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Extra Compact CCW Weapon

This is a discussion on Extra Compact CCW Weapon within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I presently Carry at Springfield XD 45 Compact as my CCW Weapon. I'm looking for something more compact possibly a pocket weapon or something that ...

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    Extra Compact CCW Weapon

    I presently Carry at Springfield XD 45 Compact as my CCW Weapon. I'm looking for something more compact possibly a pocket weapon or something that I can conceal regardless of what I'm wearing.. I tend to wear business clothes and I swing dance allot.. I would like to limit the amount of time I am unarmed and be able to carry regardless of what I'm wearing and what I'm doing..

    I was thinking about the LCP.. Any Ideas?

    I'm about 5'11 250ish.. Husky Build..

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    I'm going for a light weight "J" Frame myself.
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    Smith and Wesson J frame revolver is always a good choice. And your gun collection has to include a wheel gun!
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    Can you guys like some examples for me?
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    Depends on what you want to spend. If you can find one and don't mind the pricetag ($800), a Seecamp LWS380 is a great pocket choice. Step up to a 9mm and in physical size some to a Kahr PM9 ($600ish). The LCP is a great choice also for around $350. Load it up with some of Hornady's new Critical Defense .380 ammo and that would be a potent pocket package.

    There are a lot of great pocket holsters available for all of the above. Go over to the holster forum and start searching for ideas. I'm partial to my K&D Pocket Defender but for less, my Desantis Nemesis works in a pinch also. I'm in suits or at least dress pants 95% of my time when at work. Oh, I have a PM9 as my EDC and a Seecamp LWS380 on order (due 2/09).

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLYXDGUY View Post
    Can you guys like some examples for me?
    For J frame Smiths: 442, 642, M&P340 are really popular.

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    There's a good reason the 642 is about the most popular CCW revolver on the planet - it's perfect for the job. I carry one about 75% of the time (either as primary or back-up).

    For a potent - though pricey - little pocket job, a Rohrbaugh 9mm is hard to beat. I love mine, though the price for a new one is now over $1,100. But it is slim enough for the most stylish of dress.

    Good luck hunting!


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    There is the little Rohrbaugh 9mm.

    Expensive. Really beautifully built.
    It is a specialty type firearm placing the 9mm cartridge in the smallest semi-automatic package possible.
    Designed to be carried a lot and not shot shot to death.

    and no...not my gun and not my wimpy hand either.

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    My shrinking direction went from USPc and Taurus PT145, down to a Kel-Tec P11, followed by a PF-9, then finally a Ruger LCP. I think that's about as small as I'll get...except a little NAA revolver has now been calling to me...

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    Look at the NAA Guardian .380...very nice all metal to tame the recoil a little. About the price of a LCP, other than that the 642/442 is a very good choice.
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    I gotta say/recommend S&W J-Frame, 642. It fits all the needs you stated.
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    I have been carring a Glock 26. I have a Kel-tec P3at comming next week not near as nice a gun but alot smaller.

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    My everyday carry piece is a Taurus Millennium Pro PT745 (45Cal. 6+1 mag) very thin very small easily concealed and great stopping power.... BUT! I just got my Ruger LCP 380 as a B.U.G. and boy what a pleasure it is carrying it! I can easily forget I have it on me. A gun is useless if you don't have it with you and this little mouse gun easily slips into your pocket even if your just going to check the mail or walk the dog in your Pajamas.
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    I have a 638 J Frame that gets considerable carry time. For my beat up and not so small hands it's about as small as I can go, and with after market grips at that. Tried holding a Rohrbaugh once and it was not even easy to pull the trigger! Beautiful little bugger though...

    Tried a NAA guardian once, not for my hands either. Nice thing about the J Frame is there are accessories and carry methods galore since they are so popular. The last ten years have seen a significant improvement in the ammo as well (well all ammo in general really). Another plus is the price tag, pretty reasonable. They do take some practice to master but it's possible to be very accurate with one.

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    I personally do not like mouse guns (P3AT, LCP, Seecamp). I tried the Kel Tec and Ruger .380s, and they feel like cheap toys to me (no offense to those who own them). The smallest I would go is probably the Smith J Frames. My sister has a 638 I really like.
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