Here's my dilemma.
I would say that my EDC is my 1911 but I cannot. My work clothes includes a polo which prevents me from IWB carry and I'm limited to pocket carry. It also has to be small/light enough that I'll put in my pocket and forget. Here's what I'm looking at:
1. Sig 238/938- 938's are hard to find in my area. I can find 238's but I'm not sold on another caliber (.380)
2. Kahr PM9- I like the size but don't know enough about them, mainly does the slide ride on metal rails/chassis
3. Some other third option- I know that I want something in the aforementioned size, in semi auto, and would prefer 9mm or 45acp.
4. I've looked at LCP's and I don't like them
5. The bodyguard 380 isn't bad and probably a better choice than the 238 but its still a 380
So, what is the hives opinion?
I went to the local fun store today and after looking around for awhile, I went with the LCP. I haven't shot it yet but I quickly made a pocket holster, rough side out. I still need to dress up the holster but it draws smooth.
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Springfield XDS (45 ACP) or Ruger LC9 (9 mm) come to mind. If you can wear a shirt outside your pant a good IWB holster (like a Crossbreed) might be your answer with any of several small pistols/revolvers. Don't discount the .380 Auto. With decent ammo (Hornady Critical Defense, Remington Gold Sabres, etc) they're not completely ineffective. A good 380 is much better than bad language in a gun fight! I like the P238 much better than the Smith Bodyguard. Feels better in my hand, plus if that intergrated laser goes bad, you'll have to send the whole Bodyguard in for repair.
walther pps .40 - its a small printing carry. Its the largest cal I can get away with under a tucked in t-shirt, my glock 27 is the same size but slightly thicker and does print on a tucked in t shirt.
The Kahr is a nice option. Mine has been perfect through 7-800 rounds. And yes, the slide rides on steel rails. There are also plastic rails, but they don't support anything, they just aid with re-assembly.
The lcp with a grip sleeve is alot better than just the lcp. The grip sleeve makes a big change in its felt profile. Its not the best cww out there but if you have to pocket carry its hard to beat. 7rds of hot 380 in your pocket is better than that fully loaded 45 thats at home because its to big to carry.
I wear polo shirts as well .
You might try mid sized pistols with 3.5 - 4inch barrels
S&W M&P C
Glock 19 & 26
For a back up or pocket carry I would recomend the S&W 642/442
Able to fire in pocket without jamming
Able to hold revolver on BG without showing off the handgun.
During CQC theres no slide to push back and cause a failure