How many round? Keltec P32

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dashootist, Aug 26, 2014.

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  1. dashootist

    dashootist Member

    Feb 8, 2010

    I just bought a little mouse gun, the Keltec P 32acp.

    I bought some Fiochhi FMJ, and it functions good.
    I also tried Federal and PMC. But they don't work in my P32.
    Anyway, I shot about 200 rounds. It is very fun to shoot like 22s. And then
    wonder may be I shouldn't practice too much because
    tHe gun looks very cheaply made. I wonder how durable it is. THe price is like a Sat special.

    How many rounds is the gun good for?

    MICHAEL T Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    outback Kentucky
    If you wear it out they will replace it under your life time warranty . I have 5 P-32 in my house wife and daughter's have and I have a P-32 P3AT and PF-9 . I have never experience any trouble. My last P-32 bought for daughter for her CC pistol. Did on 1st mag fail to chamber 1 round in 1st mag.
    Rest of that box and next ran fine . Only one of the 5 P-32 that has ever acted up.
  3. 5-SHOTS

    5-SHOTS Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    If I remember well the Kel-Tec said the P-32 was made to fire at least 3000 rounds.
    Edit: at least 6000 rounds:
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  4. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    You'll shoot it a lot in the near future, then it will wane as the "newness" wears off, and the cost/availability of .32ACP ammo factors in.

    I wouldn't worry much. It's definitley not an "endurance piece", but it's far from a SNS, either (a SNS is typically a zinc-alloy-based handgun priced around or below $100, less than half that of a P32.)

    I like mine, purchased new in 2011. But, I've only put maybe 400 rounds through it, about half of which were WWB flat-tipped FMJ stuff. I carry it in a pocket while traveling to and from work, and during my once-a-week pizza delivery gig. Beyond that, it doesn't get carried much, as I normally sport a PF9 on my hip.

    If you're not already educated on it, learn about "rimlock." It's not an issue with round-nose FMJ ammo, but can be in the KT with anything that has a shorter overall length from bullet-tip to primer.
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  5. jhb

    jhb Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    dixie, but some call it florida
    I've easily shot over a thousand in mine and it's still functioning.
  6. snooperman

    snooperman Member

    May 4, 2009
    I have 2 of them , one for me and my wife. We have had them since they came out many years ago and I have put at least 2000 rounds through mine with out any problems. They are a very good pocket gun and have a lifetime warranty. When I am all dressed up for church etc, it makes a great little back-up or carry gun for up-close encounters. I also have and carry the PF9 sometimes and find them to be very reliable, even though they do not win any beauty contests.
  7. Quiet

    Quiet Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    bouncing between the 909 & the 702
    I've owned my Kel-Tec P-32 1st gen for approximately 10-11 years.
    Have over 3000 rounds through it, with 6 stoppages (all magazine related).
    It's my main pocket gun. (carried in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster)
  8. Nom de Forum

    Nom de Forum Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Mine works and it is approximately 10 years old with several hundred rounds of FMJ and Silvertip through it.
  9. Cocked & Locked
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    Cocked & Locked Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Silver Hill, NC
    Never any problems with this one. I keep it loaded with Winchester Silvertips.


  10. astra600

    astra600 Member

    May 28, 2013
    Las Vegas Desert
    If you look carefully at the rim profiles of different ammo,(magnifying glass) you will see different profiles. Some work great with KT and others won't, I've marked the ammo boxes with which 32 gun they work in. The extractor can be picky. Never had the rim lock issue. My most reliable 32 was made in 1915. Shoots FN, HP RN, no problem. The KT carries best for me when I want a small gun in the front pocket, with a holster of course.
  11. Mike Kerr

    Mike Kerr Member

    Jan 12, 2003
    Garland, Texas
    I have a P32 which is about 12 years old. It gets carried everyday that I leave the house. Sometimes it is a backup. Sometimes Primary. Its got well over 2,500 rounds thru it and it is NOT "shot out". It is not anywhere close to a Saturday night special. It has a locked breach system which is one reason why its so much more reliable than Blowback action 32's we used to see.

    The first two years I had it I would take it out of my pocket and toss it in my briefcase as soon as I got back to my desk. All kinds of things were dropped on the holstered gun (files, books, tape measures, cameras in cases etc) but I always knew where the gun was. So when I went back out I could just slip it back in my pocket. Then one day I discovered my trigger was not engaging. Sent it back to Kel Tec and they fixed the problem (maybe a roll pin or similar) for no charge but I learned good firearm maintenance included not smashing on the side of the P32 when it was in a soft sided holster. No problems since.

    It is tougher than you think. Read UP on Rimlock if you think about shooting 60 gr Hollow Points. With 71 gr or 73 gr FMJ mine has gone hundreds of rounds without any failures to feed or eject and only shooter caused limp wrist will cause it to hiccup. I put it thru some simulated situations where I was firing weak hand only from odd ball positions and it did fine as long as I kept a firm grip. Overall not a bad little gun - though the 32 is underpowered - but you give up nothing in concealment.

  12. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    When I bought mine, oh, probably 9 or 10 years ago, I also told everybody that "everything about this gun screams cheap.";) But, I bought it because they flat-out worked. Mine was no exception-never any failures, though I've heard of a few that had quirks. Mine's had mostly Geco ball and WWB run through, probably to the tune of 5-600 rounds. I just run it enough to be satisfied that it still works properly, as it's my BUG, and I carry it nonstop. Look for Geco, as it's hotter than most .32 ACP out there. I don't bother with hollowpoints.
  13. gazpacho

    gazpacho Member

    May 28, 2004
    I have 4 of them. The oldest has about 4000 rounds through it. My wife qualified with one for her CCW, and shot 358 out of 360 possible points. We use Sellier & Bellot FMJ exclusively. It is a tiny bullet from a tiny gun. Priority #1, function flawlessly. Priority #2, penetrate deeply. HPs from this gun pretty much rule out 1 and 2.
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