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View Poll Results: Mousegun in your pocket or 38 Special snub on your ankle?
.32 or smaller mousegun in your pocket 65 73.03%
38 Special snub using ankle carry 24 26.97%
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Old February 20, 2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Mouse gun in the pocket or snubbie on the ankle?

Given the option of a .32 or smaller mousegun in a pocket versus a 38 Special snub on your ankle, which would you choose?

The first is quicker but lesser calibre. The second is slower and makes you vulnerable during the draw but is a better calibre.
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Old February 20, 2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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I have and do put a 38 in a pocket holster. Alloy frame 637. works well. Of your choices I would opt for a pocket carry.
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Old February 20, 2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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Pocket carry is much easy to draw from. I have a snubby 442, a LCP, and a P-32 that I use for PC depending on my needs. I think I have a much better of getting a P-32 out of my pocket, than a gun off my ankle. Plus, comfort means you will actually carry. I'm sure that .32 autos have stopped trouble or saved lives much more than guns left at home in the safe.
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Old February 20, 2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Neither...I'd select one of the new generation mini 9mm's. Full power in pocket carry...no reason not to.
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Old February 20, 2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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I think there are circumstances and dress codes that sometimes preclude the carrying of anything larger than a small pocket auto, for example, suite and trousers when calling on clients or a doctor practicing in a dangerous part of town.
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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MY EDC is a PM9 and it goes with me whenever I'm out of my neighborhood, either in a pocket during hot weather or in a strongside belt holster when it's cool ... however ... when I'm out walking my dog or at home (actually retired!) I carry an NAA Pug loaded with Hornady Critical Defense rounds in a pocket holster ... you simply don't know it's there, but it gives you a gun ... just in case a gunfight breaks out ...
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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I voted for the .32 pocket. The P-32 is perfect for this. However, there is nothing wrong with a .380 pocket as well in the same size. The LCP is a good candidate.
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:39 PM   #8
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No reason to go with a .32 when the .380s are the same size.
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Old February 20, 2013, 02:40 PM   #9
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I'd rather carry a 380 in my pocket, but IMO, ankle holsters are darn near impossible to use quickly... about the only scenario I see at all practical, is ducking behind cover & getting down on one knee to pull the gun, cerainly couldn't draw while running or backing away... plus for me, I doubt my aging circulation could take something on my ankle tight enough to keep a compact gun from flopping around, without causing me issues, with regular use...
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:04 PM   #10
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Voted for pocket carry. Not all of us are gifted with sexy ankles to pull it off. The bad guy might faint at the sight of a hairy calf
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:42 PM   #11
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Pocket carry. Good luck getting your ankle carry out quick in an emergency.
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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Why limited to a 32 in the pocket, when you can get 380 and 9mms equal in size to most 32s?

I pocket carry both a 38 snub or a 9mm semi in my pocket
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:50 PM   #13
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Why not a .38 in the pocket?
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:03 PM   #14
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Also with the pocket cary group. I use pocket guns in .32, .380 .38 spl., and 9m/m nato. With proper holster all work well for me.
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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380 or 38 in pocket.
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:59 PM   #16
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I carry a P32 in my pocket.
Your ankle is a terrible place to carry a gun, except in very specialized circumstances.
As for there being no reason for rhe .32 when larger calibers are available:
The P32 is smaller, lighter, and thinner than any of the .380s, 9mms, or 38s.
The recoil on the .32 is far less, making follow-up shots easy. Not so with the tiny .380s and 9mms. The .32 is less susceptible to "limp wristing," too. The P32 also seems to be, in general, more reliable than the pocket .380s of similar size.
There are darned few 9mms and no .38s that I have ever been able to comfortably pocket carry.
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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Neither?

I'd pocket 9 or .38 snubbie in pocket. I'd only use ankle carry as a backup to a primary gun.
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:09 PM   #18
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I tried a .38 tucked in an ankle holster. That set up didn't make it 5 feet past my gun cabinet.

Like others have said, the ankle is not the way to have a firearm handy. Pocket carry, or even better inside the waistband is the way to go.
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:34 PM   #19
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Pocket carry.S & W 649 .357,loaded with .38 P+ P.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:45 PM   #20
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Actually for me ankle carry is faster than pocket carry. I am in a mobility chair and my CC is easier to get to.
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:30 PM   #21
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I say it doesn't matter what caliber the pocket gun is. It wins. The fact that it's faster outweighs any caliber difference IMO. That and the fact that a short barreled 38 special is going to be negligibly more powerful than a .32 or .380 pocket pistol. The person getting shot will not know the difference, the difference is the pocket pistol is faster so you have a greater chance of taking correct aim and/or getting more shots off which IMO makes it a more powerful gun.
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:52 PM   #22
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If I bent down to draw from an ankle holster I wouldn't be able to straighten up again in time to save my elderly derriere. I carry a Smith 640 .38 Special in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster. Nobody has ever seemed to notice it in over ten years I've carried the piece.
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Old February 21, 2013, 02:09 AM   #23
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I like a Smith Bodyguard .38 for pocket carry. When my hands were not plagued with arthritis, I liked a Seecamp .32.
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Old February 21, 2013, 03:13 AM   #24
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In my opinion:

Pocket guns - to protect you from muggers

Ankle/shoulder holsters - to protect you in an active shooter situation.

In a mugging situation, a .380 you can draw from your pocket in 1 second is better than a 10mm that takes you 5 seconds to draw. Advantage pocket gun.

In an active shooter situation, chances are you will have more time to react. In that situation, carrying a bigger gun in a ankle/shoulder/IWB holster makes alot of sense. If I'm going somewhere more risky, I find somewhere to carry my Beretta 96. I can't draw it quickly, but in a situation where I'd need it I should have time to get it.
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Old February 21, 2013, 04:20 AM   #25
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Well thought through Falcon - makes sense to me.
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