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SIG P230 / P232[1]
Sig Sauer P230 SL Right.jpg
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Germany, Switzerland
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designed 1977
Manufacturer SIG Sauer, SIGARMS
Produced 1977–1996
Weight 520 g (18.5 oz) [1]
Length 17 cm (6.6 in) [1]
Barrel length 9.1 cm (3.6 in) [1]
Width 3.0 cm (1.2 in) [1]
Height 12 cm (4.7 in) [1]

Cartridge .32 ACP, .380 ACP and 9×18mm Police
Action Double Action/Single Action (DA/SA) With decocking lever
Feed system 8-round magazine (.32 ACP)
7-round magazine (.380 ACP & 9mm)[2]
Sights Fixed front and rear

The SIG Sauer P230 is a small, semi-automatic handgun chambered in .32 ACP or .380 Auto. Beginning in 1996[3] it was replaced by the model P232.[4]


Due to its small dimensions, it is often carried[citation needed] as a backup weapon or as a CCW handgun, holding 8 + 1 rounds of .32 ACP or 7 + 1 rounds of .380 ACP, respectively. A special police model is also available, which is chambered in 9mm Police, actually a 9x18mm casing, which is very similar to 9mm Kurz but slightly more powerful.


The design and function of the P230 is of the simple fixed barrel, straight blow-back configuration. It has a reputation as a well-built firearm, and competes with the Walther PPK. With its relatively narrow slide and frame it can be carried in an ankle holster, and some even carry it between their undershirt and body armor.

It is available in both blued and all-stainless finishes. The blued version features a blued steel slide and a matching, anodized aluminum frame, while the stainless version is self-explanatory. Both models come with a molded polymer, wrap-around grip, that is contoured to give the shooter a comfortable and secure hold on the weapon.

The trigger comes from the factory with a 24 newtons (5.5 lbf) single-action pull, and is capable of both single-action and double-action. Pulling back the slide sets the hammer backwards and downwards to its single-action position, making for a very short and crisp trigger pull, with minimal take-up. The double-action pull is longer and more stiff, but still very smooth. It has no external safeties, though it does have a "de-cocking" lever positioned just above the right-handed shooter's thumb, on the left side of the grip. The lever provides for a safe method of lowering the hammer from its full-cocked, single-action position, to a "half-cock", double-action safe position where the hammer itself falls forward to a locking point about an eighth of an inch from the rear of the firing pin. Once de-cocked, it is physically impossible for the hammer to drop completely and contact the firing pin, which would otherwise greatly increase the risk of the unintentional discharge of a chambered round. In order for the round to discharge, the full double-action pull would have to be completed, which allows for the pistol to be carried reasonably safely with a round chambered. In addition, the SIG P232 has an automatic firing pin safety.[3]

The sights are of the traditional SIG design and configuration, with a dot on the front sight and a rectangle on the rear sight. To aim using the sights, the shooter simply aligns the dot over the rectangle. The magazine release is located behind and below the magazine floor plate. The magazine is released by pushing the lever towards the rear of the grip, at which point the magazine can be removed from the pistol.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "P232". SIG Sauer. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). pp. 208. 
  3. 3.0 3.1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marchington, James (2004). The Encyclopedia of Handheld Weapons. Lewis International, Inc. ISBN 1-930983-14-X.

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