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#11
I like my S&W bodyguard .380.

DAO trigger, buy still like it. Recoil is not bad.
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#12
The LCP was an easy gun to carry. I actually ran the Broad Street right after the Boston Marathon bombing, and with all the police presence and attention nobody realized I had it tucked into my spibelt. 10 miles, hundreds of law enforcement looking for anything suspicious, and not a word. Just keep in mind its a .380 (which is a big deal for some, no problem for others). I also hated shooting it because it was so thin. It almost felt like it was cutting into my hand.
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#13
Camper;154205 Wrote:
jahwarrior72;154170 Wrote:Pocket guns I have experience with, and recommend, are:

1. S&W Model 642/442 (.38 Special)

Can't think of any drawbacks carrying a S&W snubbie

I'll second this. I have one, its a great little gun.

I've also got a Bersa Thunder in .380 that I can pocket fairly well.

I can't recommend any of the teeny-tiny guns, they don't feel right to me and if a gun doesn't feel good to me I refuse to use it.

I'll third this and throw in the S&W 638 shrouded hammer snubbie (38 Spec. +P) which is part of the same Airweight series as the 642, 442, 637, etc. No worries about snagging the hammer when drawing.

Myself, I carry a S&W Model 60 snub nose but the above are good options if your not "big pocketed" like myself.
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#14
I should mention that I've shot the Taurus TCP and like it marginally better (or less badly) as a shooter than my Ruger LCP. I cannot begin to explain why. I just do.

It's the same specification and dimensions, at a considerable savings.
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#15
Is the P238 worth the extra cost? I really want the engraved pearl handle one (someday, when my money can go to that instead of other family necessities). I'm irritated at myself for selling my LCP and then needing the cash for other things instead of waiting....I could have at least still carried my LCP even though it literally tears up my finger to shoot the thing.

I still have an LC9 but I do not carry it regularly.

My husband has a S&W Bodyguard and I don't like it. I don't like the turn on/turn off laser, and I don't like the impossible safety on it.

I have been told the P238 shoots really nice...I think the lightness of the LCP makes it rough to shoot.
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#16
For me, the p238 is worth the extra cost. But I'm silly, I think light, short, crisp trigger pulls, sights that you can actually see, the ability to go 10+1 in a pocket .380 and better quality to be important.

Downsides?, the tight tolerances of the p238 doesn't lend itself to pocket lint very well unlike the LCP and requires a little more care and maintenance, and it's a little heavier.
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#17
Mr_Gixxer;156028 Wrote:For me, the p238 is worth the extra cost. But I'm silly, I think light, short, crisp trigger pulls, sights that you can actually see, the ability to go 10+1 in a pocket .380 and better quality to be important.

Downsides?, the tight tolerances of the p238 doesn't lend itself to pocket lint very well unlike the LCP and requires a little more care and maintenance, and it's a little heavier.

I'm sorry...what do you mean by "tight tolerances"?

I initially chose the LCP because of the long trigger pull because I was scared about it "going off". LOL. But I think I would be okay now. The p238 has a safety...? Does it shoot pretty nicely? The heavier weight probably helps absorb a little more recoil....
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#18
RugerGirl;156030 Wrote:
Mr_Gixxer;156028 Wrote:For me, the p238 is worth the extra cost. But I'm silly, I think light, short, crisp trigger pulls, sights that you can actually see, the ability to go 10+1 in a pocket .380 and better quality to be important.

Downsides?, the tight tolerances of the p238 doesn't lend itself to pocket lint very well unlike the LCP and requires a little more care and maintenance, and it's a little heavier.

I'm sorry...what do you mean by "tight tolerances"?

I initially chose the LCP because of the long trigger pull because I was scared about it "going off". LOL. But I think I would be okay now. The p238 has a safety...? Does it shoot pretty nicely? The heavier weight probably helps absorb a little more recoil....

I think the machine work and fit and finish are a lot better with the p238.

It's almost like the AR vs AK discussion. They both work great, one just shakes off dirt and dust a little better than the other but the trade off is better accuracy in a higher quality firearm.

If you've ever shot a 1911 you'll feel right at home with the p238 and thumb safety. Cocked and locked.
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#19
I pocket carry a Doubletap derringer in .45ACP as a backup. It is very comfortable as a pocket carry pistol. Recoil is a bit rough if you get the non-ported model. It comes with a six round and a two round quick strip for reloading. The double will fit in the compartment in the base of the grip.

Just keep in mind, a derringer is a close range weapon. As in spitting distance close. If you are looking for something that is able to reach out a bit farther, a derringer is not for you.
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#20
I always liked the Beretta series of pocket pistols.

They now call them the Bobcat or Tomcat. Mine is a 950. In any event, the choices of caliber are 22lr, .25, and .32.

But the pistols are small and light, metal/well-built and balanced.
They also have a tip-up barrel which is great if you can't rack a slide well.
They are single action and they do have a safety. The drop safe is actually a d├ętente position just off of the firing pin.

It's funny as I use both hands to shoot it only to prevent my shooting low and to the left due to the short barrel which goes off target when you flex to pull the trigger. With two hands it doesn't happen, lol.

Great backup and for close-in like inside a car or elevator. Fits in a shirt pocket even.
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