Help Narrowing Down A New Pocket Gun
I've been looking into smaller pocket carry pistols for myself and even for my mom to try shooting. I;ve narrowed it down to a handful so far and need input with the final decision.
North American Arms Guardian
Caliber: .380 ACP ( the smallest def round I'd ever want 2 carry)
Operation: Double Action Only Material: 17-4 pH stainless steel
Barrel Length: 2.49" Height: 3.53"
Overall Length: 4.75" Width: 0.930"
Weight: 18.72 ozs. unloaded Suggested Retail Price: $449.00
I hear these are pretty decent guns and it being stainless I assume it'd be easier to maintain. It costs the most out of the final picks but might be worth it in the long run if it outlasts the Kel-Tec weapons.
Caliber : 9 x 19 mm Luger Weight unloaded lbs. :14 oz.
Loaded magazine : 6 oz. Length : 5.6"Height : 4.3"
Width : 1" Barrel Length : 3.1"
Sight radius : 4.6" Muzzle Energy Max : 400 ft lbs
Capacity : 10 + 1 rounds Suggested Retail Price: $333.00
I've heard mixed reports on there pistols, some say they're unreliable which is a definate pass, but others swear a fluff and buff can fix it. They are also good for about 5000 rounds from what I saw on KTOG carry alot and shoot a little pistol is the main slogan.
Calibers : .380 AUTO Weight unloaded lbs. : 8.3 oz.
Loaded magazine : 2.8 oz. Length : 5.2"
Height : 3.5" Width : .77"
Sight radius : 3.8" Muzzle Energy Max : 250 ft lbs
Capacity : 6 + 1 rounds Suggested Retail Price: $324.00
This is another I've heard mixed reports about same as above, another 5000 round max pistol unless that's untrue. I see these puppies listed on several of your weapons lists. The bottom line is I've hold each of these if possible before making my decision, the NAA might be hard to grope without having my usual FFL order it for me the KT's are already in stock I've just never picked one up yet. Any info, experiences, and any other input will help alot thanks in advance.
Is "none of the above" a valid response?
My personal choice would be something other than your 3 candidates. The reason is that I believe .380 is a marginal defensive caliber based on ballistics, and that Keltecs are not uniformly reliable as they come from the factory.
A .380 from a short barrel delivers about 180 ft-lbs of energy, while a .38 special +P from a short barrel is in the 225 ft-lb range with the right ammo, or 30% more. A 9mm is considerably better, over 300 ft-lbs.
Would you consider a S&W airweight J frame revolver like the models 442 or 642? They weigh 15 ounces empty, cost the same as your NAA candidate, and will conceal in a pocket. Their reliability is far better than Keltecs. That is what I prefer for pocket carry.