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  1. 38-45 Special

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    Although I rarely (if ever) carry them, I've always loved the handguns in calibers such as .22, .25 ACP, .32 ACP, etc. There's just something about the smaller calibers and the history behind them that has always intrigued me. What would you say is your favorite "small" handgun caliber and handgun chambered in it?

    NOTE: By "small" I'm referring to handgun calibers with power generally relative to and/or lower than a .380 ACP.

    Mine would have to be .32 Smith and Wesson, either Long or Short. Got hooked on it after shooting my grandpa's H&R 732, have loved it ever since.
     
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    Kel-tek p32 (was looking for the absolute lightest acceptable to me SD handgun):

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    I'll say my Beretta 81BB in .32 ACP. :cool:

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    VZ-70. Mostly because it's caused me so much grief to get it functioning properly. Sometimes I think the guns that give us the biggest challenges are the ones we come to love.

    (Hrrrrmmmm ... I suppose you could say that about life partners as well)
     
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    Walther TPH .22.
     
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    Old 32 H & R in 32 s + w long.
     
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    I have an old Ruger standard model auto and a S&W M&P 22. Every other handgun I own is 9mm or larger. For training (and as a suppressor host), the S&W is the obvious choice, but the Ruger is uncontested in "cool factor".
     
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  8. ThomasT

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    I know I shouldn't like it it but I do, my Beretta 950BS 25acp. Its stupid accurate for what it is. I have shot 9 rounds in about 2" at 15 yards with a rest and painting the tiny front sight so I could see it. Its the smallest gun I own. I have no delusions about its stopping ability but it has worked in the past. Its almost the exact same size as the NAA mini revolvers but the Beretta holds 9 rounds as opposed to 5 rounds. And you can fire all 9 rounds in just a second or two.

    I just bought a Taurus TCP 380 and like it also. Its about the same size as the Kel-Tec 32 and so far has been dead nuts reliable. IIRC it weighs around 11oz loaded. It just disappears in a pocket.
     
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  9. StrawHat

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    Here is my favorite small bore/ small handgun. A 32 Hand Ejector from 1917 or 1918.

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    StrawHat

    Straight out of L.A. Confidential!
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    My late ‘70s, or early ‘80s Model 63 Smith 22LR “kit gun” is still my favorite, no matter how much I’ve come to like my sweet little Glock 44. I think it might be an age or generation thing because I’ve let our daughter, our son-in-law and 2 of our grandsons shoot both 22s, and it was pretty obvious they all preferred the Glock. It was as if they looked at my old 22/32 kit gun as okay, but quaint, or outdated.o_O
    Although, age or generation might not have anything to do with why my Model 63 is still my favorite. It could simply be that that little gun is still my favorite because I have a history with it. It’s been on my hip on countless fishing trips, I’ve used it to put holes in a good many impromptu targets when the fish weren’t biting, I don’t know how many fool hens (Mountain Grouse) I’ve snipped the heads off of with it for the frying pans in deer camps, and I’ve used it to kill a few cottontails, jack rabbits and ground squirrels as well. Sadly, I’ve also used that little revolver to put a half dozen or so ran-over cats (usually drop-offs) out of their misery.
    At any rate, I really like my Glock 44 - it’s definitely a “keeper.” It’s lightweight, accurate and reliable. But my old Model 63, 22/32 “kit gun” occupies a place of honor in a kitchen cabinet - where it’s handy. After all, it’s one of the few things I’ve got that’s been with me almost as long as my wife of 49 years.:)
     
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  14. BLACKHAWKNJ

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    My 1972 High Standard Victor. Firing that Bullseye style taught me to shoot a handgun.
     
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    Beretta Pico.Never thought a small 380 would be able to handle the amount of ammo I have put through it. Actually own three of them. Tough, well built and smooth.

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    Did not expect much when I bought the lighweight P32, but the 6 1/2 oz little gun surprised me in how well it shot. And so dang light.

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    For us is not an issue but even my 4 inch 617 gets complaints about being too heavy

    As far as puny guns other than 22lr id go with my 5.7. Pretty useless but fun.
     
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    Wish I still had it
     
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    Awesome S&W Hand Ejector along with a beautifully carved leather holster! Two stylish pieces that go perfectly together!
     
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  19. bannockburn

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    I have two favorites in the small handgun category: a Beretta Model 70S and a Colt Mustang. Both are super reliable, capable of decent accuracy, and great to either take to the range or along with me when I'm out and about!
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  20. ThomasT

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    I don't know what I was thinking earlier, I thought the OP was asking about small guns and just flat missed the "small caliber" part. My favorite small caliber guns are the two Ruger Single Six 32 mag revolvers I own. Both have 5.5" barrels and adjustable sights. These are the best trail guns I have ever owned. Seen here with my other 32 caliber guns.

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  21. 38-45 Special

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    One of my dream guns lol
     
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    Maybe on the high end of your power range, but the FEG PA 63 in 9x18 is one I dearly wish I hadn't sold. It was stupid light for it's power, but also stupid accurate and controllable for a compact handgun mimicking a Walther PPK. It ate every kind of cheap steel cased and high end defensive loads I ever threw at it with very little maintenance.
     
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    Beretta 950 .25 ACP
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    Kel Tec PMR 30 .22 WMR
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    Pretty fond of my 1961 production PPK in 7.65mm (.32 auto). Not sure how you get more James Bond than that example. Great pocket carry gun.
     
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    Colt 1903 in .32 ACP. Shoots like a laser

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