Kel-Tec P-32

The Kel-Tec P-32 is a sub-compact semi-automatic pistol using the short-recoil principle of operation that is chambered in .32 ACP.[5] It was designed by George Kellgren.[6] It is manufactured by Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc., of Cocoa, Florida and was designed for concealed carry by citizens and by law enforcement officers as a back-up gun.[7]

Kel-Tec P-32
Kel-Tec P-32, blued finish
TypeConcealment Handgun
Place of originUnited States
Service history
Used byCitizens and off-duty Police
Production history
DesignerGeorge Kellgren
ManufacturerKel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.
Mass6.6 oz (186 g) unloaded.[1]
Length5.07 in (129 mm)
Barrel length2.68 in (68 mm)
Width0.75 in (19 mm)
Height3.50 in (89 mm)

Cartridge.32 ACP
Feed systemDetachable box magazine; capacities:
  • 7+1 rounds (standard)[2]
  • 8+1 rounds (extended)[3]
  • 10+1 rounds (extended)[4]
SightsFixed, iron (two variants)


Manufactured by Kel-Tec CNC Industries (founded 1991) in the city of Cocoa, Florida, United States, the P-32 has a barrel length of 2.68 inches (68 mm).[8]

The P-32 operates on Browning's short-recoil principle with a locked breech.[9]

Similar in concept to a revolver, the P-32 has no manual safety, relying instead on the long double-action trigger pull and an internal hammer block to provide safe operation.[9] The pistol meets SAAMI guidelines, and will not fire if dropped. The P-32 has passed extensive SAAMI drop-testing at the H. P. White labs, as well as drop tests to military specifications. The trigger must physically be pulled for the gun to fire.[9]

The P-32 is made of the following materials: SAE 4140 ordnance steel for the barrel and slide; 7075-T6 aluminum for the internal frame which houses the firing mechanism (machined from a solid block of aluminum); and Dupont ST-8018 ultra-high-impact polymer for the checkered grip, frame, and trigger.[8]

See also


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  5. Hogg, Ian; Walter, John (29 August 2004). Pistols of the World. David & Charles. p. 188. ISBN 0-87349-460-1.
  6. Eimer, Bruce N. (7 June 2012). Armed - The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 111–113. ISBN 1-4402-3002-1.
  7. Ayoob, Massad (2012). Gun Digest’s Backup Guns for Concealed Carry eShort: Get the best backup gun tips and inside advice on concealed carry handguns, CCW laws & more. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 12. ISBN 1-4402-3423-X. Today tiny 32 autos like the Seecamp, the North American Arms Guardian and the irresistibly slim and light Kel-Tec P32 have found their way into the backup position on the bodies of many police officers and armed citizens alike.
  8. "Kel-Tec P-32 Pistol". Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008.
  9. Staff (2004). "Pocket Pistols Kel-Tec's 380 And 32 ACPs Versus NAA". Gun tests.

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