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.
Tiny mouse gun that you can hid in any pocket.
reasonably accurate for such a small barrel. not intended for long-range work.
fairly reliable, but has it’s issues.
Ease of Use: ***
pretty straight forward, no fancy gizmos, de-cockers, or safeties
slide locks open on an empty mag, but that’s pretty much it
long and a little mushy with a long reset. not the worst I’ve felt.
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
nothing special to look at. a scaled-down Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT.
small frame makes the grip a two-finger affair, but light recoil means it doesn’t really matter.