The Sig Sauer P232 is Sig's smallest and lightest pistol. Chambered in .380ACP and featuring a fixed barrel blowback action, the P232 is one of the most reliable back up pistols available with a well earned reputation as a rugged, accurate shooter. Its proven design of perfect balance, smooth contours and rounded, snag free edges make it ideal for personal protection. It's the pistol's small size that makes it easy to carry concealed whether in a discreet holster, purse or on the ankle and yet the outstanding ergonomics of the grip design allow for comfortable shooting even in large hands. At under 18oz in the blued version, the sleek single stack P232 is a pleasure to carry throughout the day. No wonder it's one of the premier off duty guns carried by federal agents and law enforcement professionals today.
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Submitted By: Thomas P. On 09/02/2013
This is my 7th Sig and all in all this is a solid little pistol. Up front, it does come with the Hogue grips and not the polymer grips shown in the photo. The blowback design is a little different, but not that big of a deal. I like that it has the de-cocker, but I wish it had a slide lock/release. My wife has a hard time with inserting and releasing magazines due to the design, but I don't think it is that difficult to manipulate. She is very familiar with Sig pistols, so I thought this would be a good carry gun for her, but due to the magazine insert/release issues I don't think she will carry it. I also have a P238 and I didn't see a huge difference in accuracy from 3-10 yards. Both have night sights, but the P238 sights are a little larger, so they are easier to acquire. I shot both the P232 and P238 at the range and really like both, but I think I would rather carry the P232 since it has the more traditional Sig feel and features. Also, I like using the de-cocker and no safety for a loaded pistol then the 1911 style P238 with the hammer cocked and safety on.
If it had a slide lock/release I would have given it 5-stars. If you are in the market for a .380 Sig, I would try to rent both guns from a range and give them a spin before dropping around $600 on either gun. I have a 1911, so I am comfortable with handling the P238, and that P238 is truly a pocket pistol and accurate. I have no issue carrying either one of them depending on my attire for concealed carry.
I did shoot Buffalo Bore +P 100 gr hard cast rounds through both and it makes both of them stout little guns. The smoke discharge is a little excessive with this ammo, but I haven't been able to find a better defensive round in .380 ACP. Hollow points are not ideal ammo for these little guns with such slow muzzle velocities. Remember, +P ammo is not recommended for every trip to the range and they will wear out your gun with consistent use. I always shoot at least 200 rounds through a new gun to break it in before shooting any hot loads. Other than that, I only shoot my +P loads once a year when I replace the old defensive ammo with new rounds.
Bottom line, it is a great gun as all Sigs are. Don't buy cheap polymer frame .380's that don't manage the recoil as well as the Sigs. Do your homework and find the Sig .380 that fits you. I bought both of my .380 Sigs from Hinterland because they had the best prices and availability.
[4 of 5 Stars]