Finally closed the last gaping hole in my collection- I bought a pocket gun


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chaim
October 23, 2006, 10:17 PM
I've been thinking about a pocket auto for a couple years now. It wasn't my #1 gun priority since I live in MD where I can't CCW. However, carry in neighboring states is legal with a FL non-resident CCW so I occasionally carry when out of state. Also, I have been into CCW sized guns for a while now so a pocket pistol just kind of made sense.


I had pretty much narrowed down what I wanted to the .32ACP NAA Guardian or the Kahr PM9. Around here the Kahrs seem pretty rare, and they are overpriced when you see them. The NAA Guardians most dealers have around here all seem to be in .380 (and I decided that I definately wanted the slightly smaller and lighter .32). Since I do have a workable pocket gun in my 15oz S&W 442 I wasn't in a hurry.

Anyway, almost on a whim I decided to just look at what some local shops had. I didn't plan to buy anything. One of the places I checked was a pawnshop that I've often heard I needed to check out but never got around to going and checking them out. Well, they had a .32ACP NAA Guardian that externally looked nearly new for $299 (around here they go for well over $400 new). Now I'm about $300 lighter and I'm just waiting for MD's annoying "cooling off period" to end so I can pick it up.

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Wesker
October 23, 2006, 10:26 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

I've been considering jumping on the pocket gun bandwagon recently. I'd like for something to be able to stuff n' go when I don't feel like putting on a belt. Say, in sweatpants to run to the store or when I wear pants that don't need a belt.

GunNut
October 23, 2006, 10:46 PM
I've heard they are very nice little guns.

I may have to pick one up myself.

Steve

usp9
October 24, 2006, 01:13 AM
Welcome to the world of truly concealed carry. My personal choice is the Seecamp, however the NAA is a fine piece of workmanship also. My advice is to begin researching pocket holsters. There are many to choose from and a good one makes a big difference in comfortable carry and ease of draw.

wrangler5
October 24, 2006, 01:22 AM
I carry a KelTec P3AT in my pocket in the summer when I don't wear enough clothing to cover a Makarov in a belt holster. Shooting the thing is absolutely no fun, but it has been relilable with Speer Gold Dots and the primitive sights (I'm being polite here) are good enough to keep shots center of mass out to about 10 yards. And the gun is so small that even in fairly tight jeans it doesn't look like I have a gun in my pocket (I use a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster to break up the outline.) If you're comfortable with a 32, the P32 is supposed to be even more reliable, I think it carries one more round, and should be more tolerable to practice with.

LightningJoe
October 24, 2006, 01:24 AM
I had a .32 Guardian. It used to put a blood blister on my trigger finger and one half of my fingertip was numb during the entire period that I shot the gun regularly. I started wearing one glove like Michael Jackson when I was at the range. I think it used to always stovepipe on the last round out of the magazine. The sights were just a theory.


The Kel-Tec P-32 made all the bad things go away.

chaim
October 24, 2006, 03:12 AM
I carry a KelTec P3AT in my pocket in the summer when I don't wear enough clothing to cover a Makarov in a belt holster...If you're comfortable with a 32, the P32 is supposed to be even more reliable...

Wranger, thanks for some of the input. As for the P32, I got the .32ACP version of the NAA Guardian. I wish I could get the Kel-tec (those things are light, and tiny- I got to shoot the P32 once a few years back and I loved it). However, they are not legal in MD since they are not on the MD State Police approved handgun roster:banghead: . If they were, it would have been my first choice (and if I ever do leave MD I will definately pick one up).

I had a .32 Guardian. It used to put a blood blister on my trigger finger and one half of my fingertip was numb during the entire period that I shot the gun regularly. I started wearing one glove like Michael Jackson when I was at the range. I think it used to always stovepipe on the last round out of the magazine. The sights were just a theory

Yeah, I'm not really expecting it to be a lot of fun to shoot. In addition to size and weight, this is definately a big reason I didn't want the .380 (though I may get one later- the .32 can be for easier practice and when I am out of state and carrying something bigger, the .380 would be for when I'm out of state and can't carry anything bigger but don't feel like carrying the snub- the extra power might be nice in those rare situations).

As for the stovepipe, from my research on the NAA it sounds pretty common that they stovepipe on the last round. If I understand correctly, the gun has no ejector, it uses the next round for that function and on the last round there is no next round. My understanding is the stovepipe will pop right out as soon as you insert a new, fully loaded, mag.

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