I got the pistol today at the range. And the pistol was brand new unfired after it was made! There was not a mark on the feed ramp to the breech. Not a mark on its frame surfaces to be found. The magazine has no scratches on it anywhere and the follower in bright and shiny with no signs of a cartridge ever being slid over it.
The used magazine is a 9/10 scale. Slight handling marks and the follower does show cartridges have been slid over it surface.
The pistol shoots 2" high with my cast bullet loads at 25 yards. I shot 100 rounds through it today and photographed two of my ten shot rapid-fire groups.
I do not know what the Italian Police forces were issued in the way of ammunition?
And,now get this, I read to change the pistols caliber from .32ACP to .380 ACP all you do is change the barrel and magazine or bend the feed lips on the magazine to fit the fatter .380 cartridge.
That got me thinking. The .32ACP is semi-rimmed. .380 is a little larger in diameter at the base of the case. So there has to be built in tolerances to allow this conversion.
And there are. Much more than you'd think.
So, I took along a box of .32S&W ( wrong name SHORT) ammunition. Same bullet diameter and weight. Same case length. And guess what size the rim is? You got it. Very close to.380 rimless diameter.
I loaded up one round by hand. Slide closed and locked. Pistol fired,slide opened and ejected the fired case and locked open. Bullet hit dead on my sight hold.
Empty case was just off my 4 o'clock.
I then was able to load 9 rounds into the magazine avoiding rim-lock. I thumb released the slide and the pistol fired all the rounds with no problems what so ever. All fired cases had no bulging,scraping or any sings of a problem. The rim fully seals the breech just as the .32 ACP semi-rim does. The extractor is not overly extended as if it is under a lot of strain. A fired case can be put into the chamber and the slide closed. You still have room to pull the extractor even farther out.
The .32 S&W is only 2/3rds as powerful as the .32ACP. The pistol has no appreciable muzzle flip at all! Recoil is so gentile as to be almost not there.
Accuracy is just as good if not better than .32ACP! How cool is that? A true ".32 Short" for the .32 ACP.
The .32S&W has no practical reason what so ever being shot out of this pistol.Factory ammo is expensive and 25 yards is about the max range the bullet will match the sights before dropping like a cinder block. But is sure is fun to shoot.
Give it a try just for giggles.
Here are photos of the pistol and a few targets. All the targets were fired at 25 yards and rapidly. It's so hard to shoot this pistol slowly as the sights just stay close to the target for every shot taken. The slide cycles so quickly you just want to blast away. And I did.
The sights are well made and easy to see in daylight.You may want to Three-Dot them with paint if you are into rapid fire games from the at rest position.
If I have any complaint it is the brass is thrown to hell-and-back all over to your right.The last casing is thrown way to your rear at 5 o'clock and was always hard to find. Several went over ten yards away from me,
My double action trigger pull is at 11 pounds. Typical Police safety pull force. The single action trigger pull is 3 pounds! I love it. A little long until it breaks and re-set is so short of the release of the trigger that just crazy rapid fire can be done. And with almost no muzzle rise,the two make for a deadly shooting pistol.
Now add the new solid copper "Super-Cavitation" bullet moving at over 1,000 FPS and you have one formidable hand gun. ( check out the Youtube high speed test in ballistic gelatin and clothing. It exceeds FBI specs.)
Here is the pistol right out of the box. Feed ramp has no marks at all.
Right side on bench
At home,right side
At home,left side
First rapidfire group at 25 yards
Second rapidfire group at 25 yards
And the .32 S&W group of 6 shots at 25 yards rapidfire.