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New Pocket CCW for VA

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by alpinewhitey, Aug 19, 2007.

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Which auto for pocket carry?

  1. P3AT

    32 vote(s)
    43.2%
  2. Kahr

    11 vote(s)
    14.9%
  3. Walther PPS

    10 vote(s)
    13.5%
  4. Other (please specify)

    21 vote(s)
    28.4%
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  1. alpinewhitey

    alpinewhitey Member

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    Good evening all,

    I'm giving heavy consideration to a pocket-carry type auto for the ridiculously hot weather. I've been carrying a G19 very comfortably, but tighter clothes or dress occasions necessitate a smaller and lighter rig.

    I've never fired any of the above, so I'm coming to this niche without much knowledge. CCWers, out there, if / when you pocket carry, which do you prefer for deep concealment in dress clothes, suit, and the crazy hot weather?

    Thanks gents,
    alpinewhitey
     
  2. armed85

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    If I'm not packing my Colt Commander, I have my Smith & Wesson 642 in my pocket. It's not a autoloader, but a snubnosed revolver.

    I highly, highly recommend it. It was $350 when I bought it, but now I think it's about $400. Nevertheless, it's still a very good deal.

    I have walked down many dark streets with that little gun in my pocket. It's one gun I'll never sell.
     
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  3. GLOCK19XDSC

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    Seecamp if you can find one or order one and wait for it. Current wait is reputed to be 3-4 months for the .32 and 12-14 months for the .380.

    Keltec will work as a true pocket pistol.
     
  4. jojosdad

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    For pocket carry I use a Smith 49.
     
  5. glockman19

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    S&W 642. 168 pages & 4178 posts. Read up on the best most reliable pocket carry available.

    500 THR members can't be wrong
     
  6. BsChoy

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    I like the PPS (can't wait to get my hand on one) but I think that it is going to be too big for pocket carry. I would carry IWB strong side without question however. P3AT is made for the pocket!
     
  7. JohnBT

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    "deep concealment in dress clothes"

    I carried a hardchromed P-32 daily for many years in all sorts of clothes. I've also carried a 442, but it's a bit bulky for many front pockets. Now I carry a Rohrbaugh. It's a little heavy, about 17 oz. loaded, but it's a whole lot flatter and easier to conceal than a 442.

    John in Richmond.
     
  8. gomakemeasandwich

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    I have a Bersa Thunder .380 and love it. It's accurate, compact and I have never had a problem with it. For the criteria you mentioned, it should be a good fit. You should be able to find one for about $200-250, depending on gun prices in your area (I paid $229).
     
  9. mavracer

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    voted P3AT although I use a S&W 442 or seecamp 32
     
  10. IMTHDUKE

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    Almost forget your packin 9mm deep in pocket. And it is shooter accurate if needed.
     
  11. CPshooter

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    Don't forget the KT PF-9...definitely worth 240-280 depending on the finish. From what I've been reading, I think this is definitely the best all-around 9mm carry package you can get for the money. I'm probably going to pick one up myself as a go-to carry gun. For 280 with the HC slide, you cannot go wrong. Kel-Tec also takes good care of their customers from what I understand, so even if you got a lemon you are still covered!
     
  12. joesolo

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    if you have the $$ I have to say Rohrbaugh. They can be finicky but are the best of all worlds to me in a pocket pistol.
     
  13. PX15

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    Seecamp LWS380...

    J. Pomeroy


    P.S.

    Pictured is the LWS32, but the LWS380 is the exact same size.
     
  14. fletcher

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    P3AT. It is the best econo-pocket-carry there is IMO.
     
  15. FireCaptDave

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    Ditto to what Glockman19 says. Get a S&W 642. You never hear anyone complaing about it not always working.
     
  16. W.E.G.

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    Man-purse and Glock 22.
     
  17. RyanM

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    I have a Kahr MK40 that's worked fine for me, in the pocket. It's a little heavy, though. Empty weight is exactly the same as that of my Glock 23 with tungsten recoil spring rod. It's not uncomfortable, though I have been tempted at times to get a P3AT. But then all I have to do is remember how effective .380 ACP is compared to .40 S&W, and the urge passes.
     
  18. denfoote

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    My general pocket pistol is the Kahr MK9.
    Given the right trousers, I can and do, carry guns the size of the Glock 36, but the default platform is the Kahr.

    As far a micro mice are concerned, I prefer the KT P32 over the P3AT.
    It has much to do with the fact that the AT has no slide stop!!
    I do not want to have to count shots in an emergency and run the risk of hearing that ominous "CLICK" right when I probably would need it most!!
    But that's just me!!! ;)
     
  19. comeandtakeit

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    NAA Guardian .380
     
  20. LT1coupe

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    If you can pocket carry the Bersa 380 it is a fine gun, my wife carries one as a purse gun, however they offer a nearly identically sized 9mm.
    The P3AT can actually be pocket carried, I wallet carry a P32 & often forget it's in my pocket.
     
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    I've pocket carried a PM9 with success before, also a S&W Model 37. Of the guns listed, the P3AT would be the easiest to carry, but the PF-9 is pocketable too, and with 8 rounds of +p 9mm. I've handled a PPS and it might be a little large for easy pocket carry, IMO.
     
  23. ognnosnim

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    The Keltec P3AT is nice for pocket carry.

    Another good one is the Smith and Wesson J-Frames. My brother loves his 642.
     
  24. strat81

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    The mag release on the new PPS rubs me the wrong way... I vote P3AT.
     
  25. gbelleh

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    I found the mag release on the PPS to be very awkward too.
     
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