New Pocket CCW for VA


August 19, 2007, 09:14 PM
Good evening all,

I'm giving heavy consideration to a pocket-carry type auto for the ridiculously hot weather. I've been carrying a G19 very comfortably, but tighter clothes or dress occasions necessitate a smaller and lighter rig.

I've never fired any of the above, so I'm coming to this niche without much knowledge. CCWers, out there, if / when you pocket carry, which do you prefer for deep concealment in dress clothes, suit, and the crazy hot weather?

Thanks gents,

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August 19, 2007, 09:18 PM
If I'm not packing my Colt Commander, I have my Smith & Wesson 642 in my pocket. It's not a autoloader, but a snubnosed revolver.

I highly, highly recommend it. It was $350 when I bought it, but now I think it's about $400. Nevertheless, it's still a very good deal.

I have walked down many dark streets with that little gun in my pocket. It's one gun I'll never sell.

August 19, 2007, 09:27 PM
Seecamp if you can find one or order one and wait for it. Current wait is reputed to be 3-4 months for the .32 and 12-14 months for the .380.

Keltec will work as a true pocket pistol.

August 19, 2007, 09:32 PM
For pocket carry I use a Smith 49.

August 19, 2007, 09:34 PM
S&W 642. 168 pages & 4178 posts. Read up on the best most reliable pocket carry available.

500 THR members can't be wrong

August 20, 2007, 08:08 AM
I like the PPS (can't wait to get my hand on one) but I think that it is going to be too big for pocket carry. I would carry IWB strong side without question however. P3AT is made for the pocket!

August 20, 2007, 08:11 AM
"deep concealment in dress clothes"

I carried a hardchromed P-32 daily for many years in all sorts of clothes. I've also carried a 442, but it's a bit bulky for many front pockets. Now I carry a Rohrbaugh. It's a little heavy, about 17 oz. loaded, but it's a whole lot flatter and easier to conceal than a 442.

John in Richmond.

August 20, 2007, 08:14 AM
I have a Bersa Thunder .380 and love it. It's accurate, compact and I have never had a problem with it. For the criteria you mentioned, it should be a good fit. You should be able to find one for about $200-250, depending on gun prices in your area (I paid $229).

August 20, 2007, 09:40 AM
voted P3AT although I use a S&W 442 or seecamp 32

August 20, 2007, 09:49 AM

Almost forget your packin 9mm deep in pocket. And it is shooter accurate if needed.

August 20, 2007, 11:15 AM
Don't forget the KT PF-9...definitely worth 240-280 depending on the finish. From what I've been reading, I think this is definitely the best all-around 9mm carry package you can get for the money. I'm probably going to pick one up myself as a go-to carry gun. For 280 with the HC slide, you cannot go wrong. Kel-Tec also takes good care of their customers from what I understand, so even if you got a lemon you are still covered!

August 20, 2007, 02:35 PM
if you have the $$ I have to say Rohrbaugh. They can be finicky but are the best of all worlds to me in a pocket pistol.

August 20, 2007, 04:23 PM

Seecamp LWS380...

J. Pomeroy


Pictured is the LWS32, but the LWS380 is the exact same size.

August 20, 2007, 05:15 PM
P3AT. It is the best econo-pocket-carry there is IMO.

August 20, 2007, 10:35 PM
Ditto to what Glockman19 says. Get a S&W 642. You never hear anyone complaing about it not always working.

August 20, 2007, 10:47 PM
Man-purse and Glock 22.

August 21, 2007, 02:44 AM
I have a Kahr MK40 that's worked fine for me, in the pocket. It's a little heavy, though. Empty weight is exactly the same as that of my Glock 23 with tungsten recoil spring rod. It's not uncomfortable, though I have been tempted at times to get a P3AT. But then all I have to do is remember how effective .380 ACP is compared to .40 S&W, and the urge passes.

August 21, 2007, 11:44 PM
My general pocket pistol is the Kahr MK9.
Given the right trousers, I can and do, carry guns the size of the Glock 36, but the default platform is the Kahr.

As far a micro mice are concerned, I prefer the KT P32 over the P3AT.
It has much to do with the fact that the AT has no slide stop!!
I do not want to have to count shots in an emergency and run the risk of hearing that ominous "CLICK" right when I probably would need it most!!
But that's just me!!! ;)

August 22, 2007, 12:34 AM
NAA Guardian .380

August 22, 2007, 12:36 AM
If you can pocket carry the Bersa 380 it is a fine gun, my wife carries one as a purse gun, however they offer a nearly identically sized 9mm.
The P3AT can actually be pocket carried, I wallet carry a P32 & often forget it's in my pocket.

August 22, 2007, 12:49 PM
My personal choice for pocket carry is a Kel-Tec P-3AT
with ArmaLaser
in a Grandfather Oak Kydex holster.

August 22, 2007, 03:27 PM
I've pocket carried a PM9 with success before, also a S&W Model 37. Of the guns listed, the P3AT would be the easiest to carry, but the PF-9 is pocketable too, and with 8 rounds of +p 9mm. I've handled a PPS and it might be a little large for easy pocket carry, IMO.

August 22, 2007, 03:36 PM
The Keltec P3AT is nice for pocket carry.

Another good one is the Smith and Wesson J-Frames. My brother loves his 642.

August 22, 2007, 03:39 PM
The mag release on the new PPS rubs me the wrong way... I vote P3AT.

August 22, 2007, 04:24 PM
I found the mag release on the PPS to be very awkward too.

August 22, 2007, 05:14 PM
I carry a 357 DAO Ruger SP101 revolver in my jeans front pocket every day...It would be just my luck that a semi-auto would jam when I needed it most...or in the heat of the moment I'd forget to flick off the safety...or there's a bad round that fails to cycle the action...or I'd limp-wrist it...etc.,etc.,etc...And just too many other things that may go wrong...Granted, revolvers are not fail safe either, but I want the odds in my favor when it comes to SD.

August 22, 2007, 06:51 PM
P3AT in a pocket holster in my front pocket everyday

August 22, 2007, 09:19 PM
Seecamp for a very discreet CCW in any pocket.

August 22, 2007, 09:59 PM
i have a bersa thunder 380 cc great little gun

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