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Review: The Sig P238

Sig Sauer's P238 is a great pistol for female concealed carriers

The Sig Sauer P238 Pistol (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) The Sig Sauer P238 Pistol (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

It passes the "Wife Test" and every woman who sees it wants it. It’s the Sig Sauer P238 with an engraved rose gold slide and accents in .380 ACP caliber. I guess that makes it a girl’s gun but it’s only one of the 20 or so models of the 238 offered by Sig with one sure to appeal to almost any consumer. What’s the "Wife Test?" When I receive a handgun touted as suitable for women’s self defense I hand it to my wife and ask her to check it out. If she can’t run the slide, lock it to the rear, manipulate the controls and manage the trigger it’s probably not suitable. I have several other test subjects as well, like the gals in the office and ProShop at Gunsite. If the women say it’s good to go I take their word for it. If not, well, I report that too.

Self-defense handguns suitable for concealed carry are the bright light in an otherwise dim firearms sales outlook. Whether you see it as sales returning to normal levels from their overheated highs or a general slowdown, the facts are that sales figures are down for most manufacturers. But wait, small, easily concealed handguns, and especially those appealing to the women’s market are selling and selling well. Companies making quality products aimed at this market are thriving with Sig Sauer’s P238 being an excellent example of the kind of pistol concealed carriers, and especially women, are looking for.

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