P239 Owners, I Need Help/Advice
I'm looking to purchase a new(maybe used) pistol and I'm really interested in the P239 in .357SIG. The only problem is the slide catch/release. I handled 3 of these at a local gun shop. One was new and the other two were used and I, or any of the sales associates, couldn't release the slide one-handed. We all had to pull back slightly with our other hand while releasing the catch lever. I asked to handle some other SIGS (double-stacks) and I didn't run into this problem because the lever was angled slightly different. Do any of you experience this problem with your P239? Does SIG offer an extension? If so, does the extension present snagging problems for concealed carry?
My other top candidates are a Glock 19 or Beretta 92FS/M9. I know they're on the opposite ends of the spectrum from the P239 and I absolutely love the looks and feel of the P239 over those pistols, but the problem described above is enough to keep me from buying it. My life might depend on this weapon some day.
Also, if any of you have the P239 in .357SIG, how is the recoil?
P239 slide catch lever & Hogue rubber grips
Wow am I glad I Googled "P239 + hogue rubber grips slide release" and found this thread!
Originally Posted by Mike H.
I just bought the Hogue rubber grips for my P239 .40 cal. and after installing the new grips I inserted an empty magazine and found that when I pulled back the slide it would not release, but it would release with the magazine out of the pistol. I wanted to replace the custom wood grips, (which are beautiful), but not good for a lot of shooting. Anyway, the wood grips have a deep groove for the slide catch lever to work effortlessly, but the rubber grips do not.
So I inserted a loaded magazine and presto the slide flew forward with no problems!
Also, I bought the Hogue Grip Screws Hex Head Sig Sauer P239 Blue Package of 2 and they make the grips fit great and look good.
Thanks for the info.