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.32's; You like?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Berto, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I'm on a .32 kick as of late, having just picked up the $40 Iver Johnson shooter. Whenever I pickup a new round, I research it pretty thoroughly.


    There's lots of .32's just in handguns, from .32 rimfire to the newer .327mag, but it's not very talked about in general, even though it used to be extremely popular and actually historically significant, with Presidential assassination (McKinley) in the USA and Archduke Ferdinand (started WWI) globally.
    The NYPD used .32 revolvers, European police issued .32acp Walthers at one time. People still use the .32 in the Kel Tek P32 as a handy pocket gun, and some folks are trying the new .327 mag in Ruger and S&W revolvers.

    Besides the IJ, I have a few other ".32's" if I were to consider the Nagant revolver a .32 (I don't) since folks routinely shoot .32 S&W Longs in them, and extra .32acp cylinders can be had for them;


    This Belgian Melior was made in the same approx time as the Iver Johnson, approx 1920;


    I'm not big on .32acp/S&W as a defense round, but I like shooting them...if I can find the ammo. There's a model 1.5 S&W at the shop I may have to get....
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012

  2. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Ban Democrats!!

    I love my KT P-32 and I take it EVERYWHERE!

    I would not dismiss it as a viable SD round because a guy here in Fort Lauderdale shot and killed a ghetto POS with a P-32 a couple years ago.

    I love the .32ACP and would love to find a CZ-83 in said caliber. That would be a GREAT find!!!!

    I also want a CZ-70 as well as a Beretta 3032.

  3. I like the 32 Auto. I wish the ammunition was loaded to European standards but it is still a fine cartridge if you practice double taps.
    This cartridge is surprisingly accurate!

    I like my Beretta Tomcat allot. I just wish it was made better and could handle +P loads without a problem. Taurus has a Millennium model in 32 Auto I was thinking of getting. Also I would like a Skorpion from the Check republic. That would be nice to shoot, especially if you could find the small rifle stock and put this on. Proper paperwork of course. :supergrin:

    My wife likes the 32 Auto also. I would like to find a used Walther PPK in 32 for a good price. I also like the 32 H&R revolver cartridge. Less powerful then the 327 federal but much more power then the 32 auto. A 7 shot S&W revolver in this caliber would be very nice.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I have always liked them. For some reason I have always wanted a Beretta Tomcat and a Colt pocket auto, they are just cool guns.
  5. dnuggett

    dnuggett PRO 2A

    Feb 28, 2005
    DFW TX
    Never been a big fan of the .32. For plinking I prefer the .22 variants- short, long and magnum. For self defense with a handgun I prefer 9 and .45 ACP. I get the historical significance and usage of the .32, I just don't have a use today.

    Nice pieces though.
  6. elde

    elde Lifetime Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Been carrying a Seecamp .32 ever since the early '90s.....Silvertip JHPs function perfectly and is accurate out to 10 yards. Big fan of the .32ACP.
  7. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    I love my P32 as well. I use it either as a main carry gun when necessary at work, or as a backup to a bigger carry gun whenever possible...either as a NY reload or as a little gun to wedge under my leg while driving.

    I picked up a CZ-70 a year ago as a cheap carry gun (longer barrel makes it ballistically similar to a snub nose .38), but I've just replaced it with an M&P9c since I could finally afford to. The CZ-70 is fine overall, but the safety is upside down and the trigger slap combined with a serrated trigger tears up your finger at the range unless you wear a glove. While the slide is nice and sleek, the grip is about as big as an M&Pc or a baby Glock.
  8. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    I have a few



    Also have a Nazi marked CZ27, but don't have a pic of it.
  9. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    That's on my wish-list.

    First handgun I ever shot was my grandma's .32 auto. Don't remember what the gun was, but I'll always have a softspot for the .32 acp.

  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
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  11. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I inherited an old S&W 32S&W long revolver. To be honest, I don't think much of the ammo I have tested. Don't get me wrong, the gun functions as designed, but things have progressed.

    If someone has a recommended load, let me know.
  12. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I have always loved the look of that gun.
  13. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

    Aug 2, 2004
    Vancouver, WA.
    Wouldn't mind having a wheelgun in .327 Magnum and a .32 NAA from NAA.
  14. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    The only one I have. There's someting cool about a six shot centerfire J frame.


    The Ruger SP101 in .327 magnum appeals to me also.
  15. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Ed Harris always wrote great articles, IIRC he did a great write up on 32-20 for Gun Digest back in the early eighties.

    I'll be saving brass for that day when I'm able to roll my own here.
  16. shark_za

    shark_za Woes

    Jun 11, 2003
    JHB - South Africa
    My first ever pistol was a .32 ACP CZ70 in the late 80's, all I could afford right out the Army.
    So I have a soft spot for them and I probably have more .32's/7.65 than any other caliber apart from maybe 9mm.
    A few FN1900's, FN1910's' FN1910/22's Colt 1903, etc

    I used to carry 60gr Fiocchi SJHP's in the CZ and even dabbled in THV's at a stage.
    If it was my only option I would carry ball in it these days.
    Keep history alive!