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    Anyone with P232 experience?

    Hello all. New here. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with the P232. My carry gun is a P229R and am looking for a second for my wife. It will double as my summer (light clothing) carry. I have read everything I could find on the net and it seems that the Sig is the most reliable out there. I also considered the Walther PPK, but read about many people having jamming issues. So, does anyone here own one of these or shot one. Any info or opinions would be appreciated.

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    I've shot one, but I don't yet own one. They seem to be a little tough to come by. The last time I called Sig to order one for a customer the rep said they don't make a whole lot of them anymore although they are still made. I've heard mixed reviews about the little guy, to be honest. The one I shot was a good shooter. Very accurate and easy to handle. I haven't attempted to carry one so I don't know how well it carries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taken View Post
    Hello all. New here. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with the P232. My carry gun is a P229R and am looking for a second for my wife. It will double as my summer (light clothing) carry. I have read everything I could find on the net and it seems that the Sig is the most reliable out there. I also considered the Walther PPK, but read about many people having jamming issues. So, does anyone here own one of these or shot one. Any info or opinions would be appreciated.
    Yes. It's a good gun. Much lighter than the Walther, which makes it better for concealed carry, in my opinion. It's a little longer, however. They make a stainless version of it as well, which is about like shooting a .22 in terms of recoil. It's a pretty easy-shooting gun with the right ammo, even in the blued version. It's surprisingly accurate for a little piece. I think you'll be very happy with it. Naysayers against .380, be darned.

    Take-down's pretty easy, so cleaning is a snap. However, there's a little spring-loaded piece in there that can fly off to parts unknown if you're not
    careful. It goes back easily; you just have to dig it out from under the refrigerator, which seems to be where it lands

    The only drawback is the Eurpoean style mag release, but that just takes some getting used to. A push-button or P99 release would be better, but that's simply a personal gripe. Nice dark wood grips really make it look purty.

    A very commendable choice for CCW, in my humble opinion.

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    Thanks for the input guys. I was just on the Sig website and the stainless model shown has Hogue rubber finger groove grips. I saw one like this on Gunbroker.com and am not sure if this is the standard stainless configuration of a special stainless model. The one on Gunbroker also has night sites and the seller called it model P232 SL. I called my dealer yesterday to see if he had one and he did, but I forgot to ask if it was like the one on the site. Anyone know if all stainless ones come equiped like this now?

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    The only stainless one that I've seen had the grips on it that you mention, but as to whether it was a standard equipment I couldn't tell you. It didn't have night sights, however. They may have made that set-up the standard on an SL model, but I'd be willing to bet the night sights will always be an add-on. Unfortunately.

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    I just rechecked their sight. There are two versions of the stainless model. One with contrast sights and standard grips and one with night sights and Hogue grips. For some reason, unlike on their other models on the sight, there is only one price listed though. I am sure the night/ Hogue setup is more but it is the one I'm after. I will have to stop by my dealer for pricing and perhaps put down a deposit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taken View Post
    Hello all. New here. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with the P232. My carry gun is a P229R and am looking for a second for my wife. It will double as my summer (light clothing) carry. I have read everything I could find on the net and it seems that the Sig is the most reliable out there. I also considered the Walther PPK, but read about many people having jamming issues. So, does anyone here own one of these or shot one. Any info or opinions would be appreciated.
    The missus had a Walther jamm-o-matic for about a month. Sold it. Had a Browning BDA .380, sold that too.

    Bought a P232 in ST w/Hogue grips. She loves it. After the first 100 rounds it smoothed out and settled in nicely. The subsequent 600 rounds have been flawless. It carries exremely well in a Bianchi #5 Blackwidow holster.

    The P232 is the only .380 we'd ever own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spenser View Post
    Yes. It's a good gun. Much lighter than the Walther, which makes it better for concealed carry, in my opinion. It's a little longer, however. They make a stainless version of it as well, which is about like shooting a .22 in terms of recoil. It's a pretty easy-shooting gun with the right ammo, even in the blued version. It's surprisingly accurate for a little piece. I think you'll be very happy with it. Naysayers against .380, be darned.

    Take-down's pretty easy, so cleaning is a snap. However, there's a little spring-loaded piece in there that can fly off to parts unknown if you're not
    careful. It goes back easily; you just have to dig it out from under the refrigerator, which seems to be where it lands

    The only drawback is the Eurpoean style mag release, but that just takes some getting used to. A push-button or P99 release would be better, but that's simply a personal gripe. Nice dark wood grips really make it look purty.

    A very commendable choice for CCW, in my humble opinion.
    I had a Walther PPK. It's crap. I sold it a month after I bought it. I now have the Sig P232 ST. It does not shoot like a .22. It kicks. Furthermore, I've never had anything fly off the P232 anywhere except down the barrel.

    Obviously you know nothing about the PPK nor the P232 other than what you've read in gun magazines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra64 View Post
    I had a Walther PPK. It's crap. I sold it a month after I bought it. I now have the Sig P232 ST. It does not shoot like a .22. It kicks. Furthermore, I've never had anything fly off the P232 anywhere except down the barrel.

    Obviously you know nothing about the PPK nor the P232 other than what you've read in gun magazines.
    Not sure why you think it's obvious, since I own both. I happen to like my Walthers, and I happen to think the stainless Sig doesn't kick as bad as the blued version.

    Just trying to be obstinate? Or need to feel superior?

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    I've owned a stainless P232 for about three years. It shoots straighter than any handgun I've handled, and kickback is very light. It's a beautifully smooth design and is very comfortable for concealed carry.

    I have had consistent jamming problems over the last year, though. I understand that Sig is not known for jamming, but it's been a problem and frankly Sig has not been very helpful at getting it resolved. One attendant told me that this could be the result of keeping ammo stored in the clip for extended periods of time, and that I might need new clips. I dunno'.

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    I needed a new BUG and one for deeper concealment, I had it Narrowed down to the Keltec P3at, Bersa 380, Walther PPK, Kahr, NAA's, various Makarov's and the P232. The P232 is the largest, except for some of the MAC's. The P232 feels better in the hand than any of them, and man is it a shooter. The recoil is totally manageable. I have the P232SL, with factory night sights. This gun conceals great in a jeans front pocket. This gun digests everything without a glitch, from cheap box ammo, hydrashocks, corbon and Golden Sabre. I highly recommend this gun to anyone. Here are some pics for you. Pm me with any ?







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    Just curious: how are you managing the pocket carry? Mine seems to print very badly in jeans. Any advice would be welcome.

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    When my wife needed another carry gun, we originally looked at the 232. Her first carry was a XD SC9.

    It is a fine handgun, but not for her. She didn't care for two things: 1) She felt the recoil was too sharp and 2) the price of the ammo.

    She ended up with a 239SAS (.40). We replaced the wooden grips with Hogue fingergroove grips.

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    My wife hated the looks of it and put a stop to the purchase. Too bad, because it seems to be a great gun from what I've seen here. I am now looking at a guy who has 3 unfired Colt Mustang's to choose from. Those she likes. However, since they are out of production, the dealer is asking a premium. ($800.) What a kick in the pants. On top of that I had a Colt Pony years back and traded it in. Silly man I am.

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    My wife has never put a stop to a gun purchase, unless it was for her!! lol!!
    Anyway the P232 is a fine pistol, it is to large for rear pocket carry but does fine in my belly band or front pocket carry. I will order a Nemisis holster for carry in the front pocket.

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    Yeah, it's mostly for her. I have to admit, I agree that the Colt is better looking. It is a bit smaller as well.

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    Golt mustang better looking than the SIG P232, C'mon, not for me. I reckon beauty is in the eye of the beholder, because I think the Sig is one of the sleekedt guns I have seen let alone fired. The Mustang is sharp looking but not on the same level as the SIG. I too had a chance to buy several Mustangs for $300 each several years ago. They are worth every penny of that and more but $800, you are being taken, but folks are paying it because I have seen several at these elevated costs.
    Take Care

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    You are quite right. $800 is quite the rip and I just can't seem to bring myself to do it. It's even tougher for me because I'm in MA and Colts are not on our approved list so not only is it a discontinued gun, but it has to have been registered in MA before 1998 to be MA compliant. As for the 232, I can't get past the sloped front and rear. I know it's to aid in concealment, but it just ruins the looks for me. Now, don't get me wrong, I have a 229R and to me it is one of the best looking guns out there. I'm not trying to bash Sigs in any way.

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    CCW Sig P232

    Hey Fellows, just going through some of the old threads with opinions on ccw's and the Sig 232 380.
    I have the Sig 232SL, Bersa T380 Duotone and a little SS Colt MKIV/Series 80Gov 380 auto (my favorite). They are great accurate, reliable little shooters that are ideal for CCW's. The Colt being a breech lock is by far the softest shooter of the three because the other two are blow back's.
    I Personally think the Bersa T380 is one of the best values on the market today (I don't know about their other models so I'm only refering to the T380). Budsguns has the Duotone like mine for $215. Thats a steal in anyones book even adding on FFL and shipping which will end up around $250.
    Jim
    PS: I think the Colt is the pretty one. lol

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    I ended up with a blue Colt Mustang like new for $550. Beautiful little gun that has proven Very accurate. I just happened to be in the shop when it came in and grabbed it as it would not have lasted a day. Great gun that is easy to shoot accuratly.

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