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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Blarelli, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. Blarelli

    Blarelli Well-Known Member

    Why do you think it is that none of the major gun manufacturers (ruger, glock, S&W, Sig, etc.) are in the 'pocket auto' market? Most of them have compacts, or sub compacts, but no true pocket guns that I can think of.
  2. Exmasonite

    Exmasonite Well-Known Member


    does somebody title a thread with a single, cryptic word without further elaboration?
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Ditto. I almost skipped it, but curiosity killed the cat you know. ;)
  4. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    Beretta does
  5. Blarelli

    Blarelli Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Beretta has the ?tomcat? .32 acp. Why isn't any of the other big boys in the game?
  6. mekender

    mekender Well-Known Member

    probably none of them want to get the name that gets associated with the fact that a great % of crimes are committed with such guns... look at how kel-tec and hi-point get blasted in the news...
  7. Bezoar

    Bezoar member

    Most of the companies you have listed make their bread and butter from government contracts. In essence their bottom line and livelyhood depends on having a product that the government purchassing agents LIKE.

    IF the person who buys 100,000 handguns from you every 8 years likes big full size handguns, and does not like the existence of easily carried pistols for citizens, you tend to focus on full size handguns to keep that purchaser buying from you. As a result you dont really care for the design of small pocket guns because engineers and weapons design is expensive, and the pocket gun market is already dominated. Hence why go to the expense of more engineers, r and d work, and machine costs to make a product that your main buyer will not purchase, and may stop buying from you based on that pocket gun you just released to a very small consumer demand last month?
  8. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

  9. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Well-Known Member

    Frankly they stick to what they know. The difference between a pocket pistol and a Sub-compact is HUGE (Ironic, kinda). What I am more surprised is that somebody like S&W does not buy Kel-tec.
  10. Halo is for Kids

    Halo is for Kids Well-Known Member

    I've often wondered that myself. I'd like to see an alloy frame P3AT.
  11. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    Maybe there's not enough money in such a product line unless you specialize in it. Manufactures have to pick and choose which products they're going to make, eh?

    You could just as easily ask why they don't all make shotguns. I bet Glock would make a good one.

  12. average_shooter

    average_shooter Well-Known Member


    Anyway, what about Taurus? They're getting bigger and their line seems to run the gamut, everything from large-frame autos to pocket .22s.
  13. Autolycus

    Autolycus Well-Known Member

    Well couldn't pants manufacturers make larger pants pockets, thus making Glock 26/27 and HK P2000sk size guns pocket guns?
  14. brett30030

    brett30030 Well-Known Member

  15. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Why can't people write what they want, without others questioning why?:confused:
  16. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member


  17. duckjihad

    duckjihad Well-Known Member

    I dunno, but I'm with Thernlund: Am anxiously hoping Glock comes out with one. Til then, I'll carry my Tomcat. May get one of the PPSs once they've been around a year or two and worked through any first run bugs that may appear.
  18. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    I actually meant to say Glock would make great shotguns, but now that you mention it, a "pocket auto" from Glock would be pretty slick.

  19. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Well-Known Member

    S&W, Taurus, and Charter Arms all address the pocket carry market with snub-nosed revolvers, some of which have shrouded hammers or internal hammers which are designed for firing from inside a pocket multiple times...:D

    just try firing multiple shots from inside a pocket with a semiautomatic pistol :neener::scrutiny::what:
  20. outofbattery

    outofbattery Well-Known Member

    FYI: if you scroll your cursor over the thread title,you can read the first couple lines of the post,it speeds up seeing if something's worth reading.

    As to why,it's been already answered but pocket pistols are almost exclusively an American market these days and a small one at that.Glock can't bring in their .380's because they don't meet enough points.They could build a smaller pocket model here but I'm sure if Gaston thought it worthwhile,it'd have been done already.I think there is also some degree of reputation that some manufacturers would like to keep.Like it or not,there is certainly some degree of wanting to be associated with law enforcement and military use while small pocket autos tend to have a less palatable reputation.I'm sure the Brady Bunch would be banging gongs and screaming if Glock and SIG introduced new "pocket rockets".S&W tried it with the small Sigma but they are fairly horrible pistols,I strongly doubt you'll see an M&P backup.

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