Smith & Wesson Model 632 Carry Comp

Smith & Wesson Model 632 Carry Comp

Firing Line Report.

I've been a police officer, currently work as a private investigator, and, in my youth, drove an armored car around Detroit for the princely sum of $6.49 an hour, but I don't consider myself a tough guy. The thought of being shot, even by a little teeny .22 bullet, makes me a little queasy. So I admit I don't understand those who have dismissively called the .327 Federal Magnum a "woman's caliber" or guns chambered in it "women's guns."

If you look at the ballistics of the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge, it's pretty damn close to a 9mm +P, albeit with a smaller frontal area. The 115-grain .327 Federal Magnum features a published velocity of 1,300 fps, which is the exact same weight/velocity you'll find in just about every 9mm +P load made. Street results of the stopping power of this 9mm weight/velocity combination have been very good for a very long time.


Taking advantage of this new cartridge is Smith & Wesson's new J frame, the Model 632 Carry Comp. Featuring a ported three-inch full-lug barrel, the smaller diameter of the .327 means the cylinder holds not the standard five but rather six rounds of magnum power.


Smith & Wesson

Model 632 Carry Comp

Type: double-action revolver
Caliber: .327 Fed. Mag
Capacity: 6
Barrel length: 3 in. w/ full lug
Overall length: 7.5 in.
Width: 1.3 in.
Height: 4.9 in.
Sights: adjustable rear; pinned, serrated ramp front
Trigger: 9 lb. double action, 2.5 single action
Grips: finger-groove synthetic
Finish: matte black stainless
Price: $1,011
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson, 800.331.8052

The 632 Carry Comp features a stainless steel frame and cylinder coated in a matte finish that closely resembles bluing. The serrated ramp front sight is pinned in place, and the rear sight is S&W's standard adjustable model.

Between the longer barrel and the sharp edges of the adjustable rear sight, I don't consider this J frame a pocket gun like many S&W snubies, but it is highly concealable. Even though it obviously has a cylinder, my overall impression of the 632 was that it was flat.

Forward of the front sight is the expansion port that gives this Carry Comp its name. S&W calls it PowerPort. Muzzle brakes and compensators work much better on high pressure pistol cartridges (.38 Super) than low (.45 ACP). Compensators direct the gas upward, and the faster the gas is going the more of a push downward on the muzzle there will be.


As I did not have an unported .327 to compare it to, I can't say for sure how much the port reduced muzzle rise, but muzzle flip of the Carry Comp in rapid fire was not bad at all.

I carry a hammer-shrouded J-frame .38 as a backup quite often, but I do not shoot it very much because even though it's an all-steel gun, this snubbie is a handful with anything more than target loads. I also find shooting .357 Magnums out of anything short of a Desert Eagle to be unpleasant, so I wasn't sure what to expect when shooting the .327 since it does carry the "magnum" moniker. I was pleasantly surprised. Full-power .327 loads have the felt recoil of .38 Special +P loads, and the Federal Low Recoil .327 load was even softer.

The all-stainless 632 sports a full underlug on its three-inch barrel that adds a bit of weight up front.

The 632's muzzle is ported to vent gases from the high-pressure cartridge upward, making the gun more controllable.

I had an opportunity to do some penetration tests with the new Carry Comp. Even the Federal Low Recoil loading, which features an 85-grain Hydra Shok bullet a


t 1,400 fps, penetrated 24 inches of water, which is equivalent to 16 inches of 10 percent ballistic gelatin. This is far in excess of the FBI standard 12 inches.

The Hydra Shok expanded to .53-inch and retained all of its weight, all while recoiling a hair less than a .38 Special +P round. And there are six of them in the gun, not five. If that's not enough to satisfy your personal defensive requirements, I suspect you're doing something wrong.

The finger-groove rubber grips on the 632 Carry Comp were a bit narrow for my hands, but they are very concealable. If I were to carry the 632 I would throw on different grips, something like Craig Spegel's Boot Grips as they are a bit fatter. I have small, thin hands, but for some reason I like bigger grips.

The trigger pull on the test model was fabulous right out of the box: nine pounds in double action and a hair under 21â'„2 lbs in single action.

As Jerry Miculek says, "The revolver is still a good handgun of choice. There's no malfunction drill except pull the trigger again. It's simple, you pick it up, you pull the trigger, you put it down." In this case, the 632 Carry Comp holds six magnum rounds, is pleasant to shoot and is all stainless. Sounds just about perfect to me.

The .327 Federal Magnum is a no-nonsense defensive cartridge, and the 632 Carry Comp gives you six of these rounds in a very concealable package.

Accuracy Results | Smith & Wesson Model 632 Carry Comp

.327 Federal Magnum Bullet Weight (gr.) Muzzle Velocity (fps) Standard Deviation Avg. Group (in.)
Speer Gold Dot HP 115 1,349 17 2.9
Federal American Eagle JSP 110 1,310 15 3.1
Federal Low Recoil Hydra Shok 85 1,376 9 2.6
Notes: Accuracy results are an average of four-five groups at 25 yards from a sandbag rest. Velocities are averages of three shot meausured with an Alpha Master chronograph from Shooting Chrony set 12 feet from the muzzle. Abbreviations: HP, hollowpoint; JSP, jacketed softpoint

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

Speer's Jared Hinton shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun load.

All About Handgun Ammo

All About Handgun Ammo

Rich and Jim get into the nitty gritty of the FBI ammo protocol, firing into various barriers to illustrate what can happen to a bullet.

Dealing with Subcompacts

Dealing with Subcompacts

Jim and Rich cover the benefits and the challenges presented by very small pistols.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Eliphalet Remington's world initially revolved around flintlock rifles at the time, and while early 1911

Remington Timeline: 2011 - R1 Pistol Is Introduced

Handguns Online Staff - September 09, 2016

Eliphalet Remington's world initially revolved around flintlock rifles at the time, and while...

The number of accessories and aftermarket upgrades for the SIG P320 is only going to increase. Accessories

SIG P320 Accessories and Upgrades

James Tarr - December 14, 2017

The number of accessories and aftermarket upgrades for the SIG P320 is only going to increase.

According to a recent report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a lawsuit against 2nd Amendment

Judge Postpones Oral Arguments to Stop California Microstamping Law

Handguns Online Staff - May 07, 2014

According to a recent report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a lawsuit...

Do you remember the first time you fired a gun? If you're like most, you were somewhat Training

Pro Tips For Controlling Recoil

Richard Nance - April 11, 2017

Do you remember the first time you fired a gun? If you're like most, you were somewhat

See More Trending Articles

More Revolvers

The story of the 1917 revolver and .45 Auto Rim. Revolvers

History of the 1917 Revolver and .45 Auto Rim

Bob Campbell - March 04, 2020

The story of the 1917 revolver and .45 Auto Rim.

The new Wrangler is built on the legacy of the Ruger Single-Six revolver. Revolvers

Ruger Announces New Wrangler .22 LR Single-Action Revolver

Handguns Digital Staff - April 19, 2019

The new Wrangler is built on the legacy of the Ruger Single-Six revolver.

In the early 1950s, gun writer Elmer Keith went to Smith & Wesson, urging it to build a gun strong enough to handle the heavy .44 Special loads he had developed for the S&W .44 Hand Ejector. His persistence paid off as Remington and Smith & Wesson got together to design the .44 Magnum. Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - History and Beauty Shot

Stan Trzoniec - September 27, 2019

In the early 1950s, gun writer Elmer Keith went to Smith & Wesson, urging it to build a gun...

The new North American Arms True Black Widow is a lethal mini revolver. Revolvers

North American Arms True Black Widow

James Tarr - September 04, 2019

The new North American Arms True Black Widow is a lethal mini revolver.

See More Revolvers

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.