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Sig P938 Specs

January 7th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

We’ve got the specs for Sig Sauer’s P938 sub compact 9mm pistol available. The table below shows both the P938 and P238 specs for comparison

P238 P938
Caliber .380 ACP 9mm
Action Type SAO SAO
Trigger Pull 7.5 – 8.5 lbs 5 LB (could be incorrect – probably more like 7.5 lb)
Length 5.5″ 5.9″
Height 3.9″ 3.9″
Width 1.1″ 1.1″
Barrel Length 2.7″ 3.0″
Sight Radius 3.8″ 4.0″
Weight w/ empty mag 15.2 oz (Alloy)18.0 oz (Stainless) 17.1 oz
Sights Contrast or Night Sights Night Sights
Frame material Alloy or Stainless Alloy
Frame finish Black Hard Coat Anodized or Stainless Black Hard Coat Anodized
Slide Material Stainless Stainless
Slide Finish Nitron or Stainless Nitron or Stainless
Other Ambi-Safety Beavertail, Ambi-Safety

The most important thing to take away from this chart is that the overall dimensions and weight on the P938 are almost identical to that of the P238. It is just .4″ longer overall and weighs just 8/10ths of an ounce more than a regular alloy frame P238.

The P938 will have an extended length 7rd magazine that will be very similar to the P238 7rd magazine.

P938 vs Kimber Solo – Specs

Below is a comparison of the P938 specs versus the Kimber Solo, one of the most desirable concealed carry pistols on the market today. One of the big differences of the P938 versus the Solo is that it is single action only and has a thumb safety. The trigger pull is also 2 pounds lighter.

P938 Kibmer Solo
Caliber 9mm 9mm
Action Type SAO Single Action Striker- Fired
Trigger Pull 5 LB 7 LB
Length 5.9″ 5.5″
Height 3.9″ 3.9″
Width 1.1″ .995″
Barrel Length 3.0″ 2.7″
Sight Radius 4.0″ 4.4″
Weight w/ empty mag 17.1 oz 17.0 oz
Sights Night Sights Fixed 3-dot white or Night Sights (Solo CDP)
Frame material Alloy Aluminum
Frame finish Black Hard Coat Anodized KimPro II
Slide Material Stainless Stainless
Slide Finish Nitron or Stainless Satin Silver Color
Safety/mag release Ambi-Safety Ambi-Safety, Ambi-Mag Release
MSRP $795 – $838 $725- $1223

The main thing to take away from the comparison between the P938 and Solo is that the P938 is just a little bigger but for the features offered, the P938 offers more bang for the buck. Nearly all the P938 models price right in with the lower two Solo models. The trigger on the P938 is lighter, and the 938.

Finally, I’ve heard that the P938 won’t be anywhere near as picky about the type of ammo you use. The Solo requires at least a 124gr bullet and Kimber has a published list of recommended ammo types. I don’t think that this will be necessary for the Sig. Given the height of the new Sig, the extended length 7rd P937 magazine should be pretty high in demand.

Update 1-8-12 – the above Sig specs came from the 2012 catalog. It appears that there is a typo for the P238 trigger pull weight in the catalog as it indicates a 5lb trigger pull – unless the trigger has been lightened. The Sig Sauer website shows the trigger pull at 7.5 – 8.5 lbs for the P238 so one would expect the pull on the P938 to be the same. I’ll try to bring a Lyman trigger pull gauge to SHOT and put one of the 938’s to the test myself.

Update 1-9-12 9:20 AM – The P938 may have an ambi-safety. I was unable to determine from the specs and a commenter pointed out that previous indicators suggested that it did. I’ll try to clarify ASAP and make updates.

Update 1-9-12 9:22 AM – I’ve confirmed that the p938 will have an ambi-safety and have updated the above specs accordingly.

Update 1-16-12 – I just received word that the  P938 will support the same trigger guard laser as the P238 (238-TGL). It seems logical that the Crimson Trace LG-492 will work on the 938 too.

  1. leslie
    January 8th, 2012 at 10:43 | #1

    incredible news, the dimensions are just as good as the p290 (minus the beaver tail of course) but in a SAO and 1911 styling pocket pistol! well done sig! this will be a kimber killer!

  2. fudo
    January 8th, 2012 at 19:25 | #2

    As a southpaw, this pistol is non-viable as an SD or CCW piece without an ambi-safety

  3. RainmanE350
    January 8th, 2012 at 21:21 | #3

    Where did you get the 5# trigger pull spec for the P238? The website for Sig has it at 8# and my own P238 confirms that as much closer.

  4. January 8th, 2012 at 21:48 | #4

    That came from Sig’s 2012 catalog specifications. I believe you are right as I double checked Sig Sauer’s website. I’ll update the specs for the P238 and mark a question mark on the P938 until I can confirm. Logic would tell me that they would have a similar trigger pull.

  5. MikePapa1
    January 8th, 2012 at 22:12 | #5

    I thought the earlier released data show an ambi safety on all the 938 models. Did that change?

  6. January 9th, 2012 at 08:18 | #6

    From the specs, I couldn’t determine if it was ambi-safety or left-side only safety so I assumed it was left only. I haven’t been able to see photos of the right side of the pistol either but I’ll try to clarify with my contact at the factory today. I’ll update the spec to show TBD on the safety.

  7. MikeVM
    January 9th, 2012 at 15:46 | #7

    I want to know if this will be +P and or 147gr rated, and what they expect the spring life cycle to be, not to mention the frame life span. Will it have a big EMP style beavertail or something more concealable like the P238?

  8. January 9th, 2012 at 15:50 | #8

    I’ll ask the factory reps this question at SHOT Show and try to post an update. If you have any other questions, I’ll throw those at them too.

  9. January 9th, 2012 at 22:28 | #9

    I owned a Kimber Solo for six months before returning it for a refund. I am very interested in the P938 and look forward to its release.

  10. Redford1970
    January 11th, 2012 at 19:47 | #10

    First, I love my P238 and love shooting it. Soft recoil, accurate and good ergos, including the trigger. I am concerned about a 9mm version because my first unit was replaced for a fracture in the frame at 300 rounds. The second one I had was replaced for a stripped grip screw hole. Still, I love the gun.

  11. Bimmerland
    January 12th, 2012 at 08:15 | #11

    What part of the P238 was Polymer? Mine is all metal. Can you explain?

  12. January 12th, 2012 at 08:18 | #12

    That was a typo on my behalf – it should have said alloy – it has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out!

  13. MikeVM
    January 14th, 2012 at 04:34 | #13

    Well, I would be interested to see how they answer the question, “What specific changes did you make in order to adapt the P238’s design to handle the additional stress of 9mm and what testing and/or modeling was done to determine if they were sufficient and to meet what performance targets?”

  14. January 14th, 2012 at 08:03 | #14

    I’ll try to get an answer next week at SHOT Show!

    January 21st, 2012 at 13:46 | #15

    I previously owned a kimber solo. Great idea but I think it was not designed well. I returned it after about six months of problems. I am selling our Rohrbaugh r9s ( wife and I) in hopes of acquiring the P928 for each of us. We presently own a couple Sig Sauer P238s and love them. I, however, would feel better with a little more knock down power. I hope and pray it will be as good as the P238s. By the way I still will not part with my P238s.

  16. Benji
    February 4th, 2012 at 14:51 | #16

    Hope they offer these without an ambi safety! Love my P238s and ready for an upgrade.

  17. Larry
    February 25th, 2012 at 12:20 | #17

    Any idea when the P938 will hit the gun shops? was ready to get a P238 …but i may it out..I’d like to get my hands on one of these. I like the idea of the 9mm.

  18. Larry
    February 25th, 2012 at 12:21 | #18

    Any idea when the P938 will hit the gun shops? was ready to get a P238 …but i may it out..I’d like to get my hands on one of these. I like the idea of the 9mm.

  19. February 27th, 2012 at 08:24 | #19

    There is no firm date yet. We’re told by the factory it could be second to third quarter.

  20. bobby
    March 3rd, 2012 at 20:04 | #20

    any updates on delivery of these yet? i’m dyin to get a few.

  21. voz
    March 4th, 2012 at 14:52 | #21

    cant wait any longer… was thinking of getting me a p238 since i recently got my ccw here in west florida, but since i found out about p938, i just have to wait and save up :)

  22. Justin C
    March 21st, 2012 at 09:18 | #22

    I LOVE my P238. But holy cow this 938 makes me want one and to abandon .380ACP. It’s just too expensive and if this 938 is just as awesome as the 238, I want it! The only thing I dont want is an ambi safety. I hate that. You think one can get a 938 without the ambi safety? I just want a right hand one like my 238.

  23. March 21st, 2012 at 09:39 | #23

    I do not think they’ll offer it with a single safety. It might be possible to convert it later though.

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