.32 Short Colt

Reloading data for .32 Short Colt cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_419
Load data for caliber ".32 Short Colt"
The .32 Short Colt is a centerfire revolver cartridge that was originally designed by the Colt's Manufacturing Company in the late 1800s for use in its pocket revolvers. It was later adopted by other firearm manufacturers as well.

The .32 Short Colt cartridge typically fires a 80-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of around 700 to 800 feet per second. It was designed as a low-recoil, low-power cartridge suitable for use in small, lightweight revolvers, and was intended primarily for self-defense and close-range shooting.

The .32 Short Colt was eventually replaced by more powerful cartridges such as the .32 Long Colt and .38 Special, and is now considered obsolete. Nonetheless, it remains a historical cartridge and is occasionally still used in antique or replica firearms, as well as in cowboy action shooting competitions.
You find .32 Short Colt with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .32 Short Colt
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.312 '' | 7.92 mm
Primer Size: Small Pistol (SP)
Max. Case Length (l3):0.65'' | 16.51 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.01'' | 25.78 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:14504 psi | 1000 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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