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Pocket Pistol Advice

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    Pocket Pistol Advice

    I have been looking at getting a pocket pistol to carry on a day to day basis. I have a XD .45 compact but I don't carry it as often as I should because it feels huge on me and usually I am running out the door and don't stop to get it on my belt.(I know I'm gonna get flak for this)
    Back on topic. I have been looking for a good pocket pistol. I have looked at a Beretta Tomcat a bit, but mostly because I have a strange love for that gun. I am looking more toward an automatic, but any advice is appreciated. Any information on decent associated holsters would be nice as well.


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    I carry the KelTec P11 in my front pocket with a Uncle Mikes pocket holster. I find I can carry it in most pants, except tight jeans.

    It is the smallest 12+1, 9mm that is within most people's budget. It has a very loooooong trigger with a pull about 12-15lbs., but that just takes some getting used to. Mine has been very reliable.
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    Kahr PM9. Its small but still feels and shoots like a real handgun. And its a 9mm not a .380. Mine has been a great little pistol and along with my S&W J frame is one of the best small CCW options going IMO. You really need to look at these. Just don't go bargin hunting and cheap with your CCW handgun. Get a quality made gun.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    You might try a search, there are lots 'o threads discussing the question.

    There are plenty of good options out there. Keltec P3 AT, Ruger LCP, J frame snubbie, and my personal favorite, the Seecamp. Just slightly bigger are some of the small 9's like the Kahr's, Keltec, and Rohrbaugh.

    The Beretta has a reputation for somewhat spotty reliability, though I'm sure there are those that are perfectly happy with theirs. It's also much heavier than many of the other options out there. No sense carrying a boat anchor around if you don't have to.

    Nothing beats the convenience of a pocket gun. Good luck in finding the right one!
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    Keltec P3AT , Desantis Nemesis pocket holster, magazine finger extension, 6+1
    Hornady Critical defense ammo. This truly fits in any pocket and you won't want to leave the house without it.

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    My favorite pocket gun is a j-frame sized .357.
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    Seecamp for me.

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    Seecamp for me.
    Me too.

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    S&W 642 in the pocket, comes out real smooth...

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    Flext - spend ~ $60 on a Smartcarry holster and wear it at 11 o'clock. You will be able to carry your XD, which is a much better pistol than any pocket gun. The Smartcarry will distribute the weight around your hips, and since it has its own belt, won't drag your pants down.

    It only takes a minute to put it on - if you can't swing that, maybe you shouldn't be carrying at all (there's your flak... joking!)

    Seriously, it's cheaper than getting another gun, and you get your money back (minus a few bucks shipping) if you don't like it.

    Bet you'll like it though!
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    I occasionally carry a 642 in the pocket although if I were to down size, it would be to a Seecamp. The build quality has always impressed me. ~
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    I carry a Ruger LCP everyday.
    Agree that if you have the extra room
    that a Kahr 9mm would be a great choice.
    Good to hear you are looking for something to
    carry everyday. In most cases its the gun someone
    has on them and ready that is going to be used. Not the
    gun at home in a safe or the car's glove compartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    Kahr PM9. Its small but still feels and shoots like a real handgun. And its a 9mm not a .380. Mine has been a great little pistol and along with my S&W J frame is one of the best small CCW options going IMO. You really need to look at these. Just don't go bargin hunting and cheap with your CCW handgun. Get a quality made gun.


    Where did you get that pinky extension for your magazine?

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    I have a Kel-Tec PF-9. It is a tad big for pocket carry, however I have done it on occasion. If you want to pocket carry on a regular basis, I'd recommend a Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT.

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