This is a discussion on Considering upgrading my pocket gun within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I use Speer Lawman 95 grain FMJ in my Diamondback and I feel comfortable with that load to do as good as any .380 can. ...
I use Speer Lawman 95 grain FMJ in my Diamondback and I feel comfortable with that load to do as good as any .380 can. My SP-101 snubbie goes IWB and that is as small a .357 as this old man wants to shoot. If I tried to carry it in my pocket at 5'11" and 170 lbs the Mae West line of "Is that Gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" would fit the ocassion.
For me a flat .380 is the best for the role of pocket carry. It is most always carried as a BUG to a larger caliber weapon, either 9mm, 40 S&W or .45.
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I have the M&P 340 and love it. First four are .38 and the last one is a magnum. Great front sight too!
Given the frequency of repeat offenders committing ultra violent crime and who are willing to go to any end to avoid going back to jail and the number of meth/crack heads that roam amongst us looking for their next fix, I believe in quantity of fire way more than I have faith in the dependable caliber. Further, I also prefer many big holes to small ones. I'd stick with the M&P or Glock personally, but definitely something in a double stack.
In the minority here, I know.
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I'd stick with the five shot but would opt for something a bit lighter than a magnum load to enable quicker follow-ups. But that's dependent on my skill level. I just can't get back on target in sufficient time with a five shot pistol. It's another story with some of the short barrel SS six shooters that I have, but I digress.
I've been carrying a lightweight (and not so lightweight) revolver in a front pocket holster for better than 15 years now. I think a small frame revolver is the best way to go for pocket carry. It offers excellent reliability, good to excellent power, and a very pocket friendly shape. The small magnums have a bite, but in my opinion it isn't as bad for the shooter as the internet rumors claim.
I'd do it, the LCP has a place, but I think a small revolver, .38 Special or .357 is a better overall choice.
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Obviously most will never have the same secure feeling with an LCP or other similar sized pocket gun as they will have with the .45, .40, or even the 9mm. However, there are many times where deep concealed carry with a larger firearm is not practical, particularly in the summer in an office environment with no coat. I am not one who is attracted to the "underwear holster" concealment and the like. When concealing my .40 or .45 is not practical, the LCP will fit anywhere and go anywhere without any hastle or concealment concerns whatsoever. The LCP is better than not carrying anything. I have tried pocket carry with the XD SC .40 and Baby Glock, but they are not pocket guns -- The LCP truly definitely is a pocket gun. If nothing else, keep it and carry it as a backup.
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