For a year and a half now, the Kel-Tec P32 has been my every day carry gun for self-defense. Chambered in .32 ACP, the size and weight of this gun make it incredibly easy to conceal and carry.
I carry my Kel-Tec in a wallet holster in my back pocket – all the time – every day. It isn’t always my primary weapon as I also carry a Smith & Wesson M&P 9c (which I’ll review in a future post), but it is my go-everywhere gun. The holster I use for my Kel-Tec came from www.pocketholsters.com and I highly recommend them.
While the size and weight of this gun are the definite pros for concealed carry, there are some cons that are worth considering. The first con is the ammunition for this size of weapon. The .32 ACP cartridge is not the best man-stopper in the world. As a matter of fact, it is pretty far down that list. The small powder load, diameter of the bullet and short barrel of the gun hurt the performance of this round compared to larger ones like the .45 ACP or the .357 Magnum. However, in the event you have to use this gun in self-defense, eight well placed shots could seriously deter your attacker.
Another con is the lack of decent sights on the gun. While there is a small front sight and a dovetail rear sight, neither is adjustable or easy to use, especially in low light. I have added a Crimson Trace Laser Grip to my gun and highly recommend them for this application. A great place to get Crimson Trace Laser Grips for this weapon is www.lincolntactical.net.
Some might say that ergonomics are not that good and I think that is true for most pocket pistols. With as small a gun as this is, I think Kel-Tec did a good job with the ergonomics. As you can see, I have added grip extensions to my magazines. This allows me to get three fingers around the grip with my pinky finger wrapped under the magazine. I recently put 100 rounds through this gun at the range without any discomfort. Of course, hand sizes vary and you may like the grip extensions or you may not.
Despite the cons, I believe this gun is an adequate self-defense weapon when it is difficult to carry a larger gun. It is also a great backup gun even when you are carrying a larger primary weapon. With a full magazine and a round in the chamber, you have 8 shots. With a little practice you will be able to shoot decent sized groups. I practice at the 7 yard line.
So far, I have close to 500 rounds fired through this gun with only one failure to eject. That failure happened in the first 5 rounds fired and I think it was due to not being broken in. I plan to shoot this gun often as it is very important to get practice time with your carry weapons.
If you are looking for a pocket pistol for concealed carry, I highly recommend the Kel-Tec P32.