Heirloom-quality pocket pistols?

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  1. USGuns

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    I regularly carry a Ruger LCP in my right-rear pocket, and I hardly notice it's there due to its small size and light weight.

    However, it is not what I would consider an "heirloom-quality" pocket pistol. While what is heirloom-quality is subjective, seems it would need to be of sufficient quality and durability to be worth handing down from one generation to another.

    When I think of current-production heirloom quality pocket pistols, the one that comes immediately to mind is the Seecamp: http://www.seecamp.com

    Any others?
     
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    The TPH is an out of production example, and consideration should be given to the NAA Guardians.
     
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    Cylinder and Slide does a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless sized to .45 ACP that definitely qualifies.
     
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    Yes I was going to mention the Rohrbaugh also. It is a unique pistol.
    @Rembrandt knows a thing or two about them.

    Honorable mentions to Colt's mustang, and Sig's 238 Legion, and kimber micro 9......
     
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    Perhaps something like this, an engraved and gold inscribed baby Browning.
     
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    Ah yes, that obsession with handing down guns to the offspring is always the caveat, isn't it? I am amused by the concept of an everyday carry pistol that is meant to get beat up during daily activities has to be an heirloom collectors piece because a polymer pistol that gives you no problems and will last decades with moderate training use is just not good enough.

    Honestly, when has any polymer frame pistol ever been described as and heirloom gun?

    So, clearly heirloom guns can only have frames made of steel or aluminum. Plenty to choose from there, the cheapest would probably be the NAA Guardians.
     
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    If we are limited to current production, Id say Sig P238 and 938, Beretta Tomcat, NAA Minirevolvers, and maybe the Remington RM380 if it ever resumes production. Id be surprised of Colt actually builds anymore metal-framed Mustangs under CZ.
     
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    A polymer-framed heirloom pistol is kinda like a collector's grade Geo Metro.
     
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    I had a CZ45 .25 ACP that sure looks like what Mr Seecamp was looking at for ideas.
    It is what they then called a vest pocket pistol.

    Pants and coat pockets were roomier in the 1920s and 1930s.
    There is a world of well made .32s out there; Colt, Savage, Remington, Walther, Mauser, etc.
     
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    Not the hatchback, but the convertible Metro is a fun little car. I've been looking for one for a couple years now.
     
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    My Army buddy rented the sedan version for a few days. It was fine, but not a pride of ownership vehicle, unlike his Mustang GT coupe. I think an heirloom gun has to trace lineage back to what was historically viewed as hallmarks of quality skilled "manufacturing", not just "production".
     
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    Manhurin made PPK. Beretta 70. Colt Mustang, Browning 380
    Take the passenger seats out of a Metro and you can haul lots of stuff.
     
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    If you can find an all steel Colt Pony It would be a good choice and small enough for every day carry
     
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    In the future I could see the modern Kimber micro 9 Rapide

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    or maybe a Bel Air

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    becoming pretty pricy for those who like a bit of “BBQ bling” for their ccw. (My micro 9 is a plain Jane stainless version.)

    Stay safe.
     
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    My Sig P238 Rainbow is awful pretty...
     
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    My wife's nephew is a retired police officer and he plans to pass his badge and duty weapon to his oldest son. It is not an object's monetary value that makes an heirloom, but the sentimental and/or historic value attached to an object passed down through a family.
     
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    You just need a bigger pocket.
     
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    Apparently one can only be proud to own cars with more than 3 cylinders in the engine...

    What is the dividing line between "quality skilled manufacturing" is and just regular manufacturing? Is it hand fitting? Okay, so at least we have an idea that an heirloom gun is metal frame and a minimum of $900.
     
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    Hmm ... As an owner of all three, I just can't seem to think of the P238 as quite in the same class as the Seecamp and the PSA Browning Baby. It's actually a better carry pistol, and I'm pretty sure it will last as long or longer than either of those, but when I hear "heirloom" I think of something that a little more decorative and a little less ... utilitarian. While I bought the P238 for carry, I bought the other two for coolness, which is an important factor in an heirloom IMO.
     
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    My daughter just wants my Model 64 and my Mark II. I doubt if she'll keep any of my smaller handguns. Maybe the 1903 and Government Model, because we used to shoot them together? Maybe not.

    These are the nicest little ones I have:

    Maybe get the fanciest NAA revolver and put some fancy grips on it, maybe have it engraved? They seem well-made.

    These little Stars are well-made and somewhat rare. I could make some nice grips for it, if one of my nephews or someone wanted it.

    This is the Bauer version... I think a copy of the Colt and FN?

    The little Mauser 25 is cool and kind of steam punk or something. It also has a reasonably long barrel and decent sights.

    The Colt 1903 is probably my fav, if it counts as a "pocket pistol".
     
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    The MDE/Kevin was going to be my choice as well. I handled one in 2010 and loved it but never got around to picking one up. When an LCP could be had all day for $200 there was no good reason to spring for one, but the yearning is still there.
     
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