M&P340 or G26 or 84FS Cheetah for pocket carry?

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  1. Irfan

    Irfan Millennium Member

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    I’ve been carrying full size pistols for a long time, a Glock 17, 92FS and CZ85B, but sometimes especially during the summer days I find it difficult to carry concealed a full sized pistol so I leave it at home and take only my folding knife with me.
    But as I always wear some kind of vest I’d like to get some new smaller pistol that I could carry in a pocket. Those are my choices: G26, M&P340 (I’d use a .357 ammo) and Beretta 84FS Cheetah?

    So based on your experience what would you advise me to get and why? Thank you very much.
     
  2. Ridgeway

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    The g26 & 84fs are way to big for pocket carry.
    J-frame or smaller semi-auto (pm9 sized imo) is the only way to go (& be comfortable w/o a brick in your pocket). Even if you could comfortably fit something sized akin to the glock, the weight would not be fun. Try each in your pocket- you'll notice a night & day difference. One is comfortable, the other isn't.
     

  3. Cole125

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    The Glock 26 is way too big for pocket carry, you could do it but it would print like crazy.

    A J frame revolver is what you want. With a good pocket holster they will print no more than a wallet. Get one in .38 special +p. With .357 mag J frames you only get an extra 200 fps or so with A LOT of extra recoil, muzzle blast and noise.
     
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    I pocket carried a 26 for a couple of years...go with a J-Frame, they are much more comfortable.
     
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    J-frame works in a pocket. I've never (nor would I) pocket my 26. PM-9 works nice as well.
     
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    For pocket carry I like a J-frame Airweight snubbie. I had an AirLite 340PD and found that its harsh recoil (even with .38spl +Ps) prevented routine practice. In fact, the 340PD was one of the most challenging handguns I've owned. It was sent to a new home and replaced with a S&W Airweight 637. IMO, routine practice is appropriate for all concealed carry handguns.
     
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    I sold my 340 PD last year and kick my self in the butt to this day. I've since replaced it with a 340 M&P and love firing .357s through it. :supergrin:
     
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    There's a word for people like you...masochistic.
     
  9. Seamus O'Connor

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    Of the firearms you listed only the M&P340 can be reasonably pocket-carried (I don't care what my brother says). Unless you have gigantic pockets - most likely cargo-pants sized pockets - and/or dress very sloppy (baggy pants, no belt, "pants-on-the-ground", etc.).

    I love a J-Frame in a Desantis Nemesis or Tuff-Products pocket holster.

    Not on your list, but good alternatives are Ke-Tec PF-9 and P-11. I have no experience with the Kahr PM9. Many people have had success with them. They are at least twice as expensive as the Kel-Tecs.
     
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    I just started pocket carry and had a similar dilemma except I was between the Kahr and the J-Frame. I eventually, chose the M&P360 and couldnt be happier with the decision. I am still between holsters - ordered a Mika's which hasnt gotten in yet and am hopeful. Currently using a Nemesis, and it's okay. I find it prints a little more then I care for it to if I am not in denim. The weight is perfect and its not the punishing/menacing beast some would have you believe. Never once has it made me bleed or cause me to develop some crazy flinch. Do I want to go to the range and shoot it all day? No. It's not a range gun. I can and do regularly get to the range and put 50 rds of .38special through it and survive. btw - I only carry +p. I could have gotten away with a 442, but wanted a .357 - even if I almost never shoot .357 through it. Hope that helps.
     
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    I recently got a great deal on a S&W340SC and I carry it in a Desantis nemesis, I can only tell you that I have found the perfect CCW (IMO). at 11.4oz empty is a dream to carry but like other said if you are recoil sensitive is not the gun for you, J frame revolvers are not easy to shoot.