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For the Wifey SIG P232 .380acp

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by USMCDK, Apr 18, 2008.


    USMCDK Well-Known Member

    I am thinkng about getting a p232 for the wifey. they are still made in Germany and sent here, but that might be changing, :scrutiny:I AM NOT SURE SO DON'T QUOTE ME ON THAT!!!:scrutiny: thank you...

    It runs between $635-$795 (MSRP) depending what finish and sight you want.

    I am thinkng the Alloy Frame with Black finish and 3 Dot Sights (around $635MSRP) and then having SIG install Night Sights on it instead. Maybe even buy some hogue grips for it too.

    I think that the p232 would be a good choice for her to have as her HD/SD. I did look into the p239, :uhoh:, but it's top heavey (well for her it would be) and I know from shopping around for/with her, when we bought the walther, that heavey weapons are not in her forta. So I definitly think the p232 is the way to go on that one. She does have small hands, but some how manages to out fire me with my H&K USP 45 Full Size 12+1, and a single stack .38 oops sorry .380acp should be a good to go choice, right??? Any advise or opinions about that???
  2. D-Man

    D-Man Well-Known Member

    I'd make sure she has a chance to at least handle one, and if possible fire one. She may find out that:

    1) She has a tough time racking the slide
    2) Doesn't like the recoil of the .380 blowback action

    There are also other potential options in 9MM that are either the same size or smaller than the P232 (Kahr, Walther PPS, etc.).
  3. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    Nie gun, and a decent choice, although +1 to D-Man's comments about making sure that she gets the chance to take it out for a test-drive before you buy it. You may bring it home, neatly packaged and wrapped in ribbons, only to have her take it out to the range and find that she hates it. I did that once with a Taurus .38 special; she shot it twice, put it down, and never touched it again. :)
  4. teombe

    teombe Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of comments -

    1) You can't add night sights to a non-NS P232. The front sight is part of the slide. Either you order the P232 SL (stainless), which comes with night sights - or - don't worry about nights.

    2) make sure your wife can rack the slide on a P232 first.

    3) Recoil on a P232 with the alloy frame is noticeably greater than a P239. The web of your hand will be sore after 50 rounds. So, you'll need to invest in another Sig to blow the hundreds of rounds downrange to become proficient.

    With that said, my wife likes hers... it's shot a little and -finally- carried a decent bit.

    I do have a P239 for her to practice with, which is easier and cheaper for her to put a ton of rounds downrange with.

  5. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    The 380s typically have more felt recoil than small 9mms. The blow back operation, light weight, and small grips add up to a surprising amount of recoil. If getting the smallest gun possible isn't your main concern, you might want to also consider a single stack 9mm like the Sig 239.
  6. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Well-Known Member



    :what: man, you're too fast.. Just finished posting on wife and Sig P232 SL and came up for some air and POOF!! A new thread on just that..

    Here, take an easy route to my post.. lol

    Here: post #11


    Last edited: Apr 20, 2008

    USMCDK Well-Known Member

    I hope that the mods and admins get my request to actually have that post moved onto this thread, so no biggie and thank you. I know I am fast I am only 25 and still have lead in my pencil. Sorry had tooo... :neener:.

    Anyways to be all serious I will definitly take her down to the range and have her try racking it a couple of times to see if she can do it and have her fire it as well and see if she likes it. If all is good then I will buy her one.

    As for the night sights :banghead: damnit you are right. But that's an easy fix I can just do like you suggest and order the other model that comes with them for a lil more $$$, but hey for SD it's better that way and better choice than the Walther p22 in that matter.

    Thank you guys and keep the advice coming, and by all mean suggest other firearms... I'm really looking into the Sig because I could possible get the Sig for cheaper being a Sudo-employee here. MAYBE!!!
  8. D-Man

    D-Man Well-Known Member

    Maybe wait a bit for the Sig P250c? The biggest problem with this is it may be 3 - 6 months until we see it.

    USMCDK Well-Known Member

    I know when it's going to come out and I was also keeping that in mind. I kinda also want the p250 full size .45 when it comes out and all the kinks are worked outta them.

    Thank you though, but please don't forget I work at Sig Sauer in Exeter, NH.

    Still thank you
  10. XDKingslayer

    XDKingslayer member

    Why buy the overpriced Sig when you can get a Bersa for 1/3 the price?

    My wife couldn't rack the slide on the Sig, the Bersa she doesn't have a problem with.
  11. RickH

    RickH Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Apr 18, 2008
  12. KevininPa

    KevininPa Well-Known Member

    Had a Bersa....

    ....and still have a Sig 232. The Bersa shoots well and racks easier than the Sig. For me the Sig shoots better, but racking the slide is much harder than the Bersa. My wife racked the Bersa easier. I believe the Sig shot a little better because it's all stainless, heavier than the alloy frame of the Sig. Sold the Bersa when I got the Sig. The Bersa had a carbon slide that would easily rust due to sweat ( Summer carry in a High Noon Tuckable), Where as the Sig was all stainless. When Bersa comes out with an all stainless model, or at least a stainless slide with their aluminum frame, I'm all over it. I actually prefered the controls on the Bersa over the Sig. If corrosion is not a problem I'd buy the Bersa. They really are quite a good buy for a good firearm.
  13. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    They're both very comfy guns, and you won't make a BAD decision if you do end up considering this Sig and the Bersa. For me, the Bersa is an easier gun to grip, though (I have smallish hands), though I like the *look* of the SIg better.

    You should update this thread with news of what you and your wife decide, and what factors dominated the choice.

  14. Rayden

    Rayden Well-Known Member

    The 232 has too many sharp edges ... not to mention the higher difficulty of racking the slide for someone with small hands and limited strength.

    I got my wife the XD-9sc and she LOVES it.
  15. Monkeybear

    Monkeybear Well-Known Member

    I have a P232. I even carry it myself sometimes. I have the non-stainless alloy frame with nightsights. Great gun but as others have said, let her try one out first.

    More than anything else, make sure she can rack the slide. In my experience with the women I have taken shooting the Glock 19 is the easiest one for them to rack the slide on. They are also pretty thin.
  16. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I was recommending a semi-auto for my wife and the Sig P232 was on the list. She had a hard time with racking the slide so SHE chose a revolver instead. Nice little S&W 642. I agree, let her try before you buy.
  17. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    Y'all must have wimpy wives! :D

    I just handed both my P230's to my wife and she had no troubles at all racking the slide, even with the hammer down, and shes 52, all of 5' 6", and 120 pounds.

    Are we taking about the same guns here? About the only thing I can find that might be considered "sharp" are the corners of the hammer and maybe the edge of the disconnector.

    As for the 642's, I'd make sure she shoots a full box with what you intend to keep in it before she decides.(I would imagine this will be the deal breaker) I have a couple of them, and I cant take much more than a 50 round box at a session. They are hard on your hand and require a fair amount of steady practice to stay proficient with. They are not near a shootable as the P230's loaded with hot ammo. The DA triggers are also not as nice as the little SIG's.
  18. USMCDK

    USMCDK Well-Known Member

    Well I have to agree with you guys about having her try it out first. I wouldn't want her to have it and never use it, outside of the reason to have it SD/HD, when we want to go to the range and bust some caps. :neener: hey I am young and I can do that. LoL.

    Anyways I will look into the Bersa Thunder380 as well but I sware that I will get the Sig P232 for cheaper.

    Keep me posted guys, heck if you can give me other Sig alternatives... Remember I work here and they just might if I beg help me out a lil you know??? MAYBE??? *Sigh* I hope!!!
  19. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    I'm another guy that had a Bersa and has a P232. I've purchased a total of four P232s, one NIB for $400 and three used...two at $315, and a stainless with Nill grips for $450. With the Bersa around $250 or so, the extra few dollars for the P232 is well spent IMHO. Good deals can be had on a nice P232.

    I admit I'm biased toward the Sig. It is a classic design, with world class ergonomics, accuracy, ease of carry and concealment, and simple KISS controls. What more could you ask? The only other .380 I'd consider using as a CCW is the outstanding Beretta 84/85.
  20. MM

    MM Well-Known Member

    You and your wife may have had this discussion, for all I know. No judgement inferred, but I read what YOUR decisions are regarding what SHE wants.
    It has been my experience that any decision I make for a woman in my life is not necessarily the decision she might have made for herself, and could become a source of, er, ah "irritation".
    Again, I am ignorant of any discussion you and she may have already had, I'm just a guy with a lot of mileage advising what route on the map has (or hasn't) worked for me!

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