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p32 safety

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Potatohead, Apr 15, 2013.

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  1. Potatohead
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    hey, im new to this so it could be a dumb question, but....does a kel tec p32 have a safety?
     
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    well that rules that out...thx
     
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    Read up on it....and get opinions from others who have them. In general, the claim is that it isn't an issue. I don't have any time with the gun, so don't have a valid opinion.
     
  5. MedWheeler

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    What safety do you need? The safety feature of the Kel-Tec P32 is the long, firm pull needed to fire the gun. This is the same feature that protected hundreds of thousands of cops who were carrying revolvers (which also don't have manual safeties) without incident. I was among them. Many cops (and countless civilians!) continue to carry service weapons that do not have manual safety levers or devices. These guns will not fire unless the trigger is firmly depressed rearward.

    My current every-day-carry (EDC) piece is the Kel-Tec PF9, which is simply a "big" P32 chambered in 9mm Luger. It has no manual safety. I also do carry the P32, when I can't carry the nine, which is generally while traveling to and from my current profession's work site.

    Do you live in an environment in which the safety "between your ears" is not enough, such as where one is required (or you have a spouse/SO who demands one)?

    If so, there are options in .32ACP from Beretta and Bersa that offer a manual safety, but they'll be larger than the Kel-Tec. With the exception of the Beretta and Taurus "pocket" .22 and .25 caliber pistols, few that small have both a double-action trigger and a manual safety.

    Edit: I just checked your history and see that you are learning with a 1911-based single-action semi-auto pistol which is, of course, equipped with a manual safety. The Kel-Tec's trigger requires more effort and travel than your .380. If you personally can safely carry a "cocked-and-locked" pistol such as the one you're getting used to, you'd have no problem implementing a safety-aware mindset to carrying a double-action handgun with the hammer at rest and the safety off (or with no safety at all.)
     
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    thx med wheeler..good info. I feel better with a manual safe, wife might carry some, and we have small children in the house. I carry a ruger sr9, and that and the p238 are really the only guns ive ever been around (all in the last 6mos). Dont have any experience with a long trigger pull. My uncle was a LEO and he also doesnt think a manual is avery big deal.
     
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    No problem, C.K. I didn't know you also have the SR9; that's on my wish list..

    I do frequently carry revolvers, too, particularly my dad's old Ruger Police Service Six when I get a little nostalgic. Revolvers are what I learned on, many years ago..

    Remember that the best safety any gun has is the one between the ears of its owner/operator. Don't rely on a manual safety to protect "small children in the house."

    You and your wife should browse www.corneredcat.com together some if you have not already. It's a firearms-education site primarily aimed at women, but you'll enjoy it, too. There is good information there on having guns and kids "cohabiting" in the home, too.
     
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    awesome. im lovin this new hobby (i can thank Obama)...just wish i could buy everything i want! I had my 9mm selection down to springfield xd (i think thats what it was called) and a s&w something or another...picked the SR beacause it has elevation adjustment on the rear sight. is there a place on the site where i can go to fill out info on myself, i think you said you ckd my history? can i list my guns and whatnot there or is that just a history of my posts?
     
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    After you log on.... click on "User Options" and you can create a signature with some info etc etc.

    Welcome aboard.
     
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    I carry a p32 almost everyday. It has no external levers except the trigger. Even the slide lock is internal. I love mine. It has a verrrry long trigger pull which is essentially its "safety" like any double action revolver. I have been known at times to carry it with its "belt clip" (check out "versa-carr" and you'll get the idea.). I've never had a problem with it.

    I wouldn't pocket carry it without a holster, but sandwichmed between my body and my pant, I'm okay. Your mileage may very though.

    Again though, its a very long trigger pull. My wife cant stand it, but it does the job for me.
     
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    The ladies in my family carry P-32's I carry th 380 or the PF-9 . We have a 2 yr old running around If guns not on person their stored . Get a P-32
     
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    The trigger pull is so long and heavy that a manual safety isn't necessary. I have a Kel Tec P40, works great, safety isn't necessary. You're not going to accidentally pull the trigger on a Kel Tec DA pistol.
     
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    I love my PF9. Long trigger pull. But that's all the safety I need. And my kids know that even when Dad gets up from his nap on the couch and the pistol is left behind, they simple leave it be and tell me my gun is on the couch.
     
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    What does a manual safety do?
    do you train to switch it off?? when you draw?
    the P32 has a number of passive safety's
    as does the XD, the Glock the....
    it's a Double Action Only (fully cocks the hammer with trigger draw)
    It is what it is, and in that small, you are NOT going to find a safety, it's a pocket mouse, could you imagine how small the safety would be?
     
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    Yeah, Colonel, I checked your other posts.

    Most here don't list their gun inventory; in fact, if questioned, there is a surprisingly-huge number of us who "lost them all in a tragic boating accident".

    I guess we're just unlucky that way. :D
     
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    Shadow 7D writes:

    Yep. Ask anyone who has tried to use the one on their Taurus PT-22 (which also has a double-action-only trigger, negating the need for a safety.)
     
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    I've pocket carried a P32 for years. Great little gun. No real need for a safety.
     
  18. Potatohead
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    hey thanks everyone. what a coincidence, i lost my guns in a boating accident also!

    im new at this so ive never even felt a "long" trigger pull...i guess when i put my hands on it i will understand
     
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