Light, reliable auto for pocket carry

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    Also, like to mention the Beretta Tomcat (.32) in here. I've never gotten to carry mine because my old lady immediately stole it, but it's a nice little pistol.

    About the only auto mousegun that has single action (I think).

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    I love my Kahr MK9 Elite. Great size. A little heavier than some other pocket guns but it's a joy to shoot and mine has been dead on reliable for over 600 rounds so far.

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    In response to the same concerns, I opted for a Kimber Ultra Carry II, a .45 ACP. It fits the bill perfectly.
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    For pocket carry I use a KAHR MK9 Micro 9mm all stainless steel pistol. I like the stainless steel because of the chunky heavy feel to it. As I'm a big guy, I don't require the lighter poly frame PM9 version
    "There is no such thing as too much ammo. Unless you're swimming!"

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    My Bersa .380 is a reliable little pistol. It's inexpensive, shoots to point of aim, hides easy. BUT, magazines are expensive and .380 ammo ain't cheap.

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    Kel Tec P3AT 380 in action:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...63764777384325

    Works for me !

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    I have a Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 as an almost constant pocket companion. When I want to go bigger I replace it with a slightly larger/heavier Kahr PM9 9mm. Primary battery is a .45.

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    If you've suffered reliability problems with both the P-3AT and a PM9, you might want to search hard for a Rohrbaugh to try BEFORE you lay out $900+ only to find you have problems with that one too. Perhaps you simply need a heavier platform for reliable performance.

    Just a thought.

    Allan

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    I am with SammyIAmToday.

    Try the Kel-Tec P11. The trigger does take some getting used to and a feedramp polish goes a long way to improve HP feeding issues, but other than that, it's a great 9mm carry piece.

    My front pocket always has one in it.

    There are other pocket guns out there, but for the price, the P11 can't be beat.
    ( more rounds than revolvers )
    ( more powerful than .380,.32ACP, .38SPL, .32H&R )
    ( lighter than most revolvers )

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    Quote Originally Posted by purple88yj View Post
    I like my AMT Back-up .380, but it could even be considered a bit heavy, and not many holster makers are supporting it anymore. Very few in fact.
    I also have an AMT .380 DAO. It is a tad heavy but not to bad. It has been 100% reliable for me, which is the only reason I still have it.

    The holster issue is a big one. I can't find any custom holster makers that can make a pocket holster for it.

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    Glock 26 (9mm) - may be slightly blocky for some
    Kahr PM9 - small and slim
    Springfield Armory XD9 Subcompact - plain small

    For me I'd pick Glock, with the exception of the Glock 36. Some people (including myself) have problems with the G36 due to the big bore small frame combination.

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    I have to throw my hat into the ring for this one. I have carried a KelTec P-11 for about a year and it served me well. But my primary carry is either a 4" 1911 or an XD-45. I wanted a BUG (Back Up Gun) and part time primary carry in the same caliber and then I found the Taurus PT-145 Millenium Pro. It has resided in my front pant/shorts pocket for over 2 years and I have never been "made" carrying it. It carries 10+1 of .45acp and is a real pleasure to shoot. It is actually more comfortable (less recoil) to shoot than my P-11 was and is very accurate. I have over 3000 rounds through it an it has never malfunctioned......yes that is correct, it goes "BANG" every time I pull the trigger. Taurus has had some bad press in the past, but the newer guns are right up there with the big boys in quality, workmanship and reliability. I highly recommend the PT-145 Millennium Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Altitude View Post
    I also have an AMT .380 DAO. It is a tad heavy but not to bad. It has been 100% reliable for me, which is the only reason I still have it.

    The holster issue is a big one. I can't find any custom holster makers that can make a pocket holster for it.
    Mine is the older single action job, and I think it is slicker than snot on a doorknob. Not going to be leaving my possession for a long time.

    I even had a detective offer to buy it from me today.

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    the p3at is the way to go for a light pocket carry gun.

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    When the pants go on the p3at goes with them. It's now part of my wardrobe

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    Never been a big fan of wussy little pocket guns, however, I am a firm believer in Rule #1... So if I am wearing anything with a pocket, you can bet that my Kel-Tec P32 is in my pocket.

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