazine if you need a bigger grip.

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Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.