Need help spending less than $300 for a pocket gun.

Need help spending less than $300 for a pocket gun.

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    Need help spending less than $300 for a pocket gun.

    So far I've considered 3 guns.
    Ruger LCP
    Kel-Tec P-3AT
    Taurus Ultra Lite 85
    Did I miss any?
    My concerns with the .380's are, well it's a .380. My concerns with the Taurus is not only that it is a Taurus but I think it may be a bit big for pocket carry. But on the flip side the J-frame smith is a very popular pocket gun and the 85 can't be any bigger.

    You input is greatly appreciated.


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    Bought my LCP for $300 including shipping. Superior fit and finish to P-3AT. I enjoy shooting it. It shoots better than I do as I'm still new to shooting handguns. After around 150 rounds (Blazer Brass and Hornady) and absolutely no failures it is now my EDC BUG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8 View Post
    My concerns with the .380's are, well it's a .380.
    I don't understand this statement. Does the caliber dictate how much you should spend on a gun? Do you feel a .380 is a caliber not worthy of a quality gun?

    If I'm buying a gun just for plinking, or range shooting, I don't mind finding the cheapest that will do the job. However, if I'm buying a gun that might be protecting my life, or the life of my family, I quite honestly don't look for the cheapest model and price is not that relevant.

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    Onother vote for the LCP.....I love mine
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    Actually I shot the LCP today for the first time. As well as a 308 ACP Guardian.

    I found that the LCP looked cool and felt great in your hands until you had to shoot it. The grip was so thin and small that you felt like it would slip right out of your hand. In fact another SWAT guy shooting with me(it was his gun) had to readjust his grip after every shot! The sights were not really up to par either. The trigger was felt like 20 pounds.

    With that said, I'm sure the gun would conceal well, and I didn't have any problems with accuracy.

    The Guardian on the other hand, was very accurate, I felt like I had a good grip on the gun, and the sights were great. But the trigger on the Guardian was worse than the LCP.

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    Definitely the LCP over the P3AT. I had a P3AT and it was nothing but trouble. I just shot my LCP for the first time tonight and put 150 rounds downrange without a single hiccup.
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    My p3at saw over 600 rounds without a solitary issue.

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    Here we go
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    The Taurus is pretty much the same size as the J frame. Most holsters will fit both.

    JMO: Show me a .380 that will send a 158gr bullet at over 900 fps and I might start carrying one, until then I'll stick with the .38 +p.

    As for it being a Taurus, in this case I think that's a good thing. I am no fan of Taurus semi-autos, because the ones I've had were not depebdable, but their revolvers are great guns. Reliable and accurate. Never a problem with a Taurus revolver yet among me or my family and friends. I'd own more, if I had the money to buy them.

    For pocket carry I'd recommend the one with the shrouded hammer like my sister has, seen here:

    GunBroker.com guns: Taurus 850 CIA Hammerless 38 spl. NIB (item: 105282268 ends: Jul-23-08 05:59:40 PM)

    It is a little over $300, but worth it. If you only have $300 the hammer model will do. That's what I carry 90% of the time.
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    Ruger LCP
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    Got a Taurus 605 (same thing as the 85, in .357). It's not too big to pocket. Quality on mine seems pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtD View Post
    The Taurus is pretty much the same size as the J frame. Most holsters will fit both.

    JMO: Show me a .380 that will send a 158gr bullet at over 900 fps and I might start carrying one, until then I'll stick with the .38 +p.

    As for it being a Taurus, in this case I think that's a good thing. I am no fan of Taurus semi-autos, because the ones I've had were not depebdable, but their revolvers are great guns. Reliable and accurate. Never a problem with a Taurus revolver yet among me or my family and friends. I'd own more, if I had the money to buy them.

    For pocket carry I'd recommend the one with the shrouded hammer like my sister has, seen here:

    GunBroker.com guns: Taurus 850 CIA Hammerless 38 spl. NIB (item: 105282268 ends: Jul-23-08 05:59:40 PM)

    It is a little over $300, but worth it. If you only have $300 the hammer model will do. That's what I carry 90% of the time.
    A local gun shop has the 85's for $285 with the spur.
    Any problems with cutting the spur off?
    Is the weight of the spur is needed to add inertia to the firring pin?

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    pocket gun

    You might want to try the Kel-Tec PF9 better trigger than the .380 and 9mm. Just a little bigger than the P3AT. Ours shoots well.

    Paid $259 for it.

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    I have had my P-3AT for almost 5 years...never a problem...never!
    It always goes boom...not a 'fun' gun at the range.
    OK, let's be honest here, put the LCP and P-3AT side by side...neither is going to win a beauty contest.
    The P-3AT is a 1/3 cheaper.

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    I vote for the P3AT, Kel Tec has been building them since 2003 and have most if not all the bugs work out. I own 2, 1100+ through one and 600+ through the other. No issues when I shoot 'em. I can't comment on th LCP as I've never shot one. I tried pocket carrying a model 36 for a short time, but it was to large for me.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stled View Post
    You might want to try the Kel-Tec PF9 better trigger than the .380 and 9mm. Just a little bigger than the P3AT. Ours shoots well.

    Paid $259 for it.

    Ed
    Hey thanks, forgot about that one. I'll look into it.

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