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SIG Sauer P239 SAS Gen 2.


THOSE LOOKING FOR WHAT SIG Sauer calls "the ultimate in concealed carry performance" should check out its new P239 SAS Gen 2. SAS stands for SIG Anti-Snag, which the company calls a "radical dehorning." It is, as you might expect, intended to allow concealed-carry users to draw the pistol without it catching on clothing or gear. The guns are assembled and tested by the technicians in the SIG Sauer Custom Shop.

Running my hand across the top of the automatic, I found no sharp edges on the sights, magazine release, the slide or any of the operator controls. A closer examination showed the extra work that's gone into the pistol: Additional smoothing and polishing of the slide at the muzzle end makes for easy holster entry, and similar work on the rear of the slide allows the gun to draw cleanly from leather gear even if somewhat hindered by outer clothing.

The trigger guard is rounded off, and the area below the trigger guard is covered with longitudinal lines for a sure grip. The synthetic grips feature impressed stippling on both panels and the arched mainspring housing. The grips are two-piece, easily removed by a screw on each side of the gun.

Directly behind the trigger is the magazine release, which has been carefully modified so it won't snag. The slide release is located behind the decocking lever, which is one of four safety devices on this gun. The P239 also has automatic firing pin safety lock that prevents contact of the firing pin and the cartridge unless you pull the trigger. The safety intercept notch keeps the hammer from striking the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled and, of course, the disconnector which assures that only one round will be fired with each trigger pull.


The gun fires double action only on the first round and then reverts to single action. The DA pull on my sample was a smooth 10 pounds; single action was four pounds with about 3/8 inch of slack before the sear broke.



The Gen 2 handgun features the Sig Sauer Short Reset Trigger and a shorter trigger. This results in shorter trigger travel, which in turn gives the shooter additional control during firing.

The gun is available in all black with a Nitron-finished slide or in a two-tone version with a stainless steel slide. I like the two-tone because makes a statement in your hand when the light is down low.

SIGLite night sights come as standard equipment. The rear sight has twin dots on each side of a well-defined notch; up front, the single blade contains one dot. Placing the three in a row it makes for an immediate sight picture even under stressful conditions or dimly lit lanes of fire.

Two magazines are furnished with each gun, and I think here SIG Sauer might have gone overboard with the magazine pad for such a compact gun. I'm an average guy with average hands, and even if I try very hard, my hand positions itself on only about one-quarter of this pad. While it is nicely engineered, I think something more streamlined and half the size would do well on this smaller-than-average handgun.


Each single-stack magazine holds 10 rounds, and the pistol's built-in magazine well allows for smooth insertion of the magazines.

Typical of SIG Sauer pistols, this one is easy to disassemble for cleaning or transport. Check the instruction book for more details but in brief, retract the slide, rotate the takedown lever (directly over the trigger) to a vertical position then move the slide forward and off the frame. Remove the recoil guide spring (keep it under control, and even then it's a good idea to wear eye protection during disassembly of any semiauto) and the barrel by pulling it to the rear, up and out of the slide

For the gearheads out there, the gun is short recoil, mechanically locked, and I have to give it high marks for functioning and performance at the range. During the test period with a wide variety of ammunition, I found the gun easy to shoot, and even with the heavier bullet weights the SIG Sauer felt like a gun double its weight in terms of how easy it was to control.

Part of that I'm sure is the pleasurable ergonomics of the piece as during a few hours of shooting, the recoil felt as if I was testing a gun in .380 ACP. For personal defense, I recommend the SIG Sauer P239 highly. Considering it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, in today's competitive marketplace, it's hard to beat.


P239 SAS GEN 2

TYPE: short recoil, mechanically locked semiauto

CALIBER: 9mm Luger, .357 SIG, .40 S&W


BARREL: 3.6 in.


WIDTH: 1.2 in.

HEIGHT: 5.2 in.

WEIGHT: 29.5 oz.

FINISH: Nitron black or stainless

STOCK: synthetic panels with impressed stippling

SIGHTS: SIGLite Night Sights

TRIGGER: DA/SA: double action, 10 lb.; single action, 4 lb.

PRICE: $1,053 (black), $1,093 (two-tone)


                              Bullet          Muzzle
9mm Luger                  Weight (gr.)   Velocity (fps)

Hornady Critical Defense       115            1,013
Remington Metal Case           115            1,069
Remmgton Subsonic              147              968

                             Standard          Avg.
9mm Luger                   Deviation      Group (in.)

Hornady Critical Defense        15             2.0
Remington Metal Case            16             2.5
Remmgton Subsonic               19             3.0

Notes: Accuracy results are averages of three five-shot groups
fired from a rest at 25 yards. Velocities are averages of 15
shots clocked over an Oehler Model 35P chronograph set 12 feet
from the muzzle.
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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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