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Pistol Chambered For .32ACP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Hacker, Jul 30, 2009.

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Best Pistol Chambered In .32ACP

  1. L.W. Seecamp .32

    24.3%
  2. Walther PPK/S .32

    20.5%
  3. NAA Guardian .32

    6.7%
  4. KEL-TEC P-32

    36.7%
  5. Other

    11.9%
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  1. Hacker

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    Help Me Narrow Down The Right Pistol Chambered In .32ACP.

    The Right Pistol: Quality and Generally What You Think Is Best.

    If your choice is other please explain.
     
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  2. NC-Mike

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    KEL-TEC P-32

    I like it because its small and I don't mind carrying it, so I do.

    I don't and won't carry anything bigger right now.

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    I need to shoot up the ammo in it and load some fresh rounds. I have the same Winchester silver-tips in it since October 07 when I bought the gun. :scrutiny:
     
  3. Hacker

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    The First Gun i Ever Shot Was chambered in .32 but for the life of me i cant remember what it was.. my cousin said it was an old world war 2 luger but it looked awfully like a walther P-38 maybe someone can tell me... i know the P-38 is in 9mm but it was like a smaller version that shot .32.
     
  4. christcorp

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    I say other; but it's the FEG AP-MBP which is a CLONE of the Walther PPK. And the ONLY reason I chose it over the Walther is because it's about $200 less expensive. I don't like mouse guns that my pinky has to hang over the bottom of the grip. Some people like the mouse gun because of concealment. I personally don't think they have to be THAT SMALL to conceal. I can fit a PPK/FEG 32acp in my front pocket and it conceals perfectly. Yet, it's a mid size gun that my entire hand can fit on, and it has a traditional 7+1 magazine. Best of ALL worlds. The quality, accuracy, feel, and carry of the PPK and military/Police reliability of the Hungarian FEG company; and the price tag half that of the Walther. And it doesn't hurt your hand/palm because it's TOO SMALL. Best all around.
     
  5. lechiffre

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    walther ppk. because of the shorter grip
     
  6. Hacker

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    is the shorter grip better to have than the ppk/s version.. does it affect reliability or the structure of the weapon?
     
  7. Oyeboten

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    'Other'...

    Colt...Mdl 1903
     
  8. SimpleIsGood229

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    The shorter grip is purely personal preference. The answer to the second part of your question is no.

    As for which .32 ACP pistol is best--well, none of us here can tell you. You will have to handle (and shoot if possible) as many as possible. I've shot the KelTec P-32, and am actually fond of it, but that doesn't mean anything to you. You may shoot it and not like it.

    FWIW, there are some pretty darn small .380 and 9mm pistols out there.
     
  9. lechiffre

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    it is just my preference.
     
  10. denfoote

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    Walther PP.

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  11. armoredman

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    CZ-70, had two of them, nifty guns. Cheapo, with lots of features found on more expenisve sidearms, 1911 style mag release, deckocker/safety, loaded chamber indicator, and loooong trigger pull. No, I don't like them because thier CZs, they pre date CZ-UB by a long shot, but because the ones I had were great little surplus guns.
    Now, if you must have one of the above, for CCW, the KelTec is very good, if not for CCW, then the Walther. I have had guns from both makers, both are good quality sidearms. Any reason you want a .32? Kinda minimal for SD if that's all you're carrying, in my oh so humble opinion...
     
  12. 6x6pinz

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    Other CZ70 but the others are nice choices also.
     
  13. usp9

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    Other. Of the .32acp pistols I own, there are two that I really enjoy shooting. One is very reliable, while the other is prone to rim-lock with the wrong ammo. These are the;

    Sig P230... very accurate, great ergonomics, very reliable. No hammer bit, no slide bite.

    CZ83... Accurate, high capacity, prone to rim-lock with short ammo, reliable with European ball ammo. May give hammer bite.

    I carry a Seecamp, but it is a dedicated CCW... not a range gun by any means. Restricted to short ammo only. Reliable, but tiny.

    My Walther PP is a jewel, but it isn't my favorite. It has a little harsher recoil than the Sig. Very accurate and reliable. Mine is a police trade in.

    The Beretta 82/ Browning BDA also were chambered in .32acp...I'd love to have and shoot one of them.
     
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  14. PX15

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    JMOfartO:

    I believe gun "quality" was part of the question?

    And KelTec's have outscored the Seecamps/Walthers/Guardians?

    Um... Something amiss here.

    I'm not anti-KelTec, in fact had a very reliable P32... As good as the little P32 was, I would never, in a million years, use the word "quality" when referring to the manufacture, parts used, or overall "feel and appearance" describing the little sucker.

    If the question posed would have been something in the nature of "what's the best VALUE in a small 32cal pistol" I would have been all over that praising the virtues of the KelTec offering in a heatbeat. But that wasn't the question.

    In my opinion, and personal experience, the Seecamp wins the battle of the best 32ACP pistol hands down among those listed, but I have a great deal of respect for the reputation for overall quality of the Walther PPK, just never owned one.

    One requirement or point of interest missing in the question was that of "size"... Why a person would chose to have a large 32ACP pistol is confusing to me because if you have any interest in self defense (and I think most of us do), and you prefer a larger pistol, why not pick one with a larger hole in the end of the barrel? Personally i want the largest caliber round in the smallest pistol I can afford, and shoot with reasonable accuracy at self defense range.

    Actually my cc choice is the LWS380... Same size as the diminutive LWS32, but slightly larger hole in the end of the barrel..

    For me a cc choice needs to be very small and concealable, and the PPK just doesn't fit that requirement for me, but otherwise I would be hard pressed to pick a choice between the Seecamp and the Walther PPK.

    I've owned two Guardians, and they were both fine pistols, as well they should be since they are basically Seecamp clones. But put them side by side (I did) and the Seecamp is obviously of higher overall quality.

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    But what particular pistol a person choses is personally subjective, not objective, so to each individual whatever fits the answer best to the question asked is right for that person.:)

    Crap, I confused myself with that last comment..:barf:

    No offense to those who might disagree, but let the incoming begin... :D

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse

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  15. DeepSouth

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    It has already been said. The Seecamp if superior (by far IMO) to all of the other options, and I can't think of a reason not to get the .380 instead of the .32 as they are the same size.

     
  16. test drive

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    other, love my zastava m70 .32acp just wish i could fined extra mags.
     
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  17. Deanimator

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    I would never carry ANY .32acp firearm for self-defense, but if for some reason I did, it'd be a Walther PPK/S.

    I used to own a French made PPK/S in .380acp. After break in, it was a reliable, accurate firearm.

    Is there a reason why you're going .32acp rather than .380acp?
     
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    cz50 or cz70. Cheap, all steel, nicely made.
     
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    A Walther (German-made) or Manurhin (French-made) PPK or PPK/S would be my first two choices, followed by the Interarms/Ranger model (U.S.-made). The design, accuracy, and reliability of these guns have been proven since 1929. A PPK/S has been my carry gun for a long time now.
     
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    Although I rarely CCW this one, around the property I'll regularly tuck a Beretta 70 New Puma in my hip pocket. Well used, but cared for and well loved...
     
  21. Hacker

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    Well i was thinking deep concealment and also i have a strange love for the .32 acp round coincidentally it was the first caliber i ever shot and i keep telling myself that one day i'm going to own one and when i do it would be quality and last me.

    I currently carry a Glock 17 have been for 2 years and was looking for an alternative seeing as how it can get a bit unwieldy at times.. i was looking into the G36.. so its not that i dislike large caliber weapons (not that 380 is.. was making reference to .45) only that i have a curiosity for small ones.

    In any case the 32 will end up being a deep concealment/ backup piece to my main carry.

    was also looking into bersa thunder 380.. walther PPk & ppk/s in 380... and LCP.
     
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    Although the CZ50s are cheap, plentiful, and feel good in my hand, I've shied away from them. As do the larger CZ 52, they have decockers that can fail. I've read that the design flaw was eliminated in the VZ70, but haven't been able to confirm the report. Although I'd love a 70, until then, I'll do without.
     
  23. Cards81fan

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    I voted Seecamp, as you asked about quality and which was generally "best."

    If you ask the question about what is best for the money, I would vote the Kel-tec, Guardian, and Seecamp as a 1st place tie, as they are all excellent functioning pistols. The difference is that I find quality of fit/finish directly proportional to price on these three models.

    The Walther is fine as well, but a different animal than the other three. While still easily concealed, it's not so much the pocket pistol as the others.
     
  24. Ditch-Tiger

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    I have and often carry a Beretta Inox Tomcat.
    Although it is a bit heavy, it is reliable and plenty compact for a pocket gun.
    (nothing wrong with a Walther though)
     
  25. bhp9mm

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    the only 32 acp gun i own is a seecamp of the guns on the list i think its the best
     
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