||03-05-2008 12:17 AM
I've been an admirer of these little guys ever since I saw my first one back in the mid 80's. That particular model was a .25, but it also has a custom serial number "ADCO 1" and it wasn't for sale. A few years later Seecamp created quite a buzz when they bumped up the caliber, thus creating what I believe is still "The Worlds Smallest .32". At the time, the price was quite steep, and the waiting list to get one was many years long. As time went by, I would ocassionally see one for sale at a gun show..........at a ridiculous markup :(
However, in recent years, now that supply has almost caught up with demand, they're a bit more common to find, and the prices have come down a bit. When I finally made the decision to buy one a few years ago, I couldn't find one. And the other times when I found one, I didn't have the money to buy it. Anyway, all the elements eventually came together and I finally acquired one NIB last Spring for $550 w/extra mag. Now I've always known these things were picky eaters and they were originally designed to fire the Winchester Silver Tip only. But I've learned that in the last few years a slight redesign allows use of some other ammo. The dealer I got my Seecamp from sold me some Federal Premium "Personal Defense" 65 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP (box of 20 for $17) and a box of Hornady 60 gr. JHP/XTP (box of 25 for $15). He said these are currently the two types that are factory recommended.
On my first trip to the range, the Hornady stuff worked perfectly, but the Federals were hanging-up in the magazine. Thankfully I found this out at the range and not "on-the-street". I went back to the gun shop and showed the dealer how these were sticking in the magazine and he took another box of the same stuff off the shelf and I loaded up the magazine with them, and to my amazement, the rounds from the new box didn't exhibit the same problem.
I noticed that the OAL was the same as the Hornady, but the hollow point itself is wider and this is where the problem lies, so let this be a warning to other Seecamp owners that are using the Federal stuff. Since I already fired a few rounds, I didn't ask for a refund, I'll just use it up in one of my other .32's. (1903 Colt and 1915 Astra)
Recently I came across a box of Fiocchi 60 gr. SJHP (box of 50 for $15) that I found to work perfectly in the Seecamp. Although it's not "factory recommended", the stuff works great and it's less than half the price of the Federals or Hornadys, but Fiocchi isn't always that easy to find. I'll have to grab a few more boxes at the next gun show.