This is a discussion on A reliable pocket semi out there that won't jam? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by TerryD The Baby Glock's have a great reputation. My wife love's her G26. Reliable, easy to shoot, and can be pocket carried. ...
I just bought a box of CorBon .380+P 90gr JHP last month at a gunshop. Maybe they are old stock.
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As already stated...if it's mechanical, it can jam! That being said, a revolver will probably be less likely to cause you a problem because of the nature of its moving parts...OMO
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Hi, I switch between three postols for pocket carry and what I'm wearing at the time dictates which pistol I carry. They're all 380's, reliable as hell and deadly up to 20 feet. They carry great in Anderson Leather pocket holsters and I love them equally. Another + is they're
slso fun to shoot.
1) Colt Pony Pocketlite, 2) Colt MKIV Gov series 80 and Sig P232.
45 ACP: SP 1911 TRP, Sig P220compact, HK 45c
40 cal: S&W M&P 40c
9mm: Sig 239, Sp EMP, HKP7M8, HKP7 PSP
380 ACP: Sig 232, Bersa T, Colt Gov series 80, Colt Pony Pocketlite, Ruger LCP
22 LR: Ruger SS MKIII Hunter, Colt Fronteer Scout 22lr/mag, Walther PPK 22lr, PP22lr, P22, S&W 317, S&W 34-1
The Bersa .380 Concealed Carry pistol.
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When the P-3AT was first starting into production, the 'head gunsmith' for KT came up with the idea of chambering some 380 barrel blanks for the 32NAA cartridge. They ended up making 30 full upper conversions (to the best of my knowledge) and offered a dozen to senior members of KTOG; the rest was given or sold to KT employees. They have been found on gunbroker from time to time. Feel free to PM me with any questions.
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Well here is the thing. They are designed for JHP so that the magazine are made to keep the JHP in line. When you get down to this size of a cartridge tolerances become more critical. They want a JHP that is very close to the specification. That being the SAMI spec. And several manufacturers have, at times, been very lax about keeping their ammo to specification and then that can cause a problem. These particular batches or runs will be too long overall and should not be if they were made correctly. However several manufacturers have been good about it. So those work flawlessly. At one time federal put out a batch of too long OAL ones that we had some trouble with. But they were contacted and they addressed it and their ammo now seems to come out consistently the right length now a days. I have real good results with Federal now and Hornady. Both of them I have measured OAL on and they are consistent and in spec and shoot flawlessly for me.
Now keep in mind that Larry designed this gun to specifically shoot JHP and so the followers and magazines are specifically tuned for JHP and not for FMJ. Most other mouse guns are set up for FMJ. And in some cases have trouble with JHP. So... the down side is that no, you should not put FMJ in them. I have heard of people taking the follower and modifying the Mag for FMJ and having some success but also heard of some not having good success. The issue is that if you modify that mag it then probably WILL have trouble with JHP then. So we all shoot a good known within spec JHP and have no trouble out of it.
You can find the .32 version for lower money used. For instance I was able to find mine which is very mint, with two mags and original box and papers for $319. I then had to pay shipping and transfer fee but I was all done for $350. Mine has never missed a beat. Not one FTF or FTE.
Of course that being said... I don't prefer .32 as a primary. It is strictly my go to gun for when I cannot carry anything else. Pocket in shorts and T shirt sort of thing. I do fire it every couple of months and clean it. This discharges the old two magazines and reload with new. I try and buy a couple boxes from same lot. Then check the OAL against the old batch and if its fine I don't test it until I start rotating it in. So far, when I stick to Hornady and Federal JHP I have always found them to be consistent, within a few thou of each other. Thats the key.
The Ruger LCP is an excellent alternative to the Kel-Tec P3AT IMO. I wasn't impressed with the fit and finish on the P3AT and I've heard several reports of them not feeding well. The LCP has functioned flawlessly for me so far. I'd like to get a few more rounds through it before I'd say I'd bet my life on it but.....
I'm going with A LCP as soon as all of the hype dies down, and bugs get worked out!
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