...and much to my dismay, the LCP keeps popping back up.
A little background: I bought an xdm 3.8 9mm as my primary carry gun, as I liked its versatility with the mag extensions. I traded in a P-11 keltec for it bc I just couldn't get over the P-11's long, hard trigger (my big oafish hands could sometimes not get the trigger pulled back far enough to the break, after shooting several rounds) even though I had dealt with it for three years or so. The xdm is a great shooter, but I thought I might want something a little smaller for everyday carry, especially in warmer months. I was looking for a Shield, and in the process of trying to locate one (nowhere to be found!), I came across the Walther PPS, and I couldn't be happier with it. I've handled several Shields since, and I think I simply lucked out with the PPS. I carry it IWB (same as xdm).
So, obviously I now have a compact double stack and subcompact single stack for CCW. I probably don't need anything more. But, I have in my possession a $200 Cabela's gift certificate. Sure, I could buy some cold weather gear or some boots or something, but I have a confession to make: I really like guns (I figured this would be a good place to make my confession). So I'm trying to fill a void in my collection: a true pocket gun. Sometimes I go out without a gun; a pocket gun would significantly reduce the probability of this happening
I've settled on .380, after much deliberation on caliber. While there are plenty of small 9 mms and .40s and .45s out there, theyre not as small as the .380s. I really like the Sig p238. It is awesome to look at and handle, and I would be excited to take it to the range. It seems sexy; it turns me on thinking about owning one. The more I think about it, however, it seems impractical: one, it has a safety. Will I remember to switch it off? None of my other handguns operate like that. Not that I couldn't learn. Two--I don't mind the idea of carrying cocked and locked (condition one) on my hip; cocked and locked in a pocket holster seems a little...iffy? Maybe it's just in my head. Lots of jiggling and movement in the pocket area (yes I set myself up there), no?
Also considering a Kahr p380, but I've never handled one.
I was immediately turned off by the LCP when I first saw it. Plastic-y looking and feeling, (reminds me of that awful keltec) long trigger pull (p-11 again), kind of a mushy break right at the frame which is a challenge for my large hands. But the other day owners of two different gun shops were carrying them in their own pockets when pocket guns were brought up. One of them was 3 years into a homegrown reliability test and had never cleaned it (it was absolutely filthy!), and has yet to experience any issues. And he fires it almost daily, as they have an in-house range. The LCP is very light, very utile. I would probably throw it in my pocket sometimes like I do my folding knife. Pure utility. No sexiness at all. I don't like the fact that it doesn't have last-round slide lock back and I don't think it is recommended for hotter .380 loads, which could be a deal breaker.
I've also considered the Bodyguard, but don't really like the laser, especially one that you have to turn on. Semms to fit my hand better than the lcp, though. also looked at revolvers, but theyre not quite as small or light. As much as I hate to admit it, the LCP seems to make the most sense: light, no safety, high carry probability. Do I need to convince myself that the LCP is the pocket carry gun for me?
If you made it this far, apologies for the wordiness, but thanks in advance for your time and consideration