If it’ll poke holes in things that don’t need holes poked in them, it’s a win in my book
I disagree with the "harder to find" argument. Seems like .32 auto is about the only thing I'm seeing on the shelf everywhere I've been lately.Smaller than .380, less powerful, harder to find, and fewer current production guns chambered for it. Most people think "why bother?"
Less powerful than the .380, but when the power of both loads is so low, I'm not sure that really makes much difference. Both are a step up from the .22s and .25s. I'd rather have a .32 hardball that will penetrate than a .380 hollowpoint that might penetrate. .380 hardball might overpenetrate. Not likely, but more likely than with the .32.
I like the .32. Much more pleasant to shoot in guns like the PP series/HSC/Beretta 80 series & other classic pocket pistols. Rimlock not really an issue with FMJ rounds, where the loaded round fills the magazine. (Possible, but historically does not seem to have been a problem.)
And larger dia bullet, flat points are also available, important in solids32 acp is okay as a mouse gun where deep concealment is the main priority. But 32 acp is a poor choice in any other scenario. You can get the exact same size gun in 380 acp and go from 125 to 190 foot pounds of energy. A slightly larger single stack 9mm will give you 350 foot pounds of energy.
https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/396a684a-13b0-4d9a-91e1-aeb7bfd8c0a0Except that in the Ian Fleming books, Bond started out with a Beretta 25acp, and moved up to a 32 Walther.
Yeah, I snapped up a bunch from TargetSportsUSA just before they too disappeared. Bigger stuff was gone, and the .32 price hadn’t jumped much, if any.I disagree with the "harder to find" argument. Seems like .32 auto is about the only thing I'm seeing on the shelf everywhere I've been lately.