I'd go for the bigger caliber.
This is a discussion on What to buy within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm looking to buy a new pocket gun. The local gun store has a Kel Tec P11 and a P-3AT. I like the 10 rounds ...
I'm looking to buy a new pocket gun. The local gun store has a Kel Tec P11 and a P-3AT. I like the 10 rounds but the trigger pull is heavy and it is almost as large as my Berast .380. The P-3AT is smaller with a lighter trigger pull but it is a .380. I now have the Berst .380, 9 MM, and a Kal Tec P-32 which way would you go?
If you want small and you're set on 9mm you should look at a Rohrbaugh, they cost a lot more, but they're great guns.
Seecamp LWS .32 is my choice.
However, if someone is worried about a .380, they certainly won't want a .32. If someone wants 9mm, Rohrbaugh is the way to go (or a Kahr PM-9 if price is a big factor).
While many think that it is too big, I carry my Glock 26 9 mm in a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster. It is concealed well, and no problem. Once I get my Glock 30 .45 ACP on my permit, I'll carry that instead. Before you buy a Kel-tec or other small gun, give the Glock a try and see if it works for you. Also, while more expensive, there's also the Kahr PM9.
How big are your hands, and are you thinking of shooting your new gun at the range? The reason I ask is that if you have big hands and you like shooting your guns (versus just carrying), I would steer away from P3AT or Ruger LCP. Instead, think about Ruger LCR or something bigger than the mouse guns.
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I have median size hands, but I love shooting my P-32 2 fingers on the grip but at 10 yds all in the 9 & 10 ring. 100 rounds last week.
Check out the Kel Tec PF-9. Small, light and 9mm.
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That PF9 is the best of all the Kel- tec world IMO.
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My little KelTec .380 has been a very reliable pistol for almost six years...I'd go P-3AT.
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