We spent a good bit of time going from store to store, trying different firearms. She would pick up every gun she could, but she couldn't find "the one", until she picked up a black beauty, called the P938 Nightmare. She could pull the slide back like it was a stick of butter sliding on a hot griddle. She wanted it, and I wanted to research it.
|Sig P938 with extended 7 round magazine.|
The P938 is a 9mm version of Sig Sauer's popular P238, a .380 pistol. It was only just released in May of 2012, and was met with much anticipation. Here are some of the specs:
Trigger pull: 5 lb (we will discuss this)
Barrel Length: 3.0"
Weight w/ empty mag: 16 oz
Sights: Night Sights
Frame material: Alloy
Frame Finish: Black Hard Coat Anodized
Slide Material: Stainless
Magazine: 1 magazine, 6 round supplied
|Sig P938 with ambidextrous |
safety and night sights
So, I decided to take the plunge, knowing we might be doing some free beta testing for Sig. We bought the pistol for $720 and took it home. I knew ahead of time, but I was still disappointed that the pistol came with only 1 magazine. I immediately ordered the extended magazine that Sig has available.
So, let us first share what we love about the pistol. The grip is excellent, and when holding the pistol it feels completely secure in the hand. The finish is beautiful, and the silver accents are nice. The night sights are excellent. It's nice to be able to line up your sights in a pitch black room, something we need to add to our other pistols.
The nitty-gritty...I took the Nightmare to the range, and sure enough I didn't get through the first magazine before my first FTE. I alternated with different brands of ammunition and wasn't able to get through a magazine without a failure. I was a bit disappointed, however knowing full well that I was aware of this problem prior to purchase I called Sig. They issued me a return label immediately and I sent it off, free of any charge to me.
The pistol was returned within 10 days. We took it to the range and started throwing lead down-range. No FTE at all. The sights are nice, and I was able to shoot the pistol with decent accuracy at 7 yards. The true test however was to be done by my wife who would be carrying the pistol.
There are two issues that frustrated my wife. The trigger pull is the main problem. Advertised at a 5lb trigger pull, this pistol feels much more like a 8-9lb pull, and the trigger pull is gritty. The second problem, is a bi-product of the first. The trigger has deep cut grooves. This doesn't bother my fingers, but for my wife, and her admittedly weak upper strength, the heavy trigger pull means those grooves dig into her trigger finger. By the end of shooting 50 rounds, her trigger finger was red, sore, and had these deep grooves imprinted on it.
|Sig P938 with standard |
6 Round magazine
I will do a follow up review on the trigger mods once they are finished!