Sig Sauer P232 Pistol


Style Compact Pistol
Frame Various
Caliber .357 SIG / 9mm / .40 SW
Capacity 7 rounds
17.6 oz (499 g)
Length 6.6 inches (16.8 cm)
Barrel 3.6 inches (9.1 cm)
Trigger DA/SA
Manufactured Switzerland by Sig Arms
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Sig Sauer P232 Reviews

26 Reviews


Stephan M. from Auburn, NY on Fri, 10 Jun 2016

I own two p232sl's the serial numbers are are consecutive which means they were made on the same day side by side. I can't run a full mag through either of them without jamming. I'm a cop and i purchased them to carry as backup and off duty, but i don't trust the gun. Have alway been a Sig fan, but this gun is crap. I think it may be an issue with the mags, but not sure? Gonna call Sig tomorrow and see what they say. Anybody know anything about this issue??

Sammy A. from Miami, FL on Fri, 22 Apr 2016

I have a Sig p232 SL, all stainless. It's like having the most beautiful girl at the ball. Sure, she doesn't have the knockdown power of a 45 or even a 40 SW, but who cares? This gun is like a beautiful Swiss- German beauty, like a Rolex from Zurich. If you really believe you might be in a gunfight with foreign agents and need a 20 round Glock, this is not your gun.

Sammy A. from Miami, FL on Fri, 22 Apr 2016

I have a Sig p232 SL, all stainless. It's like having the most beautiful girl at the ball. Sure, she doesn't have the knockdown power of a 45 or even a 40 SW, but who cares? This gun is like a beautiful Swiss- German beauty, like a Rolex from Zurich. If you really believe you might be in a gunfight with foreign agents and need a 20 round Glock, this is not your gun.

Richard G. from Two Harbors, MN on Sun, 3 Apr 2016

This gun isn't available in .357 Sig. The site made an error. This is a 9mm Kurtz AKA .380 Auto only. As far as the recoil is concerned it's the same as a .40 cal. Essentially the same charge with a step down to the smaller bullet. That is why most magazines for .40 are interchangeable with .357 Sig guns. The accuracy of the .357 Sig is awesome. Great round. Unfortunately it's also an expensive round that is not readily available everywhere. Good luck!

Ralph B. from Seymour, IN on Mon, 15 Feb 2016

I have had it for around three year. The pistol is very accurate and never fails. It is the best 380 I have shot. I recently bought a Ruger LC9. While looking for an ankle holster for it I actually bought a great one for my Sig P232. If you are interested in one, take a look at the Galco. If you buy it you may need the boot extension, which enable it to fit on larger ankles. They have an ankle safe too which can hold a couple mags.

Richard G. from Two Harbors, MN on Tue, 17 Nov 2015

My wife bought this gun as her first. She loves it. She "of course" went all out and bought the one with the Hogue grips and night sights. Not that I blame her. First off if there is a moderator doing their job, please fix the caliber error. It is a .380 auto only. As far as the last post horror story I feel bad for you but that is obviously not a normal problem. Sig should be willing to fix for free as long as you are willing to pay for shipping. That being said, my wife loves this gun. She shot a real tight group repeatedly. Unfortunately it is a little small for my hand but I did well with it also. It actually packs a little punch too. The slide did mark my hand from friction so, I think I've had my fun with it. The sleek design and low drag accompanied with the ability to conceal and meet my wife's needs give it a 5 in my book. Good luck to you skunk. Ours shot flawless though.

Steven C. from Detroit, MI on Sun, 6 Sep 2015

I just bought a P232 and it double feeds constantly ... so far I have had no luck with Sig's service dept The sig model p232 changed in 2009, and it's been a jam-a-matic ever since

Randy S. from Bronx, NY on Sun, 30 Aug 2015

I purchased a new P232 with the alloy frame/stainless slide. I ordered the night sights from Sig, my gunsmith couldn't get the old sights off so I changed them out when I got home. I added Pau Ferro wood grips from Hogue. The weapon has been as flawless as it is good looking. I was so happy I bought the wife a Sig P238 with the black alloy frame/stainless slide, night sights and factory rosewood grips. It too has been flawless. As to jamming issues I can't speak for others but I always shoot premium ammo. I have found range ammo can cause problems.

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Mon, 6 Jul 2015

Hey RDF. welcome to the forum. The stainless model is heavier which means it may have less recoil when shooting. The alloy models are about 5 oz. lighter, which means they are easier to carry. Some people complain about the recoil of the P232 and other blow-back operated .380s. I am not one of those people. My wife has no problem shooting the alloy P232 either. But the light weight and dimensions makes the P232 one of the very best CCW, in my opinion. I like that the P232 has room for all four of my fingers on the grip, which is not the case in most other compact pistols. This gun is very easy to fire accurately and quickly. I use an IWB from JMG Holsters and it is comfortable all day. It's not cheap, but it is still a bargain.

Randal G. from New Lisbon, WI on Wed, 25 Feb 2015

Definitely love my 232SL but I am having a hard time finding nite sights. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Willie T. from Holiday, FL on Fri, 16 Jan 2015

I've been carrying a Tuarus 24/7 9mm for about a year now. I am a little scrawny and have to wear larger fishing style shirts or button up shirts long enough to cover the gun. Recently I borrowed a p232 in .380 from a collector friend of mine and I don't think I'll be able to give it back! Even on a small frame like mine, 5' 11" and 158 lbs I can hide this thing in an outside the belt holster in just a large Tshirt. A trip to the range confirmed that it is a solid piece with great accuracy and no ftf or fte. The grip is large enough to feel like a full size pistol but the rest of the piece is small enough to tuck away discreetly. I originally borrowed it so my small wife would have something she could handle for home defense during the times I am away. She is not a fan of my full size 9mm. We are going to the range tomorrow to have her put some rounds through it. We'll see how she likes it!

Russel O. from Sherwood, AR on Fri, 1 Aug 2014

Have had my P232 Nitron finish w/NS for about 9 months. It's not made in the USA, and it's no where near as reliable as any of the 5 S&W handguns I own. It is a great feeling gun in your hand with the Hogue grips. Nice weight, great CC size, but mine misfires just about every magazine at least once if not more. No feed issues with any brand of JHP and I've shot about 5 different brands. Accuracy is reasonable for a small barreled gun. Ammo brand certainly makes a difference. Don't know if it's a bad firing pin, but I suspect it's not the ammo; shoot the same ammo in my Ruger LCP and have no issues with misfires. For the money this weapon is overpriced, but it is nicely balanced and just feels like it belongs in your hand; that's what really sold me on it; even though it is made in Germany.

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Mon, 14 Apr 2014

I have had a new Sig 232 for about 9 months. Have never had ANY problem with FTF or FTE, or anything else for that matter. It has the black slide and nite sights and sits next to my bed, where the sights glow at me at night. This was the first pistol I had bought for 15 years. The last one was a stainless Colt .380 Mark IV, which is a great size but the sights are totally worthless. I always liked the looks of the Walther PPK. The Sig has the looks, and it has been made like a fine watch. Just slick. I like the fact that the Sig has no safety, unlike the Walther. The decocker lets the hammer down nice and gently. The hammer is recessed and will not snag. And with no safety, I know the gun will shoot when I pull the trigger, no matter how freaked I am in the middle of the night. I bought the Sig 232 for concealed carry, it's nice and light, but it has a thick grip, even though it is a single stack magazine. And the magazine finger rest wants to catch on my shirt. It is a nice size to shoot, comfortable grip, and the sights are great. I can hit the target pretty well - much more so than the Colt. At close, indoor defense range, I should hit what I want. Much has been written about whether the .380 ACP is an adequate self defense round. I think that with today's +P hollow points, this .380 deserves respect. But consider the noise. I think if I shot my .40 S&W inside the house, I might well permanently damage my hearing. Probably not with the .380. I still have my grandfather's Colt 1908 in .380. It has protected 3 generations, but has never been fired for defense. I hope it stays that way. It is in the desk drawer of my wife's office upstairs, where it makes her comforted. But she keeps casting glances at the Sig 232.

Agustin J. from Lowell, MI on Sat, 26 Oct 2013

Lasttodraw the P232 in an excellent weapon. I would say much improved over the P230. I have the P232 in SS and love it.

Samuel T. from Mobile, AL on Sun, 22 Sep 2013

just picked one up a week or so ago and was able to put 100rounds through it over the weekend. i'm very pleased with the accuracy of this thing. the big bright white dots make sight aquisition very easy...with a little practice you should be able to shoot w/ both eyes open. i agree with an earlier post about the magazine release not being in a user friendly place, you must use 2 hands and pay attention to what you're doing to change one out. this is the first pistol i've used w/ a decocker, so for me i'd rather have a slide release instead and a magazine release in the more traditional place. but, those are my only complaints. i took it apart to clean and lube before taking it issues at all (other than finding ammo). this is going to be a cc pistol for me, it should work just's slim for inside waistband, but still big enough for me to grab ahold of, something the lcp/kel-tec didn't offer. i'd really like a bigger caliber in this size pistol and i'd like a few more rounds, but i got a high quality pistol that still shoots a deadly far i really like this thing.

Calvin M. from Beatrice, NE on Wed, 22 Aug 2012

I have had my sig 232 ss with night sights for about 6 months. I bought this gun for my personal carry weapon. It shoots smooth, dead on accurate and is easy to conceal. I use a unique in the pants holster that holds my cell phone on the top, the gun hangs inside my pants behind my pocket, very cool setup. You can wear it in the summer with shorts and conceal your carry gun! Anyway, had some minor jam issues with the first 100 rounds shot but now that I have shot almost 500 rounds through the gun, never a Jam since! Great Gun, a joy to shot.

Gary K. from Round Rock, TX on Mon, 9 Jan 2012

I just traded a P232 stainless, jammed every other clip or so and bit me hand almost as bad as a PPK, My blood was running down the slide! Seemed well made but the jamming was a concern, with three different ammo's as well. My hands aren't that big and it bit me hard, the only way it didn;twas ifIcurled my thumb way down the grip and that was too uncomfortable and hurt accuracy. I was really disappointed in the performance of a Sig firearm.

Joseph P. from Hartland, WI on Wed, 5 Oct 2011

I bought a new P232 in stainless a few months ago. So far, I've put more than 350 rounds through it without any problems. No misfeeds or failure of any type. I buy my ammo at the range where there seems a be a different brand each time I buy. I believe the gun weighs in at 23 oz. I carry it in a pocket holster w/o discomfort. This is a nice gun. The machining and assembly are excellent as is the accuracy. I have no regrets and would recommend it to anybody as a CCW in .380 ACP.

Jon O. from Kansas City, KS on Mon, 29 Aug 2011

hey regards to your post, i am also a small female and reciently got this gun as a gift. I also am new to handguns and i found the sig p232 to be very comfortable. as far as round capacity goes i guess the best thing to do is just getting expierence with the gun and shooting. I had never shot a hand gun before but now that i have been going to the range on a regular basis for the past few months i feel very confident with 7 rounds or less. the gun has a mild kick and for someone who is small, its noticably less than a true 9mm...which is one reason i like this gun so much. I agree that going and renting would probably be the best bet so that your wife can find something that just feels right in her hands. I do highly recomend this gun though and think its defenatly worth trying out.

Matt G. from Desoto, TX on Mon, 13 Jun 2011

Man was I wrong ! I only checked one site but...........

Sig Sauer P232 Questions & Comments



Devon C. from Nacogdoches, TX on Wed, 29 Jun 2016

I hear folks speaking of having ammo problems. I had similar problems with certain rounds not feeding properly so I called Sig. They sent me new mags and fixed the problem. Seems there were some Sig magazines with a detent in the distal feed just below the next round...this was not to specs. The newer mags work perfectly. Who wants a gun that jams? Sigs are known as excellent pistols and they do back-up their product. There were no charges and two day turn-around.

Randy S. from Bronx, NY on Fri, 10 Jun 2016

I have had success with Gold Dot. Also try ball to see if it is a ramp issue. I have 4 mags and all perform flawlessly. LEO's don't tend to limp wrist so eliminating an ammo issue or ramp problem I would then look into the mag aglinment into the well (perhaps something is keeping the mags from fully seating) as it sounds like the top round might be sitting too low to go into battery smoothly.

Stephan M. from Auburn, NY on Fri, 10 Jun 2016

I'm using Speer LE Gold Dot duty ammo which is what my agency issues and requires me to carry. I checked to verify the springs and the large end is toward the muzzle. the ammo seems to catch when I chamber a round. It's catching on the ramp I'll buy some Hydro Shock and see what happens

Randy S. from Bronx, NY on Fri, 10 Jun 2016

A P232 will not function with anything less than premium ammo. I suggest trying a mag full of Federal HydraShock. Also the firearm will not tolerate a loose grip. You have to hold it like you have a rattlesnake by the neck. Last you may want to check to make sure the recoil spring is not reversed. Large end goes to the muzzle.

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Tue, 5 Apr 2016

THe red box CPO units that I have seen have been like new, so I don't think being refurbished will decrease the gun's value. Plus, you are not going to want to sell it - it's the Swiss watch of handguns!

Paul T. from Stratford, CT on Tue, 5 Apr 2016

Thx for the reply Hay2bale. I like the fact that its all SS, GB prices are in line with 500 bucks since theres shipping involved. The guy I might be buying this from purchased it a year ago from the original owner so the warranty has expired. Just not sure if a refurb is any good and would hold its value.

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Sun, 3 Apr 2016

@Razr, Seems kind of pricey. My wife bought hers, a new alloy frame with night sights and two magazines for $600. The red box units come with a one year warranty. Check out for current pricing.

Russell C. from Chambersburg, PA on Sun, 3 Apr 2016

I'm considering buying this gun but............has anyone had experience shooting 357Sig vs 357Magmun re: power, recoil, cost per 50rds? Would appreciate any advice.

Paul T. from Stratford, CT on Sat, 2 Apr 2016

I found a Red box factory refurb for 500 bucks. Is it worth the money? From the pictures the gun looks like its in mint condition.

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Mon, 6 Jul 2015

All three versions have a stainless slide. The P232SL also has a stainless frame, while the blue version has an alloy frame. I think the two tone has the alloy frame, too, but the slide is left bright. I don't find the sights as easily or quickly as I do on the blued slide. I like the SIG night sights very much and they show up well on the blue slide. There does not seem to be any durability issues with the alloy frame on any SIG pistol, based on my experience and what I have read on Sigforum. They have made this for about 25 years (it was the P230) so the record seems good.

Paul S. from Hardeeville, SC on Mon, 6 Jul 2015

Thanks. Appreciate the info. Are there any structural advantages to having a stainless slide, e.g., durability?

Paul S. from Hardeeville, SC on Mon, 6 Jul 2015

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the 3 P232 options - Blue, Two Tone, and Stainless? I'm interested in CC, and "looks" don't matter. What benefits do the Two Tone and Stainless have that offset the weight difference. I'm a newb and I'm curious re. the practical benefits of the heavier models. Thanks.

Willie T. from Holiday, FL on Sun, 18 Jan 2015

So even though the kick on this guy is less than my Taurus 24/7 9mm she still wasn't a fan. I'll probably have to go even smaller to a .32 or even a .22lr to raise her comfort level.

Benjamin R. from Ocean City, MD on Fri, 5 Dec 2014

* Calibers need to be CORRECTED * !!!!!! SPECS from SIG-Sauer Item Number 232-380-SSS Caliber .380ACP Action Type DA/SA Trigger Pull DA 10.0 lbs Trigger Pull SA 4.4 lbs Overall Length 6.6 in Overall Height 4.7 in Overall Width 1.3 in Barrel Length 3.6 in Sight Radius 4.8 in Weight w/Mag 23.6 oz Mag Capacity 7 Rounds Sights Night Sights Grips Rubber Hogue Grips Frame Finish Stainless Slide Finish Stainless Accessory Rail No Options Smooth Contours and Rounded, Snag-free Edges MSRP $900.00 CA Compliant Yes MA Compliant No

Ricardo T. from Conroe, TX on Wed, 1 Oct 2014

Last i have large hands and can still fire the weapon you speack of, the problem is with it raking the back of the nuckle and the magazines and jamming.

Al P. from Reeds Spring, MO on Tue, 27 May 2014

I just traded mine for a Taurus 140 pro. The Sig is a great gun. Shoots great, looks great, works great, BUT... the slide will bit you if you have avg to large hands. I wish it would have worked out. On a good note the little Taurus rocks. Good luck and God Bless America!

Jon L. from Arvin, CA on Tue, 1 Oct 2013

I have the P230 model...essentially the same, but an earlier version. I CAN'T HIT CRAP WITH THIS GUN. Does it look cool, yes. Is it tiny, yes. Is it a Sig, yes. Can I hit targets with it, no. Do I have the option to carry it, yes. Do I carry it, no. What brands can I hit with and do I carry, Glock, CZ, Springfield, Walther and Ruger...(in that order).

Humberto D. from Marlborough, CT on Fri, 5 Apr 2013

First Pistol Purchase: I'm going back and forth between the P232 and the P229. I would be using the pistol for numerous purposes: target shooting, home protection, cc, etc. Any suggestions???

Calvin M. from Beatrice, NE on Thu, 23 Aug 2012

I have had several people wanting to know about the holster I spoke of in my review. This is a new concept is holsters as far as I can tell. I bought it at a gun show in Michigan from the designer. His name is Sam Gray and you can order one by call 877-363-9997. The holster is designed to carry in the front of your pants on your weak side. The holster is all quality leather (brown) with a black leather cell phone holder attached to the top. So we you see me with my carry gun in place, you only see my cell phone attached at what you think will be my belt. The gun hangs inside your pants behind your pocket. It folds flat against your leg when you sit down at the office or in your car. Just tug up on the cell phone holder and out pops the handle of your P232 ready to draw! Super nice set up, cant tell its there, very cool!

Gary K. from Round Rock, TX on Sun, 12 Feb 2012


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