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Old 06-22-2019, 07:05 PM
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Carry what you wish, get very good with it and IF you have to use it make it count. It's your life on the line (and GF in this case) so your choice.
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This was one of my favorite reads on 32 caliber guns. The last paragraph is the one I like the best.

https://gunblast.com/WBell_SW32s.htm
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I have been looking for a good little pocket gun, and several are appealing for various reasons, the Kel-Tec because of the price, the Tomcat because of the quality, but what stands out with most of the options is a short lifetime. A couple thousand rounds and they are worn out or malfunctioning.

And I like to practice with what I carry, a thousand rounds may only be 10 range trips. So a truly small choice may not be a real option.

Why can't someone make a decent to high quality pocket gun that will last, has sights that you can see, and is accurate?
My wife and I each have NAA Guardians in .32 with about 500 rounds through each of them so far. Got out of the habit of shooting them because of the cost of ammo. Saved my brass though so I figure I'll start reloading for that caliber and maybe have a bit of a revival.

They're not quite as small as the Seecamp pistols that inspired them, but they're reasonably accurate little guns despite the tiny sights. My wife's only complaint is that if she shoots more than 50 rds or so in a shooting session, the next day the web of her hand is a little bit sore from the recoil.

What I'd really like to pick up though is a Colt 1903 in .32; an original one, not one of the new limited-run reproductions that came out a couple years ago.

I went to buy a Seecamp .32 to compare it to the NAA Guardians and saw that the Seecamp .380 is the exact same size as the Seecamp .32, and that was just too much to pass up.

I'm curious to see how long my Seecamp .380 lasts. If you listen to the factory schpeal, as long as you replace the recoil spring at the interval they recommend and scrub the chamber (low-tech delayed-blowback system) every 50 rounds, you should never have to replace the frame. They state they can return the pistol to like-new condition if you ever wear other parts out to the point where it needs a rebuild.

Despite the fact that it has NO sights at all, not even the simple groove that some earlier Seecamp pistols had down the top of the barrel, I was shocked at how tight of a group I can shoot with that gun.

My only complaint about the Seecamp .380 is that it hurts to shoot. I've done plenty of shooting in my life, with more types of guns I can count, and I'm no shrinking violet when it comes to recoil, but that little .380 hurts like the devil every time I pull the trigger. There's just not much gun to hold onto, and when the muzzle flips up the bottom of the trigger guard smacks my trigger finger so hard I could swear it's going to break my finger.

I haven't run into anyone else with the same problem, so unless they're just unwilling to admit that it hurts in order to save face, maybe I'm just becoming a wimp in my old age, or it's the shape of my hands, or it's how I hold the gun or something. I don't know. But while I love the gun since it gives me a .380 to carry in a package that's smaller than I've found in ANY other .380 or .32, even Derringers, it's the one gun I have that I don't enjoy practicing with.

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If you really want a .32 ACP rifle, all it takes is MONEY. I had a Remington 580 single-shot .22 converted to center-fire, the barrel relined and rechambered. I had this done when .22 ammo got scarce. Inch groups at 50 yards are normal. With full-charge loads ballistics are about like a .32-20 Winchester, but if I want "silent but deadly" I drop powder charges down to about 1 grain of Bullseye with a 100-grain bullet, which gives about 700 fps from the rifle and is no louder than an air rifle. No "can" is needed.
That's a pretty neat setup, thanks for the pics.
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