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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Woo! Gun Two, Month Two. Comment
    Gregory Morris, 2/1/08 9:37:24 pm

    Got me a plinker in January. Got me a mouse gun in February. Anyone having rodent problems? Gimme a call.

    I already like it, even though I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet. After all of the reviews I've read, I know the Kel-Tec P32 isn't a particularly spectacular gun. The cartridge is marginal at best, the accuracy barely acceptable, the sights are atrocious, and the reliability is questionable. But.... I got a good deal on it. The darn thing is so tiny, it can literally be concealed anywhere, regardless of your attire. That was the biggest selling point. If I'm in my boat wearing nothing but a speedo (sorry for the image there...) I can still have a concealed firearm. Also, I've always had a thing for mouse guns. I am a firm believer in the concept that "a gun in your hand is better than one in the safe." Sure, I'd prefer a .45 or .357 as a carry gun, but in Florida, the reality is that big guns don't conceal well when you are wearing shorts and a t-shirt. If Florida allowed open carry, it might be a different story, but for now, I'm gonna just stick to little guns for out'n'about, and my trusty Mossberg for under the bed. My wife still wants a 1911 or something similar, but she has a purse... and I'm sure if I started carrying a purse too I would get some funny looks.

    The one thing that struck me as I took it apart for the first time was how tight everything is. This is really a well put-together gun. The design is ridiculously simple, which is good. It is lightweight and has tiny grips, but they really aren't that uncomfortable, compared to some .38 snubbies I've held. I'll probably pick up a few extended mags for it if it is too uncomfortable to shoot. I'll post more about that once I get it to the range. As light as it is, it doesn't feel flimsy at all. I don't expect this gun to survive thousands upon thousands of rounds, but it should do well enough for me to practice and become familiar with it.

    From a reliability standpoint, what I've heard is if you keep the damn thing clean, it will function properly. The consensus seems to be that after about 50 rounds or so, it really starts gumming up and fails to eject. Well, I'll never be firing 50 rounds with the thing in a self defense situation, and I clean the bejesus out of my guns after every range trip... so I'm really not that concerned. If it does have any problems, I'll bone up on my "gunsmithing" skills, and try to do some work on it. Worst case is I totally screw it up and I'm out a couple hundred bucks.

    Oh, quick note: it is a common courtesy when selling a firearm to clean it first. The P32 is ridiculously simple to field strip and re-assemble.

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