pocket guns

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by hq357, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    I wear a pocket knife as often as I carry my phone keys and wallet, I usually don't carry concealed and if I do feel like it its a glock 19 inside the waistband holster it gets uncomfortable and becomes a hassle so I don't carry as much as I'd like to so I might just buy a pocket gun so I can carry it as often as my wallet i like the glock 26 but its just too big too carry comfortable and not print what do you guys suggest? Must be able to hit a target at atleast 15 - 20 yards and must be chambered for a round suitable for self-defense. Must be able to carry in your back pocket comfortably I'd like a gun as close as I can get to what I want any suggestions? I'm thinking a ruger lcr revolver I just don't like the fact its low capacity
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I really like my Sig P238.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    There are going to be some trade offs with requirements.

    A pocket .380 normally carries 6+1, fits in the back pocket, but normally is not that accurate.

    I encourage use of a pocket holster be used.
     
  4. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I use the Sig 938. a tiny 1911-like pocket pistol.
     
  5. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I have the Blackhawk size 3 pocket holster for my 938. Works with and without the laser.:)
     
  6. mikemc

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    I currently have 2 (what most would refer to as) pocket guns and the comment above (dan_fl) is right on when it comes to trade offs. Accuracy at 15-20 yards is going to be more difficult to come by with the short barrel guns and, caliber preference, should you have any, can be an issue. I have a Bodyguard 380 and a Kahr CM9 and really like both of them. I couldn't honestly say, though, that I am really accurate at the distance the OP noted but considering that both are defense guns and the fact that I am simply not a great shot anyway, they work just fine for me.

    Like most things in life it will be a matter of preference for the OP but seeking opinions is the way to go. Gather as much info as possible - try some out yourself - then go for it.

    Do keep us posted as to which way you go with this.
     
  7. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A friend of mine has a Bond derringer in .357, that is surprisingly accurate to around 10 to 15 yards, recoil is bad with magnum loads, .38 special is much more controllable,, I have heard that the new aluminum and titanium frame double action derringer in 9mm and .45acp, is supposed to be very good, although the brand name eludes me at this time. As stated before , trade offs are a given, but many small pistols I have shot, are adequate at 5 to 7 yards which many consider to be a limit to defensive range as far as many state's regulations in regards to legal issues in a shooting. Have fun shopping for one, good luck.
     
  8. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    I have a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 that carries well in a pocket. 6+1, dependable, never an fte nor ftf.
    Also, sometimes I carry a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug in a pocket. %-shot .44 special with 2.5" barrel. Lightweight, but packs a good punch.
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My Sig P238 in it's pocket holster.

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    The downside......here is a target at about 8 yards. That short barrel makes it much more difficult to stay on target. But I have no doubt I can stop a threat with my little Sig.

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    And I'm not usually that bad a shot. Here's a target with my Mark II at about 8 yards. The wild shots on the upper left is when I put the target out to 25 yards and tried to use my scope. But up close I didn't do so bad.

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  10. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Every pocket gun conceivable will have limited capacity. Most are in the same boat, with about 5-6 shots. Nothing wrong with the LCR or revolvers in general, so long as you train on reloads. Plus most pocket guns are .380. You can get the LCR in .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Not trying to start a caliber war, but I think most would agree five rounds of either of those is better than five rounds of .380.

    I'm also not saying there's anything WRONG with .380
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I've heard this argument before. I love my .380. My home defense gun is my Ruger GP 100. I have no doubt, though, my .380 will stop a threat.
     
  12. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I have never understood this argument. Sure, I wouldn't carry a Smith and Wesson N Frame as a concealed carry gun -- well, maybe sometime, but not usually --but I habitually carry a heavy firearm as my concealed carry, and I never notice it. I'm not a big statured guy, and a 1911 carried concealed bothers me so little that I often forget it's there.
     
  13. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I'm not saying a .380 wouldn't stop a threat. As I said, there's nothing wrong with that caliber. (Although in fairness I've read there are no .380 HP rounds which pass the FBI penetration test)

    I'm just saying, ballistically, the .380 loses out against a .38 or .357.
     
  14. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have a Kel Tec P 3AT. I would rather have a larger gun. But there are times when the 380 is the best option for me or my wife. I would rather have the 380 than search for a rock. The P 3AT carries great in a flashbang holster. It's like the flashbang was made for the P 3AT or a Ruger 380.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I certainly agree. I also thought I read somewhere that a FMJ is a better round than a hollow point for a .380.
     
  16. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    A lot of people adhere to that mindset. At least a FMJ .380 can usually pass FBI standards. At least, that's what I've read.

    A lot of people only carry FMJs for that caliber, and some others stagger magazines between FMJ and HPs.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Hmmmm.........never thought of that.
     
  18. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Hands down ruger lcp no doubt. Extremely light super thin at about the width of a typical iphone or android phone easy to extract from the pocket with a grip on it.

    I carry mine and it feels less bulky than my cell. The lcp is surprisingly accurate and smooth shooter.

    I carry mine for weeks at a stretch then go to the range just pull it out and shoot. Covered in lint and gunk it goes bang every time. The fact that the lcp works when abused is most important. Its slim design and lightweight makes it a dream to carry.

    Ruger lcp is by far the best pocket gun on the market
     
  19. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Wait. Do you mean stagger rounds in EACH magazine or have a full magazine of FMJ then another full magazine of HP?

    Admit it. You love my little Sig. :p
     
  20. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I never considered hollow point ammo for a 380. As a group 380 cal pistols are finicky eaters and the FMJ has adequate penetration. The FMJ is a win, win cartridge in the 380.