I carry an LCP or a Kahr CW9
This is a discussion on pocket pistol choice. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I carry an LCP or a Kahr CW9...
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I have the keltec pf9 as well-I really do like this little beast! Ive put probably 500 rds through it-fmj's,jhp's it eats em all. My buddy just got his kimber ultra,he hates it when I make him lay it down on the table next to my keltec. I love busting his nuts!
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As far as quality guns take a look at the old, but still excellent Walther PPK/S in 380. This is a reliable and accurate firearm, but the slide may be too difficult for a woman to rack and it tends to have more recoil bite than a Sig P-238. The Sig P-238 is a better choice, lighter, accurate, reliable and extremely comfortable to shoot. The P-238 is actually a redesigned Colt Mustang. For a little larger handgun, but still a comfortable pocket pistol due to it's thinness is the Walther PPS in 9mm. Very comfortable to shoot, extremely accurate, Glock reliability in a more powerful 9mm platform. All these guns cost more than the Ruger LCP, which is a fine gun for very close range duty or if money is an issue.
Love my Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380. I have, as of today, settled on my next purchase the LCR 357.... more details to follow. ((love my Mika holster too))
My PF-9 Kel Tec has never gave me a problem. I have a glock and I never carry it due to the weight and size unless it's in a OWB or shoulder holster. Both are great pistols however the PF-9 gets carried the most.
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If capacity is a concern, look at the Kel-Tec P11. It's a double-stack, 14oz unloaded, DAO 9x19, with 10 or 12 rd magazines (depends on the follower) but will also work with S&W 59 magazines. The trigger is long and heavy, but if you've shot a J-frame much, you can deal with it. I pocket-carried mine in pleated slacks or cargo trousers before going to the slightly smaller PF9. With its wider backstrap, the P11 doesn't sting nearly as much as the PF9.
I have a Glock 23...a fine gun but it does not fit my hands very well...i just got through cleaning ( long overdue ) my Tauras Titanium 85 38 special + p Revolver...to me it is not a pocket gun...i do carry it in a Cowboy vest, Smart Carry or ISWB...my pocket carry is the LCP...fits my hand...i can shoot very good groups & it has been flawless for me...and yes it is personal...I REALLY enjoy carrying my LCP...comfortable and easy to conceal....just my opinion...for what it is worth
100% reliable pistols I've pocket carried.......
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OP - It's going to depend on what you want.
A Ruger LCP is an "always" gun. It is about the smallest, flattest, and lightest pistol out there in a respectable caliber. Use .380 FMJ for penetration, and you're well protected. For males, there are no clothes (other than a Speedo ) that you cannot conceal one in. As far as "shootability," the finger extension on the mag gives you a firmly locked two-finger grip, and eliminates the pistol jumping around in your hand.
Small guns, in general, tend to make bad shooting habits stand out. If you don't know how to "squeeze" a trigger, you will have issues with small handguns, period. Larger guns have more mass, and can mask some bad habits. If you know how to shoot, however, you will be pleasantly surprised at what guns like the LCP can do. I can shoot one-ragged-hole groups at 7-10 yards (with a CT laser) all day long, no difficulty at all, at a fairly rapid rate. These guns will do, if you will do.
A Kahr PM9/CM9 will fit in *most* pockets, but not in all. I had some pants tailored (deepened and squared off the pocket bottom) to better accommodate my PM9. These pistols are also heavier than the LCP, and that can make a difference.
A snubbie is larger still, but many make them work in a pocket - but not me. I have tree-trunk thighs, and revolvers print horribly in my pants pockets. My other issue with revolvers in general is that you may pull the trigger several times before you realize you are empty (I've seen it happen), whereas a pistol like the PM9 will lock the slide open, or the LCP will give you a dead trigger after the first pull on an empty chamber. I don't want to go further into revolver vs semi-auto, but those were some considerations for me.
Any larger than that, and you are not really into "pocket" gun territory any more. Yes, I pocket my Glock 26 on duty as a secondary, but I'm not at all concerned about printing then.
Hope this is helpful.
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thank you guys for all the help i think i will be looking into the ruger lcp, the kahr cm9 and cw9. also any one have the 380 s&W Body guard?
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I carry my G23 everyday IWB crossbreed holster seay to carry all day every day and pocket carry either a smith and wesson body guard in .380 or a sig p238 sig is borderline pocket carry but the body guard fits right in my front or back pocket and comes from the factory with a laser.....
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