The SIG P290 Rainbow is another in a series of multi-chromatic pistols introduced by the company over the pastÂ severalÂ years. Â While some people hate the look, there are a lot of people who really like it.
At this year’s SHOT Show, SIG Sauer showed the latest of these color changing handguns, and I have to say it looks a lot better in person that it does in photos. Â I’m not sure I would ever buy one, but they are eye-catching.
The SIG P238 Tribal is just one of the new variations of existing guns that SIG Sauer showed at the SHOT Show this year. Â Generally, the company will roll out several variations of their popular guns at the show, with some of them becoming permanent additions to the line, while others become limited runs. Â The P238 line has seen quite a few variations during the past few years.
The P238 Tribal is little different from the standard pistol in function and size. Â The gun is still a single-action, subcompact handgun chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge. Â It has a 2.7″ barrel length and weighs only 15.2 ounces (unloaded and without a magazine.)
I suppose everyone knows the US military’s standard sidearm is the M9, which is also the Beretta 92FS pistol. Â A lot of people know the US Navy SEALs issue the Mk25 pistol, also known as the SIG SAUER P226. Â Fewer people are familiar with the M11 pistol, or that civilians can purchase an exact duplicate of the M11-A1.
The SIG P938 pistol has generated a lot of interest from shooters ever since word of it leaked in late 2011. Â The P938 is a single-action-only handgun chambered in 9mm.
I can understand why this pistol would generate a lot of interest. Â Essentially, the P938 is a 9mm version of the very popular SIG p238 handgun. Â Talking with one of the SIG reps, he said that the pistol has the same look and feel of the P238, and it doesn’t feel much larger than the .380 ACP gun. Â It is possible that many of the same holsters that fit the P238 will also work for the P938.
The SIG P938 will come in a variety of packages that have become standard across the classic SIG line including Equinox, Rosewood and Extreme. Â Night sights are standard, with one option utilizing a TRUGLO tritium-fiber optic front sight.
The SIG SAUER P290 will have a new trigger system soon, according to Jeff Creamer, the company’s Director of Product Management. Â Talking to Tom Gresham on the nationally syndicated radio show, GunTalk, Creamer said the new P290 trigger system will be a “true” double-action-only (DAO) system with a “second strike” capability.
The current generation of SIG P290 uses a trigger that is pre-cocked DAO instead of a traditional DAO. Â According to Creamer, another benefit to the new trigger system is a lighter pull-weight: Â 7.5 pounds instead of about 9 pounds. Â Nice.
The “second strike” capability allows the shooter to pull the trigger a second (or third, fourth or fifth) time if the gun fails to fire. Â With many semi-auto firearms, pulling the trigger a second time will never fire the weapon, because the gun did not cycle causing the firing system to reset. Â With a trigger system like what will be in the new P290, pulling the trigger resets the firing system and allows the firing pin another whack at the ammunition.