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[FIREARM REVIEW] Sig Sauer P238 (Extreme)


The matter of concealed carry can be one filled with many variables. One particularly troublesome decision one has to make can be as important as the decision to carry itself; and that is, what firearm to decide to carry. I myself decided on a Beretta PX4 Storm Compact, however someone I know (and often mention on more than one occasion in my articles) shares my enthusiasm when it comes to carrying and decided on several different options.

One firearm that my mother decided on as an everyday carry is the Sig Sauer P238. She purchased the Extreme Model, which is no different from the other P238’s, aside from the difference in paint job and grips. I’ve had the privilege to both shoot and handle this firearm extensively since she purchased it last year; and I have to say as far as concealable firearms go, this one is one among the best.

First, I’d like to point out a few specifications on the firearm that I feel noteworthy. The caliber of this particular firearm is .380 ACP and it’s a SAO (Single Action Only.) Meaning the firearm will only fire with the hammer in the rear (cocked) position. Some prefer this mechanic as it does make firing less inclusive. A flip of the slide safety and you’re ready to go. I will mention that I noticed the slide safety was quite stiff when the firearm was first purchased; however after a little range time it did become a little easier to manipulate after building some muscle memory. There is a distinct feel and audible click when the safety is disengaged and reengaged, leaving no question to the state of the firearm. I may also mention that while the slide safety is stiff, there is little risk of it accidentally disengaging while holstered.


What I enjoy most about this firearm is its size and ability to be easily and effortlessly concealed. The overall weight of the Sig P238 is just over 15 ounces unloaded without magazine. Overall length of the firearm is 5.5 inches with a height of just less than 5 inches. The total width of the firearm is a simple 1.1 inches, making it an easily concealed firearm. When comparing the loaded weight to my Beretta PX4 Storm, it feels as if the Sig P238 isn’t even on your hip. Honestly you could holster it on your hip in the morning and forget it’s there by mid-day.

However the fact that it’s so light has to do with the limited round capacity of the firearm. Of course when dealing with small and compact firearms such as the Sig P238, limited magazine capacity is to be expected. Speaking of magazines and capacity, when purchasing the firearm new from a vendor, you receive a great hard case to include the usual goodies, one six-count magazine, as well as a simple Sig hard shell OWB holster. I wouldn’t recommend this holster for use aside from the shooting range. It’s not overly stable and doesn’t make for a quick and easy draw.


I will mention one small downfall that the six count magazine doesn’t come with extender to allow a seven count magazine; and the extenders themselves aren’t sold alone to my knowledge. You have to purchase the magazine and extender together, but the cost is affordable depending on where you buy it. Using the extended magazine does offer a more full and comfortable grip. I prefer shooting the Sig P238 with the extender. I do have to add a caveat to the magazine count, as advertises the P238 Extreme as having a seven-round magazine, it’s possible the version my mother purchased last year with a six-count magazine is outdated.

As far as shooting goes, I find the grip of the firearm pleasant and stable. Again, I mention I prefer shooting this particular firearm with the magazine extender due to the fact I have a large hand and long fingers. I highly recommend anyone purchasing this firearm to include one or two magazines with the extenders since it offers an additional round as well as a more comfortable grip. Recoil is minimal, allowing for easy and quick target acquisition. The sights are SIGLITE Night Sights, which I will note work excellent. Even after being in a dimly lit room or holstered under a shirt for most of the day, you can still notice a discernable glow remaining in the sights.


I can say for myself I’ve put quite a few rounds through this firearm and have yet to experience any issues with failure to feed or failure to fire. It fires smoothly, accurately and hasn’t failed to put rounds on target. The frame does lack a rail, which to some might be a deal breaker; but I honestly can’t see putting any sort of rail attachment to this firearm. It would most likely be better suited for some crimson trace laser grips or similar grip attachment if so desired.

All in all, I find the Sig P238 to be an excellent firearm for concealed carry to those who don’t want a lot of weight hanging on their belt or find it difficult to conceal compact or full sized firearms. My mother chose this firearm as a backup to her Glock 23, but tends to favor the Sig P238 more frequently due to its comfort when carrying. I did convince her to invest in a Fobus double magazine carrier so she always has spare magazines on hand within reach. I do take more comfort in knowing she’s going about her daily business carrying a reliable and well-concealed firearm.


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Shellshocked is a 13 year Active Duty Army Veteran with a broad experience and knowledge of all things firearms and ammunition related. A resident of Ohio, an Open Carry State…

Shellshocked is a 13 year Active Duty Army Veteran with a broad experience and knowledge of all things firearms and ammunition related. A resident of Ohio, an Open Carry State, but prefers to remain among the ranks of the Concealed Nation. Although you will occasionally find him Open Carrying his FN 5.7 in a BlackHawk! Kydex retention paddle holster. His every day carry is a Beretta Storm PX4 Compact 15+1 in a StealthGearUSA ventilated Kydex IWB Holster. Spare Magazine, flashlight, and knife always on hand.

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  • KimberUp!

    My wife has the Rainbow edition. It is pretty and useful. LOL Great pistol!

  • 1KR

    I have the “tribal” version of this /Sig. I refer to it as my “dress gun” I absolutely LOVE it! One thing he didn’t mention in his review that surprises me is the absolute lovely movement of the slide. That was a huge selling point for me. It glides effortlessly.

    • candy apple

      I also have the sig P238 tribal and love it. So easy to conceal and easy to shoot, low recoil.

  • Ripley1046

    My wife has the pink pearl handle version. We both love it, and have not had any issues at the range. I agree with the extended mag comments, I prefer shooting it with the 7 round mags because I have large hands. My wife is comfortable with both the 6 and 7 rd. mags. I plan on buying a 238 at some point for certain CC situations (mostly dress events where my larger pistol would print).

    • Fish Bait

      I laugh at you guys. “My wife, my wife” The fact is we own 12 P238’s. Fits every purse we own. It is a 1911 and so easy to conceal. Mine is the copperhead. Doesn’t matter. I am not going to show it to anyone. When I “reveal” it you will hear a couple loud noises. You might see white but you will not hear the sirens and you will not see the blinking red lights.

  • Burke Hinman

    Just got my wife one. A little gem.

  • Hopeful Independent

    Love this gun. From the first round to the last I put through it (2500+), absolutely love it. Wearing it now!

  • fishydude

    Regardless any high marks a Sig may get, I will never buy one for one simple reason. They, along with the majority of firearms makers, pretend that nobody in the world is left handed. Have a ‘reversible’ mag release does no good for anyone that does not live alone.

    If they ever come out with a fully ambidextrous pistol like the one FNH and H&K make, then I would give a Sig a fair shake.

  • Roy Nagy

    My wife bought one in December 2015. I love to shoot it. It is more accurate than my very accurate CZ-75B.

    She bought the P-238 Extreme and it came with both the 6+1 mag and 7+1 mag. This is different than what is stated in the review. The other models the dealer had only came with the 6+1 mag. It is more economical to buy the Extreme with the two mags than buying other models and then adding the 7+1 mag as a separate purchase.

  • Desperado

    Does anyone know? It has been said (by a person working in a shop) that the P238 uses the same magazine as a Walther PPK!

  • dansbaby

    I have the Equinox and love this pistol. Reliable, and accurate works for me. I carry this with confidence.

  • Allan Olson

    Sports Academy has an exclusive that when you purchase this firearm it comes with the mag extender.