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Best pocket pistol or derringer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Jedi_7.62, Feb 4, 2003.

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  1. Jedi_7.62

    Jedi_7.62 Member

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    I've taken a new job where it is crucial my weapon is NOT noticeable.

    I don't like .22's (other than a rifle for plinking)

    Kel Tec p 32's seem popular
    How reliable are they?

    Open for ideas
     
  2. Chaz

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    I have a Keltec P32. It is very light and thin so it fits in the pocket well although it prints unless you have a pocket holster. I guess it is accurate enough for its size but definalty a point and shoot gun as the sights are terrible. Also it does not like to feed JHP's though some would say JHP's are a waste of ammo in such a short barrel/small caliber. There have been issues with some people in the past with reliablility but mine has had no problems after 500+ rounds. There is a Keltec forum board somewhere that could answer the reliablilty questions. Do a web search for it.

    Though you dont like the .22 I often carry a NAA .22mag revolver when the "big dog" (Glock 21) is not appropriate. This little revolver dose not print half as much as the P32. It actually looks like a set of keys to me. NAA also has other small handguns that might appeal to you. Guardian 32 comes to mind.

    Good luck in your search.
     
  3. cratz2

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    P32 here also. Never a failure out of the three that I've shot. Thin, trim, light weight, easy to hide in a pocket. Several of the 32 ACP loads seem to expand pretty reliably, the Silvertips and Gold Dots and I'm sure the CorBons.

    I feel pretty well armed with just the P32 when that is all I can have but I have a very low stress job and would only use it if I absolutely positively had to as I'm sure is true of most of us. At the same time, if I had a job where there was a real need of having to have a firearm on my person, I'd probably look to my beloved 1911 or if I couldn't conceal it well, a Glock 30, 19 or 26. Always bring enough gun and if you must have a gun, I'd consider a 9mm the minimum. If you want to have a gun, then chose your poison.

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  4. sixgun_symphony

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    I like the Derringers myself.

    You might like the DA 38 double action from American Derringer.
    da38.jpg

    It comes in .38 Special or .40 S&W chamberings.
     
  5. DeltaElite

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    The Kel Tec is a neat gun, I own one, but I wouldn't trust my life to it.
     
  6. 22luvr

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    P32 for complete concealment

    I carried mine for three years daily and it was never detected. I put about 1,000 rounds through it without a failure. It is probably the lightest, thinnest auto-loader ever made. It is priced reasonably and Kel-Tec will back their lifetime warranty.
     
  7. GeorgeH

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    I have 2 NAA Guardians, one 32 and one 380. Also 3 Seecamps, two 32 and one 25. I have three deringers: HS 22, HS 22mag; and ADC 357 mag.

    I carry the G380 daily.
     
  8. Kahr carrier

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    Ditto 380 NAA Guardian ,32 Seecamp or Kahr K-9.:)
     
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    Ditto 380 NAA Guardian ,32 Seecamp or Kahr K-9.:)
     
  10. DonGlock26

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    My P-32 has been flawless,accurate,and easy to CCW. It's better than a gun in the safe.
     
  11. Kahr carrier

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    Whoops Double Tap.:neener:
     
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    if and when a KelTec 380 becomes available to me, it will be my next pocket pistol, replacing the KT32. an easy hide in times of discretion.
     
  13. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    Chaz wrote:
    Don't carry any pocket gun without a holster. Just don't do it.

    My favorite trick with my P-32 is a between the eyes shot from 50'. The sights are just fine if you'll take the trouble to learn to use them. The trick is a firm grip and good trigger control.

    P-32s have no trouble at all with JHPs. The problem is potential rimlock from the rimmed .32 ACP case if the rounds are shorter than the magazine. Two solutions: use rounds that are long enough to prevent a rim from one round from engaging a groove of another one or use a magazine spacer that Kel Tec sells. My P-32 is on a steady diet of FMJs. No problems -- at all....

    The Kel Tec Owners Group is at http://www.ktog.org

    A KT P-3AT will be a companion to my P-32 when it's available.
     
  14. ruger357

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    S&W J frame/Beretta Jetfire.
     
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    high standard 22wmr
     
  16. Kentucky Rifle

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    I have a lot of them that fit in my pocket...

    But the one I call "the best" is made by Larry Seecamp. I'm also fond of my Beretta Jetfire for it's complete reliability. S&W 331/332 snubbie series is nice for the 6 rounds they hold instead of 5. I keep one of those in a Galco Ankle Pocket. ("Nearly" everyday.)
    11.9 ounces, plus the .32 H&R magnum has more energy and less recoil than a "non"
    +P .38 Special. NAA Guardians are nice and RJ made me a "Back Pocket" holster that looks just like a wallet.
    I own a nice looking P-32. Gray grip frame, hard chrome top end and a silver metal trigger shoe. Keep mine stoked with Fiocchi FMJ's. It's nice, but I've never gotten past the "carry lots~but shoot little" feeling. No offense meant to the P-32 owners who think that their little pistols are "the cat's..well, you know". :)

    KR
     
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    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    Jim...

    Can you still buy those little High Standard .22 mags? I should have got one of those when I had the chance.

    KR
     
  18. sw442642

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    My user name says it all. I also have had some pocket 22s like the Taurus PT-22 - junk.

    I keep some NAA minis for fun. Nice guns but the J's are the real deal.
     
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