Inventory of small carry guns?


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rajb123
July 25, 2012, 11:59 AM
I have a friend who is currently in the market for a pocket pistol in 9mm or 380.

Several Internet cites I have visited recently are out of the most popular pieces including Shield, Mustang, G26, p938, and on and on and on...

Is this trend excellerating or just temporary? What gives?

Thx..

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Skribs
July 25, 2012, 01:02 PM
Some of these are newer, like the Shield, and haven't had much production yet. I'm personally looking forward to a M&P compact for pocket carry, once I get the funds for it.

Fishbed77
July 25, 2012, 05:31 PM
Is this trend excellerating or just temporary? What gives?

More and more states are following the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and are no longer criminalizing the right to bear arms.

Small guns are easier to bear.

holdencm9
July 25, 2012, 06:16 PM
I have a friend who is currently in the market for a pocket pistol in 9mm or 380.

Several Internet cites I have visited recently are out of the most popular pieces including Shield, Mustang, G26, p938, and on and on and on...

Is this trend excellerating or just temporary? What gives?

I think most people would be hard-pressed to call those true "pocket pistols" although I know some people can pocket their G26, Ruger LC9, or Kahr CW9, I just can't come close.

Ones I would call pocketable are the .380's (LCP, P3AT, TCP) and a select few 9mm's like the Kahr CM9 or PM9, Kel-Tec PF-9, etc. YMMV

The reason for so many options is demand. So many states have concealed carry permits that are more readily obtainable, so the industry is catering to this. Also, advancements in ammunition technology have slid the .380 acp cartridge into "adequate self-defense" territory.

Some of these are newer, like the Shield, and haven't had much production yet. I'm personally looking forward to a M&P compact for pocket carry, once I get the funds for it.

You must have bigger pockets than I do!

MedWheeler
July 25, 2012, 10:50 PM
It is indeed accelerating, and will continue to do so. Gun makers have been trying to capture the concealed carry market for at leat two decades now, and were making choices for plainclothes and off-duty LEOs for long before that. At one time, snub .38 revolvers and flat autos like the Walther PPK/S, Colt Mustang (the first time around), were considered "pocket" autos. In fact, it goes way back before even the Colt Pocket Auto in .32 of about 1908, I believe.
George Kelgren's first run at a "pocket-rocket" was the Grendel P-10 and its quick follower, the P12, both released before 1990. After a few years, Grendel was closed, but Kelgren later resurfaced with Kel_Tec, and the rage continued.
As has been mentioned, armed civilians are becoming less "politically-incorrect."

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