Wife got her a pistol. What compromises did we make?
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    Wife got her a pistol. What compromises did we make?

    Hi all,

    After months a consideration and a few trips to the guns hop and range, my wife finally picked out a pistol for concealed carry purposes. Originally, we had been considering the 9mm Shield, the XDs in 9mm, the Ruger LCP and the Nano. We were pretty sure it would be one of those four. She'd handled all of them and shot them as well. She liked the XDs the most and we were almost ready to buy. Then we were shown a Sig P938 and she fell in love with it immediately... The look, the feel, the function all felt right to her (she likes the way my 1911 works which is where this comes from I think). And after she bought it she ran a box of cheap range ammo reloads through it and was very happy. No problems at all.

    So. We'd I'd been approaching this very deliberately. Researching each model, reading reviews, analyzing the features etc.... And what needed up happening was that we did what I hate doing... Buying blind. After the fact I have read some reviews and am aware of some of the problems they had shortly after release. Seems like they have resolved all that and as I said, we had no problems and will likely run some more ammo through it this week.

    All that said, what compromises did we make with respect to carry. SAO trigger versus DA on the models we'd been looking at? How does that effect the carry ability of it? This is is her first pistol and we are novices to carrying (see my other thread from a few weeks back). We have small kids. She plans to carry IWB and will be ordering a cross breed shortly. She liked the grip safety on the XDs and sadly the Sig doesn't have one despite it being a 1911 style pistol. Should that concern us? I am of the mind that carrying a 1911 cocked and locked is the right method... But mine has that grip safety that hers lacks.

    I don't really want to debate size, caliber, cost, or even reputation of that model.

    Anyway, not really sure what I am looking for with this thread. Honestly, if this pistol doesn't work out and we have to go through a couple to find the one that is perfect for her need then we are fine with that. This is only the start of our journey I know. I guess I am looking for a bit of affirmation. My gut says that since she loves it, she'll train with it, carry it and be proud of it. And that is worth more intrinsically than having the perfect feature set.

    Thanks in advance for your insight.

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    Good purchase. If Your looking for a good IWB holster, but not looking to spend alot, You might consider a holster by ALIEN GEAR or AEGIS ARMORY, both are cheaper than a CROSSBREED. The one from Aegis starts at $55 and can also be worn OWB. The one from Alien starts at $29.88. Check them out You might like them.

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  4. You did it right. You let her pick her own gun. Now go to the range and burn lots of ammo! Tell her congratulations on a good choice.

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    You did extremely well having her pick out her own firearm compared to many who come on here.

    Being a novice, I advise practicing sweeping the safety off. All the other firearms have passive safeties, making it easier to just grab the firearm and shoot (which is a good in self defense). A thumb safety has been used for a very long time, very well, but it takes practice to confidently sweep it off under stress.

    Does the 938 have an ambi safety? If so practice sweeping the safety with her reaction hands as well (assuming she is right handed). If not, see how well she can sweet off the left side safety with her left hand...this is the only issue I have with my 238 that does not have an ambi safety.

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  6. As other said, you did not do wrong. Yet, one word of advice: do not under-estimate how much the SAO trigger and carrying in condition 1 could impact your wife's performance in a fight. I added a link to a thread on another forum. This guys is an avid handgun collector and shooter who also has a Youtube channel under The Yankee Marshal moniker.

    I will not be carrying my 1911's any longer.

    I carry either DA/SA or DAO, but not my 1911. When I play on the range with all my guns, I almost invariably end up pulling the trigger of my 1911 with the manual safety engaged. I've been several times very close (but never did) to buy a Sig p238 only to by reminded of the above.

    My suggestions for her is for now on stop playing with SA/DA and DAO guns while in the range, and stick to her SAO and your 1911 to avoid messing up her manual safety disengaging muscle memory.

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    What's the compromise? Your wife was once unarmed and is no longer an easy target. She wins no matter which gun she gets.

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    While brand, caliber, price, etc., are all valid considerations, at the end of the day it comes down to two considerations: does it meet HER needs and does it feel like it was made for her hand. The 938 is an excellent carry piece; you don't need to be second guessing this decision.

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    That's a real nice gun. She won't be disappointed. Been looking at getting one myself.
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    Awesome choice. I switched from carrying DAO, to carrying my 1911 cocked and locked a few years ago. It was a little unnerving at first, but I just kept telling myself that these things were designed 100+ years ago and are still super popular for a reason.

    I've got myself in the habit of knocking the safety down every time I practice drawing and it doesn't concern me one bit.

    When i picked up my 938, I went with a...

    Sig Sauer P938

    ..dual carry holster. They were one of the few people that had a 938 holster in-stock at the time. I love it. Very well made.

    If I could just find cheap 9mm ammo anymore...

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    There are holsters designed for the 238/938 that will push the safety off for her during the draw. Multi holsters makes one I believe. I have yet to make a Spartan holster for my 238...but if I do, I'll make it so it pushes the safety off for when I carry it on my reaction side as a bug (since I have a hard time with it being non ambi).

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