It's a 380 necked down to 32. A bottlenecked cartridge. North American makes or made a pistol to shoot it. I've seen posts about Makarov barrels in 32NAA floating around.Not aware North American made any such thing. They did have a blowback .32 that had nothing in common with a PPK.
Do you know of something else?
yeah the round would fit in the 380 mags no problems. The barrel would have to be done by a custom smith. Other than that, should be GTG. i couldnt find many results for anyone trying this on a PP or PPK and im a little surprised. Only corbon and hornady make the round.So the barrel itself is NAA's doing, and the rounds fit in the .380 magazine? Sounds interesting, and a lot of monkeymotion.
I seem to remember Mak conversion barrels for Glock barrels; something similar for the bottleneck round? The Glock barrel is a bunch easier to change as well.
Changing barrels on a PP series is anything but a simple operation.
That said the best way to go about this would be to start with a .380 pistol and do a barrel swap. No mucking about with different case head size issues that way.
But it must be asked, what are you really gaining? A faster .32 that will be no better at self defense than either a .380 or 7.65 Browning.
"The devil is in the details" indeed; truer words never spoken. The barrel change alone is challenging. The Glock would be far easier, and likely more forgiving of differences in the change. And if you didn't like the result, just reverse the swap.I would presume all that would be needed is a standard 32 barrel which could have the chamber reamed to the appropriate dimensions? The slide would have to be set up to accommodate the 380 case head.
Sounds simple enough? The devil is in the details though.
I’m just starting to play with something similar, a N-frame S&W Model 27 revolver in 357 Magnum which has been rechambered for 357/44 Bain & Davis, a Wildcat made by necking down 44 Magnum cases to accept 357 bullets. It adds about 400 FPS worth of zip to bullets of a given weight compared to the 357 Magnum velocities. Picking the gun up in the next few days.....