I've carried a Beretta 3032, 'Alley Cat' for almost 10 years now. Don't use 32 ACP Winchester Silvertips; they stink; and you'd be better off with a slingshot. Use ONLY FMJ bullets. I carry two extra magazines inside a pocket pouch with my, 'Alley Cat'. (That gives me 21 little 71 grain, 'pills' to shoot.)
I rarely - as in, 'RARELY' - ever carry my Beretta as a primary. 98% of the time it's my secondary backup piece. The principal reason I chose the Beretta, 'Alley Cat' (A, 'Tom Cat' with night sights.) is because, after a 3 year search, I concluded that it is the easiest secondary to transition down to from a full-sized pistol that has just jammed or run dry.
After carrying one for almost 10 years, I'm happy to say that I was correct. I'm able to transition down from a huge full-sized Model G-21 to my little Beretta 32 with its WIDE BACKSTRAP without any loss of accuracy inside 12 yards.
The 32 acp round I usually carry is Magtech's FMJ 71 grain bullet. It's NOT a particularly powerful round; but it can be effective; and 7 of these, 'little pills' COM has got 'a slow a target down. (Yes, the 32 ACP will KILL; it might not immediately STOP; but it will KILL. That's probably, 'Why' I carry one.)
The final thing you should be aware of is that the Model 3032 isn't a ruggedly built gun. It's on the petite side; and I wouldn't be loading it up with any of the hotter (Buffalo Bore) 32 ACP ammo. Stay with the FMJ Magtech.
On the plus side, while I have heard complaints - and, especially, about the early pistols - my aluminum frame 3032 hasn't so much as hiccuped on me, even once, in about 1,000 rounds. Effective service life of a little pistol like this? Somewhere around 2, 500 to 3,000 rounds. (Good enough for me!)
If you get one the first thing you should do is lose the hard plastic grips and go with Pearce Rubber. You'll have to Dremel out an additional cut for the extended safety lever on the newer Model 3032's; but the extra grip and accuracy are well worth the effort. I did mine at my workbench; but, any gunsmith should be able to do this to your new grips for just a few extra bucks. If you order direct from Pearce, they'll tell you who can fit this grip for you; the pistol doesn't have to be there.
· 10 years ago