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    Quote Originally Posted by Armybrat View Post
    He did not ask to see it, but did inquire as to what kind it was. When I told him "A Keltec .32" ...

    Not long after that, I bought a Kahr PM9.
    Embarrassed, because one cop didn't seem to respect the .32 caliber?

    One thing I've learned over the years is the wisdom contained in this statement: Opinions ... everyone's got 'em.

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    But that doesn't mean it was valid, as a guide to what you should or shouldn't do. Yes, the .32 is fairly low down on the power factor. All else being equal, there are better choices. But as others have suggested, the .32 can be quite deadly. Yes, 9mm has a stronger punch. .480 Ruger's well beyond that. So what. Reasonable choice in defensive tools has far more to do with the overall criteria than simply caliber selection. It needs to fit within your daily activities such that you'll be likely to carry it as opposed to skipping it. It needs to be small enough to work with your concealment options. If no other criteria mattered except for "punch" (caliber), I'd probably shoot nothing other than .44 magnum. But given the other criteria that matter to me, it's not a very practical choice given what I need to do each day. For my criteria, a 9mm semi-auto pistol with decent concealability and capacity works well for me. Still, I do carry a couple of .380 ACP choices for those times when the larger 9mm pistols don't cover the situation. But that's just me.
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    I've had my .32 by my side for 20 years. It has saved my life more than once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK87 View Post
    If I was the cop, I would have said "I'm just giving you a warning, now take the $200 you're saving and get yourself a REAL gun!"
    Haha thats awesome. Too bad he didn't think of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastercapt View Post
    Well, did you get a more powerful gun?
    Guess you missed this:

    Not long after that, I bought a Kahr PM9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    Somewhere outthere in an alternate cyber universe there is an Austin PD cop posting this same story under a "The funniest armed traffic stop you ever had" thread
    You Becha Treo!!
    Sorry, but I couldn't resist, as I was thinking the very same thing!
    Either way, a Kel-Tec 32 is nothing to sneeze at either
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    "Any gun will do, if you will do"

    But some guns do better than others.

    Better to be armed with a .32 or even a .22 than nothing.

    But better to be armed with a 9mm than a .32.
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    some of our officers carry keltec .32, .380, and 9mm for BUGs and off-duty....I fall in the latter, sometimes carrying my P11, sometimes carrying the 642
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64zebra View Post
    some of our officers carry keltec .32, .380, and 9mm for BUGs and off-duty.
    Yup. Depending on how "deep" a person needs to be carrying, the smaller, lighter variants tend to be good candidates for backup guns. So long as a gun proves to be reliable and effective, and so long as it can be always carried no matter the venue, seems to me that it's a reasonable choice. Might be a particularly good one, if backed by a competent armory that knows the gun really well.
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    NRA, SAF, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

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