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I have owned a 40 S&W Sig P239 since 11/4/2002 and I have never fell in love with it. Mine wears Nill Grips and has factory night sights but it still doesn't warm the cockles of my heart. It is accurate and two of my shooting friends adore it, the P239 is the handgun they ask me to bring to the range the most often. My complaints are the P239 feels heavy and chunky in my hands. I would sooner carry and shoot a Glock 23 or Kahr K40 than my P239. Let me know your thoughts. Regards, Richard


This is my Sig P239 in an Alessi belt slide holster
 

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I have owned most models of SIG and finally bought a Two Tone 9MM 239 about a year ago . I like it except that the grip is a bit small. I have handeled one with the Nill grips like yours and that is better but I never could find a set for it. Anyway, it's accurate and totally reliable with every type of ammo I've tried, to include +P and +P+ stuff. Gotta admit the P228/P229 fits my hand better though.
 
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It's funny you say heavy and clunky . . . I used to work in the Armored courier service and there is a young lady that I worked with and the only gun she could find that fit her small hands was the P239 9mm and she just loved it.

It all comes down to personal preference. If you're not happy with it then sell it to someone who'll be happy and get yourself something more suited to you.

RC


By the way that little lady owns and rides a Harley Sportster and I swear she weighs a whopping 110 lbs.
 
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Stinger1, I own a fair to middling sized group of handguns. The reason I posted this was to let others know my likes and dislikes with regard to the P239 and I also wanted to learn the opinions of others concerning this firearm. My purpose was not to rag on Sig, God knows I can think of a lot of handguns that I flat out do not like and wish I had never purchased. The P239 may well suit others but not me. Do I wish I had rented a P239 prior to purchase? YOU BETCHA! Regards, Richard
 
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+1 on it just not feeling "right" in my hands. For the size and weight, I will stick with my Glock 23.
 

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Hello,

Owned 1 P226 and 2 P225 in the past. Sold them all finally. I was extremely proficient with the 225s but never fall in love due to the blocky slide. My preferences go now to my Walther P5, which is one step higher in efficiency and ergonomy. I like the straight recoil system, the operating lever, the wide front sight, the grip and so on.

Bye

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I'm not too keen on how the 239 feels in my hands, but I don't think it's bad, just doesn't fit me personally. I know a girl who loves it because it's just the right size for her hands, and Sigs are reliable and accurate.
 
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Stinger1, I own a fair to middling sized group of handguns. The reason I posted this was to let others know my likes and dislikes with regard to the P239 and I also wanted to learn the opinions of others concerning this firearm. My purpose was not to rag on Sig, God knows I can think of a lot of handguns that I flat out do not like and wish I had never purchased. The P239 may well suit others but not me. Do I wish I had rented a P239 prior to purchase? YOU BETCHA! Regards, Richard
Yes I realize that, my response was, though I had no personal experience with this pistol I knew someone who did that worked for her and she shot well with it. So knowing her opinion of the P239 I'd say it was a positive experience and one she trusts as a carry firearm. Also the SIG in general is a fine built mechanically sound firearm.

I too like my firearms, but if one doesn't suit me then I have no 2nd thoughts about replacing with some other pistol that I feel better about.

I did not think you were ragging on Sig at all. I just thought it was amusing in your comment in comparing your feel for the gun to hers. Sorry for the misunderstanding. :)

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I've had a Sig P239 for approximately 10yrs. I purchased one right after they were released to the public and it's by far the best all around pistol I've personally ever owned. Up to this point it has NEVER malfunctioned in any way. It is very accurate (more so than my Glock26 and S/W3913 I shot it against). I did replace the grips with rubber ones with "finger indentions" as the originals were a bit too smooth for me.

Crimson Trace is in pre-production with a set of their fine lasergrips for the Sig P239, and I'm anxiously awaiting their release. I think the addition of the CT grips will really make a fine firearm even better.

For ME the "all the time" most important aspect of any firearm, pistol or revolver is absolute RELIABILITY. Of all of the pistols I've owned over the past 40 years or so the Sig P239 is the only one that has proven absolutely reliable all the time..

The Sig P239 is more sized to smaller hands in my opinion, so if you have large mitts you might not like it a lot. But, regular sized hand guys and ladies should find it perfect.

My buddy shot my 9MM and went out and bought himself a 40cal. He loves it.

Finally, I've found the size of the P239 makes it pretty easy to conceal. Anytime I travel someplace I'm not familiar with the Sig P239 is my choice for concealed carry.
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I had a P239 in 357 until recently after having it for 2-3 years and 2-3K rounds.
It never malfunctioned with anything, was very accurate, fit my hand nicely, had a great DA trigger and OK SA trigger, and carried well (pretty thin).

I like SA autos, but if I had to carry DAs, it would be my old P220 and that 239. I would prefer it to a mini-Glock (26,27,33) mostly because it is easier for me to carry because of it's shape/thickness. The spare magazines are easily carried also- I always found Glock mags harder to carry due to their wide blocky shape.

I traded off the 239 after getting used to my Kahr. Same number of rounds, albeit it a 9mm instead of 357, in a smaller gun. I could shoot it nearly as well for some strange reason.
 
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I have two Sig P239s, one in 357SIG/.40 and the other in 9mm. I like them both very much and they feel just fine to me, particularly for concealed carry.

For a range gun, I suppose I have a slight preference for my P229 in 357SIG/.40. The extra grip girth helps me control the recoil a wee bit more.
 
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I have owned one in 9mm for four years now. I originally got it as an off duty weapon when I was issued a 9mm and that is all we could carry on or off duty. I have to admit that the 239 is THE BEST shooting semi auto handgun I have ever shot. Better than my HP, better than my 1911, better than my dept issued Glock and better than any of my other Sigs. Now issued and authorized to carry a .40, but I stick to that 239 for it's accuracy, proven reliability and concealability for off duty use.
 
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I got caught up in the whole Sig experience including the P239. The only one I ever got "comfortable" with was the P228 and that was marginal. At that point I changed my functional handgun platform to Glock - which worked better for me.
Again, I think the Sigs are great (and the .357 Sig is scary/awesome!) but just didn't work for me.
 
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I have a Sig 239 in .40 and love it. I put a rubber finger-grooved sleeve (Uncle Mike's?) over the grip which works for me. Yes, the gun's a bit on the chunky side. For pure comfort, my personal favorite would have to be my S&W 745 with its slim single-stack grip. But that's a full size pistol, far more weight and mass to lug around than the compact Sig. I love mine. But, as someone has already noted, it all really does come to personal preference.
 
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Got to fire a 239 in 9mm earlier this month. Ejected brass came straight back at me, and the trigger was rather "spongy" for my taste. Just not for me, I suppose.
 

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I had the chance to hold the 9mm version at a local gun shop and was favorably impressed!! Now that's a profound admission coming from a guy who generally hates Sigs!! I'm not sure if I would run right out and spend my hard earned bucks on one, but, from what I've seen, they're OK!!
 
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Haven't any experience with a Sig Sauer P239 yet.But am looking forward to purchasing one in .40S&W soon.
 

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I purchased a 9mm 239 within a year of its availability and have put thousands of rounds through mine. It has never malfunctioned and accuracy is more than satisfactory. Although it does not "feel" as good as a Hi Power or a CZ 75 or a Smith 39, the three most ergonomic 9's for me, it will always be a keeper and is the pistol I most often carry under a jacket.
 
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