380 or 38 Special for pocket carry. Pick one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in VA View Post
    Revolvers are nearly dead as defense weapons.
    I know for a fact there are a few million people that would argue with that statement
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Almost anyone can pocket carry a 38 snubby. You just have to get different pants with big pockets.

    38 special +P beats 380 hands down.
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    Im currently trying to figure out how to carry a M38 in my pocket. I agree with Big Larry. I like the 38 but I have very few pants with pockets deep enough. I know my work pants hide it but the butt shines from the openind. If I carry my P32 its just there doesnt bulge or shine. I have thought of painting (yes painting a 1968-1969 J frame) the but with a flat black paint so maybe it would better blend. Just thoughts. When I can where my shirt untucked I like to have my M38 in my pocket and my Glock 26 either at 4:00 IWB or in a Safecarry. That being said I would love to vote J frame but not sure I can just yet I refuse to give up.

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    Been carrying j-frame for the last year but just started carrying a TCP this week. I love the lightweight and thin profile in my front pocket compared to the .38!

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    I like the small foot print the LCP has. And feel it has enough power for a pocket gun.

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    I go with the 380 and 6+1 and 6 in spare mag.

    Reloads much faster, and is flatter, and easier to conceal, and 13 ready rounds is better than 5, and trying to find 5 loose rounds or speed loader that needs a lot of work to become proficient, with when all you need do is insert mag and re chamber.
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    Agreeing with adameeski

    I prefer the 38, but pocket carry is a really personal issue because you "feel" the gun so much more. BUT... I'm writing to agree with adameeski - ported guns have zero place in SD. If you need to use your gun in a hurry, you'll be lucky to have time to fire it, much less extend your arm. The point is to injure the other guy with a bullet, not burn yourself needlessly.

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    Rub-a-dub dub, I'll roll with a snub.
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    I'll take two extra rounds, and easier to carry with similar ballistics (with buffalo bore .380) and a faster and easier to conceal reload.

    Unless I'm in a snubbie mood.

    Oh, what the hey, I'll just stick my Glock in my Smartcarry and not worry about it.
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    From what I see coming into the Store as trades, I see the 38 Spl snubbies going out the door as fast as the LCP guns, except for no ammo to go in the 380. Not much difference in size except for girth between the LCP and the revolver.. In truth, 5 shots out of the revolver beats the one FTF in the 380.. Just my opinion though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in VA View Post
    Revolvers are nearly dead as defense weapons.
    Trust in God and keep your powder dry

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    Snubbie, but I only like to pocket carry in a jacket or a cargo pocket; no front pocket carry. If I can't I will go IWB with a compact 9mm or OWB with a larger auto or revolver.

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    I have and LCP and an S&W 649 357 magnum. I carry both in the front pocket with a pocket holster without any issues. The 649 is a little heavy (stainless), but if I am carrying the gun and have to use the thing just the noise will stop anyone in their tracks and the bullet certainly packs a punch. However, I do not hesitate to carry the LCP as well as I have done for the last couple of months.

    Good luck.

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    J-frame all the way
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