Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

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Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#1 Post by river251 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:06 pm

Hi, my first post here. I have arthritis in my right wrist. I want to start carrying a handgun and must pocket carry. I want to get extremely good so want to practice (300 rounds 2 or 3 times a week). I have narrowed it to two guns which both fit into the front pocket of my pants.

1. Sig P238 (HD or Spartan all steel frame), small but fairly heavy at 21oz unloaded, shooting 380
2. Walther PPS Mod 2. Larger gun, about the same weight 23oz, shooting 9mm.

Simple question: Which will be most comfortable (least recoil) for extensive target practice?

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Re: Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#2 Post by senorgrand » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:06 am

I would lean towards the heaviest gun you can carry shooting 9mm. 9mm is crazy cheap compared to 380 -- more time at the range.

That said, 380 out of a p238 HD is very mild.

If you can't rent these guns, I would suggest going to a gun store and at least try racking the slides -- arthritis might be a bigger determent to manipulating the slide than actually shooting it.

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#3 Post by senorgrand » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:07 am

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Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#4 Post by Bucolic » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:09 am

My wife has arthritis in her dominant hand and had a lot of trouble finding a comfortable pistol with a slide that she could easily rack and recoil that did not cause her pain. After trying several, including an LCR, she got a Sig 238 and is very happy with it. It’s easy to rack and soft to shoot, albeit not inexpensive.
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Re: Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#5 Post by atxgunguy » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:35 am

Out of the two, I'd go with the Sig P238.

Have you tried the Ruger LCRx in 9mm? The LCRx line has an excellent trigger, its single-action being incredibly pleasant with very low recoil. No slide-racking required. Ships with moon clips!

https://ruger.com/products/lcrx/models.html
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#6 Post by shinzen » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:04 am

Third on the P238- probably the softest shooting 380 I've ever owned, and makes for a very polite, albeit heavy, pocket companion.
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Re: Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#7 Post by danhue » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:59 pm

The P238 is smaller and lighter than the PPS. I know my P938 (9mm) is lighter than 21oz, so I checked the Sig website, and it says 16oz for the 938, and 15.2 for the 238. That's more like it.

The P938 is considered to be a good gun, but physics's a bitch, and it's hard (and not that much fun) to shoot well. I am not familiar with the .380 cartridge, but my guess is that the PPS will be a softer shooter. The specs are similar to the HK P30SK, which is a comfortable gun to shoot (albeit a little heavier - maybe you could consider it too). It's also close in specs to the Springfield XDS, which is also a nice gun.

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#8 Post by Bardo » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:57 pm

What ammo you use makes a big difference. Shooting nato/+p 9mm is much different than say a cheap FMJ 147gr.

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Re: Softest recoil: 9mm Walther PPS or .380 SIG P238?

#9 Post by highdesert » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:26 pm

+ P238 Lighter ammo in a heavier pistol is the way to go and SIGs are excellent. A heavier 380 would be a Walther PPK, Beretta Cheetah, and there are also Bersa, Cobra, Kimber, or Remington in 380.
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