Steel Over Plastic?
In an era where most folks prefer to carry lightweight polymer handguns for their CCW, I still gravitate towards steel framed pistols. Many are simply too heavy for EDC, and that’s where the Sig Sauer P230 steps in. The P230 is all steel, yet is small enough—and at just over a pound, light enough—for ultra-concealability, all in a beautiful and reliable package.
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Manufactured in Germany for nearly 20 years, Sig imported the model to the US between 1985 and 1996. Today models may be found in a variety of conditions. It is available in .32ACP with an 8+1 capacity, or .380 Auto at 7+1. The P230 features a simple, blow-back design with a fixed barrel not unlike the Walther PPK. But the Sig outshines the PPK with its classic Sig decocking device and a takedown lever for field stripping. Both blued and stainless models are available. Grips are a single piece, synthetic wrap-around design, and upgrades are available. The P230 operates in either single or double action.
With fixed sights, sleek lines, and a strong reputation, it performs flawlessly. But it is not exactly fun to fire. Like most firearms of this size and weight, muzzle flip at the range is a concern. I do practice with any firearm I carry, but rarely put rounds down range with the P230 just for enjoyment. Maintenance is relatively painless. The take-down lever allows for quick and toolless access to the internals. Because of its size and capacity, the Sig Sauer P230 is not a duty weapon, but it serves as perhaps the finest example of a concealable, all steel firearm. And more simply, it is gorgeous.