View Poll Results: which one would you pick and why?

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Thread: pocket .380

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    I can not believe that a police force has oked a gun with a working laser on it. I am going to have to read this article when I get a minute. The sight on almost any gun are better then on the LCP.

    RCG
    They specifically ordered the laser disabled.

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    I just got a Bersa Thunder 380. In the first 100 rounds, I had some last round in the mag jamming issues but after that it's been flawless. I've tried several different types of ammo - no issues. It's pretty accurate and I really like the trigger.

    I handled, but didn't like the smaller guns (like the LCP and similar sized guns). My challenge is that I want a gun that will fit in my pocket, but still be large enough to get a good grip on. I tried the CZ83 -- it was very nice, but it was a little too heavy and pricey for me. I excluded the Sig 380s and the Walther PPK/S based on price.

    I'm very happy with the Bersa.... but hindsight being 20/20 -- I probably should have gotten a Glock 26 and some magazine extensions. They're almost the same size as the Bersa, shoot a slightly larger caliber (9mm), are a more proven weapon, and the ammo (9mm) is less expensive and much easier to find.

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    Yeah .380s are nice but im a much bigger fan of 9mm.
    9mm Versus 380 ACP For Self-Defense

    For this reason alone, I'd go with the Glock26. They are easily concealable despite ppl claiming they are chunky.

    If ur not down for 9, you wont be sorry with a Ruger LCP
    Taurus is s#$@ compared to Ruger, I dont need to buy a s#$% gun to know a s#*^ gun.

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    The thread was about pocket .380's not .380's as a caliber.......you can get a 26 in your pocket?
    The 26 is a good gun and can conceal very nicely with a proper holster. It is pretty freaking big to be a pocket gun.
    You don't need to buy a S#^* gun to know a S#^* gun, not owning one sure doesn't stop you from talking S#^*
    about guns you have not even owned. It lends credibility, never owning what you speak ill of, especially when you attach a link..
    Keep up the google, you will know everything pretty soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    The thread was about pocket .380's not .380's as a caliber.......you can get a 26 in your pocket?
    The 26 is a good gun and can conceal very nicely with a proper holster. It is pretty freaking big to be a pocket gun.
    You don't need to buy a S#^* gun to know a S#^* gun, not owning one sure doesn't stop you from talking S#^*
    about guns you have not even owned. It lends credibility, never owning what you speak ill of, especially when you attach a link..
    Keep up the google, you will know everything pretty soon.

    RCG
    I have a Glock 27 in my waistband right now. It is the exact size and weight as a Glock 26, but is in .40 caliber. Easy to conceal under a sweater or sweatshirt. A little printing with a tight tee-shirt, but a loose tee-shirt is fine. I wear it with an untucked camp shirt and it does not tell at all.

    But it seems a good bit too heavy for pocket carry even though I wear cargo pants with pockets large enough for the weapon. I have a S & W PD in .357 that carries in the pocket well, and weighs about 1 pound loaded (12 ounces empty).

    If want a pants pocket 9mm then the Kel-tec single stack 9 is only about 12 ounces empty and is about .9" thick. Current production has been shown to be reliable. An inexpensive weapon that lacks panache but works well.

    The Sig 290 is 20 ounces empty and quite small but just as heavy as the Glock. Both the Glock and the Sig are rated for +P ammo and I'd have no problem running +p ammo through them on a regular basis. The other small 9mm guns either warn against the +P or they say "limited use" only. I am not a fan of 9mm but if I were to carry a 9mm I would want one that could shoot +P ammo.

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    None of the above. Kel-Tec/LCP VERY uncomfortable to shoot. It feels like someone slapping your palm after a few shots, like a VERY hard high-five. This translates to someone being less likely to practice with these weapons, and possibly reducing their ability to hit accurately during an attack. Taurus is crap; reliability is fine, but their customer service SUCKS.

    I'd check out a Sig p238 or a SW Bodyguard 380. JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XD40Colorado View Post
    None of the above. Kel-Tec/LCP VERY uncomfortable to shoot. It feels like someone slapping your palm after a few shots, like a VERY hard high-five. This translates to someone being less likely to practice with these weapons, and possibly reducing their ability to hit accurately during an attack. Taurus is crap; reliability is fine, but their customer service SUCKS.

    I'd check out a Sig p238 or a SW Bodyguard 380. JMO.
    The Body Guard .380 is about the same size and makeup of the other two polymer guns you listed as being uncomfortable to shoot, and guess what? The BG.380 is just as uncomfortable to shoot as the others during extended practice.

    They can all be tamed down a little with some additives. A pinky rest and a slip-on grip do a world of wonders for the LCP and P3AT as the pinky rest will typically rest in the crease between the ring finger and the middle finger (for averge man hands) and the slip grip provides more "sticky" surface contact to the hand.

    I do agree that the 238 (especially the HD) mitigate felt recoil much better than the others mentioned above, even with those add-ons considered.

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    Why no Glock pocket-sized gun? They could corner the market in no time. (yes, I know about the 26 and 27. too chunky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crescentstar69 View Post
    Why no Glock pocket-sized gun? They could corner the market in no time. (yes, I know about the 26 and 27. too chunky)
    I think even a single stack 26/27 would sell. The Diamond Back looks like what I would imagine a mini-Glock would. I don't think it has the same level of engineering though.

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    Bodyguard .380..6+1..Very nice pistol,I use it for my ankle. So small you can put it in your pocket. And not tell you have a pistol there.



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    I carry my G27 24-7, Perfect for ccw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat View Post
    I carry my G27 24-7, Perfect for ccw...
    I just picked up a new G27 a few weeks ago. I wanted one for about a year.

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    Bodyguard .380.......carry in front pocket, with Desantis holster....comfortable, and almost undetectable......

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    I just picked up the Taurus 738. I love it so far!!! No problems and accurate, my dad has the LCP, great gun as well. I went with the Taurus for just a few reasons. I like how the slide locks back on an empty clip, and I liked the price basically. I think the LCP feels better, and it feels better made. but for the big price difference I dont think there is anything wrong with the tcp 738!

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    i have the lcp with the c.t. laser and if i had it to do over i would get the bodyguard s.w. the bodyguard is wider so it feels better .the lcp triger slapps my finger and hurts like hell after 25 or so rounds . i added pachmyer grip to help me hold on to it and that helped a bit . the c.t. laser is usless outdoors . overall i guess its a good carry gun if you dont need to get used to the gun before you really need it

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    I have both a P3AT and an LCP. The P3AT works fine for its intended purpose but I ran into a little problem almost two years ago. I was at a beach and because of my chosen clothing one evening, I took along my P3AT and carried it in one of the cargo pockets of my shorts. In the main pocked on that side, I also have my room safe key ring. Well when I got back to the room and emptied my pockets, I saw that the magazine on the gun was partially ejected. Apparently the safe key ring had applied enough pressure on the mag release button through the cloth to cause the magazine to unlock.

    So about a year and a half ago, after carefully inspecting the LCP and the Taurus 738 TCP, I bought an LCP. Last year at the beach with carrying this little gun several times under the same conditions as with the P3AT, the magazine stayed where it was and all was well.

    One other nice feature about the LCP is the fact that you can lock the slide to the rear for inspection and disassembly. Overall, a better gun for a pocket mouse gun.

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    I'm on my 2nd LCP ..sold the 1st one to get a sig p238.
    After carrying it locked & cocked in the pants for sometime ..
    I had bumped the safety off while carrying it..with no grip safety I felt uncomfortable carring it in the pants ...
    Now back with the LCP no safety to worry about ..

    Wife says... LCP is a Little Cute Pistol

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    I wouldn't buy a 380, but if I did, it would be an LCP. Ruger's reputation and reliability.

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    Walther ppks 380. Why? It has been around a long time for a reason. All you have to do is shoot one a little to see. It hits what you want to hit, It feels good to shoot because it has more weight, It hides well. There is a reason a lot of companies have tried to copy this design.

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    Find a good Beretta Model 1934, if you want a real gun.

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