I admit it, I like pocket pistols and you probably do to, but also probably don’t advertise it. While I never carry one as a primary self-defense gun, chances are there’s a J-frame or a .380 or a .32 tucked away someplace backing up the “big gun.” I spent too many years as a uniformed cop carrying a back-up gun to do without one now. But I confess I never feel completely comfortable with that .380 or the .32. I have a Kel-Tec P32, a North American Arms .32, a new Taurus .380 and a couple of others, but whenever one goes into my pocket, I cringe just a bit.
However, after actually chronographing some modern higher-performance loads recently I’m beginning to feel much more comfy about the thought of a .32 or .380 as a final go-to gun. This most recent is from CORBON (already famous for their high-performance ammo lines) and I think it offers a good option for those who like those tiny autos in .32 ACP. The new load is a 60-gr. solid copper hollow-point with an advertised velocity of 1,050 fps from a short barrel. They also say it penetrates around 9″ of gel after penetrating four layers of denim. I chronographed some and got readings of around 1,020 to 1,035 fps from that Kel-Tec P-32 and around 1,190 to 1,200 fps from a longer-barreled Walther PP in .32 ACP. So the advertised velocity is about right, which I’ve found to be the case with CORBON loads. I didn’t test the gel claims since I didn’t have any on-hand.
Basically, you get light recoil because of the light bullet, but penetration like you’d get with a heavier bullet. To compare, I tested some standard .32 ball (71 gr.) and it showed about 810 fps from the Kel-Tec. I think the new .32 DPX is worth a try if you carry one of these little guns. For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/productindex
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