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SIG Sauer P238 Tactical Laser No. 238-380-TL 380 ACP, $829

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1911 aficionados like the P238 for its trigger and laser activation. It was the best of the bunch in those functions. Ease in concealment took slightly more effort than the others.

SIG Sauer P238 Tactical Laser No. 238-380-TL 380 ACP, $829

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Some of the SIG laser apex: Laser brand; SIG Sauer; Activation, Pushbutton; Master On/Off, No; One-Hand/Ambi Activation, Yes/Yes; Automatic Shut Off, No; Beam Color, Red; Beam Modes, Steady Beam; Beam Intensity, 5mw, 633nm; Dot Size, 0.5 in. @ 50 ft.; Sight Adjustments, Windage, Elevation; Battery, (1) CR1/3N Lithium.
Most of these laser-fitted pocket pistols had small grips, and a tucked small finger was the best way to control them. This laser sight had a bolted-on look.
The SIG had the best activation button; it was ambidextrous and was easiest to use with just a slight push.
Sights are still required on laser-equipped pistol. At left, the Ruger sights were rudimentary at best, yet the pistol was easy to conceal. The SIG sights (right) were big, large, and glowed in the dark but were snag prone, which impedes draw. That is not what most of us want in a deep-conceal gun.

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