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Seecamp .32

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ohio58, Feb 16, 2011.

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  1. ohio58

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    I have always wanted to have a Seecamp for my collection and just bought one the other day. This one is a .32 acp. I chose the .32 over the .380 not just because of price, but because i dont really think for a belly gun , there is really much difference but a little bigger hole. I spent $400 for the gun plus an extra mag. The .380 i have seen go for $750 - $850.
    The .380 , i believe need the recoil spring replaced every few hundred rounds.
    Any other thoughts on the .32 out there? I really like this little gun and out of all the ones i have, i think i'll hold onto this one. Its a true work of art by Mr. Seecamp....
     
  2. engineer88

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    I carry a Keltec P32 quite often as a bug. Many do not, but I personally believe that the 32acp is enough in a pinch. I still want a seecamp one day. I will get it eventually. They are little works of art. Congrats on your pickup.
     
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    I've owned mine for a few years and carry it regularly. I am very pleased with craftsmanship. It is the kind of piece you can pass to you children, then to grand children, then probably some more. My pocket gun prior to that was NAA Guardian 380, which now sits in the safe.
     
  4. usp9

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    Ahhh, the little gun that feels like Grandpa's pocket watch. An excellent choice to add to your collection. My Seecamp has reliably served for over two decades.

    Depending on the age of your gun it may or may not have the newest iteration of magazine. The new mags are outstanding and are known by the removal button in the base plate, which is lacking in older mags.

    Changing the tiny recoil spring every few hundred rounds is probably not a bad idea even in the .32.

    Keep a spent case handy for ease of takedown.

    Read the manual... the gun has some peculiarities.

    Welcome to the cult. ;)
     
  5. Shadow 7D

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    OOOH, I wish I could find one at that price.
     
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    Excellent! I carried one for many years and it served me well.
     
  8. rogertc1

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    I too carried my .32 Seecamp for years as that was the best and the smallest. A 6 month wait.) Then along came the Kel Tec p32 now my Roherbaugh 9MM.
     
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    Whoa... That big a price difference from the LWS-32 to the .380 model?
     
  11. BADUNAME37

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    I'm glad you guys are having so much fun with the Seecamps. When I got my .25 auto back when they started, I paid big bucks only to find it was a jam-o-matic.

    I sent it back and they had it a few weeks, finally, I got it back and they had apparently "milled the feed ramp." I was all excited, took it out to shoot again the ammo they recommended and the exact same thing happened. One jam after another.

    It made a good single-shot gun and paperweight.

    When I finally sold it, the next day the guy who bought it told me the firing pin broke. It certainly was not from the rounds I put through it because I bet I had less than one box through the junker.

    Oh well, that was my experience, glad to hear you guys have such reliable weapons.

    I kick myself every time I think of the money I had into that gun. The dealer kept telling me to buy a new Beretta, but, no, I had to have the newest toy advertized in some magazine.:rolleyes:
     
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  12. chihuahuatn

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    Friendly, Don't Fire!, did you ever call Larry and explain your issues with your 25acp? (they stopped making those in 1985...I assume your aware for that right?) I've called him numerous times about my 32's with mostly ammo related questions. The Seecamps are world-class pocket pistols with craftsmanship unequaled.
     
  13. usp9

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    Kevin's problems with his Seecamp may stem from the real and acknowedged "growing pains" the Seecamp Co. experienced in their early days. Today their customer service is spectacular, and the pistol quality is in fact better than it was in the '80s. Today's product is much better than yesterday's.
     
  14. PRM

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    Never had a Seecamp ~ I do have an NAA Guardian in .32 ACP that is a great shooter. They also offer a .380 in their gun, but I was not that impressed with the extra bulk.

    As far as the .32, I have a couple of Walthers in that caliber, in fact a Model PP is my EDC. I have larger caliber guns, but the .32 fits my needs most of the time. I have found it to be very reliable, accurate and the light recoil gives me faster follow up shots out of a small package. The Walther PP also has a nine shot (8+1) capability.

    Here's a couple for the .32 crowd on a historical note:

    It was a favorite caliber of SGT Alvin York.

    http://www.jcs-group.com/military/war1914us/1918meuse5.html

    John M Browning was fond of the caliber and frequently carried a small pocket pistol in .32 ACP.

    http://www.precisionsmallarms.com/History.pdf
     
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    I own one and it is a very well made firearm. Get a high end pocket holster and you will have a great carry gun. Go to Seecamps website and read the forum section and you will gain a whole new appreciation for this firearm.

    http://www.seecamp.com/
     
  16. BADUNAME37

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    Yes, I am sure I did as those were the days before Internet.

    I did call and arrange to send it back to them. I think from what I remember, the guy was kind of "suprised" that I would be having problems. I know guns, I know ammo, I know how to read instructions, in fact I'm the type of customer who will read an entire owner's manual before going out to shoot, heck, even when I buy a new car, I take time to read the manual as I want to know how everything works.

    The way the whole thing played out it was just like a calamity of errors, only the serious part was that I WAS THE GUY PAYING! I paid nearly $400 for the gun from what I recall and when I sold it took a real beating. I wish I could sit hear and tell you all how I still have this seecamp and it works like a fine watch, but that would be an outright LIE.

    I have to tell it like it was, to me, and my little time I had the thing it was the most expensive junk I ever wasted money on, BAR NONE. I remember I had at least one spare magazine and I also had ordered the leather wallet holster. Thinking back on it, if someone were to have tried to rob me, I probably would have fired, had it jam and the bad guy literally shove it down my throat!

    I think I even mailed in a warranty card when I got it, as I am anal about those things. I bet (if they have files back that far) they could easily find my name at my old address!

    I just went to their site.
    This is the exact setup I bought from them, only the holster I had them send me was brown.
    http://www.seecamp.com/AkerBlackOpen.jpg

    By the way, I believe someone referred to me as Kevin.
    I am NOT Kevin.
     
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    My mistake. I thought you were Kevin Quinlan.
     
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    I carried one for 7 years and sold it for a good bit more than I paid for it. Feed it Silvertips and it will always be a happy camper tho mine also shot a bunch of the Fiocchi 60 grain HP in practice. It always ran flawlessly. But when someone offered me considerably more than I paid for it I sold it and bought a Kel-Tec P32, about the same size, just as reliable and lighter.
     
  19. seecamp

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    I would have had to have been the guy with whom you talked. There's no-one else here who takes those type of calls. All service questions go directly to me.

    It's unfortunate you took a beating on the sale as .25s are going for more than brand new .32s right now. I think the going rate on a .25 that listed for about $150.00 when we stopped making them in 1985 is now around $500.00. They've become collector pieces. The extra magazine by itself would have gone for $50.00 as those are no longer being made and much sought after.

    Please email me the serial number of the pistol or the name on the warranty card (or the name the pistol was sent in under for repair). This will allow me to look up its history. Your experience will be an object lesson to keep this type of bad experience from happening to someone else. Please accept my apologies.

    Our email address is info@seecamp.com. Or you can call me directly at my cell, which is 203 606-0688.
     
  20. 340PD

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    Larry, You are a class act.
     
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    Even the worst customer service in the firearms industry is par for the course in many other industries. The best of it is things like this. Good on you Larry, trying to make a situation over 25 years old as right as possible.
     
  22. windsor311

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    I bought my previously owned Seecamp in 1990(?) or so and I think I paid $300. I was offered as much as $800 for it when the waiting list was long due to such high demand and the quality craftsmanship. I didn't sell it and to this day will not. It's been acurately compared here to your grandfathers watch.......... for good reason.

    The post a couple above mine is further testimonial to why these are a great gun to own.
     
  23. Mb01541

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    Wow, I agree Larry, talk about being customer-focused.

    Your new web site is great too
     
  24. rogertc1

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    The Seecamp is the Rolex of small pistols. I bought mine in Jan 1990
     
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    "The Seecamp is the Rolex of small pistols."

    This.

    They might not be the most practical or efficient, depending on how you define those terms, but they are well constructed and seem to collect more fans than detractors among those who own or have owned them. An "I might not want to fight with it, but I sure want to own it" kind of thing.
     
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