I have a .32 ACP I used to carry… still would if it came to that. It's a Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Colt (circa
1920) that was General Officers' Issue in WW II. My dear ol' Dad carried it all over North Africa, the ETO and Korea, and I love it. Can't pick it up without thinking Alan Ladd in This Gun For Hire
Never particularly wanted an LWS32, but when Larry offered me one of the first six LWS380s to write about (believe me, that was a story which, like Hera from Zeus' brow, sprang full-blown the instant I realized that it was a .35 caliber bore!), I jumped on it, for here was the man who, with his late Dad:
- …created the true pocket pistol niche market;[/*:25p7hinl]
- …almost single-handedly kept .32 ACP ammo on the gun-store shelves[/*:25p7hinl]
- …by his idiosyncratic work habits created the first "futures market" for a handgun.[/*:25p7hinl]
And here he was, stealing a major march on all those who followed in his footsteps with their own little .32 ACP pocket pistols, and at the same time threatening the very chambering he had resuscitated and kept viable for 15+ years (during which period that ol' ginsot Daniel Patrick Moynihan was making perennial noises about banning all .32 ACP, as well as .25 ACP, ammunition!).
The LWS380 is a terrific little "have-with" or "O-S!" pistol… but it's not fun to shoot by a long shot!
But I routinely tote a PDW which is four times its size and four times its weight, and that's my "working gun."
Still, I'd never let go of my LWS380… it's got a personalized serial number, for the love of Peter G. Kokalis!
As for your specific question, what Charlie said.