June 1998

Sig Sauer P239: A Very Good Compact .357 Sig Pistol

The Sig was the only reliable pistol in this three-gun test. The Glock 29 failed to extract, while the AMT DAO Back Up failed to feed and fire.

There are a number of firearms available that don’t have any competitors. They are unique in one or more respects, such as caliber, size or design. Since it wouldn’t be fair to compare dissimilar products, we occasionally evaluate them individually. This is the case for the Sig Sauer, Glock and AMT compact pistols in this article. The Sig Sauer P239 in this test is chambered for the .357 Sig cartridge. This bottleneck cartridge is based on a .40 S&W case that is necked down to accept a .357-inch bullet. Some of the ammunition in this caliber is touted as having velocities that are equal to the .357 Remington Magnum.

The Glock 29 is a compact 10mm pistol. Frankly, we are surprised Glock i...

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