Hopeful that the new barrel and updated extractor would resolve my issues, I made it out to the range this afternoon with a goal to find out if the failure to extract issues had been resolved. The video below contains the unboxing of the returned pistol and 150 rounds fired at the range today.
50 Federal 115 Grain FMJ - No Issues
50 Winchester 115 Grain FMJ - 1 Failure to Fire
25 Remington/UMC 115 Grain JHP - 1 Failure to Extract
25 American Eagle 124 Grain FMJ - 2 Failures to Extract
150 total rounds - 3 Failures to Extract and 1 Failure to Fire
My Final Thoughts on the P938
As you can see from the video, today was not a trouble-free day. I continued to have intermittent problems with extraction and had one more failure to fire pop up. My goal was to find one FMJ practice load that would work in the pistol over 50 rounds. I found the Federal 115 Grain FMJ passed that test. Three other tested ammunition varieties failed. 25% success isn't what I was looking for after the second service trip. Also you may notice the wildly erratic ejection if you watch the video in large screen format with the resolution turned up. I had at least 2 empties fly straight back into my head. Some rounds ejected with gusto and others just dribbled out. I found it very strange that Sig tested the repaired pistol with 75 American Eagle 115 grain FMJ, but I had a failure with American Eagle 124 grain FMJ.
I'm invested in the pistol so I'm going to stick it out and see if a recall goes out on this model instead of forcing the issue and sending it back a 3rd time. I will take it back out to the range and verify that the hotter defense loads still operate 100% in the pistol. The pistol is really ammo fussy at this point, but with other carry options I can afford to keep this one out of the rotation while I continue to test different loads to find out what it likes. If you are looking for a pistol you can pull out of the box that will eat anything you feed it, you should probably look elsewhere. After 2 trips back to the factory for service, I'm actually skeptical that it will ever be that forgiving on ammo selection.
After my own 550 rounds though the pistol, I should be at the point testing carry loads for reliability. Unfortunately, I'm all the way back at the beginning of the vetting process and trying to find a break-in/range load that will work in the pistol reliably. If you are researching this pistol for your own purchase, I encourage you to look at the experiences of others that own the P938 Extreme. From comments placed on my videos and blog, I'm not the only one experiencing issues with the 938.
This has turned out to be the review that just won't die, but I need to bring this to closure and move on to other projects. I had really high hopes for the pistol and was really excited about tracking one down during the early stages of release to the market. I really thought it would be a good fit for me. Unfortunately, it's been very problematic and will be relegated to a "project pistol" instead of the reliable carry option I hoped it would be. If you've read my previous reviews, I don't consider myself to be a difficult person to please or biased "for" or "against" any manufacturer. I praise Sig for the concept, but am generally unhappy with the execution of the concept as delivered in the P938.