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11 Responses to “Pocket guns”

  1. Liston Matthews Says:

    Yes, you can always have it with you in your pocket (except where its prohibited, right).

  2. pkoning Says:

    Similar in size but chambered in 9 mm Luger: the Bond Arms XR9 (formerly Boberg, but apparently made better by Bond).

  3. JTC Says:

    Used to be a big fan of the cartridge because the convenience of the small packages that launch them made them less likely to be left at home. But the shrinking in size and weight of tools chambered for its bigger brother 9mm, just about renders it obsolete for most intents and purposes.

  4. Jerry Gibbs Says:

    With JTC, back before KT was KT, I owned a Grendel P-12. That little thing kicked like a .357, and left me with a flinch that I still have to watch out for. I couldn’t shoot a pellet gun without jerking my shot to the left. Carry a nine, or even a .45, and dress around it. Your ass isn’t as pretty as you think it is. Even in jeans.

  5. pkoning Says:

    Jerry, one reason I like the XR9 is that its unusual action cuts the recoil substantially. I can shoot +P 9mm from that pocket pistol without having my hand hurt after 3 shots. The barrel is an inch longer than any other gun with that size frame.

  6. Ben Says:

    He forgets to mention or forgot about the huge study that examined actual stopping power in the field. The study found that ANY centerfire caliber was as good (more like as bad) as any other in stopping a threat. Forget rules of thumb, gelatin penetration tests, and seemingly reasonable analysis. The only thing significantly worse than pistol caliber ammo was rimfire ammo. Centerfire rifles on the other hand…

  7. JTC Says:

    “Centerfire rifles on the other hand…”

    Yes, but that straight-legged pocket carry is a bitch.

  8. Ravenwood Says:

    I love my M&P Bodyguard .380 with the laser sight. Carried that in a pocket holster for years until my wife stole it from me.

    So then I bought a Sig P365. It’s a tad bigger, but I’m a big guy with big hands and big pockets. Also it holds 12+1 rounds of 9mm with a pinky extender on the magazine and still fits into my jeans or shorts pockets with no notice (thanks to my Wild Bill Concealment pocket holster).

  9. JTC Says:

    I too loved the BG w/CT, what a neat little package.

    Carried one some, and sold a crap-ton of them when they went on promo so that the laser was pretty much free.

    Then again, I never had to (thank God and knock wood) had to shoot anybody with one, and I think if I had my fondness would be diminished if not turned to outright hatred. And I actually have a nagging guilt for those many I actively recommended; same for the LCP’s. Hope against hope that those I sold them too will be as careful/lucky as me in avoiding engagement in lethal combat with an anemic tool.

  10. Ben Says:

    That’s the most interesting study I’ve seen regarding stopping power. No need to feel guilty having sold .380 pistols.

  11. Ravenwood Says:

    JTC, the Bodyguard is a great gun and shoots just fine, though I also upgraded the trigger to remove some of the travel. I personally prefer the Sig P365 because you get more 9mm rounds while sacrificing just a little bit of size. But then it’s also about $100-200 more.