.380 or 9mm for pocket carry?

.380 or 9mm for pocket carry?

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    .380 or 9mm for pocket carry?

    At first I jumped on the .380 bandwagon as the flood of new micro pistols hit the market a few years ago. The excitement for the .380 pistols only lasted for a while, then the flood of micro-9mm's came right on their heels.

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    I started with p238. It was very easy to conceal. Recently bought and use p938. Just as easy to conceal, and I do like 9mm.

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    I agree with you on the .380 vs. 9mm (Don't want to start a caliber war. There have been enough of those). But, will the great number of 9's on the market today, you only reviewed two. There are a lot of other good candidates out there. Once I decided 9mm was what I wanted, I tried a number of them at the range. I decided on the SCCY because of the way it fit my hand, the recoil and the reliability.
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    My EDC is a P232 in .380, as I'm pretty thin and it conceals well. Though I am looking at swapping it out for a Glock G26 if I can find one for a decent price. Only slightly larger, but the Glock offers 10+1 9mm instead of 7+1 .380.

    However, I don't have any complaints about my 232 loaded up with 100gr Buffalo Bore hard casts...I wouldn't want to be shot with that. Ever.

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    IMO the .380's are still the only ones that are truly great for pocket carry. Yes my Kahr CM9 works in that application, but my LCP is much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAm_Not_Lost View Post
    IMO the .380's are still the only ones that are truly great for pocket carry. Yes my Kahr CM9 works in that application, but my LCP is much better.
    I totally agree....My EDC is a glock-26 but my pocket also carry is the LCP...small, light, reliable and goes into any pocket.
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    I'm inclined to go .380 for controllability. A 9mm round beats a .380, but two .380's beats a 9mm round, and is a lot faster and easier to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    I'm inclined to go .380 for controllability. A 9mm round beats a .380, but two .380's beats a 9mm round, and is a lot faster and easier to do.
    I haven't found the .380's to be any less prone to muzzle jump than the 9mm's. As a matter of fact, I've found a number of novice shooters who think the .380's are uncomfortable to shoot but don't mind shooting the Shield or XDs.
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    I really debated this for a long time, and I went with .380 (LCP). I wanted a 9... No, I wanted a .45, but my only choice there was an XDS (not a fan of grip safeties, and it was too big). Anyways, I wanted a 9, but even an LC9, and a Kahr (don't remember the model) were too big for some pockets. You can't argue ballistics on this, but with the small bit of difference in the "pocket 9's" and .380's, I felt like it would be so much easier to pocket carry with the .380. However, I also own a snub .357, and the only time the .380 goes in the pocket is when the .357 can't.
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    With the advent of cargo pants & shorts some have no problem with hiding a g26 daily.

    Doesn't get much better then that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryArms View Post
    I haven't found the .380's to be any less prone to muzzle jump than the 9mm's. As a matter of fact, I've found a number of novice shooters who think the .380's are uncomfortable to shoot but don't mind shooting the Shield or XDs.
    Well, yeah, but I wouldn't call those "pocket guns." Apples to apples - sig 238 vs 938, or lc380 vs lc9 - the .380 is more controllable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryArms View Post
    I haven't found the .380's to be any less prone to muzzle jump than the 9mm's. As a matter of fact, I've found a number of novice shooters who think the .380's are uncomfortable to shoot but don't mind shooting the Shield or XDs.
    Well, yeah, but I wouldn't call those "pocket guns." Apples to apples - sig 238 vs 938, or lc380 vs lc9 - the .380 is more controllable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lionround View Post
    I agree with you on the .380 vs. 9mm (Don't want to start a caliber war. There have been enough of those). But, will the great number of 9's on the market today, you only reviewed two. There are a lot of other good candidates out there. Once I decided 9mm was what I wanted, I tried a number of them at the range. I decided on the SCCY because of the way it fit my hand, the recoil and the reliability.
    I agree....and with manufacturers being able to scale down the 9mm to basically a .380 sized pistol it becomes a moot point in my opinion.
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    I'm fine with my LCP for pocket carry but unless I have the right pants and belt, my PM9 is too heavy. I also have zero issues with .380 as an effective self defense round. I'm not buying yet another gun so I can have a slightly smaller 9mm (that will be harder to shoot well over the LCP or the PM9). If one finds a small 9 that's the size and weight of the LCP and doesn't have a pocket pistol yet, then knock yourself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryArms View Post
    I haven't found the .380's to be any less prone to muzzle jump than the 9mm's. As a matter of fact, I've found a number of novice shooters who think the .380's are uncomfortable to shoot but don't mind shooting the Shield or XDs.
    Actually replacing the lcp factory 9 pound recoil spring with a 13 pound there is very very little muzzle jump at all.
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