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Old March 2, 2020, 10:40 AM   #1
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For those who own more than one 32acp pistol

There have been several threads lately revolving around the old 32acp cartridge and so I wondered how those of you good folk that have more than one such pistol would rank the different models?

I'll admit up front that I like and have long carried a 32acp as a primary and to owning quite a few over the decades. Most of mine though are the more experienced ones that are generally a half century or more old but there are also several relatively new models.

I usually break them down into three categories, the somewhat full size ones, mid-size and the smaller true pocketable ones.

Full size for me would be the Beretta Model 81s, Savage 1907s, Mauser 1914s (mostly because it has too many things to get caught) and Colt 1903s.

The mid-size group are my CZ 50, Walther PP, Ortgies, JP Sauer 38h, Beretta 1935 and Model 70 and Bernardelli (either hammer fired or striker).

The pocketable ones are my Beretta Tomcat, Mauser HSc and Walther Model 4.

Historically almost all were considered as "Pocket Pistols" but clothing has changed.

From each group I find that the Colt 1903s, JP Sauer 38s and the Mauser HSc tend to get out for WalkAbout more than their fair share.

But what do others experience?
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Old March 2, 2020, 02:15 PM   #2
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There have been several threads lately revolving around the old 32acp cartridge and so I wondered how those of you good folk that have more than one such pistol would rank the different models?

I'll admit up front that I like and have long carried a 32acp as a primary and to owning quite a few over the decades. Most of mine though are the more experienced ones that are generally a half century or more old but there are also several relatively new models.

I usually break them down into three categories, the somewhat full size ones, mid-size and the smaller true pocketable ones.

Full size for me would be the Beretta Model 81s, Savage 1907s, Mauser 1914s (mostly because it has too many things to get caught) and Colt 1903s.

The mid-size group are my CZ 50, Walther PP, Ortgies, JP Sauer 38h, Beretta 1935 and Model 70 and Bernardelli (either hammer fired or striker).

The pocketable ones are my Beretta Tomcat, Mauser HSc and Walther Model 4.

Historically almost all were considered as "Pocket Pistols" but clothing has changed.

From each group I find that the Colt 1903s, JP Sauer 38s and the Mauser HSc tend to get out for WalkAbout more than their fair share.

But what do others experience?
That's quite a collection of .32s jar!....I have a Walther PP my uncle, a Merchant Seaman, brought home from the war.

I like the pistol but have never shot it. Something about those small 32s and 25s though. I am seriously thinking about a Beretta 21 Bobcat in 22lr. Don't know about the reliability though.
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Old March 2, 2020, 03:03 PM   #3
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I like the pistol but have never shot it. Something about those small 32s and 25s though. I am seriously thinking about a Beretta 21 Bobcat in 22lr. Don't know about the reliability though.
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I have a Bobcat. It's accurate as hell and reliable like you wouldn't believe... until you fire 200 rounds. At that point, it is a jam o matic.

If clean, I'd trust my life to it... if dirty, I'd consider it a blunt object.
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Old March 2, 2020, 03:32 PM   #4
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I have 5 Keltec P32s (I think), a Browning 1910, a Beretta 3032 Tomcat, an NAA Guardian, and a complete .32 conversion for my Star .380.

I haven't found a .32 S&W long revolver at my price, yet.
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Old March 2, 2020, 06:01 PM   #5
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Only one in my stable. It's a PPK brought back from WWII. Wonderful little pistol.
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Old March 2, 2020, 09:43 PM   #6
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I'm jonsin' for a Beretta model 81 but I'm cash poor. wanna trade for my S$W 642? LOL
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Old March 2, 2020, 10:27 PM   #7
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I carry a P32 fairly often. I also have a Beretta model 81 and a Colt 1903 that are range guns. I've been looking hard at the NAA Guardian.
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Old March 3, 2020, 01:56 AM   #8
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Out of all the .32 ACP pocket pistols in my collection, I find I carry DA/SA models the most. These would be my Mauser HSc, CZ 50, MKE PP clone or my Walam 48 made by FEG.
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Old March 3, 2020, 05:02 AM   #9
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I've owned Seecamp,Walther PP, CZ83, Beretta 81, but my favorite has been the Sig P230. It is just the perfect size for me, natural pointing and accurate.
The Beretta is a close second. Wish it had better sights.
I really enjoy my .32s.


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Old March 3, 2020, 10:34 AM   #10
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I am a piker. I have a Keltec .32 because it fits about any pocket and a Colt .32 because it is elegant.
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Old March 3, 2020, 10:48 AM   #11
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I have a CZ 24, a Colt 1903 and a Seecamp. The Seecamp is the only one that gets carried due to weight/size parameters. The others are range guns and fun to shoot.
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Old March 3, 2020, 11:44 AM   #12
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I have two .32 ACP's. In the full size category I have a CZ 83. For pocket sized it's a Beretta 3032 (Tomcat). The Beretta has gone in my pocket many times. It has been 100% reliable with fmj and I can shoot it well at defense distances. The CZ might be the most accurate gun I have. I have carried it iwb but it's heavy compared to several other carry guns I have. But as a range gun it's a whole lot of fun.
Here's another advantage to .32 ACP. I can find Fiocchi fmj for $12/50. That's some pretty cheap range fun. Plus I think that load is the best available for defense.
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Old March 3, 2020, 11:52 AM   #13
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Old March 3, 2020, 03:45 PM   #14
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I have a Colt Model 1903 Hammerless that's 103 years old this year. I replaced the springs in it and it shoots great, a real natural pointer! I just purchased a NAA Guardian in 32 acp and love it for occasional pocket carry.
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Old March 3, 2020, 08:11 PM   #16
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I have a berreta 81 that I just got and its a blast to shoot,hopefully will be adding a colt 03 sometime in the future. I also just started to reload this round and have found it to be a bit challenging but My berretta ate all of it.
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Old March 4, 2020, 02:14 PM   #17
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I have a PPK/L that I love. Incredibly light besides its all-steel twin. Seems to fit the 32 ACP to a T.

I also have a FN 1910 that I don´t like so much. No sights to talk about, and a grip safety that can act up if I am not careful.
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Old March 4, 2020, 03:03 PM   #18
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I have a Mauser 1914 and a CZ 27. Poor ergonomics, both are well made-my M1914 has a very nice finish. And both shoot well.
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Old March 4, 2020, 03:06 PM   #19
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I have a PPK/L that I love. Incredibly light besides its all-steel twin. Seems to fit the 32 ACP to a T.

I also have a FN 1910 that I don´t like so much. No sights to talk about, and a grip safety that can act up if I am not careful.
I always like the design of the FN 1910 but never found one that was comfortable and reliable for me. I do have an Ortgies and also the Bernardelli Striker 32 that are somewhat styles after the FN 1910. Both are SA and the Orgies has the grip safety but the Bernardelli has only a swipe down for "FIRE" manual safety before the grip on the left side. The Ortgies grip safety is unique as it locks in "FIRE" mode when depressed and stays that way until you push a separate button to return to "SAFE" mode.



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The pocketable ones are my Beretta Tomcat, Mauser HSc and Walther Model 4.
I would consider by weight alone the Mauser, and Walther would fit more into the "midsized" category.
The Beretta would be close to borderline being twice the weight, and a quarter inch wider than the truest pocket 32, the Kel-Tec P32.
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Old March 5, 2020, 08:51 PM   #21
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I don't really "trust" 32acp for SD, but my P32 would make a good carry piece other than that.

I really like shooting 32acp pistols, though.

My Colt 1903 is amazing, as is my Beretta 81. I really like my old Hungarian FEG PP copy. My 1915-16 Mauser is quirky and a hoot. My Beretta Model 100 is amazingly accurate (yeah, 6" barrel and adjustable sights). They are rare, but my Taurus PT132 (I think that's the model number) is a real service pistol similar to the modern G2c.
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Old March 5, 2020, 11:22 PM   #22
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Let’s see, .32 ACP: Colt 1903, Beretta 81, Star SI (six each), 1934 Mauser, 1935 Beretta, 1907 Savage, Llama mod. I (4 ea)......that is off of the top of my pointy little skull....
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Old March 8, 2020, 08:45 PM   #23
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One Nazi PPK
One Nazi Era PP
One Post war Police PPK
One Interarms stainless PPK
One post war PP
One Seecamp
One NAA Guardian
One Colt 1903

I, perhaps, have too many .32’s. I actually bought the stainless PPK for when I’m old (er) and, shooting everything else I own hurts my hand. A pocket .32 is infinitely better than being unarmed. And, the stainless PPK’s in .32 are really hard to find. So, I got one when I found one.

The Nazi era PP is not really a shooter.
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Old March 10, 2020, 03:56 PM   #24
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One Colt 1903, born in 1915 per the serial number.
One Walther/Manurhin PPK/s hybrid (Walther PPK slide, Manurhin PP frame), known as my "Wall Manure."
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Old March 11, 2020, 07:38 AM   #25
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One Walther/Manurhin PPK/s hybrid (Walther PPK slide, Manurhin PP frame), known as my "Wall Manure."
Interestingly the Mauser HSc was very similar to the PPK/S design and may have served as the inspiration for that evolution.



The Mauser HSc had a longer grip than the PPK and shorter overall length than either the PP or PPK.



Like the Walthers it also had the swipe UP for "Fire" mode safety. The safety though did not also drop the hammer; instead it tilted the firing pin up above where the hammer would strike and you pulled the trigger to drop the hammer with a live round in the chamber. It works but boy does it just feel so wrong doing it.
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