By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the SIG 239 semi-automatic pistol.
These are a very high quality concealed carry pistol made in both the U. S. and Switzerland. They are made in 9mm, .40 cal and .357 automatic. They are fed by a single-column box magazine which holds up to 10 rounds of 9mm or eight rounds of .40 cal or .357 automatic, depending on exactly what magazine is used.
These are available in three basic action types, a DAO (double action only), the standard DA/SA, (double-action, single-action) as well as the newer DAK trigger system which is a DAO trigger with a 6.5 lb trigger pull.
They are available with a SAS (Sig anti-snag) dehorned or “melted” variation which rounds off sharp corners and snags, making it more comfortable to carry and use.
These weapons are used by DHS, ICE and NCIS. They are also used by many local police agencies. Weapons with a G in their serial numbers are government contract guns.
The pictured pistol is a .357 SIG. It is fitted with the Hogue rubber grips which make it a little less concealable (rubber tends to grab at cover fabric) but a LOT more pleasant to shoot. The overall length of the pistol is 6.6 inches, height is 5.1 inches and the barrel is 3.6 inches in length. The sights are very decent.
I own two of these pistols, one in 9mm and one in .357 SIG automatic. They are a good carry piece, weighing about 26 ounces with an empty magazine, depending on caliber. The .357 slide is significantly more massive than the others due to the intensity of the cartridge. A GI .45 has slide acceleration of about 19 fpsps with military ball. The .357 has a slide velocity of about 63 fpsps. The gun is very “whippy” to shoot, though the cartridge is very effective. The Secret Service carried it for a time and possibly still does.
If you like or can manage the single-action double-action switch, or don’t mind the DAO format, these can be a very good choice for everyday carry.