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Received a 1st generation P-32 off GunBroker today. The slide and barrel have been refinished in green by Arizonia Response Systems. Took it to the range this afternoon and put 90 Geco FMJ and 10 Winchester Silvertips through it.

The first round of results were 3 FTBattery with the 1st mag, 1 FTFire with the 2nd mag and 1 FTFire with the 5th mag. The 3rd, 4th & 6th mags had no issues. The second round of using all 6 mags resulted in no issues. I'm guessing the first box was the break-in period with the new paint job. KelTec advised that this P-32 was manufactured in 9-1999, so I will probably order some new springs for it. The two Geco rounds that wouldn't fire, ignited after a second attempt in my 10 round magazine. I also noticed this P-32 has the steel recoil rod. Not sure if the two misfires were due to the gun or the ammo, as I've never used Geco before. I'll need to take it out for further testing before I conceal carry this one.

 

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Sounds like it is breaking in. Some folks have had slightly diminished reliability with 10 rd mags, and Geco is generally good ammo. It is a Swiss/German manufacturer but I think it's now made at a plant in Hungary.
 

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Thanks for the info and keep us posted. When you say FTBattery is that a FTFeed or does the round feed but not go completely into battery? My P32 has an occasional FTFeed with the 10rd mag but is much better feeding from the std mag.

P.S. Congrats on your new pistol, it looks really nice.
 

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Thanks for the info and keep us posted. When you say FTBattery is that a FTFeed or does the round feed but not go completely into battery? My P32 has an occasional FTFeed with the 10rd mag but is much better feeding from the std mag.

P.S. Congrats on your new pistol, it looks really nice.
Thanks Newbe64. The rounds chambered, the slide did not completely seat. This happened only on the first mag, so I'm guessing it hadn't been shot since the new finish was applied. I also had my 2003 chrome P-32 with me to compare with this one. One apparent plus was the green P-32 has a slightly shorter trigger pull than my chrome P-32. Even though I have an LC9s, these little P-32's are just too comfortable to conceal carry, especially in southeast Georgia.
 

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Nice! I love my two gen 1 P32s.
Yeah, hard to believe it took 13 years to pick-up my 2nd one. The bottom one is now wearing traction grips like the top one and now waiting on new springs to complete the upgrades. While I normally carry my P-32 in a nylon OWB holster or in my front pocket with a trigger shield, I recently picked-up a Sticky holster to give that carry method a try.

 

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I bought mine May 1st it's an older gen 2 with unknown round count, it purr's like a kitten at the range it eats all kind of FMJ never tried HP, I'm not going to carry HP so why should I shoot it,.....
 

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I bought mine May 1st it's an older gen 2 with unknown round count, it purr's like a kitten at the range it eats all kind of FMJ never tried HP, I'm not going to carry HP so why should I shoot it,.....
I only carry FMJ's in my 8 round extended mags. However, I do condition one carry a Winchester Silvertip. :)
 

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WW maybe light sanding on the slide see here no. 1
https://www.ktog.org/tecwerks12a.htm burn some more rds. Don't use the 10 Rd. mag. Like NewBe said and suspect your problem will go away.
Thanks. Clicked on the link and received this:

Error 1016 Ray ID: 360c68a1cb9c2647 • 2017-05-18 05:27:41 UTC
Origin DNS error

What happened?
You've requested a page on a website (www.ktog.org) that is on the Cloudflare network. Cloudflare is currently unable to resolve your requested domain (www.ktog.org).

 

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Tried it again and was able to see the 1st page with the slide photo, but received the error msg trying the 2nd page. After several attempts, the 1st and 2nd page would show, but the 3rd wouldn't. Tried again and now have the 3rd page, but only the text. The barrel photos aren't there. Strange, but at least I now have steps 1-18 to work with. Thanks Dukes4Aces.

Were there more than 18 steps, as a 4th page won't show at all?
 

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Used this process on a new P-32 and it has been flawless.

Note: I only went as far as #27. Past that was beyond my comfort level

Also I did not do #19 where he recommends the steel guide rod. There are other threads where this is debated. I'm sticking with plastic and have a couple of spares on hand.
 

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Agreed on the nylon vs steel guide rod. Years ago, I purchased a steel one for my chrome P-32, but never used it. My new green P-32 came with a steel recoil rod, but I've ordered a nylon one to replace it. Once all the new parts arrive, I'll take a look at what I will and won't do. Might as well do the chrome P-32 while I'm at it.

Oh man! Now I'll need to break down my other semi-autos to F&B them too. :eek:
 

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My new green P-32 came with a steel recoil rod, but I've ordered a nylon one to replace it.
Good move on your part IMO. I purchased a steel guide rod but never used it after reading more about it. Plus the plastic rod and spring(s) are the the easiest and least expensive part that any user can replace.
 

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I replaced both firing pin springs tonight and discovered my green P-32 has a slightly different firing pin than my chrome P-32. Kel-Tec advised the green one was manufactured in 9-1999, while my chrome one was manufactured in 5-2003. No telling what parts the green one has had replaced prior to me receiving it last week, while I purchased the chrome one new.
 

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