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Old 02-19-2019, 06:03 PM   #1
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Smile P230 Repairs & advice from Sig.

I just got my P230 back from Sig after I sent it in to them for repairs. It was not feeding and ejecting very well. They went thru the pistol and did the following repairs and the report they sent said the following:

Gunsmith Comments:
1) Inspected Pistol,
2) Pistol received with incorrect slide catch lever spring,
3) Install a slide catch lever spring,
4) Test fired two types of ball ammunition,
5) No malfunctions we encountered during testing,
6) The P230 was not designed to feed hollow point ammunition,
7) The P230 is a blowback operated pistol and as such can be recoil sensitive. A firm consistent grip is required for reliable performance.

This answers a lot of questions for me about the pistol, especially no. 6 I didn't know this.

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In all,actually my wife's P232,has fed/ejected every round that fits in the magazine,both factory ball & hand loaded hollow point ammo.

The ONLY modification to the pistol was installing Hogue rubber finger groove grips on it 20+ years ago.

The ONLY issue to date,was a take down lever abnormality that was easily precision TIG welded by myself.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:57 PM   #3
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Will take the P230 out and try some hollow point now that its been back to Sig. I see you live in FBK's Alaska, been there twice, once when I went to the Artic Circle and two years later with my sister. I drove two trips thru Canada and US and never got a broken windshield until I got to Fairbanks. A woman in a Expedition passed me and threw up a bunch of rocks and they got me. She must have been in a hurry to get to a garage sale or something. Anyhow I didn't change the windshield until I got home, priced them out and they were a little steep.
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Don't recal ever having problems with HP ammo and my 232.
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Originally Posted by fknipfer1 View Post

This answers a lot of questions for me about the pistol, especially no. 6 I didn't know this.


#6 !!!!!!!!!

I found that out also, trial by fire.

I've got a p232 sl, Hogue grips as well.

I could feel when I use flat nose .380 they seem to feed a little harshly/ catch a bit on the feed ramp when racking the slide


Ball .380

If you dont mind me asking, what did the trip to Sig cost ya, PM me if you'd like.
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Remember the 230 was in Europe long before it came to these shores, and Hollowpoints aren't widely accepted on the "Continent". Probably the primary reason for the introduction of the P232. This change also included changes to the magazines too, IIRC.

I had a P232 myself back in the mid-90s, and there wasn't the selection of ammunition as there is today. IIRC, our department issued Hornady JHP, and I don't remember any of our guys having any problems, being the armorer, but then again there was an updated P230, before the introduction of the P232.
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