I've had the CC permit for almost 5 years but rarely use it b/c my 9mm pistols (SW Model 3906, Ruger P85) are too large for easy and low profile CC.
Been thinking to get something smaller so I could carry it say in a cargo pants pocket or something. Had a bug in my mind to get a 38 special (with the low profile hammer, not a hammerless) like my dad used to have, unfortunately he gave it away years ago.
While window shopping at the gun store, the owner showed me what he carries in the store, a little 380 that fits into a wallet size holster. Nifty little thing.
So today, I tried a box of 50 rounds with a borrowed 38 to see what it was like. It's been 25 years since I shot a 38, and I'd forgotten about the brisk recoil. I brought my 9mm along for comparison, and shooting that was like shooting a pop gun after the 38. In the USN I qualified expert with the 45 (and I grew up in rural TN shooting all kinds of guns), and even while rusty I can pretty reliably quickly put 7 of 8 into the head or COM of a man size paper target at 7 yards. But, I was doing well to hit the broad side of a barn with the 38, definitely will take more practice if I want to get one.
So, I'm curious what you experienced ones think of this, what would you suggest for someone like me who's looking for something more reasonably sized for CC? Until today I thought I'd just get a 38, but now I don't know. Despite the size of the full size 9mm auto, I really feel a lot more comfortable with that about being able to hit what I'm trying to hit, and it's comforting to have at least 8 or even 15 rounds ready to go. I worry about the 38, only getting 5 rounds now and having trouble even hitting a mansize target at 20 feet. But, I can't stick a 9mm auto in my cargo pocket like I could a 38. For CC situations, I also like the idea of just grabbing the 38 and it's ready, no jacking a round into the chamber (to avoid shooting myself, I don't feel comfortable carrying with a round in the chamber).
Or, would a 380 be better? It'll be harder to find a loaner to try out (the range only had 38s) so I'm relying on the words of others. I believe the 380s almost all hold only 5 shots, and I'd image the recoil and aiming issues are similar ,since the 380 autos are generally so small.
Or, should I just man up and find a way to carry my 9mm's? I'm thinking of getting a shoulder holster and wearing a windbreaker, if i have to, even though I live in FL and it's damn hot. And, I guess I won't have to listen to the wife crab about how many more guns I've bought.
What do the voices of experience have to tell me?