There is a case to be made for loads like this because the flatter tip of a hollow-point that fails to expand could theoretically cause more tissue damage than a round nose bullet. It doesn’t run 100% with every type of ammo I’ve tried, but it seems to run just fine with Federal American Eagle and S&B full metal jacket loads.

Using fmj it is flawless in decades of use. The scary thing is he didn’t know it until he went to the range again with his daughter. This slim and trim little pistol is only 5.1 inches long, 3.5 inches tall, 0.75 inches wide, and it weighs a mere 6.6 ounces unloaded. Just a quick observation. 61 are very, very cool. and I dont have to worry about it going through 3 of everything that is in front of it. My biggest complaint with the Tomcat was the trigger pull. But, we should all train, regularly with every gun we carry. I already have solar and wind power enough to run the house, more than a year’s worth of food, improved my door frames, doors an locks, cameras lights etc. But ultra compact semi-autos are working guns with the specific purpose of easy concealment in mind. .380 ACP is all the rage these days for pocket semi-autos, but the humble .32 ACP still has its fair share of loyal fans. (Hitler killed himself with one, which is a pretty good reason to own one.). If you can’t afford a collectible original Colt 1903, US Armament Corp. began manufacturing them under license a few years ago, so you can actually buy a new one, though it will cost you. Kel-Tec P-32The P-32, a locked-breach semi-auto pistol, arrived on the self-defense scene in 1999. (Please, Please Mister Po-leasman) guns in this chambering. That’s a little less than we’d like to see and there was no expansion. But overall, based on my experience with this one, the Guardian combines just about all of the worst attributes a pocket pistol can have.

Never owned one but several friends have. Unfortunately, just like we ran into when I covered .32 caliber revolvers, there is just not much data on how .32 ACP performs in real-world defensive shootings. It was just too low on the list.

Ask me how I know…. Others to be added to the list would be: (Oh yeah) Make sure to read up on .32 rim lock before you go in whole hog on this caliber. I’m not planning to do this for all of the calibers we tested, at least not right away. Now, that’s not proof of anything, but it does suggest that there are lot of people out there buying these little pocket .380s but not shooting them. You didn’t stop to make me in But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for guns chambered in 7.62mm Browning. They’re almost twice the width of the KelTec and weigh half a pound more.

Just like the PPK, the two-tone stainless finish P230 and .380 P232 are hammer-fired DA/SA subcompact. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. There might be some others, but if you’re thinking about carrying a .32 ACP pocket pistol that’s in current production, it’s mostly likely one of the four I just mentioned. Good lord! This blend of materials gives the P-32 an exceptionally low unloaded weight of just 6.6 ounces. For NFA items, the original Welrod and the Škorpion vz. If there’s a warrant, a warrant for me. There were problems with the slides cracking on the early guns. Since NAA was known for mini revolvers chambered in .22, this pistol was a break from the company’s usual product line. Casey, Noel and others have had similar experiences. Please reference our inventory #48601. Relying on a .22 for self-defense isn't something everyone is comfortable with. And I’ll bet the little NAA weighs as much as my P365, seems to. I just want something on me that if someone is trying to harm me, I can pull out, and create separation from that situation. I cannot believe you ignored the Beretta Tomcat. But the cartridge can be chambered in guns that are measurably smaller and lighter than the current run of .380 and 9 mm pocket pistols. So even though it’s far from ideal, if I was looking for the smallest and lightest carry gun possible that I could still shoot reasonably well, I’d probably carry the P32. According to the ATF, in 2007, there was roughly one .32 ACP pistol made in the US for every three pistols chambered for .380. It’s got beautiful lines, it might even predates the Sig P230 seires. In that, even non expanding FMJ AND slightly under penetrating HPs are more than sufficient.

The Kel-Tec was definitely more pleasant to shoot, but timers don’t lie. If that doesn’t work for you, Crimson Trace does make a laser guard for this gun. I’ll take it over the p-32 any day as a bug. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for guns chambered in 7.62mm Browning. With small caliber hollow points, you typically get either good penetration or good expansion. Horrible. Logically, Thuggy Boo Boo would love an unreliable Kel Tec for safety reasons because he’s mostly going to be stuffing it down his pants or using it for show and tell. In the 80s and 90s, Seecamp was making the smallest guns you could buy and they made some innovations that kind of paved the way for the modern micro pistol. Zastava cz70. Manufacturer: Kel-Tec; keltecweapons.comModel: P32Action: Double-Action OnlyCaliber: .32 ACPFinish: Polymer Frame; Blued, Parkerized or Hard Chrome SlideSights: FixedBarrel Length: 2.70”Overall Length: 5.10”Height: 3.50”Width:0.75”Weight:6.6 ozsnCapacity:7 + 1 RoundsTwist: 1:16” RHSuggested Retail Price: $318-$377, Manufacturer: North American Arms; northamericanarms.comModel: Guardian Action: Double-Action OnlyCaliber: .32 ACPFinish: Stainless SteelSights: FixedBarrel Length: 2.49”Overall Length: 4.75”Height: 3.53”Width:0.930”Weight:18.72 ozs.Capacity:6 + 1 RoundsRifling: 1:15” RHSuggested Retail Price: $402, E-mail your comments/questions about this site For questions/comments about American Rifleman magazine, please You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on American Rifleman, visit for more information. Another copy of the Walther PP design. Details in the video below, or scroll down to read the full transcript. Full metal jacket loads are slightly longer and don’t leave enough room in the magazine body for the rim lock to occur. One almost certainly can’t likely survive the worst case scenario but you can up to some point approaching it. Rookie, but why? It’s also a very natural pointer. Those little .380s really are quite a handful.

Between the rim lock issue, the meager selection of pistols, and the supposedly weaker ballistics, the .32 ACP is not looking too good so far compared to a pocket .380. As a result, pocket pistols are not generally considered "fun" to shoot.

Follow Lucky Gunner Lounge from your Inbox! While it’s fallen out of favor in recent years, even in a pocket pistol role, .32 ACP offers a clear benefit in reduced recoil (allowing quicker and more accurate shooting) over the more popular .380 ACP while the reduction in ballistic effectiveness is minimal. I have a PP and a Beretta 81. Primus inter pares among .32 ACP pistols is and always will be the Colt Model 1903, a single-action semi-automatic pistol with a shrouded hammer. On the other hand, if you’re following the advice to carry FMJ ammo in a pocket pistol, it doesn’t seem like there is much difference between a .380 and a .32. Again, the Fiocchi FMJ is the clear leader in terms of penetration.

I either own or have owned multiple guns in almost every caliber under .500. There’s also the Beretta Model 90. As a result, the all-steel Guardian has the smallest profile, but the P-32 has a lower weight.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It’s basically a ⅞ scale 92FS, replete with the open-top barrel and slide-mounted ambi de-cocking safeties. The Seecamp LWS is another somewhat older design but it’s slimmer and lighter than the Tomcat. The CZ 50 and CZ 70 (also .32 ACP pistols) are somewhat common on the surplus market as well, but the 83 is the better buy.

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