P-32 loading issue

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kBob, May 5, 2021.

  1. kBob

    kBob Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida
    So I have had my Kel-Tec P32 since the old model was the only model and it has been my EDC since. ( of course I carry bigger on occasion in addition to the P32 in a pocket holster)

    in the last few months it has gotten rediculously hard to work the slide to load the first round or clear the pistol.

    now I have only been doing semi auto pistols a bit over half a century and I have NEVER had as much trouble working the slide on a hand gun.

    thinking maybe I have had a minor stroke and lost hand and arm strength I let a younger guy that also carts a P32 on occasion try and he could not work the slide without help of some sort ( yes it works when gripped with padded vise grips)

    it seems to fire and cycle , but just won’t me cycle it in a reasonable manner.

    any how Yes I have field striped and cleaned and lubed.

    Same issue with or without magazine.

    I noted the original recoil spring guide is pretty flexible and a much greater PITA to reinstall than has been in n the past.

    might this be a factor?

    The slide comes back to we’re it should unlock and there it gets VERY hard to move

    Suggestions on getting this puppy back up to speed without sending it back to the puppy farm would be appreciated.

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  2. JCooperfan1911

    JCooperfan1911 Member

    Oct 8, 2020
    Hmmm maybe a guide rod/spring issue?

    I’d remove the guide rod and spring and see how the slide pulls back without them. If it flows back and forth freely, replace the guide rod and spring with new ones. Ring Kel Tec they might send you them for free and if not will set you up with an order. Shouldn’t be more than a few bucks. I love my P32 it’s a great gun.
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  3. herrwalther

    herrwalther Member

    May 1, 2013
    Because of the age of the pistol, it is entirely possible the springs or guide rod are worn out. Numrich sells the parts if Kel-tec doesn't cover a repair or replacement. Calling Kel-tec is worth the time, they may just send the parts to you without sending back the slide or whole thing.

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  4. Dan-O

    Dan-O Member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Northern Colorado
    If it’s the gen 1, only thing I can think of is that the slide stop hasn’t been inserted properly upon reassembly.
  5. Buckeye63

    Buckeye63 Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    Parts are dirt cheap through Keltec
  6. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    ^^ Sometimes even free.
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  7. Ohen Cepel
    • Contributing Member

    Ohen Cepel Contributing Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Where they tell me to go
    Please let us know what you find in the end and the fix. Thanks!
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