The Sig P239 is one of the latest pistols that Sig Sauer has discontinued production on. This comes at a time when single stack pistols are typically thought to be better as small and darn near micro in size. The P239 came in at a time when pistols came primarily in full size double stack varieties. The P239 was designed to be a step down in size and weight, and thus satisfy the demand on the market for a smaller pistol that still shoots like a full size pistol. Well, now times have changed. Pistols overall are able to be smaller and lighter thanks to modern technology and understanding metals and materials. However, I do not think that the new and improved pistols on the market offer the same things that the P239 still offers today.
First thing that I think people say too often about this pistol is that they can get a double stack pistol that is "NO THICKER" than the P239. I am not sure that these people have ever handled a P239, but I can assure you that the grip on the P239 is thinner, and you understand why it is only a single stack pistol.
This brings us to the subject of capacity. People seem so insecure about capacity these days. This pistol was designed to function in a concealed role, which means that those who see it will not expect it. Therefore, surprise will be on your side and your armed response with 8 or 9 rounds will definitely be there to keep you in the fight. It is not like this pistol was designed to go into a battlefield. The suggestion is like getting upset with a double barreled shotgun because of its capacity, as if it was supposed to match up as a combat shotgun.
The other thing to cover is the trigger pull. With the popular trigger type on the market being the striker fired trigger, the DA/SA of the P239 can seem a bit old and too much of a burden to learn and use. However, the double action still holds it's own when people actually learn how to use it properly and efficiently. The thing about the trigger system for this type of firearm is that it is safer than a striker fired trigger, and the single action pull offers better pull characteristics, as well as better accessories and modifications to make the trigger lighter without compromising on safety. As you can probably tell by now, I like the trigger on the P239 and I think it brings it all together.
Last subject to touch on would be the shootability. With most single stack pistols out there, you are gonna get a hefty snap back into your hand, but this pistol is incredibly smooth and gentle, even with hotter ammo. It snaps back on target for effortless follow up shots and you can burn through the mag quickly without taking your shots too far off target. I think this characteristic can be attributed to the grip size, spring weight, and the weight of the firearm overall. This combination makes this pistol a sweet shooting experience and makes me just wanna run it until it dies on me.
Though SIG has decided, in their infinite wisdom, to discontinue production of this pistol, they will continue to sell parts and honor the warranties. Just because they discontinued them doesn't mean they will never make them again, but it does show that the market was not really into the pistol enough to make them wanna invest further time and resources in production. However, if the P239 were to get a second shot and the demand for the pistol were to be demanded, as was the case for the P225, I believe we may see a rebirth of this sexy little pistol. Definitely check these pistols out. There are LE trade in pistols on the market in .40 S&W which are half the price of a new pistol. There are options and I highly encourage you to try it out and give it a chance while supplies last. You won't be disappointed. And this is coming from someone who isn't really a SIG fan
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