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P-32 Wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Purchased P-32 over a year ago and based upon it I also purchased P-11 9MM, Sub 2K 9MM and about 2 months ago a p-3AT. P-32 is as reliable as a clock and allowed me to carry at all times which was not always poss w/ S&W 5 shot. P-32 is very accurate (much more than P-3AT for me) and is mainly shot 4-5 times a week w/ Lyman 311252 77 gr cast (tumble lubed) with light loads of BE. It is carried with WW Silvertips and I use round balls for practice in basement.I especially like light recoil spring, 8 rounds and lock open feature.

Purchased P-3AT that had some FTE problems which I believe were caused by my grip. I'm on my second box of 1000 FMJ's with it and I believe it is going to go live somewhere else. I really don't think there is that much difference in stopping power given where one of these would be used and I cannot get accuracry to match P-32. In addition, the .380 really beats up the brass and I have a lot of case splits after 2-3 reloads of light charges of BE or Unique. I played around with chronograph to try and isolate the best load and its possible its just the FMJ's. I tested Federal Hydro-Shok and they grouped right with reloads.

I've shot .32 ACP for years in PP's and PPK's so MAYBE I just like the .32 and that is coloring my opinion. MAYBE my hoard of better than 10,000 cases (no one wants them from indoor ranges) has something to do with it too!

P-32 is very controllable and I've used the Silvertips a few times down on the farm to eliminate pests and I have a lot of confidence in it. I'd be interested in hearing others experiences with P-32 vs P-3AT.

I want to thank Flyer for his article of flywires. Made one yesterday afternoon and works great.
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Happy with the p32 but...

I dumped by p11 (9mm). The 32 has worked flawlessly, never a fte or ftf, but I had nothing but problems with the p11 and fte. I got a new ejector put on from KT, and the problems still were there. Hats off to the p32 and lots of work needed to rebuild the reputation on the p11.

I had two friends who bought the p11 at the same time as me and they got rid of them as well, and another friend that's got the 380 who has had no problems. Anyway, my 2 cents worth.

I'd like to think the new pf9 will be a keeper but my confidence was shaken on the p11 history. If they can make that new one as flawless as the 32, it will be a home run. If they don't, it can be a paperweight lke so many of the p11s have turned into.

mr surveyor said:
I have to agree with TxCajun!

I don't think I've seen more than a handful of negative reports on the P-11 as far as functionality and reliability. My P-11 was purchased used from a shop that I know and trust. I was told the original owner traded it in for a P3AT just to downsize. I bought the P-11 and shot every kind of ammunition I could find, with absolutely NO problems. I think that gun would have cycled cat turds if you could have seated primers on them. And stupid me, I traded the perfectly good P-11 for a new P3AT.

Maybe someone will start a poll on the reliability of the P-11. That would be interesting.

I know of three friends that 'had' p11's and 3 that had problems. I know I hear of the success on this site, but unfortunately, us three never realized the same dependability that some have. I tried to get it repaired from KT and they sent me an extractor which I replaced. It helped, but did not fix it.

My friends were not so patient, and even when I go to gun shops that sell them, they don't speak highly of them. That's what I go on - my experiences and the dealers experiences. BUT the 32 has been fine, which is the fristrating point. If the 9mm was as reliable for us, we'd probably still have them.
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