Originally Posted by gunnut78
I appreciate everyone's input on this thread. I am looking for something very concealable that I can use at very close range. If you have other ideas, please let me know. To make things simple, I'm work at a public transportation company.
Trying to support the OP's questions. Can't tell if he really wants:
1) a derringer - as in two shot traditional style because that is the old tradition,or
2) does he want anything small like a derringer - because it is small, and he likes the idea of small - like a NAA 22, or
3) does he really want something small and concealable for his work place - as real protection?
1) I've always liked derringers historically. What was slicker than seeing your good guy drop his derringer out of his coat sleeve at the poker table in the old Westerns?! But practically - only two shots - and need to be very close range. 45 out of a derringer - kinda stiff shouting. Maybe 38...
2) There are a number of very small guns. Each has kind of it's own limitations brought on by the fact that they are so small - not easy to handle well.
3) For real protection - and small?! The Smith 438 series Airweights in 38 Special are small - 5 shots. Much more manageable than a derringer 45. -- Ruger's similar small revolver LCP comes in 38 or 357. It is very light - even lighter and thinner than the Smith. The 357 is probably a bit rough to practice with - but maybe you don't need a lot of range time with a close up protection gun.
The Ruger LCP 380 semi-auto - very small, thin, 6 shots (7 if you preload the chamber) - very concealable in pocket - especially back pocket holster. This is what I carry. It goes to all kinds of functions. You totally forget it's there. It's a little rough at the range, though. But it's always with me - it conceals so well. And it always shoots.