Kel-Tec P32 Review

Looking for a true pocket gun? Look no further. The Kel-Tec P-32 fires the anemic 7.65mm (.32 auto) round and practically fits in the palm of your hand. Great for plinking and pissing off would-be attackers, the P-32 is easy to conceal and fun to shoot. Simple to disassemble and re-assemble and extremely light-weight due to the polymer frame. The down-side: it looks like a toy. My wife thought it was a toy when I first showed it to her. It looked more menacing in my 11-year-old son's hands than in mine.

Weighing in at just 6.6 ounces and easily concealed behind a 3×5 index card, the P-32 is perfect for pocket carry.  Front pocket, back pocket, shirt pocket.  Wherever.  It comes with a seven-round magazine, giving it 7+1 capacity and has no external controls to snag on your clothing.  The long double-action trigger pull is relatively smooth, but it's not a clean break and reset. It takes a little getting used to, but once you do it's fairly accurate.

There were occasional double feed issues early on, and occasionally I couldn't get the slide to close into battery.  I attributed that to two things.  First, the slick, chromed slide doesn't give your hands much to grab hold of, and a little sweat and a poorly placed hold will cause a slip, dropping the slide before you fully retract it.  I did find that loading six in the magazine seemed to reduce this problem, especially when loading with a closed slide.

Like most pocket guns, it has no slide-lock, so clearing malfunctions is a bit of a chore.  Oddly, unlike most pocket guns in the more popular .380 caliber, the P-32's slide locks open on an empty magazine.  That's a feature I wish more manufacturers would embrace.

The gun is fun to shoot, but the caliber is anemic and, while I would not want to be shot by one, I would not trust my life to a eight rounds of .32 ACP.  Ultimately, I had fun playing with it for a while then traded it for something a little more potent.

Concealability: *****
Tiny mouse gun that you can hid in any pocket.

Accuracy: ***
reasonably accurate for such a small barrel. not intended for long-range work.

Reliability: ***
fairly reliable, but has it's issues.

Ease of Use: ***
pretty straight forward, no fancy gizmos, de-cockers, or safeties

Features: **
slide locks open on an empty mag, but that's pretty much it

Trigger: **
long and a little mushy with a long reset.  not the worst I've felt.

Sights: *
basically just a notch milled into the back of the slide and a slightly raised post at the front. since they are not painted, they will be hard to see in low light.

Ammo Capacity: **
7+1, but loading seven with a closed slide often resulted in malfunctions

Weight: *****

Firepower: **

Aesthetics: **
nothing special to look at.  a scaled-down Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT.

Comfort: ***
small frame makes the grip a two-finger affair, but light recoil means it doesn't really matter.

2 Comments on "Kel-Tec P32 Review"

  1. The Kel Tec P11 is a good choice in a light insxnepeive 9MM EDC handgun.I have handled both the P11 and PF9 Kel Tecs. And the PF9 pinches my finger almost 100% of the time for whatever reason. P11 holds more bullets,fits the hand better, does not pinch your fingers. However it has a heavy not so nice trigger pull.I would pick it over the Karh products in a second. Thats 9mm, in 380 I buy a Bersa 380 that’s what I have it rocks. D/A S/A hammer etc love the Bersa. I am going to buy a P11 also.

    • The Armed Lutheran | July 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm |

      I’ve never tried the Kel-Tec 9mm’s, but I have heard them described as “snappy”. I have heard others complain about finger pinching with the PF9, so I avoided it when looking for an EDC. I have, at times carried a Glock 26, Diamondback DB380, and now carry the Beretta Nano. The Bersa is nice, I agree.

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