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May 28, 2008, 03:31 PM
Which should I choose? I need a back up gun when the G23 is too large. Thinking of getting a Kahr PM 40 or a S&W 442/642. Looked at Kel Tec and Ruger LCP but I don't know about their reliability. A pocket carry gun would be nice as it gets quite hot here in lower Alabama. A wheel gun would be nice as they are utterly reliable. Is a 442 really pocket-able or is it too heavy. What do Y'all think?

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May 28, 2008, 03:56 PM
For me, when it comes to 'pocket guns', it doesn't get any better than the 642. Light (15 ounces empty), utterly reliable, stainless finish, and potent when loaded with quality ammo. It does take a bit of shooting to get used to it, and it is what it is - a very short barrel gun with limited capability - but it does its part if you do yours.

If you search for 'pocket guns' or '642' (or 442), you will find mounds of information. When it comes to revolvers, it's hard to beat the x42 made by S&W.

May 28, 2008, 05:15 PM
My 442 resides on my ankle, or in my pocket depending upon how I'm dressed.

IMHO, I find that in the smaller guns that Revolvers still hold an "edge" in reliability. I also find that while "lumpier" they are not as easy to recognise as a gun when carried in the pocket.

I don't think you will go wrong with a 442, and no, it's not too heavy to carry in a pocket. Pocket Carry is what the 442 excells at.


Ala Dan
May 28, 2008, 05:22 PM
I expect the 642 will get a lot of votes; and deservingly so~! :scrutiny: ;)

May 28, 2008, 06:03 PM
I carried a 337 Airlite Titanium for several years in an ankle holster and sometimes forgot it was there. I have since sold it:banghead:, but am now looking into an LCP or kel-tec that can serve as a bug for me or a purse gun for the misses.


May 28, 2008, 06:17 PM
If you have G23 have you tried a G27? Same trigger and basic grip in a smaller size, also same ammo.

May 28, 2008, 07:51 PM
+1 Riceboy...the 642 is my ideal pocket pistol also.

May 28, 2008, 09:11 PM
I prefer the flatter profile of an auto for pocket carry. I've found the PM9, PF-9 and P-3AT to be great for pocket carry.

May 28, 2008, 09:23 PM
I have tried absolutely everything in the category, and I always wind up back with an airweight J frame.

May 28, 2008, 10:52 PM
I've had a couple of airweight J's for many years, and I shoot them well. But I find that If I replace the grips the guns lose much of their "pocketability" and without larger grips I don't shoot them quite as well. On the other hand, I am not bothered at all by the stubby grips of say a PM9.

The J frame is super reliable. But the small semiauto has greater capacity, reloads faster, and is a bit more "shootable," at least, for me. And, thus far, reliability hasn't been an issue.

It's hard to go wrong either way. Just a matter of priorities.

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