Ludwig Seecamp came to the U.S. from Europe in the 1950s and later started a firearms company dedicated to keeping Old World craftsmanship alive. 

Seecamp, who worked for Mossberg in Connecticut through the 1960s, secured a number of firearms patents on his own including for a double-action M1911 pistol. This DA .45 ACP became the standard item in Seecamp's shop until he started making pistols wholly of his own design in 1981. Shrinking things down, the company moved to take advantage of the dearth in the U.S. consumer market caused by the Gun Control Act of 1968 which largely eliminated the importation of sub-compact handguns from Europe. 

With that, the LWS 25, a 12-ounce 7+1 shot .25 ACP pistol was introduced. 

Seecamp's patents from the early 1980s show off the LWS 25, and hint at the later LWS 32, which was essentially just a scaled-up version of the former. 

As noted by Seecamp, the LWS 25 was "the world's first stainless steel DA only pistol, and it was also the first DA only hammer-fired semi-auto made in the USA," when it was introduced. By 1985, the .32 ACP-chambered LWS 32 was on the market. 

At its thickest point, it was just 0.86-inches wide over the grips. Weight, fully loaded was 13.25-ounces. This made the guns ideal for concealed carry and in use as a back-up gun. With no sights, it was not intended to be a sniper rifle, but was nonetheless still easy to keep on target at typical close-quarter distances. 

The Seecamp pistols were advertised as being hollow-point friendly, originally with Winchester Silvertips- a product of their time of introduction. These days the company says most traditional JHP ammo such as Gold Dot and Hydra Shok are fine. 

The LWS 32 proved so popular, introduced at a time when John Browning's circa 1899 cartridge was dying out in defensive pistol use, that the handgun market was soon flooded with pocket pistols in the same caliber and general layout. These included the Beretta 3032 Tomcat, introduced in 1996, the NAA Guardian in 1997, and the Kel-Tec P-32 in 1999, all fine guns but none of them with quite the panache as the sleek, stainless Seecamp. 

This may be why the LWS 32 is still in production, albeit sometimes hard to find. 


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