Sub-compact .32 ACP pistols are still among the most compact and lightweight backup and hideout guns available. They offer a much better level of stopping power and selection of defense-grade ammunition than similarly sized .22s and .25s. Kel-Tec and North American Arms each provide pistols with a unique set of features, but both guns are reliable and eminently pocketable.
In this review, we look over a 1970s Italian handgun that is now available through AIM Surplus and chambered in the old but not forgotten .32 ACP cartridge. This is the Italian-made Beretta Model 81 Cheetah, a smaller cousin of the venerable Beretta Model 92.