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Old 02-19-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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I have a Bersa Thunder .32 acp ten round mags and also a Kel Tec P-32 .32 acp pocket pistol. Both of these guns shoot flawlessly and are accurate. I have 900 flawless rounds thru the Bersa and 700 flawless rounds thru the Kel Tec.
I saw a video on YouTube where .32 acp FMJ fired from a Kel Tec P-32 at a distance of ten feet went thru 4 layers of denim and penetrated 14 inches of ballistic gel. Now that makes me wonder why more people do not carry the .32 acp? I carry both of mine sometimes, but always carry the Kel Tec. Why did America give up on .32 acp? It's really a nice gun.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:01 AM   #2
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Mostly it is Ammo_sexual in nature...Bigger is Better

.32acp has been killing people dead for over a century,
its twin brother 7.65-Browning doing it in Europe for just as long...

In the right weapon, it is VERY controllable...
it'll put a mag-full into a head-sized target real fast,
very little recoil means great rapid-fire precision!!
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I shot at a desk top computer from about 25 feet, hit the side of it & the 32 acp didn't enter the computer, only put a dent on it. That computer had a metal plate, what hurt the 32 acp was smaller 380 acp guns.
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The 32 auto is actually one of the first rather high pressure rounds at 25,000. A good round and I never feel under-gunned when I carry one.
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Thugs are not made of ballistic gel. The 32acp is a rather poor performer in actual self defense, much like 22lr. Yes it can and does kill but killing is not the goal of self defense.

32acp is fine if that is all you have but picking 32acp intentional is not what I consider a wise move
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I have a Bersa Thunder .32 acp ten round mags and also a Kel Tec P-32 .32 acp pocket pistol. Both of these guns shoot flawlessly and are accurate. I have 900 flawless rounds thru the Bersa and 700 flawless rounds thru the Kel Tec.
I saw a video on YouTube where .32 acp FMJ fired from a Kel Tec P-32 at a distance of ten feet went thru 4 layers of denim and penetrated 14 inches of ballistic gel. Now that makes me wonder why more people do not carry the .32 acp? I carry both of mine sometimes, but always carry the Kel Tec. Why did America give up on .32 acp? It's really a nice gun.
Because it lacks the ability to 'stop the fight'! 'Killing' is not the issue. The 32,, along with the 22, 25, and 380 CAN kill you but they lack the ability to produce a LONG WIDE wound channel which would result in RAPID blood loose . Just reality!!!
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There is a demo on Utube of a guy shooting an aluminum frying pan with several different calibers. 22lr did not penetrate but neither did the 45 ACP 230 grain FMJ. 9 & 40 did penetrate. Results were somewhat surprising and velocity is important. The 32 ACP was widely used as a carry cartridge before people got the idea that handguns had knockdown power and before expanding bullets. One thing to watch out for is loading the magazine. It is a semi rimmed cartridge and improper loading or a magazine that has too much room can result in a rim lock jam. I had a couple of really nice 32's at one time but that is a sad story.
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No small arms has 'knock down' power!! More myth and misinformation!!!
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How many people have been killed or maimed because they chose a small caliber handgun? I would think in today's litigious world there would be many lawsuits. If the .32 ACP was so poor that it caused many users to lose their lives the lawyers would attack gun and ammo companies.
But then could it simply be the "Magnumites" regarding handguns that has become the vogue of the 21st Century?
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The little Seecamp .32 with Winchester Silvertips has pretty good street cred.

Bullet placement is a helluva lot more important than bullet diameter.

when I'm going somewhere that I consider non-threatening, I often just drop my little Beretta .25 ACP in my pocket.

I have 9 Hornady XTP rounds in it that chronograph 950 FPS. I feel fairly well armed.
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