Skip to comments.Pocket-Pistol Lessons
Posted on 04/24/2013 11:28:11 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
Establishing a bond with a pocket pistol is similar to marriagein one way: You have to be willing to accept compromise. To make any compromise worth the effort, there must be a clear objective. In this case preserving your life is the goal, and pocket pistols, whether diminutive semi-automatics or small-frame revolvers, do their part and offer a solution that is easy to carry concealed. Merely slipping one into the front pocket of your jacket, however, will not prevent a determined threat from causing you bodily harm. To stop a violent attack, you must be prepared to counter with force adequate to end the confrontation. Therein lies the compromise. In exchange for realizing the benefits of a pocket pistols small size, light weight and ease of concealment, you trade accuracy, capacity, ease of handling and power. So while a pocket pistol may be the most convenient tool to have at hand, it is often far from ideal. The first step in dealing with its limitations is realizing it will likely be more difficult to defend yourself with a pocket pistol than with any other firearm.
Unfortunately, many citizens who carry pocket pistols are lulled into a false sense of security and dont recognize and plan for the relative deficiencies of their little handguns. That is particularly true of those who carry a pocket pistol as a backup to their primary sidearm. True, many pocket pistols are simple to fire because their double-action-only triggers or striker-type mechanisms eliminate the need to disengage a frame-mounted safety. Its also true that most defensive engagements take place at short range. But to assume these factors warrant a nonchalant attitude is foolish, and potentially deadly.
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What do you carry? Show me your gun porn.
Sexy. Do you carry it concealed?
I’ve owned a couple Makarov’s. Mine was of East German manufacture. Very reliable, never jammed, and has a little more pop than a .380, though less than a 9mm.
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Nice article but not completely accurate with regard to power. You can get mouse guns today that hold 8 rounds of 9mm. You don’t have to settle for .32 in a mouse gun today. Amazing.
Otherwise, good article.
Yeah. IWB holster, small-of-the-back. Conceals fine under a jacket.
I need something smaller for summer carry, though. May just go with a PPK or something.
I have a CZ82. Love it.
I have one of those. Had to change out the springs to make the trigger pull manageable.
Fortunately, the vast majority of self defense situations are going to be within 10 feet or so. At that range, you don't aim, you point.
“I have one of those. Had to change out the springs to make the trigger pull manageable.”
I recently did the same. Stock trigger pull was insane. Changed out the recoil spring too. Much more pleasant to shoot now.
Tried one and loved it. For those wanting a small .45 Auto that is controllable and accurate, the XDs would also be my recommendation.
Im so ready to get one of these - how does she like it?
I carry(when I carry) a 1990s Colt Mustang 6 shot mag .380 SA...carried in condition 2...I am pretty good at cocking the hammer as I push it forward....very accurate for its size...
my son has a Ruger LCP 6 shot mag also .380 DAO...around a third the weight....much less accurate but for the distance these things are made for...accurate enough...
Great article. Thanks.
I carry a Glock 27. Heat most of the year make carry a challenge, but best I’ve found for me is IWB.
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