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32h&r magnum

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by r2d4, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. r2d4


    Jan 15, 2007
    I found one of the smith airweights chambered in this caliber. Do you have any knowledge in this round being used in a self defence situation? Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Not used often. One case I reviewed, the defender emptied the gun into the attacker, who went down but was trying to get up. Defender reloaded, shot him some more, finally killed him. Went to trial, prosecution arguing that he shot him too many times. Acquitted, as I recall.

    We've tried the Federal hollow point on man-size hogs. Unimpressive.

    A few years ago I was at a writers' seminar hosted by S&W, where they mentioned they were considering dropping the .32 Mag chambering because of poor sales, and asked us what we thought could be done to amp up its power potential. One of my colleagues suggested that they promote high velocity, light-bullet frangible loads. Another suggested a slower, heavier bullet for the .32 Magnum.

    I suggested a WIDER bullet.

    They were not amused...


  3. r2d4


    Jan 15, 2007
    Thank you for the answer. I think I will read between the lines and go with a wider, more .38 sized caliber.:whistling: