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Old September 13, 2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Best All Around Pocket Gun ?

Fellow Defenders my head is very dizzy from roaming the internet for info trying to choose the best all around pocket gun .If you would please give me some guidance as to the top 3 or 4 ( I always like to ask the man who owns one ) to take a closer look at I would GREATLY appreciate it. I'm leaning toward a at a 9mm or even a .380 in the range of $500. + or - . Thank you in advance for your input and time.
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Old September 13, 2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Click:

Kahr CM9:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/76031

Ruger LCP .380:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...Ruger+LCP+.380
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Old September 13, 2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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Another vote for the PM9 (CM9 now that they are available, and you can save ~$100 or so).

The LCP is smaller/lighter, but the .380 cartridge is (IMHO) marginal.
A .380 is what you carry when you can't carry a gun.
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Old September 13, 2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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My Choice

Glock 26 9mm. One of the best small pistol's out there for carrying purposes. Very accurate for it's size & very functional.
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Old September 13, 2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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I'll second the LCP for the pocket.
I think the Kahrs are a hair too big.

I'm also giving real thought to buying a tiny little NAA 22 Magnum revolver for the ultra convienience of it. Its a fairly nasty round coming out of that little pistol.
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Old September 13, 2012, 09:42 PM   #6
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I would have to suggest the Sig P238 or perhaps the Colt Pocketlite. I haven't seen or shot the new Colt but when they were originally produced they had a large following and it's a tad lighter than the Sig. I would also not hesitate to try out the Sig 938 9mm.
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Old September 14, 2012, 12:39 AM   #7
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In 9mm, the best I know of are the Kahrs, the CM9 being less expensive than the PM9, but being functionally about the same. Really nice triggers, accurate, very comfortable to shoot--the best at handling recoil I know of, in this class.

Both of mine were a bit finicky as to what they would feed, but so many others here claim to have no problems, who am I to say.

In .380, the Ruger LCP, in my experience, is the most reliable. Not finicky. I still have mine. The trigger smooths out over time, it's accurate at least to 7 yards even though no sights, and you can tame the recoil substantially with grip extensions from Ruger or Pearce Grip and with a Pacmayr Tactical Grip Glove slip-on.
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Old September 14, 2012, 02:35 AM   #8
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I carried a PM9 for a couple years. great gun!
currently I'm carrying a sig p238 with buffalo bore JHP +P
I prefer the single action 1911 style pistol, and the "custom" rounds give adequate defense, IMHO.


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Old September 14, 2012, 06:18 AM   #9
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I don't know how big your pockets are, but a Ruger LCP is as big as I can comfortably carry in my pocket. The gun itself is reliable, accurate and well made. In my opinion, it is the best all around pocket gun out there.
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Old September 14, 2012, 08:54 AM   #10
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I'd vote for the Sig p238 in .380. can be found in your price range. the
P938 is about the same size for 9mm, but would exceed that price range. These are single action guns.

The LCP gets good reviews for less money with a double action trigger.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:05 AM   #11
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Re Glock 26

I love mine and carry it every day, but you need bigger pockets than mine for routine pocket carry. IWB great. Pocket carry rarely - neither concealment nor comfort is adequate for my taste, and drawing is slow because the grip is kind of cramped and therefore difficult to attain.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:12 AM   #12
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I put my LCP in my back pocket(with pocket holster) in the morning, and take it out at night when I go to bed.
It's with me all day, every day.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:28 AM   #13
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I'm another vote for the LCP. They are barely bigger than a cellphone and I never once had a malfunction out of the one I had.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:31 AM   #14
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lcp BACK POCKET

Grant, Just curious. I'm right handed and carry my wallet in my right back pocket. do you carry the LCP on your strong hand side and your wallet in the oppisite?
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:45 AM   #15
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kahr p380

i have a kahr p380 that i use as my pocket pistol very light reliable and there are great holsters made for it
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:55 AM   #16
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My favorite pocket pistol is my Kahr P380 in a DeSantis Superfly pocket holster.
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Old September 14, 2012, 11:37 AM   #17
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Colt 1911 but I do have big pockets...

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Old September 14, 2012, 11:57 AM   #18
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Like the other fellow, I put an Lcp in a hunter "wallet" type holster in my back pocket in the morning and take it out when I hit the sack.

I often have a S&W 642 in my front pocket... Nobody has mentioned the snub's, but they make good pocket guns. I've got an LCR too, but I carry the Smith.

I've got an NAA 22 mag mini revolver in my front pocket right now.

My newest toy is a Sig P238. I bought it more because it's so darned cool than anything, it's almost too pretty to mess up carrying all of the time, but it fits the front pocket nicely... If it passes the reliability test I might make it my "Sunday go to meeting" pistol.
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Old September 14, 2012, 11:59 AM   #19
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Unless you are wearing circa 1980 Jordache Jeans or their equivalent, I can't imagine that pocket carrying a PM9 would be a problem. I find it extremely comfortable in a pocket holster. Also relatively easy to shoot and relatively low recoil for a small 9mm, and a great trigger. Perfect EDC gun IMO.
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Old September 14, 2012, 12:05 PM   #20
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My vote for a to diamondback DB9 for a pocket gun. Ruger LC9 for almost pocket gun.
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Old September 14, 2012, 12:20 PM   #21
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Chadk: I'm left handed, and carry my LCP in my left pocket, and my wallet in my right pocket
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Old September 14, 2012, 01:12 PM   #22
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I think they got it right years ago with the pocket 38!!!

But i really like my p32.
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Old September 14, 2012, 01:21 PM   #23
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Depending on what size pockets you have the LC9 may be a good choice. It fits in a larger pocket but not in tighter Jean pockets. It's also big enough that you can carry IWB if you choose and feel like you have something worth carrying.
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Old September 14, 2012, 01:23 PM   #24
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Sig P290, smaller than the Shield, has a little bit of weight that helps on followup shots. The 290 had some teething problems that all seem to have been resolved. Great little pistol.
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Old September 14, 2012, 02:21 PM   #25
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Currently wearing the pants with the tightest pockets I own

And in the front left pocket is my LCP. The thing is reliable as possible and in a Desantis pocket holster there is no print issue for me whatsovere. Frankly I prefer a revolver if I can fit it into that pocket but being that this is the semi sub forum I would have to make my vot one for my LCP.

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