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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!
     
  2. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock

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    Sig P938/238
    Beretta Nano
    Kahr PM9
    Ruger LCP/LCR

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

    Reliable and accurate.

    As for the question about single action pistols...Do I feel safe? Yes. The trigger pull is about 8 lbs, and the safety requires deliberate action, unlike a 1911.
     

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

  3. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

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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.
     
  4. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Sig P238, and I'm sure the 938 too, I just haven't got my hands on one yet.
     
  5. cgjane

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    I love my Pm9, it's my ultra light carry for shorts.
     
  6. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

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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

    barth six barrels

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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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  8. tgmr05

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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.
     
  10. 45caldan

    45caldan

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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....
     
  11. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

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  12. Rustin

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

    Berto woo woo

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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
     
  14. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

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    I own a CM9, 642, 638CT, and a KLCR. My 638CT gets the most pocket time.
     
  15. Cgrubb1

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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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  16. DRJ1911

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    I carry a LCR with boot grips when it gets really hot out.

    Doyle
     
  17. 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?
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012
  18. 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.
     
  19. Dawolf

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    My Nano works well in DeSantis Nemesis.