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Thanks to CSP32 and PF9Newbie for the info about the P-32's not being a true double action. Now I have a question about the trigger pull lenght. If I very slowly pull the trigger to fire, I have to force it againt the grip to fire. What I would call a normal pull the trigger is around 1/64" away from the grip when the hammer drops. Is this a typical for the P-32? Thanks for the help.
 

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Is this a 1st gen? My very first Keltec, a 1G in hard chrome had a similar issue. Sometimes it wouldnt fire. I sent it back to Keltec and IIRC, the trigger bar was replaced.
 

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Yes it's a gen 1. May give the boys at Kel-Tec a call on Mon.
It very likely is a worn trigger bar, or perhaps some slippage in the trigger pin/trigger axis. We have seen the trigger pin wear/start to come out, allowing the trigger to rotate slightly on the axis, thus hitting the grip before or nearly at the grip before releasing the hammer. Be aware that unless you are the original owne, Kel Tecs warranty does not apply. Also, there are few parts now available for these Gen 1 pistols (which is why I really baby my 1st Gen P3AT these days). Hope Kel Tec can help with some parts or advice here.
 

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A worn trigger bar may be a bit more difficult to troubleshoot, but the trigger pin is easy to diagnose. Turn the pistol over and look at the backside of the trigger. There is a hole drilled up through the trigger with a pin sticking down out of it, Only about 1/8" of the end should be protruding. If more is showing that is likely the problem.
 

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Most of the parts are interchangeable from gen 1 to gen 2. I could be wrong but it's definitely worth calling to find out.
 

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Good call on the trigger pin WPhilB47. Mine is over 1/4" showing. I'm no gun smith, so I hope it's a easy fix. Thanks.
Unless you have a padded vice, you may need more than 2 hands. With the pistol upside down and supported on a firm surface, use a small punch or other suitable tool and a small hammer or hard mallet and tap the pin back in. You may have to wiggle the trigger a little while doing this. With the pin firmly seated, drop a few drops of acetone (common nail polish remover/non-oily and with acetone) in the pin hole. Allow it to dry for several minutes and the put 4-5 drops of super glue in around the pin. Let it dry overnight. That should do it. If it works loose again, you can replace the trigger easily, or repeat the process and then drop super glue gel in and around the pin to fill in the gap. At this point you can also do the trigger with heat shrink, which will lock it in. You can also consider a Northwood trigger.
 

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It can be more involved if the method Phil described doesn't work.

I found out on my P3at. You have to remove the frame and break the trigger out. Then install a new trigger and pin. It can be done with some basic tools and a little time. I superglued mine in once it was working properly.
 

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It can be more involved if the method Phil described doesn't work.

I found out on my P3at. You have to remove the frame and break the trigger out. Then install a new trigger and pin. It can be done with some basic tools and a little time. I superglued mine in once it was working properly.
I covered that along with mabe going to the Northwood if he needed to replace the trigger. The 1st Gens usually will go back in. If he does have to get into the trigger he might decline, but if he wants to go for it we should send him to Pop's installation instructions, whether he goes factory or Northwood.
 

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more serious problem

Driving the pin into the trigger a helped a lot. Still will order a trigger and pin from Kel-Tec and look into a Northwood trigger. But now I have a really serious problem. My son drove the pin in and now the P-32 seems to belong to him. Now I'm in source of a P-32 for me. Win some, loose a pistol. Thanks for the help.
 

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These little guns are addictive, lol.

My wife bought me my P32 around 15 years ago when we were just dating. I almost thought it was a toy at first. A few years later I bought a P3at and she kinda stole the P32 back.
 

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The P-32 is addictive. Mine has about 1,000 flawless rounds thru it. I am thinking of buying a second to have two. I take the P-32 everywhere with me. When I received my first P-32 I too thought it looked like a toy. But once I started shooting it, I realized I would carry this gun all the time. Possibly the most perfect pocket pistol made. :rayof:
 
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