In the world of self-defense pistols, a lot of ink is spilled in various publications about which cartridge is the best. The .45 crowd ignores the tech talk of others and holds to tradition, easy access to ammo, and the overall size of the round as the reason for being the best. The 9mm crew always will talk about how their cartridge will get the job done regardless of it's overall power and the fact that more rounds can be effectively carried in most guns in the 9mm configuration. The 10mm crowd holds to the belief that theirs is the ultimate power round while those who love it's little brother, the .40 S&W, feel that their shorter cartridge is a better mix of power to magazine capacity while still being relatively easy to control. All that is fine and good, but there is something to be said about the necked down cartridge of the .357 SIG and it is this set of benefits that made it clear to Glock that an addition to the company lineup was in order and thus the Glock G32 compact pistol as born.

Many know that the .357 SIG was designed with the goal in mind of creating a auto loading pistol round which had the initial velocity and end power characteristics of the .357 magnum revolver. The end product very often comes close to this goal depending on how the cartridge is loaded and this factor pretty much guarantees that any pistol loaded with .357 SIG can confidently be relied upon to be a man-stopper.

The G32 holds close to the standard design of all pistols but obviously most closely resembles the full size G31 service pistol. The slide of the Glock 32 shrinks by about half an inch and the overall height of the gun is cut down from 5.43 to 5.00 inches. The unloaded weight of the gun rings in at 21.52 oz., which is 1.75 oz. lighter overall.

To many shooters these differences are minimal with the true benefit being in the fact that, on a practical basis, the small changes in size make the G32 significantly easier to carry concealed. Of course, such benefits always have trade offs and in this case we find the magazine capacity going from 17 rounds down to 15 but an optional extended magazine can make up the difference allowing the Glock 32 owner to have the benefit of both worlds where concealability and magazine capacity are concerned.

The other major design elements on the Glock 32 compact pistol march in step with most others in the company's line. The guns are available from the factory only in the standard hardened matte black finish, feature dovetailed combat sights that can easily be upgraded to night sights at any time, a forged slide and barrel matched to a steel reinforced polymer frame.

The gun features three internal safeties as well as a trigger safety to insure against accidental discharges. The magazine release is easily reversible to accommodate left handed shooters, but the gun is not truly ambidextrous as is the case with those in the Smith & Wesson M&P line because the slide release is still consigned to the one side of the pistol which favors right handed shooters.

Reviews of the Glock 32 compact pistol can be found below. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience with this gun as many are wondering about how well the less known .357 SIG versions of the Glock pistols perform. Be sure to include your review in the right place as the G19, G23, G25, and G38 have their own review sets.