What's wrong with .32acp?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Doc Holliday, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. knoxrocks222

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    If it’ll poke holes in things that don’t need holes poked in them, it’s a win in my book
     
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  2. Walter Bishop

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    32 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.
     
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  3. rock_castle

    rock_castle With Liberty and Justice for all.

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    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.
     
  4. Bradd D

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    I have a box of .32acp sitting on my table doing not a darn thing. No weapon to shoot it as the Walther PPK was sold years ago.
     
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    And larger dia bullet, flat points are also available, important in solids
     
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  8. 6Actual

    6Actual Southern Backwater Mafia & President-Elect

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    The Keltec P32 is the lightest easiest to carry & conceal pistol that I have so I find myself carrying it often. I have some European made hardball that’s some pretty hot stuff for what it is. Anyone who says 32 ain’t nothing just go stand in front of one and let me know how it works out
     
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  9. Dynactus

    Dynactus The wind serenades a purified man.

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    I KNEW it!
     
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  10. texmex

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    32 ACP is actually 312 caliber. 380 comes in the same size pistols and shoots a heavier 355 caliber bullet faster. I usually carried FMJ in my 32s and 380s. Not really enough power to expand and adequately penetrate so FMJ for the penetration and easy feeding. 32 and 380 were pretty much the standard police cartridges in Europe before, during and after WW2 all the way into the 1970s. Terrorists incidents eventually led to their police upgrading their sidearms and also issuing some HK MP-5s, Berretta Model 12s and M4 carbines. I have seen several Walther PP pistols that had been German police issue and were sold as surplus. Every 32ACP I had functioned reliably. Not so with every 380.
     
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  11. Dynactus

    Dynactus The wind serenades a purified man.

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    I've mentioned this before but was called out to a shooting. We got there and a 14 year old girl had been shot in the back 4 times with a .32. We had a hard time convincing her that she needed to go to the hospital. At the time, I was just happy she hadn't been shot with a .38 Special, or larger caliber. Ever since, I've never been much of a fan of the .32. I've seen way more than my share of GSWs, gunshot wounds, but I'm certainly no expert. It's just my opinion, and everybody knows what opinions are like.
     
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    Have a couple of .32 pistols, a Beretta 81 and a Zastava M70. They’re very soft shooting, and I enjoy range time with them. I don’t carry either one though. When I need a small, lightweight carry pistol, the G42 gets the call.
     
  13. Berto

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    Most people seem to think .22mag punches above its weight, .32acp will typically match .22mag with better ignition reliability.
    In my Beretta 81, 60gr xtps do about 1100fps with fiocchi loaded stuff.
     
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    Would you stand in front of a 22 LR or a 25 ACP?
     
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    rock_castle With Liberty and Justice for all.

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    Or a pellet gun? BB gun? Sling shot?
     
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    They started making small 380s.
     
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    Making a 32 obsolete.
     
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    IAhunter Venor ergo sum

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    I have wanted a Seecamp for many years, just never got around to buying one.
     
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    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.

    But I think that’s a byproduct of the current ammo buying rush.