Backup pistol suggestions?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by General_lee, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Howdy, folks!
    I'm the kind of guy that likes the idea of having a concealed carry handgun for just about any season and clothing.
    I like the idea of carrying my 1911 or sigma in the winter, as they can be easily concealed under a jacket or coat.
    But what about those warm months when it would be difficult to hide the bigger pistols.
    My current CCW is my surplus CZ70, which is adequate for concealed carry, but i'm thinking about getting a micro pistol for pocket holster use.
    I've been looking at the Ruger LCP, Keltec P3AT and P32, micro Desert Eagle and the NAA Guardian. Either in .380 or .32acp.
    Out of those mentioned, or something else, what would you suggest?
     
  2. Hollander

    Hollander New Member

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    Kahr PM9. Works well in tee shirt and shorts. A great gun once you break it in.
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I bought the NAA Guardian. It's a tad heavy but very compact...
     
  4. AsmelEduardo

    AsmelEduardo New Member

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    Bersa Thunder 380
    Taurus 709
     
  5. Biohazurd

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    I second the Thunder 380! Great pistol...
     
  6. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    I recently bought a Bersa model 83 .380, all steel frame. It's a great weapon, the only thing that keeps it from really being compact is the thick wood grips, they are like grabbing the handle of a sledge hammer. I haven't been able to find aftermarket grips so perhaps I'll have to get some poly slabs and make my own. The new Bersa Thunders in .380 are still hefty in size but are very good quality for the price.
     
  7. Panther

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    +1 on the Kahr PM9. But I beg to differ on one point. Not all need a break in. Mine A+ out of the box. 500 rounds and absolutely no fails. And at 7 yards as accurate as my 4" FNP9 - which is dead on.
     
  8. Schmeekey

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    The Springfield Armory XD 9 sub compact its a little bit chunkier, but it is accurate and has very little recoil.

    If not that anything with the Glock name on it would probably suit your needs.
     
  9. NGIB

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    Since you resurrected this thread, I'll flatly state that unless you have HUGE and I mean HUGE pockets - nothing from Springfield or Glock fills the bill. My current hot weather carry is a Sig P238 and it's not really a great pocket gun but works very well in an IWB holster. For true pocket size, something like the Ruger LCP is a good choice...
     
  10. Squirrel_Slayer

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    Good ol fashion Smith & Wesson .38 spcl...or the Thunder 380. Have experience with both. If you go with the Bersa, I would recommend taking a Dremel tool and light polishing compound and really smoothing out the feed ramp. Other than that, excellent little gun!
     
  11. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Thanks for the replies folks.
    I guess I should have given an update to this thread, so here goes.
    UPDATE: I ended up with the Keltec P32 and I really like it.
    It's pretty accurate for such a small gun, it also has very light recoil.
    It goes wherever I go.

    I've also acquired a AMT .380 Backup, and NAA .22 Magnum mini revolver that I'll also carry sometimes.

    I would like to thank you all for your suggestions, I do want all those mentioned:D
     
  12. G8R8U2

    G8R8U2 New Member

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    I also have a NAA .22 magnum/LR combo; but I'm waiting somewhat patiently for a Beretta Px4 Storm subcompact in .40. The release date keeps getting pushed back.

    I think I'll wait until enough have been sold, and then see if there are any quirks or issues to be resolved before buying one.
     
  13. ajbeau

    ajbeau New Member

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    Love my ruger LCP!!! Wallet holster works great, lately just a belt slide with a tee shirt over it no one sees it!