kel tec P32 accuracy?


December 5, 2007, 02:09 AM
I picked up a used kel tec .32 the other day at a gunshow (overpaid), and finally got around to shooting it earlier today. I only put 16 rounds through it, because I only bought one box of ammo ($18!), and I'm broke till payday. At 5-10 yards, I only made 4 hits on a regular sized paper plate. Now I'm a bad shot, but even I can hit better than that. I was taking my time and concentrating, and didn't exhibit any of the poor shooting habits that I usually do. The gun didn't seem to be consistent in where it was hitting at all either. It would shoot high, low, left, right, etc. The rounds that missed the plate were all usually within with 3 inches of it, but that's still terrible. Even though the gun's used, it looks brand new, and functioned flawlessly. It's a lot of fun to shoot too. So, are these guns just THAT inaccurate, or am I really that bad of shot?

Also, where is a good place to get cheap .32 ammo? Walmart was $18 for 50 fmj. I didn't price .32 ammo before I bought one because I figured it would be close to 9mm prices ($8.69 at walmart for 115gr. fmj). I know that there's no such thing as "cheap" ammo anymore, but I'd like to practice more and eventually get a CHL so I can carry this gun hopefully, but at those prices with my accuracy I'd have to get a second job just feed that little thing.

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December 5, 2007, 03:09 AM
The trigger on the P-32 is very stiff you you really need to practice good trigger control. I know because it was hard to shoot my P-32 well when I first got it. Give it time, you will improve.

Sportsman's guide sells 73gr Fiocchi FMJ .32 Auto ammo for right around $10 a box of 50. That's what I buy for practice. I carry 60gr Fiocchi SJHP ammo in my P-32.

The P-32 is accurate if you practice enough:

December 5, 2007, 05:29 AM
My P32 groups about 3" at 20', but about 6" low.

December 5, 2007, 08:28 AM
Shooting a DAO pistol like the P32 is a different proposition than any other gun. As someone said earlier, trigger control becomes paramount and it's quite easy to throw a shot, especially with a stiffer trigger like a P32, or even more so with a P11. My trigger technique is to place the first joint after the tip of the finger on the trigger. This gives me a much firmer contact with the trigger and the grip and allows more of my finger to be inside the trigger guard reducing the possibility of pulling the shot to the right or left. Also, with a small trigger like on the Kel-Tec that first joint seems to fit the trigger better than anywhere on my trigger fingertip or pad. I've shot like this for years with good results and recently read an article written by Mas Ayoob recommending something very much like this type of finger placement.

Give it a try. If you are already doing it, maybe further practice is in order. 16 rounds isn't very many to acclimate to a gun. It's hardly even a start.

December 5, 2007, 12:57 PM
I learned to shoot mine pretty good once I slowed down my trigger pull. Concentrate on a slow and steady pull. You'll get to know when it will "break". You'll also gain insight into the sight and how to aim. I order ammo from Cheaper than Dirt of Sportsman's Guide or J&G. Mostly Fiocchi or S&B. As much as I try to dislike this little chunk of plastic, it ends up on me more than any other gun I own.

December 5, 2007, 02:06 PM

December 6, 2007, 06:19 AM
It definitely sounds like a matter of practice. I recently bought a P32 and took it (and my wife) to the range. She was able to keep all of her rounds inside the target at 5-7 yds with no problem. I was able to keep mine in COM out to about 10 yds. That DA trigger is really stiff and takes some getting used to.

As far as ammo, I got the Fiocchi 73 gr from Ammo To Go ( It's $11.95 + S/H (think it was around $8-$10 for 200 rds). I just checked Sportsmansguide and their Fiocchi has gone up to $12.95 per box -- although they usually offer coupons for discounted shipping ($5 off).


Master Blaster
December 6, 2007, 08:28 AM
You need to practice alot with it to be good. It took me several sessions before I was able to hit accurately at 10 yards.

This is no different than a snubbie revolver like my 642, the guns is accurate but it is hard to soot it accurately without alot of practice.

The good news is that these type of guns are really up close belly guns, and at 5-10 feet you can hit the bullseye with them.

December 6, 2007, 09:01 AM
Has anyone tried the trigger shoes that are available that broaden the surface area?

December 6, 2007, 01:34 PM
As much as I try to dislike this little chunk of plastic, it ends up on me more than any other gun I own.

I know what you mean. Five months ago I held a P32 for the first time and laughed at the "piece of junk." Since getting my PF-9 I've added a P11 and just picked up this P32 today in like new condition for $200. I also put a P3AT on layaway.

December 9, 2007, 03:05 AM
This is typical for me, with my little P32 at ten yards, standing/unsupported:

As you can see, it shoots low at the 1" black/orange spot target.

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