The P-32 has a perceived recoil and practical accuracy comparable to much larger guns. The barrel is made of SAE 4140 ordnance steel, heat treated to 48 HRC. The slide is also 4140 steel. The rectangular frame is machined from solid 7075-T6 aluminum and houses the firing mechanism. The trigger connects via a transfer bar to the hammer. The hammer is driven by a novel free floating extension spring. The light weight firing pin transmits the energy of the hammer to ignite the primer. After firing, the hammer block holds the hammer away from the firing pin, providing a mechanical safety. The P-32 is available with a black parkerized or blued slide finish and a variety of grip color options. The 32 ACP magazine has a 7-round capacity.
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Submitted By: William L. On 08/07/2010
I bought one of these little beauties about a year ago now. It comes with the 7+1 rd magazine (shown in this picture), a plastic carrying case and instruction booklet. It was bought specifucally for my lady-friend's concealed carry piece and we both love it. It shoots very easily, meaning, it is easy to handle during all stages of sending a round (rd) down range. It has a nice bark and the recoil is very manageable for a palm-sized defensive pistol.
My lady-friend had never shot a pistol at all until we took the Concealed Carry course in our state and, of course, she was apprehensive - too many movie-born notions about weapons. Watching her from first until last shot, she handled it very well after the first round left the barrel. After the first shot, I was her assistant during the range portion of the CCW course, she turned to me and said something to the effect, "Hey, that wasn't bad at all." Needless to say, she put about 50% of her shots within the center-mass kill zone, about 40% within what I call the "wounded badly zone" and the other 10% (the first 5 rds) mostly on the paper.
The only down-side to this pistol is the magazine. I am a person like many more who don't like the pinkie finger just floating around with nothing to do during firing of any weapon. The cure is Kel Tec's 10+1 rd magazine available at several online dealers (the least expensive is (at this writing)) is at Cal's Sporting Armory.com. It gives the shooter 3 additional rds, pinkie has a home and it satisfies my psychological need to have my whole hand on the weapon during the firing of this pistol. It fits very comfortably within the hand, is very easy to conceal with, or without, a number of holsters designed to conceal its print while on your person. A lady can very easily conceal it inside a purse or on her person also.
A lot of people dislike small pistols of this or similar calibers because it doesn't have "knock down" power, as they call it. I concede this point since I carry a .45 ACP, but this pistol is very effective within the area allowed by law for self-defense within the home if the owner continues to pull the trigger until a mandatory magazine change is required. But there are several manufacturers that have come up with self-defense ammunition that gives this little powerhouse a distinctive edge, Extreme Shock and Hornady just to name a couple - and my personal favorites.
You have to research this yourself and shoot whichever round gives you a safe, comfortable feeling in a defensive mode. As you can tell by my rating, I feel this is a very viable and effective pistol for defensive use.
[5 of 5 Stars]