March 2013

Another Brace of Nines: SIG’s New P938 Takes on S&W Shield

Initially, SIGs P938 pleased us immensely, but as testing proceeded, we found it had tons of problems. So wed pick the S&W M&P Shield over it, and save money in the bargain.

Once again we look at a pair of small 9mm Luger handguns in our ongoing search for pocket-pistol nirvana. Both of these guns are relatively new designs, and we might mention we notice a strong trend in interest in these small backup nines, which every maker now seems to have in one or more versions. This time we have the SIG Sauer P938 Extreme ($823) and the S&W M&P Shield ($449 from on our plate. We tested them with three types of ammo, Russian WPA 115-grain FMJs, Cor-Bon Pow’Rball 100 grain, and Ultramax 127-grain round-nose cast lead. We were unable to obtain any heavy-bullet ammo for this test. Ammo is scarce these days. Here’s what we found.

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