I've been looking at a slimmer 380 for ccw and have come upon the p232. The price is not an issue and I actually love the bottom mag release my issue is the recoil. Some say its sharp and I've seen people shoot it with one hand.there is not an available one to shoot at my local range so what do you guys think. Thanks
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May 19, 2010, 09:51 AM
I've owned the blue version of the 230, which is light weight, and the stainless version, which is a bit heavier. I did not think either one possessed excessive recoil; after all they are chambered in a pretty mild cartridge.
Choose the stainless version and you should be fine with it. I actually preferred the stainless, because for some reason it felt a lttle more substantial. The lighter blue version of the gun didn't point well for me.
Never had a problem with either pistol, though. They are quite easy to carry IWB. I prefer them to the PPK family, of which I have owned several.
May 19, 2010, 09:55 AM
When I had my Sig P232 .380, recoil was nearly non-existent IME. Even with the hotter Cor-Bon HP loads , recoil was still light.
May 19, 2010, 01:05 PM
I wouldn't consider it excessive. Next to another light carry gun like the LCR with +P ammo it is nothing, easier on my hand than a LCP too and easier to shoot well. Gotta love the size of an LCP though.
May 19, 2010, 02:56 PM
The non-stainless (blued or parkerized?) 232 I owned had extremely light recoil or muzzle flip. Very controllable. Ultimately got rid of it as I could get a Kahr P9 that was smaller/lighter in a larger chambering (.380 vs. 9x19).
May 19, 2010, 03:38 PM
You may also want to consider the 9mm kahrs.
May 19, 2010, 08:24 PM
As you can see, I'm a big fan of the little Sigs. Besides being beautiful, they are exquisitely pointable, slim and reliable. The P232 carries very easily on your belt or in a shoulder holster. I'm fond of either the Galco Fletch ot the Executive (seen below).
I'll agree with all the above. My 232 is a sweet shooter. My wife has no problem with it at all.
May 19, 2010, 09:34 PM
Ive had a couple of P230's since before there was a P232. Never felt the need to upgrade, and actually prefer them to the P232. I think the shape of the grips on the SIG's is what makes them so shootable and less recoil sensitive than some of the others. My P230's are much softer shooting than any of my Walther PPK/PPK's were, and lighter to boot. The SIG's also have one of the nicest DA triggers going, which also makes them easier to shoot well with.