This is a discussion on Honest thoughts on .32 ACP? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by deafdave3 The only reason I'm looking to retire my .32ACP is because I'm having a heck of a time finding ammo for ...
The .32 ACP can offer surprising penetration. Back in the 1970s I had an Astra Constable in .32 ACP. Was a nice little pistol with a very similar appearance to the Walther PPK. One afternoon I was shooting at some junk in a roadside dump and drew a bead on a wheel rim I'd found an propped against a tree. The rim looked like it came off either a Renault Dauphine or a Fiat of some sort. It was made of steel. The .32 ACP pierced it easily. Now, if it had been an American car of the era I doubt the .32 ACP would have completely penetrated but it still penetrated this particular rim.
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While I don't personally own a 32 I have seen the round do some surprising penetration. A few months ago I took care of a guy that shot himself on accident with a 32 Derringer. The round with thu the webbing of his hand and entered his abdomen right below the ribcage on his right side (liver area). The round exited out his left buttock next to his tailbone. So in that case it had a lot of penetration to go that far. The guy ended up dying of internal bleeding on the way to the hospital. Just one experience I have had with the round and it could well be the exception, but it was lethal to him.
If it keeps you from going without any gun, it's perfect, is it not?
I carry my LCP as a BUG or a third hideout gun. I carry it if I would otherwise be without (extremely rare). For me, it's a contact distance gun. Shove it in someones face and let it rip with a full magazine.
More than likely it will get the job done. But I won't be surprised if it doesn't. For me, It's my gun of last chance desperation. I consider the .32 to be on par with the .380.
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Already owning a Keltec and having shot a .380, I can say I would buy a P3AT next time I'm situated to do so after ticking a few other things of the list of priorities. For now, I've gone back to being satisfied with the .32.
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If you want to try a sweet shooting .380, find a Bersa Thunder .380 to shoot sometime. A buddy of mine has one and I've shot it a number of times. I actually have it right now as we have semi-traded (he's using a little .22 of mine for a while...he's trapping and needed something to finish off that made small holes).
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Years ago when I was working undercover narcotics we carried anything that did not look like a "cop gun". I never had to use one in defense but I sure felt more comfortable carrying them. I carried a Beretta 950 .25 then a Star .22 and finally a PPK/S .380. Today my BUG to the Glocks is a Diamondback .380 because of the ability to easily conceal and it's small size, but if it was a quality .32 that would be OK too. Guantes called them "shove guns". We call them "get off me guns". With all this said I would not rely on anything less than a .38 spl for a primary weapon. That's me. Carry what you have and be proficient with it. My $.02.
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To keep the record straight, Ruger doesn't recommend any +P ammo, like Buffalo Bore, for the LCP, refer to page 11 of the Instruction Manual.
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.32 is better than a rock.
Sometimes a rock, well placed, is better than a 32.
A 1-pound rock thrown at 100 ft/second (approximately 68mph - a moderate pitch speed for a high-schooler) generates 155ft-lbs of force.
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Not a round I would willingly set out to take to combat. Not sure why the Army ever provided its General Officers with a .32 cal weapon, but they did. They have since wised up and moved on to .45 then 9mm.
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Are we noe seriously going to compare rock throwing to firearm rounds... excuse me while I go laugh this one off....
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