SIG P938 NIGHTMARE: The Ever Expanding Quest for the Perfect CCW Video

Hello, everybody, and welcome back to the Chinocabra channel. I know that it’s been a while since I’ve talked to you. I’ve been very busy and hadn’t had time to get on the channel. The tenets of the channel, what the channel represents, still remain front and foremost on the radar screen, so to speak.

Today I wanted to do a short video and show you and check out what I’m looking at currently in my ever-expanding quest for the perfect CCW. I have covered this firearm before on this channel, and this is the SIG P238 380 in the Nitron, I believe.

What I’m looking at currently, though, is this one right here, SIG P938 Big Brother in 9 mil. What do you think of that? It’s a beauty, isn’t it? The newest offering in this family… I’m going to get these holsters out of the way. Incidentally, these are just small, I think, DeSantis on both of them for the 238 and this is just a inside/outside cup-style holster for the 938 currently.

These are the two firearms. One, the 238, I’m running on a flush-fit mag right now. The 938, I’m running the plus one, but as a backup, I also have and I probably should bring out just for the purposes of the demonstration on the table, there we go, the flush-fit mag on the 938.

The purpose of today’s short video is just a side-by-side comparison of the P238 versus the P938 with some stats for you in case you were taking a look at this particular firearm. I’m going to move the 238 out of the way for the moment and focus on the 938.

Now this particular version that I have right here happens to be the P938 Nightmare. Nightmare is actually what they called it. It doesn’t come with these grips original. The grips that it normally comes with are the Hogue Black Diamond wood grips. I replaced these with the Hogue plasticized grip tac. I like them a little bit better, although it does add some thickness onto this gun.

Let’s scoot down here a little bit closer so you can see it a little bit better. Locked open, safe cleared, all that kind of stuff. The P938 Nightmare is chambered a 9 x 19 mm, so it’s a 9 mil. SAO, which is single-action only, with the 7.5 pound trigger pull. That’s what we have right here, safe cleared.

It doesn’t have a skeletonized trigger, but it does have a semi-skeletonized hammer, 7.5 pound trigger pull, roughly, thereabouts, OAL, overall length, is about 5.9 inches with 3.9 inch height, 1.1 inch width right here across the breech of the slide with a 3 inch barrel. 4.2 inch sighting radius in this version comes standard with SIG light night sights.

It is anodized aluminum with a stainless black nitron-coated slide, so it’s heavier. It’s going about a 1 pound carry weight empty, so you’re looking at about 1.2 pounds fully loaded out. Comes with the option of those magazines that I showed you, either this one with the plus one base place or the flush-fit magazine.

This is a six-round magazine, and this is a seven-round magazine. My mileage is, is that I like it better if I have to with this magazine. It just fits in hand. It fits better. I can actually… I have pretty big hands, and I can wrap my pinky, a three-finger grip along the side, and it’s suitable carry for me just like that.

With the flush-fit mag, it’s a little tighter. It’s a two-finger grip. It’s two-finger grip and then I would have to cup in this manner to stabilize that bottom finger. Either way, they’re nice mags. They’re all steel-constructed mags, and I really like them.

Six-round capacity, seven-round capacity. Like I said, the frame is anodized aluminum. The slide is a black nitron-coated stainless. This is a 1911-style beaver tail frame in a compact pistol, which I really like.

One of the reasons why I like it is because it has an ambi safety right here. If you check out the safety from the right side or from the left side, whichever shooter you are, you can release that safety, and it is a positive, active safety for carrying.

So if I want to carry it round in the tube chamber back, I have that active, positive safety. There is not a grip safety like you would find on a 1911, but at the same time, I feel very confident carrying this firearm in this manner as opposed to say a Glock.

As much as I love Glocks… I never say anything bad about Glocks, but I do worry sometimes about having that trigger and trigger well fully covered when I’m carrying that around. So that’s something to think about, and I just do like the 1911 style. It’s awesome.

This gun is really a sweet piece, but it’s not common man in my opinion, retailing somewhere around the $800 mark. So you’re looking, while you still can with legislation being what it is, at needing to find this on the secondary market trade, buy used, that kind of thing.

Let’s look real quick… for the purposes of this video and demonstration, I changed the grips out on this Sig, although I had forgotten that this has a stainless slide. The P238 and 380ACP, and let’s just have a look-see at length and width, you know, side by side, there we go.

P238 right here, P938 right here, it is slightly longer and slightly thicker on all accounts, but height is almost exactly the same. I don’t know if you can tell that from camera angle and that kind of thing, but height, very little difference. Hammer back on both, very, very similar.

So that’s what you’re looking at. There’s a pretty good angle from what my monitor sees. Both of them have these Sig light night sights on them. Superior firearms all the way around from what I can tell.

The quality, the craftsmanship, the workmanship that goes into Sig Sauer, you can just feel it. You can feel it when you pull that trigger, the break, the snap on the active safety. All the way around, superior performance pistols in my opinion.

I don’t think as far as a concealed carry option, that you can really go wrong with either one of these. I opted to go into a caliber that I am more frequently in possession of, which is the 9 x 19. So I had been looking for this, and I am glad that I finally found of these.

In the Nightmare, which is what I’m looking for, I like black guns. I like FDE guns. I sure do… I guess I’m nondenominational. I take it back, but that Sig right there blew me away when I saw it. A buddy of mine offered a trade that I could not resist. I had a limited Kel Tec PF9 in FDE that you see on this channel, went by the wayside to procure this Sig 938 Nightmare.

I hope you like it as well as I do. This is not by any means meant to be a comprehensive review. It’s a channel introduction to yet another firearm that I think is superior.

What are the drawbacks that I found so far with this? Well, one of the drawbacks is, is that the magazine engagement and disengagement is pretty easy to disengage a magazine when you’re putting this into your waistband or whatever.

You can disengage it just a little bit out of that and you’re out of battery all of a sudden, out of battery meaning that you cannot charge this slide and move around into the chamber appropriately if you’re out of battery like, and that can happen quite easily.

So I’m looking at holster options right now. If anybody has any ideas about that, feel free to chime in. That’s always welcome on this channel. I will never promote to you that I am the authority on any of these things. I’m simply providing my mileage.

While I’m at that, I’d like to shout out right now and say thank you to all of the people that have subbed my channel. I certainly do appreciate that. It’s always nice to know that there are people that have common interests and support and can weigh in with great comments from time to time.

This has been the Chinocabra channel with an introduction and a side-by-side of the Sig P938 Nightmare versus the Sig P238 380 ACP. I hope you enjoyed this. I hope you will come back again very shortly. I’m sure that I’ll have a couple more videos rolling out as time permits. Please weigh in, rate, comment, subscribe to the channel, and I will catch up with you soon.