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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Sgt Stevo, Nov 12, 2006.

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  1. Sgt Stevo

    Sgt Stevo Member

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    I just got a smokin deal on a p-32 sig. Anybody have or carry this gun? whats the best defence ammo?
     
  2. cookekdjr

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    Stevo,
    I just shot my p232 this weekend. Supposedly some of the hottest ammo you can buy is Santa Barbara, which is basically Spanish surplus. I've never chrono'd it, but it functions well and is very accurate. It's pretty interesting stuff; its neither a hp or a fmj. Its one of the few jacketed soft point sem-auto rounds I've seen. Anyway, that's what I carry. I've also heard the corbon 90gr jhp load is good. It does not expand but penetrates very well from what I have heard.
    The p230 and p232 are two of the best shooting guns I've ever tried. They are very easy to shoot well. You have chosen an excellent firearm. Enjoy.
    -David
     
  3. 19-3Ben

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    A year and a half ago my father gave me his p-232 as my 21st birthday present. I started carrying it as soon as I got my CCW permit, and have carried it every day for nearly a year now.

    It points very naturally for me, and is remarkably accurate for such a small gun. It conceals beautifully. I keep it in an akj concealco holster.
    www.concealco.com
    For $55 it is the absolute best holster you will ever own. Its quality is on par with holsters costing double the price. The only downside is the 4 month wait time. But Andy Johnson does excellent work.

    I like, and use Federal Hydra-shock for SD. Never had a malfunction with the stuff. Although I've only had one malfunction with Speer Gold Dot, so that seems to be good stuff as well. They are the only SD ammo that I have tried.

    For purposes of penetration, when I carry, I always keep an FMJ in the chamber, backed up with a full mag of HP's.
    So far, I haven't found a range ammo that this gun does not digest flawlessly. This includes WWB, Fiocchi, CCI Blaser, and S&B.
    If your's does not come with the Hogue wrap-around grip with the finger grooves, I highly recommend getting one. It made a gun that already pointed very naturally, absolutely perfect for me.
    Things to watch out for:
    1)The mag release is slow to operate at first, but can be fixed with practice.
    2)Limp wristing will cause the gun to jam. My dad limpwrists, and the gun has jammed on him before. I don't. It has never jammed on me. Unless warning #3 is not followed
    3)You might want to give it a field strip every 700-800 rounds. I've found that when you get to the point where the feed ramp is jet black, and caked in burnt powder, the gun can stovepipe. Picky blowback guns. go figure.;)

    All together, I'd say I've fired... i dunno. I'll conservatively say 1700 rounds through the gun, and I've had 3 jams. All of which were due to it being so dirty it was insane. It's a great gun. I trust my life to it every day. Enjoy!!!

    Here's my review of it on my other forum:

    http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/14096/
     
  4. usp9

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    I've had my P232 for a few months now. It has become my main carry in a perfectly fitting Galco Fletch...very comfortable. My carry ammo is Cor Bon DPX, a penetrating copper HP that is pretty hot. I'd feel perfectly at ease with Gold Dots or Winchester Silver Tips also, both reliable brands.

    This gun has become a favorite of mine. It points naturally, has good sights, shows excellent accuracy, has so far been 100% reliable, and at 16.8 ounces it carries easily.

    What was the "smokin deal", maybe we can smoke together? I bumped into mine while window shopping at one of the local gun stores. I saw a blue 232 for five something, a stainless for six something, then he pulls out a titanium rainbow for $400. :what: My first question, "Why so low?" I guess the color just wasn't popular and it sat there too long and the owner wanted to move it.
     
  5. Sgt Stevo

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    smokin deal, $425 for the blued version. LC action police supply. san Jose ca. Ask for Kip. He owns the place.

    This thing aint my detonices 9-11-01, but it feels nice, and I will keep it closer.
     
  6. 4719

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    I carried a P232 off duty for a couple of years. It was a nice gun. But I have to share an experience with you....

    I used to carry it in an Alessi ankle holster. It was very secure and comfortable. (Allessi makes some great stuff - I highly recommend it) Anyway, I'm walking down the street one day, with my P232 on my ankle. When all of a sudden, the base plate slips off the base of the magazine. Naturally, the spring, rounds, and follower pop out of the weapon and scatter all over the sidewalk.:eek::what: :uhoh:

    Fortunately, nobody was around to see this. I had just cleaned the gun, including the magazines. I must have not secured the base plates properly.

    Enjoy your new Sig.:)

    FWIW,

    Jim
     
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  7. Captain Bligh

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    I have a p232 and don't like it much. Pros are slim profile for concealability and reasonable accuracy. Cons: Slide bite and grip comfort for my hand.
     
  8. Lightsped

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    Where can I find one of the Titanium Rainbow Sig 232s that were made in 2005/2006?
     
  9. loplop

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    Watch Gunbroker, and beat me to the punch :neener:
     
  10. usp9

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    I'd sell you mine but,

    I just put some Nill grips on it and I love it.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. GrooveHolmes

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    Capt Bligh - since you don't care for your p232, how about I do you a favor and take it off your hands for cheap...:neener:

    Sgt Stevo - I used to live in Campbell off of Union in the Woodleaf. Howdy, ex-neighbor!
     
  12. littlelefty

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    UGH! you guys are killing me. I carry a full size 1911 as it's my only piece but I sure do like the looks of those P232s. What a beauty of a smaller piece that would be for times when the 1911 get difficult to carry!

    Any other lefties out there with one? How do you do with it? I see the mag release on the left, which I don't think would bother me since that's where it is on the 1911 and I just use my trigger finger on it after emptying the mag with the trigger.
     
  13. AK103K

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    The 230/232 has a "heel" mag release. The lever in the above pic is the decocker.

    I have a couple of the P230's and have always liked them. You can pick them up a bit cheaper than the 232's, and often in almost new condition. I paid $250 and $300 for mine, and both were in "as new" condition.

    I'm a little surprised by the "they bite" comment. Its usually the PPK's you hear that about. The SIG has no sharp edges or points like the Walthers. I've owned both and always found the 230's grip to be very comfortable, and one of the reasons the lighter 230 is much more comfortable, and easier to shoot well with over the heavier Walthers.
     
  14. littlelefty

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    "The lever in the above pic is the decocker"
    You're not helping me at all. That just makes me want one even more:banghead:
    But than again, maybe that's good:D
     
  15. Shipwreck

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    I've been tempted to buy one a few times. Very nice looking :)
     
  16. mrgrinch

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    USP9, where did you pick up those grips and how much do they run? They look so much better than the black plastic stock grips on my P232.
     
  17. Lightsped

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    What is the difference in a 230 vs a 232? What about a 232"SL"?
     
  18. AK103K

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    Theres not a whole lot of difference between the two. Grips and weight of the stainless models probably the most notable. The P230 was also available in .32ACP.

    Personally, I like the looks of the P230's better. Never liked the P232's grips.

    P230
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    P232
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  19. 1911 guy

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    My wife carries one.

    My wife carries a p232. She's pretty petite and it hides very well for her. Due to penetration issues, she alternates hardball and HP's in it. I tried talking her into getting a 9mm, but she picked up that little SIG and fell in love with it. No problems with it, either. I do the cleaning, but she strips and lubes it once in a while and it keeps right on running for her. It does kinda point nice, too.
     
  20. aubie515

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    I owned one a few years ago. It was the first pistol I ever bought. I liked that it was a Sig and it was built well, but I didn't like the recoil for the 380. I ended up selling it years later because I didn't enjoy shooting it. I have owned other 380s since and can say that I like the Makarov and Bersa 380s a lot better than the 230 that I owned.
     
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    mrgrinch asked...

    The grips I bought about a month ago from Sigarms for $99. Buy the correct screws at the same time, the original ones aren't long enough.
     
  22. Coronach

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    I have no idea what the difference between a P230 and a P232 is...they're basically the same gun, with the P232 being the newer version.

    Ammo: Hydrashoks work well for me. 100% feeding reliability.

    As to the gun itself:

    Pro

    Soft recoil
    Excellent pointability
    Great ergos
    Decent trigger
    Reliability
    Looks like a million bucks (a small plus, but a plus)
    Fullsize grip (I hate pinkie dangle, or guns that are too small to shoot with a "proper" grip)

    Con

    Large for its caliber and capacity
    .380 caliber ... not exactly anemic, but not exactly a blockbuster, either.
    DA/SA (might be a pro for some)
    Heel mag release (not a huge deal)

    The very things that make it so pleasant to shoot are liabilities in some ways. I have no problems concealing it, however, and my major concerns are accuracy/shootability and how well I can carry it.

    Mike
     
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    The only differences I know of are the grips panels are different in the 230 and 232, but may be interchangable.

    The slide serrations are more numerous in the 230 than the 232.

    Both came in .32 and .380. The 230 also came in a rare 9mm Ultra or Police caliber.

    Magazines are interchangable. There are probably some very sight internal differences.

    The 232sl is the stainless model, sometimes marked as ss.
     
  24. Kestrel

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    I was wondering the difference between the P230 and P232, myself. I like the looks of the P230, but I don't know if they had any problems that were addressed with the P232.

    Anyone else know?
     
  25. tydephan

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    My local gunstore owner said, during a discussion several months ago, the P232 was redesigned because people didn't like the mag release being in the heel of the gun. He said it was redesigned so the mag release was in the "standard" position. :banghead:

    Obviously...that is not correct, as I learned shortly thereafter. :scrutiny: It really pays to do your own research, as this isn't the only time he just made something up when he didn't know what he was talking about!!!

    I found the following quote from a 2003 THR thread on the P232 vs P230.

    FWIW.
     
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