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Best Pocket Gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by c-bag, Oct 26, 2003.

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  1. c-bag

    c-bag Member

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    Seems to me that a revolver, specificly a small 38. DAO, would make a better Coat-pocket gun than one of the mouse-gun automatics. It stands to reason that an automatic would fail to cycle if fired inside a pocket or in contact with the target and a pocket gun is for a extremely-close quarters fight that might deteriorate too fast to present from the pocket.

    Do you agree or disagree: do you pocket carry; and if so what?
     
  2. ChickenHawk

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    Sorry. I pocket carry my Kel-Tec P32 in my front pants pocket.

    I don't care what kind of gun it is, I don't think I'll ever be firing a round from that location!

    Cheers,
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  3. TheeBadOne

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    Kahr MK9/Glock 27
     
  4. Mastrogiacomo

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    If I could carry, I'd go with a Glock 26, a Ruger GP 100 in a 3" or one of my Beretta compacts -- if it'd fit. Otherwise, I'd just go with the first two.
     
  5. JERRY

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    depends on the pocket..............

    in a coat pocket, concealed hammer titanium 2" 5 shot revolver.

    in pants pocket, seecamp.


    those are the best, though there are others based on personal preferences.......
     
  6. mountainclmbr

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    I carry a Kahr MK40 in a front pocket. For shooting from in a jacket pocket I would worry about failure to cycle for a semi auto, but I would worry about a falling hammer catching on pocket material for an exposed hammer revolver. I personally don't have a shrouded hammer snubbie, but can see where it would have its place.
     
  7. Hot brass

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    The one in your pocket.
     
  8. Keith

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    A revolver won't function either, if the cylinder is bound up by fabric or in contact with a BG.
    In fact you could make the argument that at least a semi would fire the first shot before being bound up. The revolver won't fire at all if the cylinder won't turn.

    However, the question is moot since you aren't supposed to fire a gun from within your pocket (except on TV), and with a little weapons training and practice in retention techniques you shouldn't have to fire a gun in contact with an assailant either.

    Keith
     
  9. Doug S

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    The best pocket gun in my opinion is the Kel-Tec P32. There may be better carry guns in better calibers, but if you talking pocket carry, the P-32 is near impossible to beat.
     
  10. BamBam

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    Kel-Tec P-3AT (.380) in one front pocket, a Kel-Tec P-32 in the other.
    Odds are good that one will fire.
     
  11. ChickenHawk

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    BamBam,

    Where do you keep your keys and loose change? :D

    Cheers!
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    Kel Tec P32 & P3- AT.
     
  13. Hypnogator

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    For coat pocket carry, I prefer my S&W M-60 with it's hammer spur bobbed off. I can shoot it from a coat pocket by pointing it with my thumb riding over the top strap protecting the hammer.

    Nowadays, I'd go for one of the new Centennial hammerless models.

    For pants pocket carry, I prefer my Kel-Tec P-32 because of its flatness.
     
  14. 10-Ring

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    For pocket carry, I keep ending up w/ a j-frame revolver. Lately, it's been a 640 ;)
     
  15. denfoote

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    My pocket/mouse gun is the Kahr MK-9. I have carried a Taurus M85 in the pocket, but have found that the auto is thinner and more managable.
     
  16. Kentucky Rifle

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    I sometimes carry a Seecamp in a RJ Hedley "Front Pocket LE". It's the only front pocket holster I've ever owned that doesn't turn, move, or do anything else but keep the little auto in the proper orientation for a fast draw. (It's incredible that RJ sells holsters this nice for such a fair price. Go to his website and look.)
    I wear jeans a lot. My brand is LL Bean (ahem...) "relaxed fit". A J-frame in my front pocket shows a little backstrap. The county prosecutor (Or dumb-butt as I like to call him), can construe this as "brandishing".

    KR
     
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    I beg to differ in some previous comments. I see great advantage to firing a gun from a coat pocket. To get a properly maintained revolver to bind its cylinder while in a coat pocket is next to nill in likelyhood. Especially if its been kept in a good pocket holster.

    A hammerless/concealed hammer snub is perfect for this situation. What better situation could you PRAY for than to have your hand on a gun, ready to fire if you need to and NO ONE knows it.....no panicing the public, if the situations intensity decreases and you didnt have to draw...the better off you are.

    I love auto's but my fav pocket gun is still a conc. hammer snub......


    Shoot well..............
     
  18. jercamp45

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    Hmmmmm....

    I have tried a few over the last couple of decades.......but by far the best I have found in terms of power and reliability is the airweight Jay frames!
    Pocket holster, Yes. Magnum power? Ugh, if you want to put up with the recoil. I prefer plus p 38's that I can control alittle bit better.
    The only other's that might come close is the small Nines, specifically the Kahr PM9.
    Sorry, yes having a .32 or .380 is better than nothing...but when it gets nasty I want to have something with 'thump' and since we never now when life will turn nasty...I'll stick with the Jay as a BUG or pocket blaster. The .45 auto is my main CCW and it will remain so. I did try a AMT BackUp .45 for awhile as a pocket piece. Mine was reliable...but the trigger was HEAVY and it had no sights. The pice was heavy too, but the size of a PPK.......interesting concept...now sold......
    The C6.45 LDA Carry is simpilar in concept but too big for the the pocket(trousers front, in pocket holster).
    Yes...it is a very comforting feeling, having your hand on the piece ready to fire without anyone else being the wiser.
    Jercamp45
     
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    :( I went to his website, it appears he's done making and selling holsters. He say's, "I may return."

    Anything else out there that compares to RJ Hedley's work.
     
  20. JoeHatley

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    Hard to go wrong with a Airweight Centennial....

    642_2l.jpg

    Joe
     
  21. Safety First

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    Hopefully by next spring Kel-tec will work out some of the bugs in the new P-3at .380, and maybe by then the hard-chrome slide will be available. I think that is is the best answer to the "always there" pocket carry. At 10 oz loaded and under an inch thick there is nothing that comes close to comparing that kind of fire power. I know some will say the kahr is the way to go and for ccw I agree it is awsome, but I think it is a little heavy for pocket-carry, but others may disagree, so that may be another option you may want to research. But for me I will get the p3at by early spring unless the competition comes out with something as good or better. I had looked at one a couple of months ago but was turned off by the poor finish, but after a few comments on this board I think have decided the finish is no big deal after all. The key to me is research, look and handle the guns and if possible fire one before making the plunge..good luck...
     
  22. Jaco

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    A local firearm magazine did some tests on firing through a coat pocket, and the only type of firearm that worked reliably was a snubby with a concealed or shrouded hammer. Anyone interested in the article, contact me.
     
  23. Kentucky Rifle

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    Absolutely Joe! (Good photo)

    Plus, 642's are on sale everywhere. I couldn't resist. It's the sale I was looking for. My first Centennial model, but definitely not my last.
    There's something about my new 642 that lends itself to different hand positions. I like that. Anybody else notice the hand positon thing?

    KR
     
  24. M58

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    Now testing a M642 and PM9.
    Both weight within one ounce of each other.
    Going to be tough.
    Carry both...:p


    P.S. in the 60s we actually tested the Smith Bodyguards in raincoat pockets. They work, but get a new raincoat...shredded coat!:what:
     
  25. natedog

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    Remember, the revolver's cylynder has to turn just to get the first shot off...if their is limited room in your pocket it may be difficult to get the cylinder to revolve properly.
     
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