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Posted: 5/1/2002 6:41:44 AM EDT
I am interested in getting a very small "pocket" type pistol. I will be taking this along while biking, running, checking livestock, and walking around the grounds (city boy in the country). Keep in mind I do not have a CCW permit but I will be on private property at all times with this. I will mostly need it for an occasional rabid varmint and self-defense is not really and issue here.

My options thus far are a

Beretta 21
Taurus pt22
Beretta tomcat
Does anyone have any other suggestions or comments on my available choices?
How would a 32acp compare?
Link Posted: 5/1/2002 7:14:35 AM EDT
I suggest a S&W Model 36 or 37 J-frame revolver. 37 is the Airweight, a bit lighter for carry.
.38 Special will take care of whatever comes at you, short of a bear, and it is safe to carry in a pocket.
Go hammerless if you are afraid of snagging the hammer, but be aware that Smith is designed to not fire from a partial hammer pull.
And hammerless deprives you of a single action well-aimed shot.
Get bird shot pistol rounds if you are dealing with snakes, makes it easier to hit them.
Link Posted: 5/1/2002 9:11:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2002 9:14:20 AM EDT by SGB]
I'm with Hannah, a small frame 2 or 3inch 357/38 special will fill the bill.

Either Smith&Wesson J frame S&W or a ruger sp101 Ruger
Link Posted: 5/1/2002 4:47:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2002 6:10:52 PM EDT
Kahr MK9

Link Posted: 5/2/2002 8:23:16 AM EDT
Sounds like a Kel-Tec P32 is the ideal gun for your situation. .32 is superior to .22 and .25, but a little light for personal defense. If you want to go with a little more powerful round, I also recommend an aluminum J-frame .38 Special.
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