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cheap in car gun: pocket 380 or small 9mm

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by bklynpete, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. bklynpete

    bklynpete Viet Nam Vet

    May 15, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    Here in NM, we are not allowed to carry in restaurants that serve liquor. We can in places that only have a beer and wine license though. So when I go on a date, I usually leave my weapon in my car. That is the problem. I really don't want to leave a Kimber, Walther or even a Glock there. So I am thinking of getting something really inexpensive. I've narrowed it down to a S&W 380 bodyguard, Kahr CW9, or Keltec PF9. the Ruger LC9 was on the list, but all the safety thingy's on it, are turning me off. I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but the Keltec is really low on my list, but fits the cheap gun requirement. I also hear about issues with Kahrs, seems like a hit and miss situation, same with Keltec's. Some love them, and some hate them. The only thing I hear about the 380 bodyguard is how difficult the laser is to operate, but the fact that it has better sights and last round slide lock back, gives it a plus for me compared to it's 380 pocket counterparts. I would probably carry OWB instead of IWB because I think it would be harder to draw these smaller weapons from IWB holsters. If I am wrong with this assumption, please let me know. I might carry the bodyguard in a pocket holster, but I already have enough crap in my pockets, key's money, phone and wallet. What would you do????
  2. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

    Jan 15, 2011
    To me for this application a 380 auto seems woefully under powered. There nothing wrong with the 380 if its used for a pocket gun but as a car gun I just say no. I would personally go with maybe a Smith and Wesson 637 5 rounds of 38special +P is nothing to sneeze at. Something else you could do is look for a LEO traded in Glock I seen them go in the 320-350 range.

  3. You can get used Glock for less than the price of a CW9.
  4. I would recommend a good S&W J Frame. Where I live, I can get one new for slightly over $400, and I know the 642 (the one I am looking at) has the option of no internal lock. I'm sure if you shopped around you could find a good used one for less.
  5. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    SW sigma 9mm is around 300 new, I have had one for years. Its not a glock but mine have several thousand rounds threw it without an issue. Used G22s are about 350 400 if want to go with 40sw
  6. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    My suggestion is to get a cheap, used revolver. If you do go with the Bodyguard 380, PM me and I'll turn you on to the DIY fix for the mushy laser buttons. Mine are just tap-tap-tap now.
  7. SpectreRider

    SpectreRider Armed Citizen

    you are planning to have it stolen.

    G r e a t . . .

    Then some lowlife that jacks stuff out of cars has a gun.

    Rather than looking for a cheap gun, look for a good quality vehicle safe.
  8. Edmo01


    Feb 19, 2010
    Central Arkansas
    +1... Don't plan to have it stolen, plan to keep it.

    For $20 you can get one of these and cable/bolt it to your car...


  9. Gene Pool

    Gene Pool

    Nov 21, 2005
    A gun in a car does you no good unless you are in the car. When you escort your date in and out of the restaurant, that is when you are most vurnerable. Unless the gun is on you, you can't protect yourself or her. So, my recommendation is to take her places where you can carry.

  10. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    Kel-Tec P11, with 12 round mag.
  11. DaneA


    Mar 7, 2011
    I would carry in my cbst anyway. With that said drinking any alcohol would also be out of the question.
  12. HarleyGuy


    Mar 29, 2008 you know if a restaurant serves beer and wine but not liquor?

    I'm planning on visiting NM shortly so this is of interest to me.
  13. I have 2 gun "safes" in my truck that are cabled down. I rarely have anything in them unless I have to go where the guns are prohibited. Sometimes, I unloads the handgun and store the ammo separately. There are very few times I disarm myself, but one is when I am on federal property. It is too easy to loose a gun when it is left in a vehicle, so some sort of anchored safe would be good.
  14. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
    +1 on this. You don't need to spend money on a new gun, just protect the one you have.
  15. aeroengr


    Apr 4, 2010
    IMHO, pocket .380's are only good for one thing... and that would be pocketing. If this gun is just going to be stowed in your car, why not get something bigger?
  16. ICARRY2

    ICARRY2 NRA Life Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I have one of these. They are great. Also, meets TSA regulations for placing an unloaded gun in your checked luggage.

    However, I prefer the one with a 3 digit combination.

    I also like the idea of a .38 special with some +P ammo for a car gun.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  17. G26 in a High Noon Mr. Softy. This is a great glove box combo. The Softy is as quick a mounting holster as you will ever find. Add a fully loaded G17 back up mag and you're ready for anything.
  18. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003
    Option best: lockbox.

    Option next best: used revolver of the police trade-in flavor. S&W 64s are running about $270 right now.
  19. Fedor


    Apr 19, 2011
    You want to protect your life with "Cheap"
  20. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    It doesn't matter what gun you leave in the car- if it's going to be unattended, it needs to be in a lockbox or cable locked to the car. Under the seat, in the console, or in the glovebox alone doesn't cut it.