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    hello, looking into pocket pistols. friend of mine has a beretta it's a 8+1 .25 so, i think it's the bobcat. like the way it's just slips into a suit pocket. i have been looking at some different models. ruger lcp, kel tec and the s&w bodygaurd 380. not really crazy about the beretta just like the compactness so, i am looking at ones similar to it. haven't shot any of them so they are all still in play even the beretta. what do you guys carry and opinions on mainly the kel tecs. they are in my price range. have seen a couple of reviews on youtube and they seem to be the best for the value. opinions welcome thanks.
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    Beretta pocket pistols....

    .22 LR = bobcat
    .25 ACP = jetfire
    .32 ACP = Tomcat


    I have a bobcat and jetfire. I don't carry either...
    I also have a keltec P3AT but rarely carry it anymore. Most times it would be if I didn't have time to get on a holster and couldn't offer a front pocket for my j frame I would toss the keltec in my back pocket.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    If it cant fire a bullet of at least 158 grains at 800 fps , I have no pockets for it.

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    The minimum round for self-defense should be .380 and I believe that is still pushing it to the minimum. Forget that Beretta Bobcat. They sure are pretty and small, but a .32 ACP caliber is not worth it for self-defense. If you insist on buying a very small and ultra concealable pistol in .380, then look no further than the Ruger LCP. I suggest you also look at a snub nose revolver such as the Ruger LCR .38+P or the S&W 642 .38+P and sub-compact pistols in 9mm such as the Kahr PM9, Glock 26, Walther PPS, Kel-Tec PF9, Kel-Tec P11 and other sub-compact pistols in this category.

    Here's a good guide for pocket pistols (a.k.a. "Mouse Guns"): http://www.mouseguns.com/pocksize.htm

    This is what I prefer to carry in my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    If it cant fire a bullet of at least 158 grains at 800 fps , I have no pockets for it.
    I used to think that way... I either carried my .45 or nothing at all. Since then I have spoken to many people and under gone training that taught me to think beyond what happens if pulling the trigger doesn't work.

    Using insufficient resources wisely is better than using plentiful resources foolishly. A small gun in your pocket is better than having your .45 at your house.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    I have had a Kel Tec .32 since they first came out and I've carried a Beretta 950, 21, and a Tomcat at one time or another. But, about 90% of the time they were carried as backups, not primaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    This is what I prefer to carry in my pocket.

    BINGO!!!! S&W 442. ultimate pocket gun. I have 12 handguns and my 442 is the most versatile one I have. It's a basic tool that should be in the chest.
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    The Ruger LCP, Kel Tec and Bodyguard would all suit your needs for a pocket pistol. If you have not yet shot one of the micro 380s you might want to rent the ones you are looking at and try them out. They are not the easiest handgun to master. If you are looking for a back up gun or will be limited to pocket carry one of the micro 380s will probably suit your needs. I am not fond of the little 380s. I have a LCP but have only had it a few days. I do not intend on it being the only gun that I have on me except in rare cases. It does make a great PJ pocket gun though.
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    for my pocket pistol I carry a LCP or the S&W airweight 442 depending on the event of the day, my EDC is 40 cal G27 0r M&Pc good luck
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    The Kel-tec can use +p ammo the Ruger not. I am carrying the Buffalo Bore 100 grain flat nosed hardball in +p. It makes the Kel Tec really recoil but it hits almost as hard as a 9mm x 18. I have several hundred rounds through mine and except for a dodgy trigger which they repaired at no cost it has been a good gun. I drop it in a pocket in a Uncle Mikes pocket holster and you don't even know it is there.

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    Ruger LCP for me.
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    S&W 642 in a DeSantis SuperFly and Taurus PT145 in a Ross Leather pocket holster are my pocket guns.
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    I really like my LCP, I rarely go out with out it.
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    I would try out as many guns as possible before buying one. Everyone's idea of what a pocket gun is varies greatly. I own the Ruger LCP, Kahr P380 and a Seecamp 32. They all pocket carry very easily and are very light. I have a S&W J-Frame (638) which a lot of people pocket carry, but I find to be very uncomfortable and it prints more than I would like due to it's cylinder. Don't forget that you will also want a pocket holster for any gun you try, so the fit different.

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    As others have written, try various pistols out and pick what's best for you. I highly recommend the LCP.

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