Sig P232 for CC


November 25, 2008, 07:08 PM
I saw a sig P232 (.380), two tone today, that I am thinking of getting as my concealed carry weapon. I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with them, and what you think of them...... or if you have any other recommendations for something that you think would be better and not too much more expensive (the one that I saw today was $750)?

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November 25, 2008, 07:12 PM
If you like .380 then the Sig is top of the line; however, that price is way too high. A good price for a two-tone is in the neighborhood of $580.

November 25, 2008, 07:20 PM
Yah, I actually haven't fired ANYTHING yet (not since I was much younger anyway), my husband is taking me to the range on Saturday to teach me, and I am taking the safety/CC class at the range in a couple of weeks. I have a 9mm Ruger SR-9, which I love (no, I haven't shot it yet, but it feels good in my hand and all), but I think I would like something smaller & lighter, to fit in a sotb holster for CC. As far as price goes..... the sig site lists MSRP @ $786.00, and from what I have seen the shops in my area are all pretty much the same prices. Is there someplace else I should be looking?

Big Dave
November 25, 2008, 07:30 PM
The Sig 232 is a pretty large gun for a 380. I believe it's also a blowback design, so the recoil may be no less than a 9mm.

November 25, 2008, 07:31 PM
If the price is to salty for you and you like the P232, you might want to look around for a P230, which was the P232's predecessor. Its basically the same gun with some minor differences. I have two blued P230's, and paid $250 and $300 for them. Both were basically "as new" when I got them.

Like the P232, they are great shooters, and just great all around little guns. Much nicer and easier to shoot well with than the PPK's and others of similar size.

To give you an idea as to the differences



November 26, 2008, 12:09 AM
I have a 232 and it's a well made gun, easy to disassemble and light. I found it easy to shoot. It does have a bit of a bite to it and my hand was tired after 100 rounds. Probably restrict myself to 50 rounds of range practice at a time.

I like it. No problems out of the box.

November 26, 2008, 04:58 AM
Shoot one before you buy.

Try Glock 26, Kahr 9mm's, Sig 239, Keltec PF-9 even.

Be careful if you put your gun behind your back--you can fall on it. Belly bands are an alternative.

November 26, 2008, 05:35 AM
I wonder what other D.A./S.A. autos out there weighing 20oz loaded also have a full 3-finger grip frame?

November 26, 2008, 08:54 AM
Got it right this time... I think

moi_self26, look here;

November 26, 2008, 09:28 AM
Here's a cheaper P232 and this dealer is top notch; however, currently out of stock. Give them a call if interested and order one.

A lot cheaper than your listed price, locally:

November 26, 2008, 06:15 PM
With all of the pocket rockets out there becoming so popular, the larger sized .380s are getting pretty inexpensive used. I purchased a P232SL for $400 a few years ago when they were going for $650-$700 new. It was hardly used. Personally I like the larger .380s over the pocket rockets because it gives me more barrel to " reach out and touch something if need be". The 232 is also the sleekest, easiest carrier that I own. High Noon Holsters has a great tuckable for it. I use a Clipdraw on mine in the winter months.

Ben Shepherd
November 26, 2008, 06:27 PM
P232's are a blow-back design, so recoil is stiff for a 380. My sister carries one, and while it doesn't hurt, it does have enough recoil that she limits range sessions to around 100 rounds. However, the 232 is one of, if not the most well made 380's out there.

You may want to look into a makarov chambered in 380. I saw one in my local classifieds the other day for $200.00. I would have bought it in a heartbeat, but my gun budget for the year is flat-out blown.

November 26, 2008, 08:58 PM
I have it in SS, love the way it operates, BUT I've found the web of my hand gets blooded by the slide :eek:. Somehow it's the way I naturally grip it. I'll stick to my Browning BDA380 or the HK 40 S&W and let my wife use the Sig.
re: P230 vs P232 I understand (correct me if wrong) one difference is the P232 is suppose to feed hollow points better than the P230.

November 26, 2008, 09:30 PM
Not sure about the hollow point thing, but my P230's dont seem to have a problem with them.

November 26, 2008, 09:39 PM
I have a used one (blue finish, definitely not new) for $300 in the Handgun section.

Captain Bligh
November 28, 2008, 09:59 PM
Not only is the recoil snappy, you may find it a challenge to rack the slide.

If you are set on this pistol, you may wish to manually cock the hammer before racking the slide to chamber the first round. That will considerable ease the resistance to racking the slide.

Mine gives me slide bite. If you have smaller hands that may not be a problem. It would be good though if you could shoot one before purchase.

Have you looked at a Glock 26? It might be another consideration for you.

November 29, 2008, 06:31 PM
I have a P230, and have never found racking the slide to be a problem. :)

November 29, 2008, 07:15 PM
It must be that they're supplied with very healthy recoil springs then as my near new SS 232 IS a tough one to rack unless the hammer is back.

Perhaps that's why I found the recoil to be markedly softer than other .380's I own, and also softer than my 9x18 Mak pistols.

(you need a new spring, JR :) )

November 29, 2008, 07:31 PM
I dont find either of mine difficult to rack. They are also easy enough to press check.

November 29, 2008, 08:40 PM
Yeah, it's not really hard to rack, just stiffer than many others are.

Have they changed the grip overhang for recent models?

Because I can't really see how anyone could get bit by the slide. I don't have small hands by any means and the slide rides well over the web of my hand and the backstrap (beavertail on 1911's) is long enough to contain my hand under it even if my hand was considerably more chubby than it is.

November 30, 2008, 10:58 AM
I did buy the P230 used, but installed a new Sig recoil spring. It's something that I do for all used semi-autos that I buy. Came direct from Sig.

I've never had a problem with hammer bite, either.:)

Marcus L.
November 30, 2008, 11:11 AM
The P232 is probably the best performing .380acp on the market. Outstanding reliability, Sig accuracy, and it has a very refined DA/SA trigger. The only downside is that it is a tad large and is more of a subcompact pistol. This does give it an advantage in that it is easier to handle than smaller competators.

As far as recoil goes, this is due to the blowback design which makes the pistol more durable and accurate, but makes it recoil a little more. Word of advice, stick with heavier bullet weights and the recoil will be more tame. Not to mention, heavier bullet weights(90gr+) seem to have better performance in the .380acp in terms of penetration and expansion. The Remington .380acp 102gr Golden Saber is very mild in recoil. The Hornady 90gr XTP still has the best terminal performance though.

I use my P232 as a backup pistol, but I prefer the P239 9mm for off duty carry. The 9mm is way ahead of the .380 in the penetration and expansion department.

November 30, 2008, 12:43 PM
One of the rare pistols that I can never fault.

I have a 230 SL. I recently took it with me to a shooting session consisting of moderately experienced shooters (but who do not have exposure to a wide range of pistols) and some police officers. We had several different types of pistols available in 9mm and 40 as well as the Sig but towards the end of the session the Sig was the pistol they preferred to use, even the police officers.

Use a firm grip and learn to enjoy the recoil (because it is telling you the pistol is cycling properly) and the pistol will soon become a reliable favorite.

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