The double-action P230 pistol was launched in 1977. This weapon was orginally designed as police pistol, but only a very few police corps purchased this weapon. To look at, the P230 is very similar to the Walther PP and PPK. Originally it was available in 7.65 mm (.32 ACP) caliber with a capacity of 8 rounds and in 9 mm Short (.380 ACP) or 9 x 18 mm (9 mm Police) for 7 rounds. A special training model was also available in .22 LR caliber (10 shot). In 1995 Sig-Sauer discontinued the 7.65 mm (.32 ACP) caliber version, this was followed by the 9 x 18 mm version in 1996.
The P230 has the distinctive Sig-Sauer uncocking lever on the left-hand side of the frame. The dakedown lever is also on the left-hand side of the frame, above the front of the trigger guard. The magazine release is in the grip heel. The P230 does not have safety catch, but does have automatic firing pin safety. This pistol has a recoil and the barrel is fixed to the alloy frame. The slide is made of blued steel, however the model P230SL is also available with a stainless steel slide. The total negth of the P230 is 165 mm, the barrel length is 89 mm and the height is 120 mm. This pistol has a fixed rear sight with a sight radius of 112 mm. The weight is 468 grams.
In 1997, Sig-Sauer launched the model P232 as successor to the P230. The P232 is a 7-shot double-action pistol in 9 mm Short (.380 ACP) caliber. This weapon is also available with a single-action or double-action-only trigger. The total length of the P232 is 168 mm and the barrle length is 92 mm. The height is 119 mm and the witdth is only 31 mm. This pistol has a fixed rear sight with a sight radius of 120 mm. The empty weight is 465 grams.
The versions available are: blued frame and a blank stainless steel slide or totally stainless steel. To celebrate their 250th anniversary in 2001, SIg-Sauer released a special jubilee version of the P232SL in stailness steel in a limited edition of 50 weapons.