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Recommend a Pocket Pistol

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

  1. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

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    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.

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  2. Lampshade

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    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

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    sig p238 hands down. I have one and its ridiculously accurate and small enough no one will even know you have it
     
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  4. Walk Soft

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    +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.
     
  6. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member CLM

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    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.
     
  7. SpringerTGO

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    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.
     
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    I hear the Nano is a good 9mm for well under $500
     
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  9. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

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    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.
     
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  10. NMG26

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  11. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

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    I like my lcp but it's the only pocket gun I have and have range time on.
     
  12. 50 Cent

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    The old standby - 642 - in non-ILS.
     
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    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.
     
  14. RYT 2BER

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    LCP........may not be the sexiest out of the bunch but it is so pocketable its ridiculous
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
  17. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

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    check out the smith 380 bodyguard
     
  18. zebramochaman

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    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,
     
  19. xmanhockey7

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    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.
     
  20. pilsbury

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    Ive had good luck with both the Bodyguard and the P3AT. Both fit nicely in the front pocket of jeans.