Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by cluttonfred, Sep 20, 2019.
Did you get the 81 or the 81BB?
I've always thought something the size of a Rossi Princess, but in 32 acp would be really cool
I go with the Beretta 81, Taurus PT132s, CZ 83, Beretta Tomcats, and the Taurus 732 for .32 ACP carry rotation.
That, but with a double-stack magazine holding 20, and with the pistol designed to accommodate +P loads.
Or a Beretta 3032 with the magazine well bored out to take a 12-14 round double stack (the grip is probably wide enough).
I have a Colt 1903 that is an heirloom and a Seecamp that I bought when it was the best deep cover option available.
I would consider a Ruger LCP in 32 if it were an option.
"I would consider a Ruger LCP in 32 if it were an option."
I think a lot of people would. It also seems like the modifications to produce them wouldn't be all that expensive.
Oh they make one.
It’s just that it says Kel-Tec on it...
I shoot 32acp in my 32 H&R Contender quite often.
I have thought for a long while that S&W or their competitors should reintroduce the i frame revolver or a similar frame specifically for light autopistol rounds specifically 32acp, .380, .25acp, and 22LR. The market is clearly existent as pocket guns keep growing smaller and smaller, and among the most common complaints with revolvers is cylinder width. A high strength cylinder and blast plate on an ultralight alloy frame makes sense. Ramp the blast plate to firmly hold baby bottlenecks like the 25naa or 32naa, or tapered rounds and you suddenly get an energy jump taking you well into the same realm as what is currently considered acceptable. Give capability for 22tcm9r and you are talking a whole new ballgame.
The key to making a revolver substantially smaller than the S&W J-frame and similar types is to design for the .32 caliber cartridge and give up the option of a .38 caliber model. Look at these pics of a .5-shot Iver Johnson in .32 S&W and a 6-shot .327 Federal S&W J-frame (adapted from a 5-shot .38 Special), especially the size of the cylinders (height = width). Now look at this snubnose version of the old Iver Johnson.
Imagine a modern revolver the size of the Iver Johson that takes five .32 ACP and ejects the empties just fine (remember that the .32 ACP is semi-rimless so that's not too hard) and also takes little 5-shot moon clips. Heck, I could imagine a little hammerless top break with a central ambidextrous latch that would be faster to load than any other revolver. Thumb latch, smack barrel down, drop in new moon clip, snap breech down, done.
Oh, this terrible, terrible thread. I've been forced by all that's written here to get not one, but two Beretta 81s.
What a genius little handgun they are! Ambidextrous safety, easy takedown, 12 round magazine, can carry condition one, and points really well. For the current price at the usual surplus places, they're a steal. Lucky for me (well...) J&G is right here in town, so I can actually see what I'm getting.
Yikes. I looked at one yesterday. Still looking. I wanted the Beretta Tomcat and will probably stay that course.
Me too. Be sure to research though. I got the Kel-Tec.
Jeb Stuart reminded me of the P32 in a pic and why I took a look. Better priced than the 3032 and probably better reviews; overall. I like the tilt-up barrel on the Tomcat and ease to clean and I am somewhat partial to Berettas; I guess. I am taking my time between the two. Thanks.
Remember the RIGHT question is not which to get but rather which to get FIRST.
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