I won't get into all the details, but I did find the Kel-Tec to be a picky eater. Using ammo from over half dozen makers, I had good performance with Remington MCs, S&B FMJs and Fiocchi FMJs. A very limited test with Federal Hydra-Shoks went well, but Cor-Bon JHPs had some failures to feed in the initial break-in period. I also had a few failures to fully eject empty casings using Prvi Partizan FMJs. Again, this was with a new stiff pistol.
|Failure to manually eject|
I carried the gun in a pocket holster for a couple days. I could hardly tell it was there. It's light enough that it doesn't cause the pocket to 'sway' like the Beretta does. After a few hours, the Beretta also starts burning my leg from all the weight rubbing. Not a problem with the Kel-Tec.
Aside from being finicky about ammo, I was pretty much impressed. Several people have recommended Winchester Silvertips for the P32 but at $35 to $40 a box, I'll hold off. We'll keep breaking it in with Fiocchis. But any suggestions how to make this pistol less finicky would be appreciated. Meanwhile, I'll be shooting Kel-Tec an email to see what they suggest.
Update 5:45pm 5/21/2012:
Kel-Tec isn't much help on the failure-to-eject issue. From Kel-Tec customer service:
Unfortunately, there is no fix for this. The clearance in our pistol ejection ports are very tight and do have trouble opening far enough to eject a live round through there...The good news, I've tried cycling the troublesome rounds through another P32 with no hang-ups. At some point, I'll do a side by side comparison of components to see if I can find a difference between the two pistols.
Meanwhile, my work-around for the first gun is to either use Fiocchi FMJs, or to load a slightly shorter JHP round at the top of the magazine to serve as an easier-to-eject chamber round.
Tried out the second pistol with all the ammo types cited above. Every round fed, fired and ejected properly. Every variety also easily ejected by hand. Test consisted of approximately 300 rounds in one session. No hand fatigue after all that shooting, this is a pistol I'll enjoy practice with. I still haven't figured out what the difference is between the two guns.