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Pocket pistol recommendations please

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by hookedontronics, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Dec 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM
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    hookedontronics

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    Looking for a new gun, a pocket pistol. Probably a 32 or a 38. Please recommend me some options before i start looking.
     
  2. Dec 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    Ruger LCR (.38 special) or Ruger LCP (.380 Auto), or go for a Smith and Wesson model 642 (or something similar) for another good choice in .38 special. If you weren't looking for a pocket pistol, I'd go for the Ruger SP101 in .357 Mag.

    EDIT: I prefer the hammerless S&W model over the normal style.
     
  3. Dec 19, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    I prefer the S&W snubby with a bobbed or covered hammer.
    I use a model 36 with a bobbed hammer, this helps keep it from catching on the pocket as you draw it.
    Now the old 36 is not +p rated so keep that in mind.
    I also keep it in a pocket holster either a Mikka or another one I have to break up the outline and give it a wallet look.
    I also carry a speed strip with spare ammo as opposed to a speed loader due to size. The speed strip is slender but slower than a speed loader.

    The .38 special with 158 gr. rounds is a nice set up.
    The .357 or higher pressure .38+P is a big boom and recoil for a snubby so keep that in mind as well.

    Shoot the thing with the carry load to see where it hits with your point of aim. Pratice with it.

    Best of luck on your choice.
     
  4. Dec 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM
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    Ruger LCP .380, or a KelTech .380 are IMHO the best "best pocket pistols", (I own both). NOT the best caliber, but beats any knife, and, of course, nothing at all. The reason I say this is for ease of carry. I have/own several pistols/handguns, and in cooler weather (ie. jacket) I may carry a H&K USP, or even a full-size Kimber .45. But in shorts or warmer weather, the little pocket guns get to go everywhere. I'm no pro, but, if it's a pain to carry, you prolly wont. I'd rather have a .380 in my pocket than a .45 on the nightstand... BTW I carry in a DeSantis Pocket Pro, it keeps the gun in the correct position, and stays put upon drawing, and hides the outlines of the firearm...
     
  5. Dec 19, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    It sure is, how's that second shot on target?
     
  6. Dec 19, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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    ruger lcp
     
  7. Dec 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    Check out the Bersa 380. Great gun and very affordable price. Ranks up ther in quality with a Sig but way less money. Love mine.
     
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    i pocket carry a Kel-Tec Pf9...i prefer to carry nothing smaller than 9mm and the keltec is small enough to fit that bill..
     
  9. Dec 20, 2010 at 12:39 AM
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    Absolutely nothing..for now..
    Kel-tec P3AT (P380..PUN) is the best pocket pistol around.

    I've killed hogs with a .380 auto, it's a mean mothertrucker.
    That is, if they get close enough.. I am a firm believer of the .45 ACP.

    That .380 nor most "pocket pistols" (IMO) should have defined sights. Nubs should be the most effective. If they're doing something up close to where you shou;d have to pull a pocket pistol, they probably were doing it far away enough to handle the situation with a larger pistol.

    That Kel-tec doesn't kick much, stays on target, slide doesn't lock back, it was made to press, shoot, and don't stop till it starts clicking.
     
  10. Dec 20, 2010 at 12:58 AM
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    Absolutely nothing..for now..
    The LCP and the Kel-tec are the same thing.

    The kel-tec has also been around for many many more years than the LCP. Time tests all.
     
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    BTW, they now make a ruger lcr in .357
     
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    S&W bodyguard .380 is a MUCH more comfortable gun to shoot than the LCP...
     
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    I held the LCP a few times and it was so damn small i dont think I would be able to shoot it worth a damn. the "sights" on it are worthless as well. check out the
    taurus 738
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    thanks for the recommendations guys!
     
  15. Dec 20, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    I researched this a couple weeks ago and was holding out for the ruger lcr 357. The cons of such a round were issues with poor second shot folllow up, loss of any night vision you had previously, and some noted frame issues with shooting the magnum. I love that round, but not in that gun.

    A .38 +P is nothing to laugh at and that's what I ended up going with.
     
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    LCP for me.
    I have CT laser on mine and I can place rounds on target out to 25 yards. :)

    Easy to carry.

    Yuma Taco,
     
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    S&W Body Guard .380 - built in laser!
     
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    rugar lcp and lcr own both very good guns....great for the $ too
     
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    I fired an LCP a few times and was completely underwhelmed. Same with the Kel Tec .380 and the Makarov - couldn't hit a damned thing. So for motorcycle vest pocket carry I had a Kel Tec PT11 in 9mm. I could hit pretty well with that.
     
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