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View Poll Results: Which is the better defensive pocket pistol caliber?
.22LR 15 14.15%
.32 ACP 91 85.85%
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Old August 18, 2018, 05:04 PM   #76
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Seems a .32 stoked with good shells has enough thump really and is more shootable than the .380s, and a gun like the Kel Tec .32 is a mite smaller too.
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Old August 18, 2018, 05:16 PM   #77
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I've only shot my KT P32 about 50 times. ZERO malfunctions out of the box, and this was a new unfired pistol (unless the factory shot it).

SAFE, light, reliable, affordable, user friendly, 7+1 (or more), excellent CS (so I've read).

If someone is looking for light and little, the P32 has a lot going for it.

Just one more thing...if you have any LCP holsters, the P32 (and P3AT) will fit.
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Old August 18, 2018, 07:41 PM   #78
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The problem with calibers smaller than 380 is their higher failure to stop rate.

When you look at the numbers, one shot stops with handguns are all within a few percent of each other. That difference is really statistical noise,so they are all basically equal.

Even 22lr and 32 fit into this mold.

The problem is... One shot stops from a handgun are typically psychological stops. That is why they are basically equal across the board.

When you look at failure to stop, and average rounds needed toake a stop... The numbers show a new trend.

The common calibers, like 380, 9, 40, 45, 38, 357... Are all still basically identical.

The smaller calibers, 22, 25, and 32... Those have failure to stop rates that are something like twice that of the larger ones.


If you are truely recoil limited, then maybe any gun is better than no gun, but if you can handle practicing with a small 380, at least for a full box of ammo, then that is a better choice.


Some of the modern machined copper bullets may help the 32 be more effective, and make it closer to the larger calibers. But it's still not going to be as reliable with terminal ballistics.
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Old August 18, 2018, 08:36 PM   #79
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Just double tap.....
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Old August 25, 2018, 01:35 PM   #80
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What is really odd is the fact that I cannot remember a time when I had a bad round or misfire out of my LCR22. And if it does happen, I simply will pull the trigger again. I shoot it on a regular basis and have become very proficient with it. I would not like to be shot 7or 8 times in the face with one.
That said, I see they have the new EXTREME CAVITATOR round now available in 32.cal. Sounds interesting.

http://www.lehighdefense.com/product...nt=13337135428

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Old August 25, 2018, 02:14 PM   #81
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so many worry about failures to stop when in actuality the majority of failures to stop a criminal attacker are either misses or poor shot placement.
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Old August 25, 2018, 02:33 PM   #82
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Correct, JerryS.
A bad shot is a bad shot.
A good shot is a good shot-even with a .25.
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Old September 5, 2018, 05:17 PM   #83
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I'm surprised that even 10 people voted for the .22 over the .32 ACP.
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Old September 5, 2018, 09:52 PM   #84
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Easy, .32acp. I've carried a .32 many a miles in a pocket. Once upon a time, a .32 was about your only option for a true pocket carry semi-auto. Hasn't even been that long ago either. Back in the day a seecamp was the bees knees.

Alas the last 15-20 years has ushered in a great leap in ccw options. I no longer carry .32.
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Old September 6, 2018, 06:28 AM   #85
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Personally I view the two as practically equal.

I've carried a .22 (Taurus PT-22) for years. I've not carried my CZ-70 for a number of reasons, including not being able to find a decent holster for it, but I've often thought I'd really like a Beretta Cheeta 12-shot .32.
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Old September 6, 2018, 08:06 AM   #86
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If someone could/would make a improved 32 cartage for semis, maybe like a 5.7 necked up, in a pistol seminar to a 1911-22 I’d take it
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Old September 6, 2018, 08:57 PM   #87
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If someone could/would make a improved 32 cartage for semis, maybe like a 5.7 necked up, in a pistol seminar to a 1911-22 I’d take it
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.32_NAA?wprov=sfla1

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Old September 7, 2018, 08:46 AM   #88
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I should also mention that I have, on more than one occasion, carried one of my .32 revolvers.

I have an I frame .32 Long, a J frame snub .32 Long, and a Colt Police Positive .32 Long.

I also have both a Smith M&P and a Colt Police Positive Special in .32-20.
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