For those paying attention, .32-caliber handguns have been enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late.
Much of this has been due to Ruger’s reintroduction of the .327 Federal Magnum into its revolver lineup. But another company has set its gaze upon what has perhaps been a historically more popular iteration of the caliber.
Starline Brass recently expanded its catalog to include .32 ACP cases, a move that fits right into the Missouri company’s wheelhouse. While the manufacturer offers a number of familiar cases, it has carved a niche in the reloading market by producing components for more oddball rounds.
The .32 ACP, presently, really doesn’t fit into either the familiar or oddball categories. There are a number of gun companies that produce firearms chambered for the semi-rimmed round; Starline pointed to seven, including Kel-Tec, North American Arms, Century Arms, Taurus, Beretta, Pardini and Bersa. However, the more than century-old round is definitely not as ubiquitous in modern-day gun making as, say, the 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP.
There are still a slew of handguns that feed on the snappy little round, particularly for shooters that are fans of vintage European pistols. This is mainly due to a number of Continental law enforcement agencies adopting the .32 ACP, where it is known as the 7.65mm Browning.
Starline’s brass is 70-percent copper and 30-percent zinc, which is vertically drawn to keep wall thickness consistent. The company anneals its cases between each draw to ensure malleability and inspects each case between each step of the manufacturing process.
Starline is offering .32 ACP bass in boxes of 500 (MSRP $88) and 1,000 ($150).
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