Best Pocket Choice?

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    my LCP goes in most of my pant pockets without any printing or in/out issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Footslogger View Post
    I sold my .380's after deciding I prefer the heavier round that the .38 offers. I also prefer the grip of a small revolver for drawing from the pocket. I know it depends on the holster and pocket, but for me my semi autos just did not draw out of the pocket like my j-frame. I have a S&W 642 and I am very happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antimatter View Post
    The DB9 gets a lot of mixed reviews from what I've read. I really want to give it a try since it seems as close to a true pocket 9 as anything out. You've had good luck with yours?

    No problems with my DB9. However I have only shot 115gr and 124gr which is what the factory recommeneds and no +P. Though when it first came out last year, they had a youtube video of one of the employees shooting +P 9mm ammo out of it without any problems and there are several people on the Diamondbacktalk forum that have shot +P also without any problems. However there was some guy on the internet that had a kaboom with his I believe using +P ammo and then the factory now says not to shoot +P. I like the gun it is very small. I once had a Smith&Wesson Bodyguard 380 and laid the BG380 and DB9 on top of each other, next to each other, etc. and they are both just about the same size. Mind you the BG380 is also just about the same size as the Ruger LCP with Crimsontrace laser installed. After firing about 500 problem free rounds though my DB9 I sold my BG380. I now have close to 1000 rounds through it. The DB9 is so light that shooting more than 25 rounds though it and your hand will start getting tired. Also remember that this is NOT a range gun and also with it being so small and light, my opinion is that the tolernaces are very small and tight. So in the beginning during breakin period of approx. 250 rounds that the factory recommends some people will have problems with FTE, etc. but seems to smooth out after a few hundred rounds. When I first got my DB9 I stripped it clean and sat there and cycled the slide a few thousand times while watching a movie on a Saturday afternoon to help break in the tight and very strong recoil spring and any mating surfaces of the slide and frame. Also with this gun being so small and light even experienced shooters when first shooting this can and will limp wrist it causing problems. Some will not admit it and blame the gun. I know and have seen this as I had a friend that is an experienced shooter that weighs over 200 pounds try and shoot my DB9 and the first few shots he had FTE problems. He gave me back the gun and I shot a full magazine fine. Gave it back to him and again he had problems. Gave it back to me and I shot the rest of the magazine fine. He called it my little hand cannon !!! So take that for what it is worth. Would I recommend this gun to someone ?? For a first time gun owner.....NO, even for experienced gun owner......NO, but if the experienced gun owner know of what to expect... then....YES. I hope this helps. God Bless
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    Quote Originally Posted by VBVAGUY View Post
    No problems with my DB9. However I have only shot 115gr and 124gr which is what the factory recommeneds and no +P. Though when it first came out last year, they had a youtube video of one of the employees shooting +P 9mm ammo out of it without any problems and there are several people on the Diamondbacktalk forum that have shot +P also without any problems. However there was some guy on the internet that had a kaboom with his I believe using +P ammo and then the factory now says not to shoot +P. I like the gun it is very small. I once had a Smith&Wesson Bodyguard 380 and laid the BG380 and DB9 on top of each other, next to each other, etc. and they are both just about the same size. Mind you the BG380 is also just about the same size as the Ruger LCP with Crimsontrace laser installed. After firing about 500 problem free rounds though my DB9 I sold my BG380. I now have close to 1000 rounds through it. The DB9 is so light that shooting more than 25 rounds though it and your hand will start getting tired. Also remember that this is NOT a range gun and also with it being so small and light, my opinion is that the tolernaces are very small and tight. So in the beginning during breakin period of approx. 250 rounds that the factory recommends some people will have problems with FTE, etc. but seems to smooth out after a few hundred rounds. When I first got my DB9 I stripped it clean and sat there and cycled the slide a few thousand times while watching a movie on a Saturday afternoon to help break in the tight and very strong recoil spring and any mating surfaces of the slide and frame. Also with this gun being so small and light even experienced shooters when first shooting this can and will limp wrist it causing problems. Some will not admit it and blame the gun. I know and have seen this as I had a friend that is an experienced shooter that weighs over 200 pounds try and shoot my DB9 and the first few shots he had FTE problems. He gave me back the gun and I shot a full magazine fine. Gave it back to him and again he had problems. Gave it back to me and I shot the rest of the magazine fine. He called it my little hand cannon !!! So take that for what it is worth. Would I recommend this gun to someone ?? For a first time gun owner.....NO, even for experienced gun owner......NO, but if the experienced gun owner know of what to expect... then....YES. I hope this helps. God Bless
    For the size and design it was surprisingly accurate. It just didn't work for me: cracked frame (I did not even use +P), failures. I didn't think the recoil was that bad. However, it's just not a gun that works for everyone's shooting style. I am curious to know the breakdown of pressure that you use when shooting it one handed versus two handed. Pics? Video?

    However, I acquired a P238 and p938 and I have been happy with that combination. No failures of any kind. Still fits the pocket, has night sights, and for both, they can handle +P.
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    Glock 33 (.357 Sig). There's a reason the Secret Service and the U.S. Air Marshalls (not to mention numerous highway patrol agencies) have adopted it. Better-than-.357 mag ballistics (when loaded with Doubletap ammo), and you get 9+1. And if you happen to miss, the massive muzzle flash and blast may just scare the bad guy to death! I recommend the Superfly pocket holster. Even though "baby Glocks" are not all that small, they disappear in a pocket in the right holster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
    What were your .380s?
    I had an LCP and a Sig p238. I did not like the LCP, but I did actually like the Sig. I just still decided that I was going to stick to .38 and 9mm for various reasons (and I needed money for a new hunting rifle).
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    I couldn't imagine pocket carrying in gym shorts. :-o

    If I pocket carry my Poly Taurus 38 in normal shorts/pants I feel like I'm carrying a brick in my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STLRampage View Post
    I couldn't imagine pocket carrying in gym shorts. :-o

    If I pocket carry my Poly Taurus 38 in normal shorts/pants I feel like I'm carrying a brick in my pocket.
    If I'm wearing gym type shorts around the house, will pocket carry. If I'm actually going to the gym, I use a smartcarry. Of course, I haven't been to the gym in so long, I don't have any idea where it's at...
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    Quote Originally Posted by STLRampage View Post
    I couldn't imagine pocket carrying in gym shorts. :-o

    If I pocket carry my Poly Taurus 38 in normal shorts/pants I feel like I'm carrying a brick in my pocket.
    I do it all the time with my P380.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher10 View Post
    Ruger LCP. I can't even tell I'm carrying it.

    Yes, the .380 is a compromise round but all pocket pistols are a compromise. Other than that I am very happy with my LCP.
    Good self defense ammo is especially important with a marginal self defense caliber. I carry Speer Gold Dot for the .380.
    Do you mean happy in the sense that it effectively stopped a threat or happy that it is comfortable to carry and works well at the range? Not much info about real world shootings with the LCP/.380 so I have a hard time figuring out if people are judging their guns by how they look, carry or make holes in paper targets versus their intended use to stop a human. Please clarify what about the LCP makes you happy enough to trust your life to it?

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    Ruger LCP w/Crimson Trace in a Recluse pocket holster. I carried everyday (business casual for work and jeans off work) for over 15 months before my girlfriend even noticed. She had touched it several times in my pocket and made a couple of comments about my wallet being big. And she is normally pretty observant, I guess she never noticed that I carry my money clip wallet in my other front pocket. She only recently saw the LCP laying on the bed while I was changing into jeans after work and asked why I was carrying one of my guns. Little does she know that I carry it EVERY day!
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    LCP with DeSantis Nemesis works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    What doesn't work for you with your existing snub - too heavy? You can get down to about 16 ounces and still have manageable recoil with a .38 +P.

    If you need something lighter and/or flatter, the Kel-Tec P3AT or Ruger LCP are pretty useful and are probably closer to 12 ounces. Recoil can be pretty snappy, but that's a highly subjective thing. My own "bare minimum" gun is a Kel-Tec .32, which is just a tick smaller than the "big brother" .380, but it's a real eye-socket gun. I should have opted for the .380... but fortunately I rarely have to go that light.

    And remember that you need a pocket holster for that pocket gun!
    Yeah, my P32 used to go everywhere with me as BUG or main carry depending on the situation. Bought my wife a LCP but she shot it and was flinching so bad that I offered her my P32 to try. Now carry a LCP as my BUG and she won't let me have my little friend back. It was fluffed,buffed with over 1000 rounds down range, never a hiccup, I feel ok with her carrying it because she isn't afraid of the weapon and is dead on accurate with it; can't say that for the beastly little Ruger. Seriously thinking about trading the LCP for another P32.

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