Reassembling the P-32
By Jack Fuselier
(* Notes added by Bill Combs)
The presence of a new "Hammer block" device makes reassembly of the P32 slightly more difficult than the P11/P40 pistols. If you are familiar with the P11, and how to release the hammer spring, skip over this first part.
First, unload the gun and remove the magazine. Draw the slide back and eject the round from the chamber. Allow the slide to close. While pushing the slide back very slightly, pry the assembly pin loose and remove it. The slide should come forward and off of the receiver.
The next step is to disconnect the mainspring. A small screwdriver under the plastic block in the bottom of the grip will pry it up and allow it to be pushed out of the slot and into the mag well.
Now that the tension is off the hammer the two pins holding the frame in the grip can be driven out. Use a flat tipped punch almost as large as the pins so they won't be expanded and ruined. Make sure you have solid backing like a wooden block with a hole in it to clear the pins.
Now the frame can be lifted out, and what ever work is needed can be done.
To reassemble the P32 and reset the hammer block I use a strip of metal 1/2" wide and about six inches long, made fron a hacksaw blade ground smooth on each edge and the end squared off. (* Polish the tool and make it smooth on all sides)
If whatever work you needed to do is accomplished, reassemble the frame component and push the hammer spring down into
the mag well.
After getting everything back into the frame, springs, drawbar etc, slip the frame into the grip. This will keep the frame
components in place while you do the next step. Don't hook up the spring in the bottom of the grip just yet. With the hammer
back, lift the rear end of the frame from the grip about 1/16 of an inch and peer in, under the serial number.
You will see a metallic object in the grip under the frame. This is the top of the hammer block device. It is necessary to push
this forward while the hammer is held back. It is spring loaded and wants to lay against the rear of the grip so this is where you
need the thin flat blade to slide in the opening and push it away from the rear of the grip until it hooks under the hammer while
the hammer is held back. Keep the frame down as tightly against the grip as you can, allowing only room for the tool, otherwise
the blocking device won't hook under the hammer.
Keep the alloy frame down close to the grip, just leaving room to slide the blade in and push the springloaded device towards the front of the gun while holding the hammer back at full cock. It will catch and you can withdraw the tool. When you have this done, don't let the frame come up out of the grip, or you will lose the hookup. If you have it hooked, withdraw the tool, hold the frame tightly down in the grip, and hook the mainspring up in the mag well. (* Make a tool from a coat hanger wire approx. 5" in length. Round off and polish both ends. Bend a "U" shape 3/16" lope into one end and a 1" closed lope in the other. This tool can be carefully inserted into the hammer spring catch [PN 279] and it then can be pulled and positioned into the frame notch.)
Now try the trigger and reset by pushing the hammer back until it catches, then it will strike again. Put the plastic pins back in to hold the frame, reassemble with the slide, and you are done.