Best Pocket Choice?

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    Best Pocket Choice?

    First: I have a few full sizes, compact, and subcompact and a snubby.

    After putting some thought into what I'd really like for my next purchase, I decided I wanted something smaller/same size as my snubby that I can just throw in my gym shorts/shorts pocket and head off with, comfortably.

    I've looked and 'felt up' a few .25's, .32's, and .380's... I'm no expert, so I'm just curious as to anybody's reconmendation far as caliber and/or model wise might be.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I encourage nothing smaller than 38+p or 9mm+p I really like my S&W360 in 357mag...
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blitzburgh View Post
    First: I have a few full sizes, compact, and subcompact and a snubby.

    After putting some thought into what I'd really like for my next purchase, I decided I wanted something smaller/same size as my snubby that I can just throw in my gym shorts/shorts pocket and head off with, comfortably.
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blitzburgh View Post
    First: I have a few full sizes, compact, and subcompact and a snubby.

    After putting some thought into what I'd really like for my next purchase, I decided I wanted something smaller/same size as my snubby that I can just throw in my gym shorts/shorts pocket and head off with, comfortably.

    I've looked and 'felt up' a few .25's, .32's, and .380's... I'm no expert, so I'm just curious as to anybody's reconmendation far as caliber and/or model wise might be.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sig P238. Great combination of size, weight, accuracy, reliability and ergonomics. I use a wallet holster and it disappears.
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    I carry the S&W Airweight and the Sig P238. They each weigh about a pound. The P238 is a little better pocket gun while the .38 + p round is about 2X more powerful. I have laser on each and practice each week with both guns so I can't say one is better than the other, just different. Either one would hurt like hell and do the job.
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    It will depend on how big your pockets are and how loose your pants are. Since you have a snubbie already, is the weight or shape the problem? I've got a P11 that I think is too heavy for throwing in a shorts pocket. I'm leaning towards a P32 over a P3AT b/c of recoil, slide lock, and 1 extra round.

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    I've got a Kahr P380 in my pocket right now.
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    Love my SIGs. Love my 238. Outstanding pocket gun. Typical SIG, spendy and reliable.
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    S&W j-frame. I carry the 442.

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    My LCP will disapear in any pocket.

    The trigger takes some getting used to but with practice is a very accurate pocket pistol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    My LCP will disapear in any pocket.

    The trigger takes some getting used to but with practice is a very accurate pocket pistol.
    Not to mention reliable compared to most other pocket pistols.
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    I carry a Kel tec p32 in my pocket. I know the .32 is really to small of a round for SD but I got a great deal on it and couldn't pass it up. Reliability has been great and surprisingly accurate for such a small gun. That being said, if you go with a kel tec I would recommend going up to the Kel Tec P3AT in .380

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