6 of the Best .32 ACP Pistols to Buy and Collect

Colt 1903 best 32 ACP pistols

Robert Farago for TTAG

Believe it or not, there are still a few .32 ACP pistols still being made and ammunition for, them too. The .32 ACP was once one of the most popular concealed carry and law enforcement rounds sold, though it’s inadequacies have been laid bare in the modern era.

I wouldn’t suggest .32 ACP semi-auto pistol for concealed carry, and neither would most experts, if you had any choice in the matter. A .32 pistol will work in a pinch, of course, but so will .22 LR, though you probably don’t want to rely on that. Shot placement, as always, matters most, but the evidence has been in for some time that .380 ACP is generally considered the bare minimum for a self-defense gun if you can’t carry a 9mm.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for guns chambered in 7.62mm Browning. Not only are they small and light recoiling, there are some seriously collectible (and cool!) guns in this chambering. For the collector and enthusiast (and the carrier, too), there are some great guns out there.

Here are six .32 ACP pistols that are well worth a look.

Primus inter pares among .32 ACP pistols is and always will be the Colt Model 1903, a single-action semi-automatic pistol with a shrouded hammer. Originally called the Pocket Hammerless, it was designed by John Moses Browning during his tenure at Colt.

It was a very popular carry pistol in the early 20th century in the US and elsewhere, as it found global adoption for civilians, police and military officers. (Al Capone, John Dillinger, and both Bonnie and Clyde were fans.)

If you can’t afford a collectible original Colt 1903, US Armament Corp. began manufacturing them under license a few years ago, so you can actually buy a new one, though it will cost you. MSRP starts at $1275.

Of course, if you want to get deep into collecting, there are a couple of fantastic German models to keep an eye out for.

Walther PPK-L

Michael Sullivan [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

First, of course, is the Walther PP, PPK and PPK/S, models designed to meet requirements for import and sale in the United States under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

The Walther PP pistol series was first offered in .32 ACP (labeled 7.65mm Kurz) and issued in this chambering to numerous police officers and later to military personnel as well as the Nazi high command. (Hitler killed himself with one, which is a pretty good reason to own one.)

The PPK was also famously the concealed carry pistol of choice of James Bond. These days, Walther prefers to sell them chambered in .380 and .22 LR, but vintage models can be found in .32 ACP as well.

BlaqueandBlue at English Wikipedia, from Wikimedia Commons

A related design is the SIG SAUER P230 and P232, which are basically PPK clones though they are slightly larger for better control. SIG made them mostly for plainclothes police, but it did gain some traction in the US concealed carry market.

Just like the PPK, the two-tone stainless finish P230 and .380 P232 are hammer-fired DA/SA subcompact. But unlike the PPK, they have SIG’s de-cocking lever on the grip instead of Walther’s slide-mounted de-cocking safety. Models in .32 ACP are more rare, but since the P232 was in production until 2014, you shouldn’t have trouble sourcing one.

Best 32 acp pistols

Costas-1963 [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Another model to Czech out (ha!) is the CZ 83, which was offered in .32 ACP. The CZ 50 and CZ 70 (also .32 ACP pistols) are somewhat common on the surplus market as well, but the 83 is the better buy. First, it uses a double-stack magazine (15+1 of .32 ACP!) and was in production until 2012, so you can get one in pretty decent condition. It has Walther PPK design elements, such as the fixed barrel and blowback operation, but has CZ’s control scheme of a manual safety rather than a decocker.

Beretta Cheetah best 32 acp pistols

Jan Hrdonka from Wikimedia Commons

The Beretta 81FS is still in very much in production, marketed as the Cheetah, though .380 models are easier to find that .32 ACP/7.62mm. The 81 is a double-stack compact, though a single-stack with thinner grip (the 82) can be found on the used market. It holds 12+1 of .32, with Beretta’s operating system.

It’s basically a ⅞ scale 92FS, replete with the open-top barrel and slide-mounted ambi de-cocking safeties. The Beretta 3032 Tomcat can also be had in this chambering if you prefer a topo pistola.

Of course, some people just want a light weight .32 caliber pistol that goes “bang” and don’t care about history or collectibility. If that’s you, Kel-Tec still makes the P-32 pocket pistol, a polymer-framed internal-hammer double action only mouse guns that holds 7+1 rounds of .32 ACP. The Kel-Tec P-32 has reduced pull weight of under 6 lbs, a decent trigger and a tiny 2.7-inch barrel length. MSRP is an affordable $325, but you’ll find them at retail for a song.

Any other .32 ACP pistols you feel should be added to the list? Sound off in the comments!

comments

  1. avatar MouseGun says:

    Que the “reeeeeeee 32 not a real caliber!”

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Capone, Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Patton to name just a few, liked the .32 acp. Some guy with a gel block doesn’t. Who to trust in the choice of firearms?

      1. avatar Ransom says:

        He may not be a warrior but he has a (keyboard) warrior soul.

        1. avatar CP says:

          Have two PP and a Mauser and Saul and Sohn’s, all .32 and work great. Compared to my 9, .40 and 45acp I believe I will string the “little ones” together in a BOLO fashion for throwing.

    2. avatar Stuff says:

      Ball .22lr and 32acp , both penetrate 12 inches in fbi gel , a threat bleeding out and dying Several minutes faster because of a bigger pistol caliber does you no good while they are still shooting back at you and still attacking you. I’m that scenario a missed vital is thecsabe with any pistol round, they will most likely still be In the fight until you hit the lights out vital. Higher capacity and accurate shots as well as low recoil for quick accurate follow up shots can trump hard to control cannons with only a few shot capacity in some cases.

  2. avatar James A. "Jim" Farmer says:

    I know this may sound silly but how about the .32 Auto/7.65mm for hunting small game: rabbit, squirrel, and grouse for instance? No doubt it has been utilized for this purpose
    many times. Just get close and properly place your shot. Next to a .22, a great way to put fresh meat in the campfire skillet. In a survival situation if a .32 Auto is the only firearm available, it sure beats throwing rocks. Too, include a good survival knife.
    Not just for defense, but likewise for cleaning fish and small game.

    1. avatar burley says:

      I tried to post a link, but don’t know where it went.
      Have you seen the Dreyse Light Carbine that Ian McCollum did a piece on?
      It looks very handy…

  3. avatar possum running with an attitude says:

    Had a friend who insisted on carrying his 1903 in his pocket sans holster, he explained to me that’s the way it was ment to be carried, “It’s a pocket pistol.” I must say the recoil was almost non existent, the accuracy was very good and it was a whole lot of fun to shoot.Annnnd we all know that with the advancements in bullets and powders, the .32 ACP is just as deadly as a 454 Cassul

  4. avatar 45acp_lpp says:

    Sure, the Astra Constable, a nice PPK clone.

  5. avatar Ransom says:

    I had the Kel-tec p-32. I got it for trail running. You never know when you’ll need to defend against a baby mountain lion. I mean, What else could you do?… …choke it to death? VERY easy to forget you have it in your pocket. Not very easy or pleasant to shoot with 2 fingers dangling under the grip.

    1. avatar sgt Bill says:

      funny

    2. avatar petro45acp says:

      The Kel-Tec .32 was the last pistol the missus could shoot comfortably. With the 10 round extended magazine, the grip is just long enough to fit a med-lg meat hook. With the “clipdraw” like attachment and a mich (mick? miche?) trigger cover, it can be put just about anywhere on the body and not be felt (as far as weight and bulk go). Goes bang when it is supposed to and though not a collectable, is a nice little shooter.

  6. avatar barnbwt says:

    The Remington Model 51 is a rather curious omission…especially considering there are two PP’s on the list.

  7. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    The Colt 1903 is very reliable, thin, safe and has no sharp edges. I highly recommend it especially for a woman.

  8. avatar Defens says:

    Only inaccuracy I saw was the reference to Hitler’s suicide with a PP. I thought it had pretty much been established that he escaped from the bunker, emigrated to the US, shaved off his mustache and changed his name to Michael Bloomberg.

    Nice list! I like the little Beretta – have a C&R version in .380, and it’s a finely crafted pistol.

    1. avatar Longhaired Redneck says:

      “Only inaccuracy I saw was the reference to Hitler’s suicide with a PP. I thought it had pretty much been established that he escaped from the bunker, emigrated to the US, shaved off his mustache and changed his name to Michael Bloomberg.”

      Winner of the internet for today!

    2. avatar Steven says:

      THAT’s why he always made me a little uneasy . . . !

  9. avatar 10x25mm says:

    There are still a goodly number of FN Browning M1900 pistols in good shape available to collectors. This was the very first pistol chambered in the cartridge which we know as .32 ACP.

  10. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    No Seecamp?

    1. avatar Quasimofo says:

      Agreed. It’s a surprising omission.

    2. avatar Craig in IA says:

      Seecamp for certain, and I also bought a North American Arms “Seecamp clone” 20 some years ago. (Not sure either are being made today. Always went BANG when I manipulated the long trigger. Used Silvertips all the time. Gun is sitting in it’s little “cell phone”(?) holster on my loading bench, been there for years.

      1. avatar OldProf49 says:

        The NAA Guardian 32 is definitely still in production. They’re available on Gunbroker for ~$335. I’m not sure about the Seecamp, though they have a current website. My choice would be the Guardian because of the different sight options and well established company.

  11. avatar AnotherAZguy says:

    Well since you asked, yes:
    (in no particular order)
    FN 1922 / STAR SI / Savage 1907 / Ortgies / J.P. Sauer & Sohn 1913 /
    Mauser 1914 and 1934 / Mauser HSc / Femaru (FEG) P. Mod 37 /
    Czech CZ 27 / Beretta M1935 and M 70 and Tomcat /
    and Zastava M70 /

    1. avatar John Thomas says:

      I inherited a MAB in .32. Don’t know anything about it.

  12. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Sauer & sons .32 Had one sold it. Idiot.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    “The Walther PP pistol series was first offered in .32 ACP (labeled 7.62mm Kurz)”

    .32 ACP is 7.65, not 7.62. 7.62 is a Tokarev round.

    1. avatar A. Daniels says:

      Furthermore, the Walther PP series did not refer to .32ACP as “7.65mm Kurz,” as the article incorrectly states, but instead referred to .380ACP as “9mm kurz,” because 9×17 is 2mm shorter than 9×19. Using the article’s own photos as examples, the SIGARMS pistol is stamped “9 mm kurz” and thus is a .380ACP gun, and the Beretta 84F is stamped “CAL. 9 Short,” because the Italians referred to .380ACP as “9mm corto.”

    2. avatar possum says:

      And a wicked one at that. One of the longest shots I’ve ever made was with a tt33, I called it my pocket rifle.

      1. avatar possum says:

        With a pistol that is.

  14. avatar JohnS says:

    Beretta Tomcat 3032

  15. avatar Dog of War says:

    I already have a CZ-82 in the original 9×18 and it’s one of my favorite handguns. Great gun, if just a bit on the heavy side. I’d love to have a complete set of three and get two more .380 and .32.

  16. avatar Ogre says:

    I’ve got a Kel-Tec .32 ACP that I slip (loaded with Winchester Silvertips) into my pocket holster when I’m going to a place where I really want to be discreet and I’ve calculated the risk to be lower (you know – the opera, the tea room, etc). I’ve come to the conclusion that if I’m facing a life-threatening situation and that little .32 doesn’t give me the opportunity get the hell out of there, maybe my number has come up. On the other hand, I carry a piece with a little more horsepower at all other times.

    1. avatar Rick Metzger says:

      I, too, have a Kel-Tec P-32 and wouldn’t part with it. My concealed carry guns run from a DE 1911U .45, to a Sig P-365, to A Kimber Micro 380, to the P-32. When we go out, here in Florida, it often is a hassle whether my wife will carry a gun in her purse. She must have 100 purses but nooooo… they’re too loaded up with stuff to accommodate a pistol. So 95% of the time it is up to me to carry. The Kimber I carry in a DeSantis pocket holster, loaded with Liberty Civil Defense. Great gun but not perfect for all of my trousers/shorts. The Kel-Tec, loaded with Gold Dot, is like a feather. I carry it in my jeans pocket and in the pocket of some khakis that have restricted the pocket width to accommodate the stretchy band for my fatso waistline. I never put anything else into those pockets, so the Kel-Tec drops in clean. Kel-Tec, at my request, added a nickel-boron-nitride-whatever (not sure of the current nomenclature) finish and the gun looks great, in addition to resisting corrosion. It is my third Kel-Tec and I can promise readers that if there is equal-quality customer service out there, there certainly is not any that is better. Great folks to deal with and super fast on turnarounds.
      BTW, my wife and I both find the P-32 super-easy to shoot, relative to perceived recoil, etc. It is a mouse gun and mouse guns just don’t allow purchase of all fingers.

  17. avatar Larry says:

    Although it mostly sits in the safe, something about my Tomcat , prevents me from selling it . Ok the da trigger is a bit much, but the grip and sights sure beat my lcp, one more round and our daughters find it easy to shoot .

    The seecamp , was a gun that I believe seems to had major input, into guns like Kel-Tec then the LCP ever being made . The wait times and secondary market prices , made others think about small .32s, which lead into the .380 of today . IMHO

  18. avatar Sean G./The Rookie says:

    The 81 is my bucket list gun.

    1. avatar madcapp says:

      Pick the Beretta 81 up, and it instantly won’t be on your bucket list anymore. Its waaaay tooooo wiiiiide…its incredible how unnecessarily wide the .32 Beretta is. And that’s the truth about that gun.

      1. avatar Mike. says:

        The Tomcat is very wide, nice gun but sits in the safe. I carry either a PPK in 380 or a Glock 26.

        Also have a Keltec 32.
        Would like a PPK in 32, just to have one

    2. avatar daeedorian says:

      Strongly disagree with the other reply you received.

      I’ve put together a decent little collection of .32s, including (but not limited to) every example listed in the article with the exception of the Sig, and the Beretta 81 is my favorite of the bunch.

      Yes, the grip is wider than single stack .32s, but it fills my palm much more comfortably.

      .32 pistols are probably my favorite recreational/range handguns, and the Beretta 81 is one of the most modern and pleasantly shooting examples available.

      I highly recommend them.

  19. avatar FWIW49 says:

    Honorable mention to the Bersa Thunder .32 ACP. A Walther PP, etc. clone. Same dimensions as Bersa’s Thunder 380 (and its .22). Very accurate. It seems to have stopped being imported new into the U.S. about 4 or 5 years ago.

  20. VZ 61 Scorpion in 32 ACP is a pretty cool gun too. I have one of those, plus the 1903 and the P32.

    1. avatar SkorpionFan says:

      +1 for the Škorpion vz. 61 Czechoslovak 7.65 mm machine pistol.

    2. avatar Nick says:

      Had to scroll way too far to find this.

  21. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    I definitely like the Beretta 81/82, especially the older pre-F round triggerguard models, they look classy. Fun to shoot, and the frame safety is positioned perfectly. Makes me want a 92 with the same frame safety, I wish they would make that version available.

    The HK4, based on the Mauser hsc, is a cool gun, and you can get it as a set with .22lr, .25, .32, and .380.

    But in .32, what could be better than a small machine pistol, the Škorpion vz. 61?

  22. avatar Jackass Jim says:

    Why in Hell does TTAG allow this fucking idiot Hoober to blather on about things he has zero knowledge of?

    What a maroon!

    [email protected]

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Same reason they let you blather

  23. avatar Bt justice says:

    Plenty of folks have met their maker via .32,.25,.22 etc. Crime guns are most often cheap, small caliber guns that often trade hands complete with mismatched ammo. I didn’t find any criminals with Cabots or Kimbers…

  24. avatar dph says:

    Why no love for the NAA .32 Guardian? Full disclosure, I don’t own one but if they are built like the NAA mini revolvers they should be good to go.

  25. avatar 22winmag says:

    I’ll refrain from bashing this author any further, after I said my peace in response to yesterday’s .44 Magnum nothingburger article.

    He takes care of the bashing here all by himself by omitting the .32 Tomcat.

  26. avatar OldProf49 says:

    OK, here’s one way out in left (right?) field. How about the S&W First Model Hand Ejector? Yes, I know it’s a (gasp) revolver. However, I have read several accounts of people successfully firing the semi-rimmed 32 acp cartridge in this gun. NO, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED! Aside from the obvious extraction problems, I believe the 32 acp runs at noticeably higher chamber pressure than the 32 S&W Long. But, if you’re looking for collectible guns in 32 ….
    More seriously, someone else mentioned it, but I think the Seecamp LWS 32 deserves another mention along with its excellent red headed step child, the NAA 32 Guardian, which I don’t think anyone mentioned. Both are excellent mouseguns for when nothing larger will do.

    1. avatar DrewR says:

      If someone like NAA made a six shot 32 acp revolver properly scaled to the cartridge I’d buy that in a heartbeat. It would be incredibly fun to have such a tiny center-fire wheel gun.

      As it is the only 32 I own is a prewar PPK in excellent working condition and abysmal finish condition, thus robbing it of all but it’s value as a shooter, but what a shooter it is. Something about the caliber seems inherently accurate.

      1. avatar mark c says:

        I too have a 1937 prewar PPK .32 cal / 7.65mm in 90% condition with 2 matching #’s magazines and original leather flap holster with swastika on globe under the eagle . It was issued to an SS officer in may of 1937

  27. avatar GS650G says:

    The article was 5 .32 pistols that are cool and collectable. Not a comprehensive list of every one ever made.

    The peanut gallery is a bit too much sometimes

  28. avatar GunDick says:

    I keep a Kel Tec P32 in my home office. Not much stopping power in 32 ACP, but more of a discourager in an emergency, and easy to pocket carry. Side clip installed allows it to be belt or clothing carried too. Mine has a strong trigger that two different pull testers (one manual, one electronic) say is 8 lbs. But I like it. Had a Sig P232, and the slide kept biting the web between thumb and first finger. Excellent pistol otherwise. Friend has a PPK, and I like it a lot, but in some places it’s pricier than others. And 32 ACP can be expensive out here in WY anymore. So I rely on a S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ for now, but as soon as I find a holster I like for it, will change to the G48 (9mm). You have some good choices, and as always, personal preference is usually best.

  29. avatar Jim says:

    The Model 1907 Savage was another good one. Examples were owned by Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody. Bat Masterson appeared in ads. I own one of 1913 vintage and it’s actually a pretty decent shooter that points very well. It was also made in .380.

  30. avatar Vlad Tepes says:

    Ever wonder why the entire German Army chose the .32 acp over the .380 acp. There was a good reason, the .32 was able to penetrate a helmet but the .380 bounced off. Now do you still think the .32 is so inferior to the .380 especially when the difference in bullet diameter is only 4/100 ths of an inch. And for the 9mm v/s .45 acp its 1/10 of an inch. As one can see the caliber debate becomes very silly when you look at the small difference in diameters.

  31. avatar Mike Betts says:

    I have a Sauer & Sohn 38 (H) in my collection, allegedly a favorite of the WWII German Fallschirmjager (Paratroopers). Amazing;y, they made their combat jumps without their weapons, which were parachuted in separate canisters. A taschenpistole (pocket pistol) slipped into a pocket of his Knochensack (“bone sack”) jump smock was the paratrooper’s only weapon until he located a weapons canister.

    1. avatar Nuke Road Warrior says:

      Yes! Sauer und Sohn 38H is a sweet pistol, with great ergonomics. Dad brought one back from Uncle Sam’s walking tour of Europe 1944-45 edition. For the record, the Sig-Sauer P230 is not “basically a PPK.” More correctly it is a modernized 38H. The decocker for the P230/P232 (and the other classic SIGs) is straight off the 38H.

  32. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    No North American Arms 32 acp? They say it’s the smallest semi auto hand gun available.

    The tip up barrel on the Beretta 32 tomcat is great for those folks who have a problem racking a slide. I already have the Beretta 21a bobcat 22 caliber. My wife loves the tip up barrel function.

    The previous mentioned guns are not “pocket” guns. I pocket carry most of the time because of my environment. 32 caliber is just fine for stopping an attack. I was a “woman’s” caliber for decades.

    1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

      Edit button? ????

    2. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I was not aware of the North American Guardian pistol until this post. Neat little gun!

  33. avatar matt o says:

    stop talking about how awesome and cool 32 auto is! these classics are expensive enough as it is, and i need everyone to think 32 is a weak, expensive pos that always has rimlock. maybe then i’ll finally be able to afford more of them.

  34. avatar M1Lou says:

    I own a few and enjoy shooting them. I have a CZ27, CZ70, and a FEG PA-63 (PPK clone). They all have almost no recoil and are fairly small and flat. I wish ammo was cheaper and easier to find for them so I could shoot them more often.

  35. avatar Rustybore says:

    I have an ugly old Colt 1903. This gun is the first version with the barrel bushing. It was built in 1904, has a fuzzy bore and virtually no finish left. Over the last 25 years, I have put multiple hundreds of rounds through this pistol. It is 100 % reliable and functions well. Even gets surprisingly good groups, despite the funky bore and those sights, (which are basically a “suggestion” about aim). This was IMHO a superior firearm, well ahead of its day. Anyone have a chance to get one,. do it – you will not be disappointed.

  36. avatar hoosier_grand_daddy says:

    I have a Mauser HSc in .32 ACP (or 7.65 Browning, if you prefer). It is a wartime model with the waffenampt and a rather roughly machined finish (late production), but it shoots very well with hardball and it is easy to empty the 8 round mag into a paper plate at 30 feet in a few seconds. I have carried it a few times in its period appropriate full flap holster and it is rather heavy for its size compared to a modern pocket pistol. For pretty in a .32 I prefer the colt 1903 my father left me – still a lot of high gloss finish and his brother (now also passed) made a beautiful carved leather holster for it. It’s my “little barbeque gun!”

  37. avatar tdiinva says:

    FYI: Her Majesty’s Secret Service carried BHPs during the Bond era. The CIA used them through the early 80s.

    1. avatar Mike. says:

      The Walther PPK was a British service issue handgun. Plenty of references to Soldiers, cops and security personnel carrying them.
      BHP was main military sidearms, and to some cops

  38. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Paul Harrell has an excellent video on .32 ACP which he compares to .380, which you will find in guns about the same size as a .32.

    “Is .32 ACP Enough?”

    https://youtu.be/Aw0BPSnrENA

  39. avatar William Bell says:

    Two oldies in .32 ACP that were overlooked are the Savage Model 1907 and the H&R 32 SLP. The Savage was America’s first high-capacity pistol with a 10-round staggered magazine. It was endorsed by Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill and William Pinkerton. The H&R SLP (Self-Loading Pistol) was a US copy of a Webley design, but had a striker firing system in place of a hammer-fired action. Both are Gangster Era pistols and while the Savage isn’t too hard to find, the H&R is a bit more rare.

  40. avatar Hekk says:

    1. Can’t believe NO ONE has even mentioned the Llama Especial in .32 or .380. The earlier ‘No Rib’ models are like a 3/4 scale 1911, are very dependable and as accurate as is the shooter. Early models have no grip safety either.
    .22 cal. was also made in an ‘AIRLITE’ alloy frame version.
    2. What about the F.I. Model D ~ Colt Pony ~ Star Model DK, & Starfire – and also made by Iver Johnson ! ALL compact, and collectible .380s — some parts are interchangeable among manufacturers.

  41. avatar Lawndart says:

    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but the 80 series Berettas have been out of production for years. Just picked up an 84fs a couple of weeks ago and an 81fs last fall. Love the pieces in spite of the large grip. Should have bought several.

  42. avatar Holton345 says:

    Franz Stock 7.65 mm

    This is a great shooter. It is worth reviewing as they are not well known in the US but they keep turning up around here, so they are out there, but seem to mostly be in the hands of the kids/grandkids of WWII vets who brought them home. These were much more common officer sidearms than Lugers, which were costly enough that usually more senior (or wealthy) officers carried them. There were other sidearms carried by junior officers, but this was a very affordable one that was well made and accurate.

  43. avatar flash macgyver says:

    bought and sold a bunch of guns but will never sell my 1903 “hammerless”.
    easy to shoot,
    easy to load,
    easy to take apart and clean,
    easy to keep safe (it has a grip type safety so the trigger can’t be pulled unless you have your hand around it),
    easy to conceal,
    easy to pull out of pocket and use quickly (again the safety helps),
    easy to shoot accurately,
    I am surprised that there’s not newer renditions of it for a pocket mouse gun???… maybe something an inch shorter and lighter to have less print with laser and light and i would get one….
    there’s a lot of 1911 inspired guns out there… but this 1903 has a hammer inside so it won’t hang on anything, all the corners are smoothed down, etc.. it’s nearly perfect.

    1. avatar OldProf49 says:

      Amen to what you said about the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol! I had the opportunity to purchase one a few years ago and foolishly let it go. It and its .380 sibling, the 1908 model, are two of the great EDC pistols of the 20th century. The only improvement I would suggest is to the sights.

      The pocket pistol world has embraced the subcompact .380 and I don’t see that changing. Most of these could be made in .32 acp with little difficulty, but I’m guessing the manufacturers don’t believe there’d be enough market for them. I’m a fan of Browning’s little cartridge but it has one design flaw; it’s semi-rimmed, not rimless. I wish I could ask JMB why he did that because it makes no sense to me.

      Until the gun toting world realizes that “a 32 gun in his pocket for fun” (sorry; couldn’t resist) can be a good thing, I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with the meager and dwindling supply of these little jewels that history has left us.

  44. avatar Jeremy says:

    I would add a Beretta Tomcat 3032 to that list. Personally, I have a Kel-Tec P32. I think it is the best pocket carry pistol on the market. It’s very thin, light and easy to pocket carry -and it has enough power to save your skin.

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