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Did the .25 NAA and .32 NAA ever take off ....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Swing, Jun 7, 2013.

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  1. Swing

    Swing Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    I remember about a decade or so ago they were introduced. I remember thinking it was kinda neat, but stuck with conventional cartridges. Just out of curiosity, did the .25 NAA or .32 NAA find an wide spread use or is it still a tiny niche? I see NAA still offers little auto loaders in them.

    Anywho, just wondering. Thanx.

    MICHAEL T Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    outback Kentucky
    Not to many out their Round just doesn't make sense The 32 is in a 380 frame so might as well have the 380 . Same with 25 Its in a 32 frame . See no real sense in this and ammo is expensive last I looked Corbon had the market.
  3. kokapelli

    kokapelli Member

    Jan 27, 2004
  4. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte Member

    Mar 7, 2013
    It caught on well enough to attract me into buying one. Here's a review I wrote in '08. FWIW, I would rather be shot with a .380 than a .32NAA. The .32NAA hits ridiculous velocities out of that little barrel:


    I got this little belly-blaster about a month ago, but simply haven't had the chance to bring it to the range until today. First problem was finding ammo and the second was getting some "me time".

    So--items of note:

    1) Ammo is a major pain to find. Corbon is the only company that manufactures loaded ammo, as far as I know. The folks at www.makarov.com have in the past made .32NAA brass and reloading dies available for the .32NAA conversion barrel they offered. That's great if you're a reloader. I'm not. I knew going in that ammo would be scarce, though, so I've managed to squirrel away as much as I'll ever need, I think.

    2) The trigger pull on mine, at least, requires a herculean effort. I've found info on doing a home trigger job, and that's #1 on my to-do list. My trigger finger was sore after 8 mags of shooting.

    3) The sights are minimal on my particular model. That's fine, I have no intention of doing long-distance shooting with my Guardian. This is exclusively a backup or "hot weather" CCW.

    4) This is no flyweight weapon. It's all stainless steel. You could probably pistol-whip someone with it should you miss with all 6+1 rounds. It won't pull your pants down around your ankles though. All told this thing feels very, very solid and I have no concerns about its longevity and reliability.

    5) Muzzle flash and rise are pretty significant. It doesn't beat you to death like a .357mag snubbie will, though. The gun is remarkably accurate for such a short barrel.

    6) You WILL draw attention shooting this at the range.

    7) Stovepipes on last round ejection are common. Apparently this gun uses the next round in the mag as the ejector. No biggie, IMHO. Actually, since the slide doesn't lock open (by design), it's a decent indicator in a stressful situation that you're out of ammo--the trigger loses 90% of its tension when the slide is out of battery.

    8) I really like the mag release. The mag pops out with authority and it's easy to manipulate, even for a lefty like me. Heel mag releases just annoy me.

    This was my best group of the day--15' offhand, 60gr JHPs. I also shot a bunch of Cor-bon FMJs which seemed to perform similarly.


    All told this wasn't exactly "fun" to shoot but it was reliable as heck and surprisingly accurate once I got settled with that darned trigger. No failures right out of the box and I certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of this little cannon--I guarantee it could definitely ruin someone's day. Once I get the trigger squared away I will probably make it a permanent part of my EDC inventory.
  5. X-Rap

    X-Rap Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Yea I bit on this one when it first came out too. It is a fine weapon but heavy, limited ammo make it a safe queen for me at this time. I to late found the nice and light Kel Tec which has stolen my heart as a pocket gun.
    Has anybody had RCBS or any other die maker build them dies for the 32NA?
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