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bernielink 10-24-2010 02:33 PM

Pocket Pistol question
Hi Friends, Am looking at pocket pistols. Have read from a dealer on gun broker that the slide on small pocket pistols are hard to operate. I'm 65 years old and due to an illness have lost strength in my hands. I have a S&W 22a and a ruger SR9 and can pull the slides back on them pretty well with my right hand. Should I give up on pocket pistols? And does anyone know anything about Jeminez or Kel-Tec small guns? Thanks, Bernie

ScottA 10-24-2010 02:45 PM

Kel-Tec's have a great reputation as small carry guns. I don't care for their triggers honestly.

Some pocket pistols have stiff slides, but there are plenty that fairly easy to operate. Find a gun store and play around with a few.

Alchemist 10-24-2010 05:24 PM

Kel-Tec: Thumbs up.
Jimenez: Thumbs down.

PS: I've become a HUGE fan of the Ruger LCP.380. It's my main carry now, with the 10-rd. ProMag as a thin extended grip. Slide-racking resistance on it?... I guess it's average. Love the lightness and easy carryability of the LCP and, especially since I pack it with 10+1, feel confident enough with it. I strongly suggest you at least handle one before you decide. Ruger has sold a half-million (!) of these in less than 3 years... That says a lot.

c3shooter 10-24-2010 06:04 PM

Agree. Kel-tec pretty good. Jiminez or Jennings pretty bad.

On racking the slide- if you are right handed, try this:
Hold gun in your right hand, point gun towards the 10 o'clock direction, grasp slide in your left hand. Shove your hands TOWARDS each other briskly.

Works much better than hold in one hand, and trying to pull with the other.

stalkingbear 10-24-2010 06:15 PM

Or you could check out the Beretta Tomcat, a .32 featuring a tip up barrel. That way you wouldn't have to rack the slide at all.

hideit 10-24-2010 07:14 PM


Originally Posted by stalkingbear (Post 373671)
Or you could check out the Beretta Tomcat, a .32 featuring a tip up barrel. That way you wouldn't have to rack the slide at all.

absolutely - great comment for this individual
i had one and my wife lost it - really
wish i had it back

this is the one i would get if i were you
i do understand the lost of strength - my wife can't operate most semiautomatics bigger than 22s and i also have some trouble sometimes
i like to look for semis that have an exposed hammer so i can cock it back before racking the slide

freefall 10-24-2010 07:38 PM

You like the SR9 you have, why not look at the SR9C? Same basic pistol in a concealable size.

JonM 10-24-2010 08:02 PM

if your having trouble racking slides go revolver...

gatopardo 10-29-2010 11:37 PM

I have a keltec
The Keltec feels like a kick on your hand every time you fire it, in general a 9mm round will have that effect on small guns because of the small mass of that type of weapon.

Really there is a moment at the range when I'm shooting a pf9 when I'm wondering whether my hand will last until I finish my box of ammo.( you have to practice!).

Still, don't give up on pocket guns.
I would onsider a 5 shooter like a rugger LCR: .38 special is easier to handle because it delivers a slightly bigger round than a 9mm but a bit slower.
No slide to mess with, pus this revolver is very light.
Add $100 to te price of the keltec to get this one:cool:

FCross7 10-30-2010 12:52 AM

I'm not sure how much your willing to spend, but I just got a Sig P238, and the slide on it is VERY easy to operate. I just got it last night, and only had a chance to fire 50 rounds through it, but it's an awesome little pistol.

It is very accurate out to 7 yards for such a small gun, and since it's an aluminum frame, the recoil isn't bad, especially when compared to other .380s of similar size (LCP or P3AT).

They can be had for around $600 easily, but I have seen them as low as $500 at gun shows.


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