Review: Sig Sauer P230
(I will put pictures up sometime on Sunday, did not have them ready when I wrote this.)
This one will have to get a 8/10 from me.
- Operation: Semi-auto, fixed barrel, straight blowback
- Trigger: Double-action/Single action
- Safety: Patented automatic firing-pin lock
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Length Overall: 6.6"
- Height Overall: 4.7"
- Width Overall: 1.2"
- Barrel Length: 3.6"
- Rifing Twist: 1 in 10" (3/5 twist in barrel)
- Rifling Grooves: 6
- Sight Radius: 4.7"
- Weight (w/o magazine): 16.2 oz. (20.8 oz. in stainless)
- Magazine Weight: 1.4 oz. (1.6 oz. in stainless)
- Trigger Pull: DA 9.9 lbs, SA 3.75 lbs
- Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
I would consider this gun to anyone who doesn't have large hands. Though not being manufactured anymore, this is a very handy gun for CC, as for its size. The double action works beautifully, though the trigger pull is a tad more than I like, but once you fire it a few times, you don't notice the amount of trigger pull. It is incredibly accurate, and has minimal recoil, so there is never a problem with your sights coming off of your target. The magazines are a little pricey for my taste (G36 magazines are $31, while the P230 magazines are $48 from what I've seen), but it's always good to have an extra one, no? I carry it in a little Uncle Mike's holster, but with a decent belt, I can put it on my waist at any degree and never have a problem holding the gun. It is thin enough to keep it concealed incredibly easy, but with the different places it can go without being detected, makes it easy to pull from concealment. The P230 also has a de-$#@!er on it (first time I've ever seen one, and LOVING it).
Negative Comments: I am not a big fan of the field strip procedure, (lock the slide back, pull the switch down, then pull it off from the back and slide it off the barrel), which can be a small, but manageable problem in putting it back together (I'm a simple person, I don't need complicated things.) The magazine is not dropped by a button next to the trigger guard, but rather from a latch on the bottom of the handgun itself. It also does not just drop the magazine, because of the latch, you must pull the magazine out.
Summary: Love the gun. I have a minimal amount of problems, but way more Pro's to outnumber the Con's. Will recommend to anyone.