I feel like I should preface this review by saying I’m an unashamed Glock fanboy, specifically the Glock 19 but that’s not the point of this review. I’m going to dive into the Sig P938 from a perspective of a Glock fan but not in the sense you would normally think.
I plan to give the gun a fair assessment since I bought the gun with my hard-earned money. So let’s see what the Sig Sauer P938 pistol is all about.
History of Sig Sauer
Sig Sauer GmbH is a German-based firearms manufacturer that started in 1976 but before that SIG was a Swiss company and in 1976 joined J.P. Sauer & Sohn to form what we know today to be Sig Sauer.
Originally Sig created SIGARMS in 1985 to import the P220 and the P230 model handguns into the US market. After a few changes and being sold, finally in 2007 Sig Sauer created what you now know today as Sig’s US branch of their company “Sig Sauer, Inc.” based in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Sig P938 Overview
First, let me explain why I have the Sig 938. I wanted to get a gun for my wife to start shooting before she took her concealed carry course to get a concealed handgun permit in North Carolina. As a Glock fan, I wanted wanted to get her a Glock 43 or 48, but in the middle of the Gun Apocalypse 2020 I couldn’t find one.
I did however come across a Sig P938 on consignment and after handling it for a few minutes figured, what the heck, it’ll do for now.
So that’s the story on how I became a Sig P938 owner. I’m gonna dive into the gun from my perspective and while it’s not a new gun on the market or even a really popular option anymore, I think it still has relevance.
Sig pistols are known to be feature rich, maybe not for buttons and switches and fancy doodads, but for high capacity magazines in smaller and smaller frame designs.
The Sig P938 made its debut in January 2011 at Shot Show. Several versions of the P938 have since been released to include the Scorpion, Extreme, Equinox, Nightmare, AG (Aluminum Grip), SAS (SIG Anti-Snag), and Legion.
The model that I picked up with the P938 Scorpion, so we’ll focus on the ins-and-outs of the Scorpion. (Not to be confused with the CZ Scorpion)
P938 Ammo Capacity
The P938 comes with two 7 round magazines in the box. One has an extension on it and the other does not. Now, I need to rant for just a second.
Is there anyone on planet Earth that actually enjoys or carries the magazine without the extension for your pinky? I found those magazines to be a waste, and I hardly ever used them due to the compact guns they come on needing the extra length for your pinky.
This gun seems to fall short on ammo capacity given the current lineup of Sig pistols and the high magazine capacity. But taking into account that this gun was introduced in 2011, the 7 round magazine seems sufficient.
The magazine well is straight and to the point. Quite literally, the P938’s magazine well is nothing but straight hard defined lines. There is not even the slightest bit of magazine flair on the P938.
It’s still pretty easy to get the magazine into the magazine well but if you miss the magazine well changing your mag, don’t expect any help correcting your aim with the P938.
To me, grip and ergonomics of a handgun are the most important features. If it doesn’t feel good in your hand, you aren’t going to like it. This is part of the reason I’m so partial to Glocks. They all feel similar, and I like how they fit in my hand.
I was extremely surprised by the Sig P938 from the moment I picked it up. It felt great, and by great, I mean solid built, and when I established my master grip, my trigger finger rested just at the end of the trigger well. Transiting my finger to the trigger to fire was quick and fluid.
Now I’ll be the first to admit I have smallish hands, so this gun fits great. If I had to compare, it fits about like a Glock 43 does except this frame is cold and sturdy metal.
The sights almost fooled me… at first glance I thought they were Trijicon sights and I thought to myself surely Sig didn’t shit the P938 with Trijicon sights.
After just a hair of research, I discovered they are actually Meprolight night sights. The all-metal construction is nice in the event you have to rack your slide on something hard. The tritium looked good in total darkness, but I don’t know much about Meprolight sights or their longevity.
I’ll update this post when I have more time behind the sights about any issues I have with them.
There really isn’t the ability to add a red dot sight to the P938. What I saw with a quick Google search was Hi-Viz and Sig factory sights and an option to switch out the Mepro iron sights.
There was a number of options for iron sights including fiber optic and other tritium based night sights.
I always struggle with controls. Five or so years ago, I decided to do the unthinkable and simplify my pistol lineup. I went to all Glocks and the reason behind that was I wanted to be 110% familiar with the platform that I carried 99.9% of the time.
I didn’t want to question if my EDC had a safety, what the trigger was like, where’s my slide stop, where’s my magazine release. I needed all that to be like second nature. The reason I tell you all that is so the next three things I go over: Safety, Magazine Release, and Slide Stop are all going to be from the perspective I’ve laid out above.
Like I said from the beginning, I think it’s important to address and acknowledge the inherent firearms bias I have.
I loath a pistol safety. Hate them. They are pointless, and they get in my way. Plus, you are taught to never trust the safety, it’s mechanical and they can fail.
But for the purpose of this review, I decided to become familiar with the P938’s safety. A few nights ago, I sat on my couch watching TV using the thumb safety on the P938 in every way I could imagine.
I don’t have a holster for my P938 so I couldn’t practice it but I did stand up and present the pistol to target, take that evil villain of whatever movie I was watching at the time, and disengage the safety while bringing the gun to target.
The safety is strong. It has a loud auditable click when it’s engaged and disengaged. Using it with your thumb can become tiring, granted this was repeated a hundred of more times over the course of a few hours – definitely not a realistic scenario.
I still hate pistol safeties but this safety isn’t awful and if this was used in a life or death situation I don’t see the safety standing in your way of being able to fire as long as you train with it appropriately.
The magazine release button is located on the left side of the gun clearly made for right handed shooters, no issue for me since I’m not wrong handed (sorry lefties, be right or be wrong).
It’s a circular metal button but like many 1911 style guns the magazine will catch if you don’t depress all the way and hold the magazine release button down till the magazine falls out completely.
No issues with the magazine release but nothing to write home about either.
One thing I think Glock dropped the ball on is the slide stop/catches. It’s a minor issue and there are aftermarket parts that fix my biggest complaint. I say that so you know I’m a stickler for slide stops.
P938’s slide stop is located directly in the middle of the gun and mimics what you would see on a 1911 style pistol.
The trigger pull is very similar to a 1911. There is almost no take up to the wall and then the break is crisp and deliberate. The pull is also straight back.
There’s no rail on this gun and quite honestly it’s too small to warrant a flashlight attachments.
The aftermarket accessories for the P938 is ripe. There are a number of companies offering holsters, kydex and soft holsters. There are a number of replacement iron sights available as well as grips.
The scorpion that I got is a shade of tan (I’ve been called color blind so take that for what you will). The guns milling on the slide is stylish but also functional. The gun has black accents that compliment it well.
I’ve shot the Sig P238 which is the 380 version of the Sig P938 and it was one of the softest shooting guns I’ve ever shot and I was hoping the Sig P938 would be similar. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It has slightly more recoil than a Glock 43 which is not a light recoiling gun. As I stated before I have smaller hands and I shoot it and control the recoil quite well but my friends with larger hands do not like the P938.
They say they have a hard time getting a good grip on the diminutive gun and the recoil seems larger to them because the gun moves more in their hands. I’ve talked to small-statured women who love this gun and shoot it extremely well while their larger husband can’t shoot it at all. The metal frame doesn’t do anything to help soak up recoil and send vibrations right through your hand. If you’re getting a lot of contact with the grip it’s not an issue but if you have large hands that don’t have a lot of surface contact it really increases felt recoil. Based on my experience I think hand size is going to be the determining factor if this gun will work for you.
If you’re a man or a woman with small hands I and you’re looking for a 1911 style micro 9mm I think you’ll be well served with the Sig P938.
Being the Glock fan that I am I was very surprised at how much I actually like this gun. It’s a very compact 1911 style gun and given the size of my hand it actually isn’t a bad shooting gun, but if you have large hands you may disagree.
I would consider getting your hands on one before making the determination wether to buy the P938.