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Best handgun for pocket carry?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by flynnstone, Jul 23, 2012.


  1. flynnstone

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    Im trying to decide on an ultra compact pistol that can be easily pocket carried. I would prefer something in either 9mm, .38, .357, or .40.

    The consensus here seems to be a j frame revolver, however im curious if there are any other picks which would rank high on the list. Bodyguard .380?

    thanks!
     

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    I prefer the Sig. Both have Tritium Sights. Both have VZ Grips.

    Reliable and accurate.

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  3. JimBianchi

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    I pocket carry a Kahr MK9 on a regular basis. It is all stainless and 8oz heavier than the PM9 and CM9.

    All are great pocket guns.
     
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    I love my Pm9, it's my ultra light carry for shorts.
     
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    I can only speak for the gun that is currently in my pocket right now...the S&W Bodyguard 380. I've been pocket carrying this thing 5+ days a week for almost two years now and I have to say it hasn't given me a reason to look anywhere else for a pocket gun. About 1K flawless rounds through it and it's one of the early EAA serial numbered models without the ring around the laser. I would definitely recommend it...
     
  7. barth

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    I have two J-Frames and carry both.

    1) S&W 342 it 38.
    It weights 11.1/13.5 empty/loaded
    with 135 gr Speer GDHP short barrel 38 P+.

    2) S&W 640-1 357 all stainless steel
    22.6/25/1 empty/loaded with Remington Golden Saber 357 mag.

    For a second, backup gun I prefer the lighter 342 38.
    As a primary gun the 640 357 no question.
    A dress gun belt, like my DeSantis, makes pocket carry of the
    heavier stainless steel 357 practical.

    Also have a Kahr MK40 Elite.
    But find J-Frames draw much better from the pocket for me.

    If I had to go pocket auto?
    With a good belt, Kahr MK40 or MK9 would be my suggestions.
    Any belt, any pants, Kahr CM9/PM9.
     
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    I like the lightweight j-frames as a first choice. Then the lcp/p3at next. Maybe the kahr pm9 size as a third option, but I prefer the other two sizes/choices for pocket carry. Always wound up belt carrying the pm9.

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  9. ChicagoZman

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    I have several pocket pistols as well as a couple of small revolvers. I have an easier time drawing my S&W 642 from a pants pocket than any of my pistols, including my LWS 32, which is about the smallest pistol you'll ever find.
     
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    Hard to beat the 442/642/640 j frames!
    Or a PM/CM9 if you want an auto.
    Can't see carrying a .380 these days with small 9mms and .38s around....
     
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    Been pocket carrying for 2.5 months now.

    S&W Shield :)

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  12. Rustin

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    Ruger LCR or J frame's for so many reasons.
     
  13. Berto

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    The J frame revolver (IMO) is the closest thing to a perfect pocket gun;

    It always works
    Shoots a heavy bullet that expands reliably
    Is light weigh and round in shape (not as likely to 'print')
    Easy to palm and use quickly
    It always works
     
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    I own a CM9, 642, 638CT, and a KLCR. My 638CT gets the most pocket time.
     
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    I got a ruger LCR and intended for pocket carry. I don't see how may people can a j frame in a pocket. I do not wear skinny jeans. Usually it's carpenter jeans. I cannot comfortably or discretley carry the j frame in a pocket. Especially not with a holster. I can get it in a side pocket of cargo pants. I will be getting an LCP soon to accommodate my pocket carry needs. Others may be able to PC a J frame, but that setup never worked for me.
     
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    I carry a LCR with boot grips when it gets really hot out.

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  18. flynnstone

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    Thanks everyone for the input. I really like the looks and reviews of the S&W Bodyguard .380. Im also interested in a S&W 442.

    I guess ill have to go try and find a local shop, to see how they feel in the hand and pocket.

    Do you guys find that your pocket carry pieces conceal easily in shorts/jeans, or does it look like youre walkin around with a giant bulging pocket?
     
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  19. MississipVol

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    I think you'll find the Bodyguard doesn't print at all in shorts or jeans, that is - unless you wear really tight jeans.

    I carry a LC9 in my front pocket almost daily. It is a little bulky but no one seems to notice it and I like having the little extra firepower. I actually got an IWB Crossbreed holster today I am going to try out for those days in which I want to keep my pocket free.

    As far as the LC9 - I love it. Almost 500 rds through it and no problems. VERY reliable gun and I actually desired the extra safety features.
     
  20. Dawolf

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    My Nano works well in DeSantis Nemesis.