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Recommend a Pocket Pistol

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by RustyDaleShackleford, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

    Nov 5, 2010
    North Carolina
    This might need to be moved to the General Firearms Forum, but I thought it better belonged here.

    I have a Gen4 Glock 26 which is what I carry with my CHP. I've bought a quality belt and holster, but the weight and constant printing has me looking for other options for when I definitely don't want my gun to print.

    I'm looking for a pistol that I can carry, hopefully in a pocket holster, but I'd also be open to other methods of carry for a pocket pistol.

    Any pocket pistol that you know of or would recommend, hopefully for less than $500, would be greatly appreciated. I've pretty much ruled out revolvers.

  2. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    For maximum concealment, you can't beat the LCP/P3AT type guns, but for just a bit more size you can get something like a CM9 which will be significantly more shootable.

    I recently upgraded, and although the mini 9's are inherently going to print more due to greater size, I don't anticipate being made.

  3. Cephus0807


    Nov 3, 2011
    Tampa fl
    sig p238 hands down. I have one and its ridiculously accurate and small enough no one will even know you have it
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  4. John43


    Sep 9, 2010
    Murrells Inlet SC
    +1 with Lampshade. I have an LCP and upgraded to a CM9. I use a Don Hume and you can't tell its there. Its also a great shooter. I like it better than the LCP.
  5. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member CLM

    Feb 8, 2007
    Kahr makes a good pistol. The CW9 would probably fit your budget. A few years ago they had some issues with the PM9 but those have long since been resolved. The Ruger LC9 is a nice pistol it is just a bit too large for my pockets. I carry an LCP but I don't consider that my primary carry pistol more of a backup, since it is a .380.

    An LCP with Hornady Critical Defense is a good pocket pistol though if you want something small.
  6. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    Out of curiosity, why did you rule out revolvers? They might not be as sexy as some of the semi autos, but a 2" airweight with 5-357's in it will always work when you pull the trigger, and shoots a much better round than any of the small semi autos. There is also none of the fumbling with safeties, slides, etc.
  7. Mcoupe


    Oct 10, 2005
    Woodlands, TX
    I hear the Nano is a good 9mm for well under $500
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  8. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

    Jan 6, 2009
    Dub V
    The pocket autos are great and there are alot to choose from. But the most reliable is a pocket revolver. A S&W J-Frame like a Modle 36 or a Model 442. The 442 will take +p ammo. A cheap pocket holster like a DeSantis Nemesis works great. I bought an M&P 340 which also does .357 but really isnt necessary. .38 +p will do the job.

    The Ruger LCR also looks like a good second choice IMO.

    That being said the best pocket auto IMO is the Kahr PM9.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  9. NMG26


    Jul 24, 2010
  10. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

    Feb 8, 2009
    JAX, FL
    I like my lcp but it's the only pocket gun I have and have range time on.
  11. The old standby - 642 - in non-ILS.
  12. jack76590


    Aug 15, 2004
    If your situation allows you to wear an untucked shirt you should be able to conceal the G26. Naturally need the right holster, belt and shirt.
  13. LCP........may not be the sexiest out of the bunch but it is so pocketable its ridiculous
  14. I would vote for the Sig 238. Like another post mentioned... very accurate and very little recoil. I owned a Kel Tek and it was like a Kia vs a Cadillac.

    Also, the mag reelease on the Keltek P32 was often bumped, thus releaseing the mag in my pocket. This also happened while shooting it at the range. Many a You Tube video from Nutnfancy to others have released the mag while engaging the target. That release is a major reason I don't own a pocket .380
  15. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    LCP is close to the size of my cell, it is great for pocket carry. The LC9 is a little bigger, I will be picking up another soon for pocket carry too.
  16. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

    Sep 25, 2006
    SW OH / NKY
    check out the smith 380 bodyguard
  17. zebramochaman


    Mar 5, 2009
    IMO a pocket pistol is a measure of the last resort. Are you looking for a last chance defensive weapon? I own a Baretta 950 BS which would be a joke in a serious firefight, however, in a in-your-face confrontation it would do the job,
  18. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    Guns like the Ruger LCP and Keltec P3AT are great for carry because of how small and light they are BUT they not the best guns to shoot. They have a good kick to them and a long hard trigger pull. I have heard good things about the Diamond back being like a Glock but I don't know haven't shot it. IMHO the Sig 238 is the best pocket gun out there. It is small and light and has a great trigger with a 1911 style to it.
  19. pilsbury


    Apr 23, 2010
    Gotham City
    Ive had good luck with both the Bodyguard and the P3AT. Both fit nicely in the front pocket of jeans.