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Old January 10, 2002, 07:36 PM   #1
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smallest guns

In looking for guns for concealed carry, I often wonder what is the smallest gun of a certain type in a given caliber - like what's the smallest semi-auto in .40S&W ? I haven't been able to find this information collected anywhere. So I started collecting it myself: http://www.SmallestGuns.com.

If you're aware of something that should be on the list, please submit it. If you find any incorrect information or problems, please email me.

If you know of some other place this information is available, please let me know so I can stop duplicating efforts.

I'm still actively developing this site - the DNS entries were finished today. I still need to impliment sorting and filtering.
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Old January 10, 2002, 08:28 PM   #2
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The smallest/lightest is the Kel-Tec P-40. Recently discontinued by KT due to too many getting returned with nothing wrong with them. Small/light pistols with a powerful round must be held firmly or jams can result from limpwristing. Some of the early P-40s had a few manufacturing problems. They are still available though as a good number are still in the distributor pipeline. Kel-Tec will continue to honor the warranty and they will continue to have spare parts for them if this fits your needs.

See the Kel-Tec owners group website and "Bulletin Board" link there for more info.:

http://www.ktog.org
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Old January 10, 2002, 11:50 PM   #3
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I did some of this research a few years ago. I was looking for a gun I could carry when I couldn't carry a gun. I required a tiny gun that could fire each time i pulled the trigger. Thus, no NAA mini-revolvers, semmerlings, or derringers. all of which required cocking. What I came up with was the KBI PSP-25. It's a copy of the Browning Baby, and is also made by a company named Bauer. Under 10 ounces, smaller than the Kel-Tec P32 (though slightly wider and heavier), and smaller and lighter than the Beretta.

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Old January 11, 2002, 01:13 AM   #4
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Look into...

...the Downsizer WSP.
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Old January 11, 2002, 01:35 AM   #5
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Tamara...

Ouch! Reminds me of a .357 Mag derringer I saw once. Painful to shoot, but more so on the other end.
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Old January 11, 2002, 06:45 AM   #6
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I've had some small and powerful derringers and still have an almost weightless "plastic" one, an Intratec, in .38. It kicks as hard as my .38 maximum, .45 Long Colt/.410 and my .44 Magnum because this little .38 is so very light. I love it however as it's a two shot semi-automatic!

I did not care for the regular derringers as they required a difficult cocking maneuver.

Love my Keltecs, my Makarov and my Glock 19.
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Old January 11, 2002, 07:50 AM   #7
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The CA2000 is a really neat mini revolver.
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Old January 11, 2002, 08:32 AM   #8
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Does anybody have one of those CA2000's? Anybody at least fired or seen one in the flesh?
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Old January 11, 2002, 09:06 AM   #9
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I've seen and handled the little .22s with the folding trigger. It seemed to be well built and it is fairly small. But not as pocketable as a Keltec P32 of course. Still it seemed to be a pretty nice little revolver.
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Old January 11, 2002, 11:20 AM   #10
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Darxus, looks like you forgot to include the Kahr MK9, and the Beretta Tomcat (.32ACP).

http://www.kahr.com/images/m9096.gif
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Old January 11, 2002, 11:49 AM   #11
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BTW...

Darxus,

Here's a pic of some small guns you can feel free to use. (Glock 33, Taurus 731UL, Beretta 3032 Tomcat and Beretta 950BS Jetfire)

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Old January 11, 2002, 11:52 AM   #12
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Seecamp, anyone? .32 auto


Semmerling LM-4 .45 ACP


The first image is from..actually I don't remember the address. The second, from American Derringer Co. website.
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Old January 11, 2002, 10:35 PM   #13
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I'll submit my Colt Mustang & PocketLite .380 ACP's to your list.
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Old January 12, 2002, 06:09 AM   #14
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Thanks for your feedback everyone. Still haven't done the filtering / sorting. I'll get to it, I swear.


alamo, the information I have found, which was on my site at the time you posted, indicates that the Kahr MK40 is smaller than the Kel-Tec P40 (although the Kel-Tec is lighter and has a higher capacity). I've had a Kel-Tec P32 for a while and am fond of the little thing and it's probably part of what motivated me to start the site.

Tamara, thanks a lot for the link to the Downsizer WSP, very cool. I had been beginning to wonder if anything would beat the Kel-Tec P32 :)

Jody, went looking for specs on the Makarov, but didn't find dimensions. I just asked the folks at makarov.com to tell me.

mini14jac, that CA2000 is cute, but they have no dimensions or weight listed :/

Rovert, if all the date & time stamps are right, I've had that Kahr listed since before I posted the url to this forum. But I have it listed as the M9097A instead of the MK9, because the former is displayed much more prominently on the manufacturers page (and that form is used in the url you offered) - but if the shorter form is more common, I will change it, is it ?

Meowhead, ah yes, the Seecamp certainly should be on this list.
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Old January 12, 2002, 04:28 PM   #15
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Here's my entry in the small carry gun derby. From the top left across in rows:

Glock 26 (9mm), Keltec P32 (.32), Keltec P9 (9mm)
HJS 4 shot derringer (.22), NAA Guardian (.32), Baby Browning (.25)
Walther Model 9 (.25), NAA mini-rev (.22), Colt Mustang Pocketlite (.380)

There must be a gun in there for almost any small gun carry requirement.


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Old January 12, 2002, 04:47 PM   #16
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Everyone should have one of these, one of Colt's most popular models. Mine was made in 1921.
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Old January 12, 2002, 09:24 PM   #17
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Two tiny 22s are the

NAA 22S - one of the smallest guns I've seen
HJS 4 barrelled 22 LR derringer

HJS also made a small 380.
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Old January 13, 2002, 01:35 PM   #18
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Dr.Rob,

I have a Colt 1908, it just didn't make the cut. I believe mine was made in 1922...

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Old January 13, 2002, 06:38 PM   #19
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johnwill,

Now that's a great photo! I never realized that my P11 was so big (which you've called a P9), or that a P32 is so small. Specifications don't quite tell the story like a picture.

The prettiest one, IMO, is the Colt Mustang. I might want to compare one ergonomically to a PPK.
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Old January 13, 2002, 08:26 PM   #20
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P11, P9, what's the difference? It is interesting to gather them all in one place and look at them. It's interesting that you like the Mustang, it's still my most frequent carry. I trust it, it's small, and I think that seven shots of 92gr GS will spoil most bad guy's day for sure.
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Old January 14, 2002, 06:44 AM   #21
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Love that pocket carry.......

Darxus: Great little website. I, too, am a diehard small gun pocket carry fan. I've owned the Beretta Model 21 Bobcat in .22lr, three mini revolvers (2 mags and 1 .22LR), KelTec P11, KelTec P32, and Taurus Mod 85 ultralite. My current favorite is the KelTec p32 by far. I think it is the most technologically advance small pistol ever made. I only wish George Kelgren would bring his workmanship and materials to a higher level of quality. The two guns that currently intrigue me are the Kahr MK9's and MK40's. The Mk may weigh 23 oz but it is pretty near as short, high, and wide as a P32. Just might have to go out and get one. Jeff the 22luvr
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Old January 14, 2002, 07:39 AM   #22
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two shot semi-automatic

A derringer is not semi automatic.
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Old January 14, 2002, 04:02 PM   #23
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I believe it is correct to call my Intratec .38 a two shot semi-auto as I pull the trigger twice and it goes bang, bang. No hammer to pull back.

Is there a term that is more correct in your opinion? Please explain your adversity to the term and your choice for the correct term.

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Perhaps "Double Action Derringer"?

But I see what you're saying...
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Old January 14, 2002, 04:32 PM   #25
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I wonder... actually it is not truely double action as there is no other action, single action, hammer pulling choice.

It is pull trigger as only choice. Pull trigger twice, two shots, bang-bang.

Ohhh and one other thing... a bit of an OWW after a dozen or so shots in practice. The little pistol is almost weightless and has only room for one and a half fingers on the grip. It would feel better to use the middle finger to pull the trigger, BUT that puts the index finger out past the end of the barrel which is NOT good.
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