Pocketable for a friend

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by DodgeThis, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    I've been talking to a buddy about getting permitted. He's very interested, but he ain't a real "gun guy". Right now the only guns he owns are a 30-30 and a 9mm that I sold him. He is well versed in firearms, just not as into them as I am. He is a small frame guy and can't conceal the pistol. He is NOT into revolvers at all. What we were discussing is a little pocket pistol (probably 380). What I presented to him were the S&W Bodyguard 380, Ruger LCR, Seecamp 380, and Diamondback 380. They're all esentially the same price range...$350ish. I told him that if it were me, I'd go with the Smith. Exellent construction, American made, and a built in laser included. I know that there are more micro sized subcompacts out there in 380, but I can't come up with any that are decent quallity, price, and in DAO. I like the Sig 238, but he doesn't want a SA pistol. I figured ya'll could help me out more htan anyone. So for a DAO pistol in $300-450 range that is nothing less than a 380acp, what do you recommend? And for him, pocket size means SMALL, not a J-frame or a G-26. Those would be a hard gun for him to conceal in general, especially not in his front pocket of his Wranglers.

    Thanks !
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Isn't the Ruger LCR a revolver? Did you mean the Ruger LCP?

    Personally, if I were to carry, I'd be carrying a Ruger LCR .357. They don't come much prettier than that.........or practical.
     

  3. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    Haha, thanks Winds. Glad you knew what i meant. :eek:
     
  4. fisher79

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    If he's that small of a guy how about a derringer? I know it not semi-auto but looks about the same as keys in your pocket.
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think an LCP can slip into a pocket, too, couldn't it?
     
  6. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    ...easily, almost fits in the watch pocket on wranglers :D
     
  7. armed1212

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    Hello all, I love my lcp it fits anywhere. Now the long trigger takes some getting used to is the down fall. Also it's a lil cheaper than bg and with the money u save u can get a crimson trace laser which is a much better laser for ccw.
     
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    (380) Ruger LCP and SW Bodyguard are where you want to start.

    (9mm) Ruger LC9, Kel-Tec PF9, and Kahr CM9 are near micro in size and available under $400.
     
  9. Powersportgiant

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    I love my S&W bodyguard. Had an LCP and was not crazy about the sights, lack of safety, and the laser was a bonus on the bodyguard. And I shoot it more accurately. The LCP never failed me once but I prefer the BG
     
  10. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    ^^^^Yeah, what he said.
     
  11. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    So...........Nothing else????????????
     
  12. DodgeThis

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    Update... Just found a NAA Guardian in 25/32/32naa/380. Obviously it'd be the 380, but what do y'all know about the Guardian. I know that NAA makes some quality pieces. It looks like it's well built.
     
  13. sdcromer

    sdcromer New Member

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    This. I have both the LCP and the BG380 and you cant go wrong with either. LCP may be easier to find since LAPD ordered 6000 of the BG380 as backup guns. They are scarce now.
     
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  14. sdcromer

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    The Guardian is nice but kind of heavy.
     
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  15. WilliamTF

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    I've never shot a Guardian but I think the concept of necking a .32 down to a .25 and a .380 down to a .32 the way NAA has is a great idea. Aside from it being unique its got some pretty impresive speed (I'm a big fan of velocity) and I would assume the bottleneck design of the cartridge would all but eliminate a ftfeed issue that can plague some micros. That's another reason I like and trust my XDSC .40 converted to .357 sig another unique,fast and reliable cartridge. As far as NAA's quality goes I have one of their micro SA revolvers in .22 mag and as far as I'm concerned its a well designed,reliable and very concealable little firearm. Loaded with Hornady Vmax bullets it shoots about 1450fps and with no more than you have to hang onto its got suprising recoil. The only bad thing I can think of with the Guardian is unless you get the .380 I think either NAA or one other ammo company are your only option for factory ammo, I'm sure its pricey and prob hard to find. If I were in the market for a micro though Id get the .32 NAA I think its cool
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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