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  • Kel Tec -p3at

    82 10.83%
  • Ruger-lcr

    135 17.83%
  • Kahr-p380

    90 11.89%
  • DiamondBack .380

    10 1.32%
  • Sig-p238

    192 25.36%
  • S&W BodyGuard .380

    98 12.95%
  • other

    150 19.82%
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    When I purchased a pocket pistol I looked at Ruger, Taurus, Kel-Tec, Kahr & SIG.
    The SIG was the best built with the Ruger next. The price and size of the LCP won me over..
    All of this is my own opinion

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    i picked other in this poll only because the lcp was not listed. IMO it is the best pocket pistol on the market today due to it size and how easy it is to shoot. it is also a very reliable little gun.

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    When I purchased my pocket gun, I looked into the Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec P-3AT, Taurus TCP and the Sig Sauer P232. Ultimately, I decided to buy the best pocket gun ever...Smith & Wesson 442 snub nose revolver in .38+P!!!
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    Snubbie revolvers have their place. The difference is that pistols like the LCP will fit in just about ANY men's pants pockets, while snubbies are too large for some pockets.
    The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
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    I chose the sig. Not only because I have one but because it does a lot of things the others don't.
    I like the LCP........but, the slide doesn't lock back on the last round, the sig does. The LCP barely has sights, the sig has night sights.
    The LCP is snappy at best, painful at worst. The sig is a joy to shoot, very little felt recoil.
    The sig slide is easy to rack, it looks good, has a positive safety.


    Note: How anyone can call a Walther PPK or a sig 232 or a Bersa Thunder a "pocket Pistol" is beyond me.
    but someone could probably carry a brick in their pocket and not notice it. (If you have good suspenders)

    I want a PPK, but not for pocket carry.
    Right now, I carry a Seecamp. I like small.

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    Diamondback DB380
    I have one and it has worked great right out of the box. Have 300 plus rounds through mine.
    There were issues with earlier models but hearing good things now.
    Check out their 2-tone nickel plated version along with other models.
    http://diamondbackfirearms.com/

    FEG PA-63 in 9x18
    The power is between a .380 and 9mm but its a bit bigger than pocket size.
    This little gun shoots wonderful.
    It's basically a PPK knockoff.
    Ammo is inexpensive and plentiful online.
    http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=feg+pa-63&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=4K-kTIKQKdDTngek2ryQAQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&c t=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQzAMwAA%22]

    There ya go......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post


    Note: How anyone can call a Walther PPK or a sig 232 or a Bersa Thunder a "pocket Pistol" is beyond me.
    but someone could probably carry a brick in their pocket and not notice it. (If you have good suspenders)
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    Well, compared to my XD45 or my 1911, its lighter and smaller and i'm a (relatively) big guy, so my pockets are large via the huge waste band...
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    LCP

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    I'm not familiar enough with the other guns to say, but I can say I own an elsie p with crimson trace laser and like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post

    Note: How anyone can call a Walther PPK or a sig 232 or a Bersa Thunder a "pocket Pistol" is beyond me.
    but someone could probably carry a brick in their pocket and not notice it. (If you have good suspenders)

    I want a PPK, but not for pocket carry.
    Right now, I carry a Seecamp. I like small.
    Because with the flush baseplate on the mag it's pretty much the same size as the PPK, it has only a slightly longer sight radius and is just a thin as my Sig P238.


    I carry both a lot and enjoy the quality and ease of carry. Great two gun package IMO.
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    I shoot a Kel-Tec P3AT, and it is a good gun for what it is for. However recently my daughter bought a Sig P238 , and I honest to god got gun envy, that is the sweetest shooting little .380 that I have ever fired ( right up there with my Sig P230 , with a smaller package). I recently got a S&W body guard 38 and in retrospect wish that I had went with the Sig P238 , however the wife likes the bodyguard more as she is more comfortable with a revolver.
    A hand gun is like a fire extinguisher , I wish to use neither, but have both on hand in case of need ; both are personal protection devices that serve the same purpose . ie safety of you and your family.

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    I voted other for the LCP as well. It goes where I go, regardless of any other I may bring with me.
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    Had to vote "other" but I understand you meant LCP now.
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    experience comes from bad decisions"

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    kel tec for me. many miles on one. hard to beat.
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    The balance of trigger quality, quality of sights, overall shootability, size, weight, recoil, etc. make me say Kahr P380. The Ruger LCP is so popular becasue of price and the fact that it did well in the market as a refined P3AT. the P238 is drop dead geeeooooreouuuuusssss but I don't like a safety on a pocket piece and the triggers I've tried on several had too heavy of a pull despite being SA. it also feels heavier and bigger in my hand/pocket than the P380. Main drawback on the Kahr and Sig is the price which again leads many to favor the LCP. However, having owned the LCP, the grip was smaller and less secure in my hand and it was so smooth it jumped more in my hand. Also, the natural pointability of the P380 was better than my LCP or my P3AT. But I sure do think that P238 is PURRRRRDYYYYYYYYYY! But that's not a valid criteria for a pocket gun in my opinion.

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