SIG SAUER P232 Pistols: Updated for 2009

SIG P232

The SIG SAUER P232 pistol was updated for 2009.  The new P232 features a newly designed slide that reduces “slide bite” on larger hands and removable sights.

For those not familiar with the SIG SAUER P232, the gun is a .380 ACP pistol that is more substantial in size and weight than the recent crop of .380 pocket guns.  The P232 runs between 18.5 – 23.6 ounces, has a 3.6″ barrel, and an overall length of 6.6″.  The action is a DA/SA design and has a capacity of seven plus one.

The SIG P232 is available in three finishes: black Nitron, stainless, and a two-tone stainless slide with a black frame.  All models of P232 are available with standard or SIGLITE Night Sights.

SIG P232 Specifications

  • caliber:  .380 ACP
  • standard magazine capacity:  seven rounds
  • barrel length:  3.6″
  • overall length:  6.6″
  • action:  double-action/single-action (DA/SA)
  • trigger pull weight:  DA: 10 pounds, SA: 4.5 pounds
  • sight radius:  4.7″
  • MSRP:  $649 ($720 with factory night sights) for the Nitron version

While sleek and attractive, some people do not like the P232 pistols due to the lack of slide catch.  This means the shooter will not be able to lock the slide to the rear of the pistol for any reason.  While this does not negatively impact the reliability of the handgun, it does alter how some things are done.  For example, you can’t lock the slide back when handing another person the P232.  If this is important to you, this SIG pistol may not be your best choice.

Sootch00 on YouTube did a review of the updated pistol:

The P232 is easy to shoot, light recoiling pistol due to the size of it. Keep in mind that the trigger is a double-action/single-action design. These tend to be less accurate due to the lack of training most people will invest in learning the system. For the vast majority of people, having a double-action only pistol – like a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P – is a superior choice.

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20 replies on “SIG SAUER P232 Pistols: Updated for 2009”

I own a P232SL with a civilian gun permit. I think it is a great little gun, although my experience with it is limited. It shoots nice and pretty straight for the 15 yard target, that I practice with. My only complaint is the way the slide runs back and forth. If you have thick hands or grab the gun quickly out of the holster, you may find that the slide is cutting your hand as you fire rapidly. There is not enough protection there. Other than that it handles great.(Please excuse my english)

As a female, I am considering buying a Sig Sauer P232 380 for protection. Fixing to take the concealed handgun class and I am concerned about the ability to buy ammunition if I decide to purchase this pistol. I shot a Ruger LCT 380 and liked it much better than shooting the H&K 9mm that my husband has. The reviews on the Ruger were not as good as the Sig plus I did not like the fact that it did not have a safety. I was told that the only 380 that had a safety would be the Sig but for twice the money of the Ruger.

Actually, ZanyS, this gun does not have a safety either, but rather a decocker. It has a double action/single action trigger. As the double action is rather heavy, this is a safe pistol to carry in decocked (i.e. in double action).

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