A True, Effective Pocket Pistol

A True, Effective Pocket Pistol

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    A True, Effective Pocket Pistol

    I have always heard the term pocket pistol used often. To me this means a pistol small enough to conceal well in your pocket. However, I have wondered what calibers these could come in and which would be the most effective with the size.

    What do you think is the most efficient/effective pocket pistol?

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    How about .357 Magnum in a Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver?
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    I recently got back from a visit with my grandparents over the weekend. While I was there I saw a pistol that shocked me with its size.

    It was a Galesi in .22 short.

    I don't know much about this other than than the fact that is it really small. My grandfather called it a $19.95 Saturday Night Special. He thinks he purchased it back in the 60's.

    I know the caliber is small, but i was still suprised by this extremely compact design.

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    Seecamp.

    LWS32 or LWS380.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    best bang for the buck is the Kel-tec pf9. It is thin, 7+1 single stack and reliable 9mm. Slides in and out easily w/o a hammer or large beaver tail. the accuracy of mine up to 20 feet is impressive. Never has jammed under some nervy shooting. carried it into a lot of places, past cops and brass and just keep on going.

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    I carry a Taurus 605 in my front pocket.
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    Exclamation My 2 pocket pistols...

    are both Kel Tecs...

    PF-9 & P32

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    The Smith line of jframe revolvers are excellent choices...and for the most formidable fight stopping caliber...the 340, 360, line in scandium frame and .357 is light and very powerful.
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    A 642 of course!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock40Texan View Post
    What do you think is the most efficient/effective pocket pistol?
    For me, a Ruger SP101 .357 magnum snubby, but I had to gradually acquire pants with big, deep pocket. On paper, mathematically, a lighter S&W J-snub, with a non-ferrous frame and titanium cylinder, is more efficient, but that which is unusable or too painful for practice, will simply not work. I can fire quite brutal loads from an SP101, realistically.

    Greater efficiency is probably realized with a Seecamp .380. I am not all that efficient, as my Seecamp is an LWS-32. I rarely actually carry a Seecamp presently, though it will make a dandy little pocket pistol for my retirement days.

    As is my habit with posts in topics such as this, I ask all good folks to keep in mind that once a fight starts, getting a pocketed pistol into action can be a real chore, bordering on impossible. A pocketed pistol is a good place to keep one weapon, but not necessarily one's only weapon.
    Last edited by Rexster; April 13th, 2009 at 01:44 PM. Reason: incomplete sentence completed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    For me, a Ruger SP101 .357 magnum snubby, but I had to gradually acquire pants with big, deep pocket. On paper, mathematically, a lighter S&W J-snub, with a non-ferrous frame and titanium cylinder, is more efficient, but that which is unusable or too painful for practice, will simply not work. I can fire quite brutal loads from an SP101, realistically.

    Greater efficiency is probably realized with a Seecamp .380. I am not all that efficient, as my Seecamp is an LWS-32. I rarely actually carry a Seecamp presently, though it will make a dandy little pocket pistol for my retirement days.

    As is my habit with posts in topics such as this, I ask all good folks to keep in mind that once a fight starts, getting a pocketed pistol into action can be a real chore, bordering on impossible. A pocketed pistol is a good place to keep one weapon, but not necessarily one's only weapon.
    My wife has a .357 S&W Scandium 3" barrel and she shoots it once or twice a month; she is not a big girl, at 115 lbs. The "rubber" grips probably help also ...
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    jfl, I do believe you. My theory is that the J concentrates recoil on the base joint of my thumb. I can alleviate this with oversized grips that wrap around the backstrap, but then I have such a large weapon, I might as well be carrying one of my P229s.

    I used to have a girlfriend who could shoot brutal loads in a J, though at the time, that meant +P, not .357. The grips were factory wood panels, nothing oversized or aftermarket. Fit is important. Her hands matched the size of the J grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    I carry a Taurus 605 in my front pocket.
    +1 Me too well, pocket and ankle.
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    Smith & Wesson 442 loaded with .38 special hollow points +P.
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    P3at or Lcp ftw!
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