out of these choices...

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    Because of my very small build and height, my options for my secondary pocket carry pistol are very limited. I'd prefer a revolver, but I don't think there's one short enough that isn't single action, and height is really the difficult dimension for my pockets. My top two prioritizes for this comparison is reliability and ease of accurate shooting. My 5 options are; Kel Tec p-32, Beretta tomcat, the Rohrbaugh pistol, Ruger LCP, and the NAA GUARDIAN. In your opinions, which of these best fit my prioritizes? Thanks for you're time.


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    I have the P32 and it's been flawless for me. Sure does disappear quite nicely. I had an (lemon) LCP but it disappeared just as well.
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    If you like revolvers, the Ruger LCR might fit you. Double action pistols. It comes in 22LR (8 shot) or .38 Special or .357 mag (5 shot). I think there is also a 22Mag (6 shot) available. Nice little guns.
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    I'd love the LCR for pocket carry, but it's height of 4.5 inches are way to big for my otherwise very roomy pockets. The maximum height for me would be 3.7 inches. Yeah, I'm that small.

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    I have both the KelTec .32 and .380...if you're thinking about one of them, why not get the P-3AT (.380)?
    They are almost identical, so go for a bit more punch.
    Once in a while I'll grab my KT .380 to run down to the corner or have it on me to cut the grass.
    My KelTec's are both over 10 years old, and I've never had a problem with either...they are not 'fun at the range' guns.
    My wife likes to take the .32, and although I would like her to have something bigger, she like it, and it's better than nothing.
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    I've seen how the .380 fires, there's no way I can handle that recoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I have both the KelTec .32 and .380...if you're thinking about one of them, why not get the P-3AT (.380)?
    They are almost identical, so go for a bit more punch.
    Once in a while I'll grab my KT .380 to run down to the corner or have it on me to cut the grass.
    My KelTec's are both over 10 years old, and I've never had a problem with either...they are not 'fun at the range' guns.
    My wife likes to take the .32, and although I would like her to have something bigger, she like it, and it's better than nothing.
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    Amen! When my mother finally crossed over to the gun side of things, my dad rushed out and bought her a .38 revolver. During her CWP class, she had the chance to shoot the KT P32 and went out and bought one. He gave her some grief over it, but unlike the .38 he bought her, she carries the KT everywhere. That was some time ago and she hasn't budged.
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    If a .380 is out from recoil, then parhaps...
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    You mentioned this is for secondary pocket carry, what's your primary?
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    A .380 is out only for the 8 ounce Kel Tec.

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    a snubbie revolver, not sure of the exact model yet.

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    Get the P32 kel tec in hard chrome and run FMJ in it. Get ur self a nice pocket holster for it and ur set.
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    A J-Frame Smith & Wesson would fit the bill...
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    My wife carried the Ruger LCP for awhile until she wanted a revolver.

    Looked at a few of them and she settled upon the Ruger LCR in .357 magnum. I was not so sure about the magnum cartridge in small revolver but she wasn't going to shoot 100 rounds of the stuff. You can also shoot .38 special and +P ammo as well. She handles the gun quite well and it's been her companion for two years now.

    The LCR (Light Carry Revolver) is sweet, I'd like one myself. It is easy to conceal, very light polymer frame with steel cylinder and barrel, has Hogue grips and a cam assisted trigger that is smooth as glass to pull for a hammerless double action revolver.

    My suggestion is to look seriously at the Ruger LCR for primary or back up. It would serve any purpose well.
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    If the Ruger LCR is out of the question, you may want to look at the Tomcat. I say that based upon the comment you made about the .380 recoil. The Tomcat is also small enough for pocket carry, which seems to be a challenge due to your stature. I had a partner when I was a street cop that carried the Tomcat as a hide-out gun. He carried a Gold Dot load that he said was both accurate and penetrated fairly deep. I would much rather have a 38 Special out of your choices, but you have to work around the physical considerations you listed for pocket carry. The Tomcat would definitely serve you well in my opinion.
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