Sporting a matte black finish and a magazine capacity up to 10+1, the SIG P239 not only looks the part of secret service heater, but plays it just as well. I found that in local IDPA-esque scrimmages, I shot consistently as well as I normally do with a full-sized Glock. At 10 yards the plates had better invest in Kevlar protection because they had nowhere to hide. Intrigued by the small gun’s big performance, I decided to shoot it from a rest at 15 yards to get a better idea of how well she’d group. At that distance I could cover my grouping with a silver dollar, and at greater distances, a DGU’s legality would be seriously questionable.
The SIG 239 feels heavier than its relatively slim profile and grip makes you believe it should be. In this regard, it is “old-school” compared to the polymer-framed, striker-fired (PFSF) pistols that are all the rage.
The usual S-S consistency of barrel to slide, and barrel to locking cam were there. No play was detected when vigorously wiggling the barrel while field-stripped, and only the slightest bit of play in the slide to frame fit was evident.
The P239 was designed to meet the demands of law enforcement and federal agents for a slim, single-stack pistol for concealed carry, and it is available in 9mm, .357 Sig, and .40 S&W. The model reviewed here is the 9mm with the Concealed Carry Package. The SIG P239 is nicely sized for concealed carry, with dimensions similar to that of a Colt Officer’s Model. The pistol sports a 3.6 inch barrel, and weighs in at slightly less than 30 ounces empty. The gun is just large enough to permit a full grip and easy handling, even with larger hands.