By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is my latest personal acquisition, the Seecamp LWS .32 pistol.
Seecamp started back in the early 1970s as a specialist gunsmith operation that did double-action conversions for the Colt 1911 pistol.
In 1981 they went into the business of manufacturing small semi-automatic pistols with the LWS 25, which was a .25 caliber pistol. They later added a .32 automatic and a .380 automatic to the line. The .25 auto was dropped when the .32 auto came out in 1985.
This is a very small pistol. The pistol weighs only 11.5 ounces and an average adult can conceal it under his hand. It is 4.25 inches long and 3.25 inches tall. It is only 0.9 inches wide. It is made almost completely out of stainless steel.
The pistol has no manual safety and utilizes a relatively long though not particularly heavy trigger pull. It has no sights as it is intended strictly as a close-range defense weapon. The magazine release is on the butt of the weapon and the magazine holds 6 rounds. It is a double-action only hammer fired design. It does have a magazine safety.
The weapon is very unusual in that it was designed for hollowpoint ammunition ONLY. Standard factory ball would not feed reliably thru the mechanism and it was set up to work with Winchester Silvertips, the only commercially available .32 hollowpoint ammo available at the time. (They will work OK with ball ammo if you shorten the cartridge so it feeds reliably.) The manufacturer now lists other ammo besides the Winchester as approved ammo.
Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth this was THE hot setup for deep cover last ditch personal protection. Production was sold out years in advance and you might pay $1,000 to get one. The weapon is still in production.
Editors Note: I carried something similar as an undercover weapon in the 80's. It was a .380 AMT Backup. I don't think it was as small as the Seecamp .32. Nice.