Rebirth of the 32s?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jski, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Frulk

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    I’ve been thinking of grabbing one of those Bisely SS’s in .32 H&R before they’re gone. Primarily because of the bluing and adjustable sights. I’m a .32 fan. Not sure why I’m procrastinating.
     
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  2. Jaymo

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    Until he messed with the wife of a jealous man. Then he ended up looking like a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces missing.

    I do love .32s. The first CF sidearm I ever shot was a Colt Police Positive Special .32-20.
    I've been thinking about reaming the chambers of my 3" 31-1 to take .32 H&R.
    It's a great shooting little carry piece that would be even better with a little more oomph.
    I have a little I frame .32 Long that I may start carrying with Buffalo Bore's wadcutter load.
     
  3. TTv2

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    I've got a Heritage .32 3.5" w/ a Bird's Head grip and a 6.5" .22 standard grip and the BH grip is the most comfortable grip I've ever felt on a single action revolver. IDK how'd they'd feel with a heavy recoiling caliber, but for .22 and .32 it's an excellent grip and Ruger is not doing themselves any favors not offering the Wrangler or the Single 9/Single 10 with a BH grip.

    Only downside to most revolvers with the BH grip is they're stuck with the traditional fixed sights that never shoot to the POA. The only one I know of that has adj sights is a .45 Blackhawk, but that thing looks front heavy with its 4.6" barrel.
     
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  4. TTv2

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    That has much more to do with them focusing on cranking out as much 9mm as they possibly can and less do to any issues.
     
  5. TTv2

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    I'd like to get one myself, but I just don't have a need for it. Ruger's done off/on runs of .32 Mag Single Six's, so I don't think they're ever going to go away forever. My interest isn't so much in power for a single action .32, it's accuracy and I know that Ruger holds the throats for their .32 Mags smaller than their .327's, so I can shoot lead bullets without any fear of gas blow by causing leading.

    You know, if Ruger would make the Wrangler in .32 SWL, strictly for wadcutters (because I don't think the current frame is long enough) and put adjustable sights on it, I would probably buy that instead.
     
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    I would love to have a blued baby Vaquero in 32.. but I’ve never actually seen one.
     
  7. lincen

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    I've not seen any completely blued but these will have to do .....

    Ruger 32 mags two.jpg
     
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    Very nice!
     
  9. lincen

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    I’ve tried to sell the Birdshead locally but no takers yet.
     
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  10. Dwaine

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    My two....

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  11. mag318

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    The 327 Magnum has become one of my favorite cartridges mainly because it's so versatile. CF62086F-F27D-4A49-8D25-A91140EBAE1C.jpeg
     
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  12. Dave Markowitz

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    A buddy and I held a .32-Palooza today.

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    • My Beretta 81 .32 ACP,
    • My Cowboy Pimp Gun (Ruger Single Six Vaquero .32 H&R Mag),
    • My S&W 632 AirWeight .32 H&R Mag, and
    • My friend's Beretta 81 .32 ACP.

    He got the G10 grips on his Beretta from Amazon. They really change the feel of the gun by making it slimmer. I think I'll be ordering a set. Likewise, I think I'm going to get a set of Ruger factory rosewood grips for the Single Six, because the plastic gets slippery.
     
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  13. GooseGestapo

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    Dave, have a link for those grips?
    I can’t find them.
     
  14. Dave Markowitz

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    My friend bought them from Amazon but they are currently listed as unavailable, there. Here is a link to the maker: https://lokgrips.com/beretta/beretta-84-81
     
  15. GooseGestapo

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    Thanks! Maker says made to order. 10days.
     
  16. LEP

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    That interesting as I ended up with almost the same two, except my HE is newer and a snubbie.
     
  17. jski

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    Does the S&W CEO have an online suggestion box (like Ruger’s CEO) to take recommendations from customers? If so, I’d certainly be willing to write in as a good S&W customer to suggest reintroducing the S&W Model 431PD and S&W Model 432PD. Both were chambered in the 32 H&R Magnum and both would make excellent pocket pistols.
     
  18. pairof44sp

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    Wow Hackathorn! I am going to remember that. Us 32 guys save up every talking point we can find to justify our devotion to the despised caliber. Now I can tell people "Hackathorn says 32 is the best," and only be half-lying.

    7 grains Unique in a 38 case is not a light charge. Probably not even a published charge.

    Anyway, there is something about 32 that appeals to the hipster nerd in a man. There is even a Reddit forum (Reddit is where nerds hang out) called The One True Caliber that is strictly for 32ACP.

    I hope that Charter or someone else fixes their 7-shot 32 H and R revolvers. I have several of those Charters, and they are all terrible. The nice thing is that even maxed out to near 327 levels, they have almost no recoil.
     
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    Wow. So there is no consistency in loading info. I have been going past every published load I could find in my 32 HR, and I still never got up to 4.2 Unique.

    I think that is what my 32s have been missing: enough gunpowder.
     
  20. Mr_Flintstone

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    Lyman #44 has 4.3 gr Unique listed for 93 gr .32 S&W Long. I would think 4.2 gr Unique for 100 gr H&R Mag would be fine, but I have no way of pressure testing to verify that.
     
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  21. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I think you may be misremembering. 7 grains of Unique is more like a .44Spl load.
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  22. jski

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    I don’t load 38 brass, just 357 brass. So call 7 grains of Unique a lite 357.

    Now, someone get me the email address of S&W’s CEO so I can sent him a link to this thread:
    Hey dude, BRING BACK THE S&W Model 431PD and S&W Model 432PD!!!
     
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  23. jski

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    This has some interesting results:
     
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  24. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I kind of like .32 pocket pistols, too. And many of these were once military issue for more than a generation.

    Beg pardon for the lousy photography. I'm a competent machinist but a lousy photographer.
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    The first hi-cap civilian concealed carry pistol, the mighty 1907 Savage!
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    Hungarian P-37
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    German HSc (Hahn Selbstspanner Pistole, third and final design "C")
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    Czechoslovak Model 70 pistol (I had it hard-chromed back when it rode with me on the BMW R-100/S regularly)
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    Colt 1903 - I've had this pistol for more than 20 years and have yet to put more than a box of ammo through it. It's not that it's a "bad" pistol, I just don't really ever think about shooting it.

    Hope you liked. Some of these designs were very innovative and keep recurring throughout time. Especially the Savage 1907 - 10+1 capacity in a pocket pistol! wow!
     
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  25. WestKentucky

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    If 32 caliber was really taking off again then 32naa or something similar would be the rage for defensive guns. It’s not, so I can’t believe that it’s really taking off again. I would love for it to, but realistically it’s just not there. Give me a P3AT or a LCP in 32naa and I will open my wallet. In fact it’s a realistic need right now that I will be filling rather soon, but until it gets filled I will carry the g42. If I could find a reliable setup for that gun in 32naa I would be all over that as well but so far no luck.
     
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