Pocket Pistol Recommendation?

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    Pocket Pistol Recommendation?

    My carry has been a Glock 30 SF. Now I'm looking for something smaller for better concealed carry. Seems subcompact in .45 isn't really a choice since they are all almost as big and as heavy as my Glock. Was hoping to stay with .45 but it looks like 9mm w/ hollow point ammo is a more realistic option.

    What say you?

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    smaller than a G30...... in .45 the springfield XDS, but good luck finding one. Check ojut the M&P shield 9mm or 40, beretta nano 9mm, Kahr cm9 or CM40, Ruger LC9,
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    I like the SCCY 9mm. I know they get bashed on here a lot, but those that own them don't have one bad thing to say about them. Small, lightweight, 10+1, made in the USA, lifetime warranty that goes with the gun and not the owner and around $300. Hard to beat.
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    Have you looked at a snub nose revolver? .357 mag is a potent pocket pistol.
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    Springfield XD-s which is a .45
    Sig P938 which is a 9mm (even with the optional 7 round mag it still easily fits in a pocket)

    With a DeSantis pocket holster, either one is suitable for pocket carry.
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    IMO, the XDs is hardly a pocket gun.

    Personally I like the Ruger LCP.
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    If the requirement is a true pocket gun that you can carry no matter what you're wearing...

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    If a .45 is your preference, I can pocket carry the Springfield XDs. It's not my preferred way to carry that gun though. My normal go to for pocket carry is the Kahr CM9. Which is just the less expensive version of the PM9.

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    There is size, and then there is weight.

    LCP (or similar) - will always work in the pocket

    LCR (or light weight J frame) - will sometimes work, but with some pockets it may be too large. You may be able to work around that by having a tailor deepen the pocket a bit.

    My experience with pocket-sized 9mm pistols has not been good, from a reliability and manual-of-arms perspective. Then there is the weight.

    IMHO, I would stick with the .380/.38 options for pocket duty. I frequently carry a LCR in my right pocket, backed up by the LCP in the left.
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    Re: Pocket Pistol Recommendation?

    I'll take a Taurus TCP over a Ruger LCP any day of the week.

    Every bit as reliable.
    Shoots where I point it.
    I can shoot it without discomfort.
    Slide locks back on last round.

    I've owned both the LCP and TCP, the TCP makes up for everything I couldn't stand about the LCP.
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    I've pocket carried an Airweight J Frame 642 for years. .38+p Gold Dots designed for short barrels are strong medicine without the negatives of a .357mag in a lightweight revolver on the shooter. There's a reason they're so popular.
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    I really like my S&W 642. Proven platform,usually available ammo, easy to use. Just works for me.
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    Kahr cm9
    Bersa bp9cc
    S&W 9mm shield
    Ruger lc9
    And sig has a few but I cant remember the number
    These are a few that Id look into.

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    Thanks this gun (SCCY 9) is of interest to me.
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    Re: Pocket Pistol Recommendation?

    I just picked up a new generation LCP. Real sights and a trigger that is at least as good - dare I say better than a Kahr - smooth and crisp. You heard it here first folks.
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