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Pocket gun advice

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by floorburn_21, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. floorburn_21

    floorburn_21 .40 ftw

    Feb 25, 2010
    Northern MN
    I just picked up my second AR and have filled most of the gaps in my wish list.

    There are three things I've been wanting and in order they are:

    Reliable pocket gun in a 9mm or bigger caliber
    .45 ACP

    If I could take out #1 and 3 on that list at once, bonus!

    A bit of info: I carry every day, every where and sometimes my G27 (IWB) is impractical for the situation, but I deal with it and carry anyways.
    I have been looking into a pocket gun for my days when I have to dress up, ect. While pocket draw isn't ideal, and neither is a 5 or 6 round mag, I'd feel a lot more comfortable with that than no gun.

    I have been looking at the Kahr cm9 and cm40 (or pm) and at the cw40. I have held both and the cw is definitely a bit bigger. How practical would it be for pocket carry versus a cm40? Is there another .45 I should be looking at? Anybody have a preference? Thanks in advance for the help!
  2. cs133atom


    Feb 28, 2007
    The Old Dominion
    Have you ever considered a derringer? If not check out even if this does fit the bill for your pocket gun you may just have another gap to fill after you look into them. That's what happened to me.



  3. RRP


    Oct 28, 2012
    I have a Kahr PM9. I have carried it in my pocket using a Nemesis, or PJ pocket holster, but it pushes the limit on a pocket gun. In my opinion, the Kahr P380 and Ruger LCP are better pocket guns, for those occasions when you need deep concealment so you don't have to go unarmed.

    The .45 is not really a pocket gun, though I'm sure some will say they have carried it that way. Compare it in size to your G27. It's not appreciably smaller. It is a tad thinner.

    Good luck with your selection.
  4. You may want to look at Springfield's XDS. Since I am 5'-5", it is a little hard for me to pocket carry but it is doable.
    The XDS may fit 1 and 3 for you.
    I have one and find myself carrying it more often than my G30 now.
    Recoil for this small pistol is very manageable. I have over 1200 rounds thru mine without any issues.
  5. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
  6. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    If you're going to carry a heavy pistol in your pocket I suggest you seriously consider the use of suspenders either outside the shirt or underneath the shirt. Trust me on this one.

  7. suff528


    Mar 26, 2012
    When it's shorts and t shirt weather or when I have to dress up, I pocket carry my LC9. I have had zero issues with the gun and would recommend it fully.
  8. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I was going to suggest a XDs too.
    It's the only, maybe, pocket 45 I can think of.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  9. ADK_40GLKr

    ADK_40GLKr Adirondacker with a Glock

    Nov 14, 2010
    RFD NY Adks
  10. panzer1

    panzer1 NRA MEMBER

    Jun 10, 2006
    Yep that is what I do & it works.
  11. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    The best pocket gun going is a J frame Airweight like the model 442/642/438/638 with 'hammerless' or shrouded hammers.
    These are easy to bring into action because of their shape, they are much more reliable and likely to work when needed and fire a round similar to 9mm with the option of heavier bullets.
    I own small 9mms, a BG380 pistol, Bond .357mag along with several other pocket guns, but the J frame .38sp is the way to go.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  12. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    S&W 342 ti Air Weight Centennial is my personal favorite pocket gun.
    11.1 oz empty & 13.5 loaded w/ Speer GDHP 135 gr Short Barrel 38 +P ammo.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  13. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Better yet.:supergrin:
  14. ojabog


    Oct 5, 2011
    Ruger LCR 357....Light, easy to conceal, packs a huge hitter.
  15. CA Escapee

    CA Escapee Finally!

    Feb 15, 2012
  16. chrisw670


    Sep 14, 2012
    I've got a Trace Tarco pocket holster for my CM9 and it fits right in my back pocket like a wallet. The XDS is very similar to size and weight to the CM9 but is chambered in .45. It should also work well for pocket carry. Both pistols are what I consider upper end in size for pocket carry though. The CW series of Kahr pistols are nice but definately a bit larger than the CM/PM series and not something I'd consider for pocket carry.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  17. Littlescroll

    Littlescroll NRA Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    The Great Northwest
    My vote goes to the Kahr PM9. Its been flawlessly reliable for me and its a great size. Its very pleasing to shoot and surprisingly accurate.

    It is SLIGHTLY bigger than an LCP.



  18. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    A true pocket gun calls for a Ruger LCP. For the 45, belt carry, I'd look to the HK-45c.
  19. save yourself a few bucks and get a CM9 instead of the PM9.

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012