The P232 is a pistol uses a gas blowback system, the fixed barrel is 92 mm long, the recoil spring is coaxial to the barrel and the single stack steel magazine holds 7- .380 rounds.
The trigger is a double and single mixed action, with inertial striker and exposed hammer. There's and automatic safety on the firing pin.
The hammer is protected on its sides by the slide extensions, and can be manually cocked because its crest slightly protrudes from the slide. The magazine release lever is located at the heel of the grip.