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Old 10-21-2019, 06:02 PM
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Took my Sig to the range today for the first time, and I am impressed! 65 rounds at 7, 15, and 25 yards, startin at 7 and ending at 15 (the last stage was 15 yards fairly rapid fire). All rounds were within an 8 inch circle, all on the paper ( I'm cheap, only used one target). The final stage I kept 24 rounds within 3 inches, most rounds within two. This little shooter is far more accurate than than I am! Needless to say this is my new carry gun!

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I like it and glad to hear the report. Would not hesitate to grab a Sig 239 now if I did not have a compact CS-9. I like the blued versions myself.
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I have two P239's, my primary and a spare. Both rattle enough they might be called a baby rattle and both are very very accurate. What they have taught me is that the slide to frame fit doesn't effect accuracy to any noticeable amount but a really tight barrel to slide fit means excellent accuracy.
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Mine is tight as a drum Scooter. There is 0 blueing rubbed off the frame rails, so the previous owner must not have shot it much if at all. This thing carries so nicely in my Simply Rugged holster that I forget I'm packing it!
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I have two P239's, my primary and a spare. Both rattle enough they might be called a baby rattle and both are very very accurate. What they have taught me is that the slide to frame fit doesn't effect accuracy to any noticeable amount but a really tight barrel to slide fit means excellent accuracy.
I had one that rattled also. It hurts me to say it because I'm a huge Sig fan, but it felt like a toy. I sold it soon after I bought it and never looked back. I bought a P6 which is a little bigger and heavier, but for me, vastly superior to the 239.
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The P239 is a greatly underrated pistol in my opinion. I picked up one in .357sig a couple of years ago and love it. I bought a Milt Sparks VMII for it and carry it often. Hogue makes some nice rosewood grips for it. I also put some tru-glo sights on it. I liked it so much that I bought another in .40 a few months back. If yours is the .40 version, pick up a .357sig barrel for it and it really comes alive. If itís the 9mm version, you wonít be able to do that, sadly.
I actually got the .40 so Iíd have both barrels and be able to mix and match. With the .40, I can use my iTarget laser toy to practice with.

The Royal Guard is actually for a G29, but the 239 fits it well; if it wasnít for the shape of the trigger guard, you would think it was made for it.
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Never owned a Sig, never wanted a Sig. Sheet metal slides and a very
high price are a poor combination in my opinion. But...at a local auction
gallery a few weeks ago I spotted a P239 in 9mm in excellent condition
with two mags. I knew it had a blackened stainless slide like the larger
229 and had a feel of solid quality to me. So for $350 I won the bidding
and brought it home. My first ever Sig. I haven't shot it yet but it it
doesn't seem to have been fired much so I think it will probably be a
keeper. It's too big for a pocket but compact enough for CC in a belt
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I have a P239 and love it.
I'm not a huge fan of the 9mm. More often opting to carry a lightweight Commander in .45. However, the P239 is such an excellent pistol that I've been seriously considering carrying it.
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Mine is a 9mm. I shoot Hornaday Critical Duty 124 grain +P for a defensive load. I am fully confident in this round. 9 rounds on tap plus an 8 round mag should work in most situations.
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I am a 9mm fan and that's one reason that I bought my P239. I knew
that they were also made in .40 S&W and .357 Sig so I figured it should
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I bought my Sig P239 about the time Louisiana started Concealed Carry permits. Mine is in 40S&W and my favorite practice load is the 165 FMJ from Winchester white box. At first I didn't think a pistol wouldn't shoot as well as mine because but after the first magazine that fear was long gone.
Sadly some bean counter at Sig decided to stop making them. picked up 2 spare mags and they weren't cheap. Probably have at least 2000 rounds through it. Definitely a keeper. Frank
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I had a p239 SAS in 357 SIG. I loved that pistol. Traded it long ago. I’ve had my eye out for another for some time. The SRT (short reset trigger) was a great feature.
.. I traded it because of all the articles I read the the 357 Sig round was too hot for SD. I’m not sure I buy that argument anymore.



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Old 10-23-2019, 09:02 PM
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Mine also has the short reset trigger. The double action is incredibly smooth and light and the follow up shots are quick. I've owned other Sigs and ended up trading or selling them (except my 1911 traditional), this one is a keeper.
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I'm a 3rd Gen compact guy for semi's (3913/14s)....

But I tried out a Sig 239...

Now I have 2 in 9mm, and 1 in .357Sig and I got a .40 cal barrel, my primary is in 9mm with night sites the SRT and Hogue G-10 grips. It's a tack driver and a lot of fun to shoot.

One of my favorites!

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The P239 is a gun that was too smart for it's target audience who preferred cheap, dumb plastic and strikers.
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I'm a 3rd Gen compact guy for semi's (3913/14s)....

But I tried out a Sig 239...

Now I have 2 in 9mm, and 1 in .357Sig and I got a .40 cal barrel, my primary is in 9mm with night sites the SRT and Hogue G-10 grips. It's a tack driver and a lot of fun to shoot.

One of my favorites!

Chris at Lucky Gunner did this tribute after they discontinued the 239

https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/a...-the-sig-p239/
I read that article, I think it was a nice tribute. How do you like the Houges? I have fairly large hands and wouldnt mind something that fills my palm a bit more.
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I have a 9mm p239. Had it for quite some time. I like it so much that I've seriously thought about buying another on. The only problem is they don't make it anymore and people that have them don't sell them. If they do they want a new prices for a used gun. Who ever heard of a used Sig selling for a new price? They just haven't been around long enough to be a collectable firearm. Most of them went to Customs and Immigration Enforcement in 2004.

Yep, nice little compact P-220. Lots of utility there but mags are now very difficult to find.
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Never owned a Sig, never wanted a Sig. Sheet metal slides and a very
high price are a poor combination in my opinion. But...at a local auction
gallery a few weeks ago I spotted a P239 in 9mm in excellent condition
with two mags. I knew it had a blackened stainless slide like the larger
229 and had a feel of solid quality to me. So for $350 I won the bidding
and brought it home. My first ever Sig. I haven't shot it yet but it it
doesn't seem to have been fired much so I think it will probably be a
keeper. It's too big for a pocket but compact enough for CC in a belt
holster.
Here's hoping for someone to chime in who knows for certain but I believe the 239 like any American made Sig has a cast slide. Early 229 slides were cast by Ruger? That may be a rumor. If it has an external extractor it's cast. Again experts chime in here, I think the 357/40 slides are a little beefier than the 9mm.

My first 239 was 357 sig and the second was .40 for which I got a 357 BarSto barrel for. Dandy little pieces.
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What little I know about Sig's manufacturing methods could be put on the
head of a pin. But seem to remember about the P-6 and the high pressures
they were concerned about the slide.See they normally take a piece and bend it over the breech block assembly.so the breech block is encapsulated
in steel. But the P239 in 40S&W the breech block is actaually machined into the receiver. I imagine the extra costs for doing that and it being a single stack magazine when everyone and his brother is out there trying to stuff like how to fit more rounds into a smaller package. Frank

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I read that article, I think it was a nice tribute. How do you like the Houges? I have fairly large hands and wouldnt mind something that fills my palm a bit more.
I like them, I have medium hands. After handling a 225-a1 with factory G-10s I wanted a set for the 239. They're fairly aggressive, I sanded the left grip a bit so it wouldn't wear through my shirt.
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I haven't bought a Sig handgun in almost twenty years, but whatever they cost, I think they are well worth it. Aside from excellent quality and reliability, I've found Sigs (at least in 9mm and .45 ACP) are generally more accurate than other similarly chambered pistols.
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What little I know about Sig's manufacturing methods could be put on the
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in steel. But the P239 in 40S&W the breech block is actaually machined into the receiver. I imagine the extra costs for doing that and it being a single stack magazine when everyone and his brother is out there trying to stuff like how to fit more rounds into a smaller package. Frank
Correct! There are a lot of differences between the 9 and 40 P239. The slides and frame are both slightly different with about a seven other parts. A 40/357 mag will not even fit in a 9mm frame.

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I bought a Glock 17 way back in 1986 (SN AY442) from a dealer in Lawton OK. I never could shoot that gun well. My groupings looked like a blast of buckshot.

Sold it in 2004 and picked up a Sig P239 police package (same gun, three mags) and was shooting groups where a few of the holes actually touched. Turns out I didn't suck as bad as I thought.

Still have it, just don't carry 9mm. If I need to go deep-concealment I have an XDs in .45acp.

Would trade it in a minute- but only for another P239 in .357sig.
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Congratulations on a Great Addition to the family

The P239 is a fantastic platform, especially for the 357SIG cartridge.

All of mine are chambered for the 357SIG





I have countless tens of thousand of 357SIG rounds down range with my SIGs going back to the mid 1990s

I do have a factory threaded 9mm barrel on hand so I can use any of my P239s as a suppressor host when I desire



SIG handguns chambered for the 357SIG cartridge have been the issued sidearms of the Texas Department of Public Safety (both Highway Patrol and Texas Rangers) along the the Secret Service and the Air Marshals service for many years.

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I bought a NIB 9mm P239 SAS last January that I fitted with G10 Piranah grips. They make a lot of difference in my ability to maintain my grip for followup shots, and I highly recommend them. Fortunately, I was able to score some new mags shortly thereafter. For those who can't locate a P239, and want a single stack 9mm with a bit longer grip surface, I would recommend the Sig P225 A1. It comes with factory G10 grips, and is every bit as good a cc as the P239 9mm. It's also still being made by Sig, however, that might change in the future. Good luck.
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The P239 is a fantastic platform, especially for the 357SIG cartridge.

All of mine are chambered for the 357SIG





I have countless tens of thousand of 357SIG rounds down range with my SIGs going back to the mid 1990s

I do have a factory threaded 9mm barrel on hand so I can use any of my P239s as a suppressor host when I desire



SIG handguns chambered for the 357SIG cartridge have been the issued sidearms of the Texas Department of Public Safety (both Highway Patrol and Texas Rangers) along the the Secret Service and the Air Marshals service for many years.

BTW, in case you have not noticed, I am a BIG fan of the 357SIG cartridge, especially for the Highway
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That is a nice selection you have there! I take it the SAS is DAO? With the light double action trigger on these I would not see that as a hindrance.

I like the .357 Sig round as well, though I don't currently have anything chambered in it. Its a very flat shooting cartidge!
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I'd like to add that although Sig isn't my favorite brand, whenever I see these threads like "If you could only have one handgun...." the 239 in 357 sig pops right into my head. My reasons are my own and too complex to describe right now.
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On other forums, there's some talk about Sig phasing out all but a few of their more popular hammer-fired handguns in order to remain competive. The P239 has been a Sig icon, and it's chambering versatility made it a great cc option. I guess it's too costly to produce. Too bad they didn't engineer the same versatility into the continuing P225-A1, which some say will be history before long.
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That is a nice selection you have there! I take it the SAS is DAO? With the light double action trigger on these I would not see that as a hindrance.

I like the .357 Sig round as well, though I don't currently have anything chambered in it. Its a very flat shooting cartidge!
All Gen 1 SAS pistols left the factory with the DAK trigger system. While DAK is an improved DAO, I am not a huge fan of it.



I prefer TDA or SAO in my auto pistols. I guess I am just old fashioned. I do have 357SIGs from multiple manufacturers.

While not as fun to shoot as a GAU-8 Avenger this HK will put quite a grin on your face

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Now that right there is home defense at its finest!
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I sold mine and I have always regretted it.
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Per Sig Talk, an Osage County Guns posting advises that Sig is streamlining much of its P-Series, hammer-fired models, and the P225 A-1 will be joining the P239 in being dropped from the 2020 Sig lineup. Both are classic single stacks. Grab 'em while you can. FYI, although the base plates are different, the P225 A-1 9mm magazines will fit and function in the P239.
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Was at a local gun show some years back and with my two shooting friends we bought a Sig P-6 in 9mm. No thought about it being a single stack mag either. Between the P-6 and the P239 (40S&W) I've qualified on every renewal for a concealed handgun permit. No fancy ammo either, just wal mart Win White Box. And on paper they are very accurate. Frank
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Never owned a Sig, never wanted a Sig. Sheet metal slides and a very
high price are a poor combination in my opinion. But...at a local auction
gallery a few weeks ago I spotted a P239 in 9mm in excellent condition
with two mags. I knew it had a blackened stainless slide like the larger
229 and had a feel of solid quality to me. So for $350 I won the bidding
and brought it home. My first ever Sig. I haven't shot it yet but it it
doesn't seem to have been fired much so I think it will probably be a
keeper. It's too big for a pocket but compact enough for CC in a belt
holster.
Early Sig slides were folded but hardly considered sheet metal. A folded slide has a breech block and a machined slide does not. Folded slides stopped being produced in early 90ís.
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Never owned a Sig, never wanted a Sig. Sheet metal slides and a very
high price are a poor combination in my opinion. But...at a local auction
gallery a few weeks ago I spotted a P239 in 9mm in excellent condition
with two mags. I knew it had a blackened stainless slide like the larger
229 and had a feel of solid quality to me. So for $350 I won the bidding
and brought it home. My first ever Sig. I haven't shot it yet but it it
doesn't seem to have been fired much so I think it will probably be a
keeper. It's too big for a pocket but compact enough for CC in a belt
holster.
Early Sig slides were folded but hardly considered sheet metal. A folded slide has a breech block and a machined slide does not. Folded slides stopped being produced in early 90ís. Either style is considered excellent quality and well proven by military and law enforcement.
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Early Sig slides were folded but hardly considered sheet metal. A folded slide has a breech block and a machined slide does not. Folded slides stopped being produced in early 90ís. Either style is considered excellent quality and well proven by military and law enforcement.
A "folded" slide is stamped sheet metal. The breech block is a
separate piece that is retained by a roll pin. A machined slide's
breech is simply part of the solid slide. During the US testing
process for the 9mm handgun to replace the 1911 the Sig 226
failed partly because the sheet metal slide would flex when
fired with warm ammo. This "bowing" during recoil cracked
the frame rails and is probably what led to the change in the
way slides are made by Sig.
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Took my Sig to the range today for the first time, and I am impressed! 65 rounds at 7, 15, and 25 yards, startin at 7 and ending at 15 (the last stage was 15 yards fairly rapid fire). All rounds were within an 8 inch circle, all on the paper ( I'm cheap, only used one target). The final stage I kept 24 rounds within 3 inches, most rounds within two. This little shooter is far more accurate than than I am! Needless to say this is my new carry gun!

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Thought you might like to know that magazines are out there, but supplies dry up quickly. Here's a link that was brought to my attention that still has some in stock. Enjoy!
Buy Sig Sauer P239 9mm 8rd Magazine for $43.99 | MAG-239-9-8
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I love the p239. I had the 357 Sig SAS. What a great pistol.


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It really annoys me that SIG discontinued the P239. It was such a great little carry pistol and their really aren't enough DA/SA hammer-fired pistols available today.

Hopefully one of these days they'll release a redesigned double-stack version that uses P365 Magazines. I would be all over that.
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Buy Sig Sauer P239 9mm 8rd Magazine for $43.99 | MAG-239-9-8
Thanks Ranger, I will check them out!
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Buy Sig Sauer P239 9mm 8rd Magazine for $43.99 | MAG-239-9-8
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Are they new or used condition?
I assume they're selling new mags. The ad doesn't specify, but considering the source's reputation and price, I assume they are new mags. If they don't show up new in Sig packaging, I'll be surprised, and will be making a call to Osage.

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I just picked up 2 nice P239s SAS. . A 9mm and a .40 cal. I just need to to find a 357 Sig barrel for the 40.


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I just picked up 2 nice P239s SAS. . A 9mm and a .40 cal. I just need to to find a 357 Sig barrel for the 40.


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Just checking to see if you read my reply above about the Bar Sto 357 Sig barrel I got for one of my 239s. As far as I know Sig doesn't have them any more so BarSto may be the only option for a new one.
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Took my Sig to the range today for the first time, and I am impressed! 65 rounds at 7, 15, and 25 yards, startin at 7 and ending at 15 (the last stage was 15 yards fairly rapid fire). All rounds were within an 8 inch circle, all on the paper ( I'm cheap, only used one target). The final stage I kept 24 rounds within 3 inches, most rounds within two. This little shooter is far more accurate than than I am! Needless to say this is my new carry gun!

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FYI: the 9mm P239 mags I ordered from Osage showed up today, and as expected were new, in sealed Sig packages.
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Just checking to see if you read my reply above about the Bar Sto 357 Sig barrel I got for one of my 239s. As far as I know Sig doesn't have them any more so BarSto may be the only option for a new one.
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It would be extremely tough to find a better self-defense handgun than the Sig P239. Mine is chambered for .40 S&W. I use 180 grain Fed HST LE ammo in it.

The Sig P239 is extremely reliable and incredibly accurate. Were I to bet, very, very few handguns, revolvers included, could compete with the P239's accuracy and especially reliability.

My guess is cost of production caused its demise. Striker-fired, polymer handguns at half the price of a P239 enticed many shooters to go with far less expensive handguns.
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I'm a huge fan of Sig's Short Reset Trigger kit. As the P239 has been discontinued, so have the SRT kits for them. They've becoming scarce as hen's teeth. Almost impossible to find.
I guy on another forum pointed these out to me on e-bay. I ordered one for my gun. If anybody is interested, nows the time.
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It would be extremely tough to find a better self-defense handgun than the Sig P239. Mine is chambered for .40 S&W. I use 180 grain Fed HST LE ammo in it.

The Sig P239 is extremely reliable and incredibly accurate. Were I to bet, very, very few handguns, revolvers included, could compete with the P239's accuracy and especially reliability.

My guess is cost of production caused its demise. Striker-fired, polymer handguns at half the price of a P239 enticed many shooters to go with far less expensive handguns.
Agreed. The only reason I have a striker fired gun is for the caliber with my 2 Glock 20s and one 29 in 10mm. My plastic hk 45s are aok though.

Maybe it's just me but for compact pistols my 239/357 sig and the Glock 29 both fully loaded feel heavy for their size. I never weighed them but my compact HK USP 45 feels lighter. Probably just illusionary on my part.
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