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I want to buy a pocket gun -- something you can keep in your shorts in the summer without developing a limp. From what I've read a 380 is about the lightest and easiest to conceal. I understand it doesn't have the greatest knockdown power. I've looked at the Glock 42, Colt XSP, Kimber Micro Carry, the Ruger LCP 2 and a few others. Read a lot of reviews and watched videos. I'm inclined to go with the Ruger LCP 2. Seems to be the best choice when looking at weight, reliability and size.
Any experience that would indicate something different?
I did research this site as well -- only post I could find on pocket guns was on 9MM. Too big.
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I have one of almost every brand of .380. I settled on the LCP II Competition. It’s the only one that you can’t accidentally press the mag release button and when you take it out of your pocket the magazine is still locked in! The Competition has a much better trigger action. I use Buffalo Big Bore Plus-P for carry ammo.
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Got my wife a little pink 'n black camo Ruger LCP couple of years ago. Cute little thing, pretty melted on the corners 'n stuff so would work fine in pocket.
Not fun to shoot...but, it's a pocket pistol, not meant to be fun, just meant to shoot from <10 feet to "stuck in the ribs".
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Lcp or s&w bodyguard 380
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Another Ruger LCP2 vote. The pocket holster it comes with is pretty good too.
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Originally Posted by hardtocontend View Post
Lcp or s&w bodyguard 380
I have a bodyguard and wish I had bought the LCP. The Bodyguard trigger sucks, do a google search. That being said it is a great size for a pocket gun, the LCP is the same size.
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I have a bodyguard and wish I had bought the LCP. The Bodyguard trigger sucks, do a google search. .
I've shot both, our wiring guy carries one in a pouch on his belt all the time. I'd call it a "preference" as to which trigger one prefers...I actually prefer the BG overall over the LCP.
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Make sure you get the LCP-2, because the original LCP had a real tough trigger pull.
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I have the LCP, The dealer had it setup with the Crimson Trace laser sight, which on one hand is kind of goofy for a close-quarters weapon, but on the other hand does add some intimidation factor and help with aiming when you can't get a proper sight picture.
Overall I like it, have not had to use it yet, but based on some range practice with it, I'm comfortable with it. My preferred CCW is my H&K USPC .45, but that can be a bit bulky and heavy when you are dressed for Florida summers.
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I have been carrying the Original LCP almost daily since 2011 I use a Pocket Holster & can carry it no matter what I'm wearing it's been totally reliable but as stated above it's not a gun you shoot for fun My carry Ammo is Federal Hydra Shok Low Recoil
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I have over 700 rounds thru my LCP II with only one FTF. But I was practicing single handed with none dominate hand, so it was likely me limp wristing. It is light and shows very little pattern in my back pocket. Trigger is smooth and I just use the soft holster that came with it. BUT, mine fires about 4" to the left at 25'. All my practice now is point & shoot (no aiming) so I have mentally adjusted for those 4 inches.

I didn't like carrying it with no safety, so I purchased a trigger stop:
trigger stop trigger stop
After a little practice, removal is now automatic.
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Check out the Ruger LCR too in 38spl.

Plenty knock down down power and light if you can get past 5 rounds.
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that's one of the things that bothered me about the Ruger and several of the other 380's -- no safety. The trigger stop looks like a decent option.
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Originally Posted by jfaisten View Post
that's one of the things that bothered me about the Ruger and several of the other 380's -- no safety. The trigger stop looks like a decent option.
Wife has a SIG P238 that she loves. It has a thumb safety, has been just as reliable, is super accurate but it is larger/heavier. She carries in her purse so the sightly larger size is not an issue.
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Originally Posted by jfaisten View Post
that's one of the things that bothered me about the Ruger and several of the other 380's -- no safety. The trigger stop looks like a decent option.
there is no way an LCP is going off on accident with it’s double action only trigger, it’s no different than a double action revolver and I’ve never seen a revolver with a safety.
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Didn’t care for the LCP, it jammed on me several times. Mags didn’t seat well. Sig p323 or p938 far nicer.


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lcp380 with techna clip
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I have a Kimber Micro 9 for a small carry gun. 1911 style safety which is easy to use as you draw the gun.

A point you may want to consider is size/recoil/stopping power. This Micro 9 is not much bigger that he Micro 380, its little heavier weight helps offset the difference in recoil and the 9mm has a lot more punch than a 380. I shoot 124 grain gold dots out of mine because that seems to be the sweet stop of the 9mm but you could go down to 115 grain gold dots to reduce the recoil some.

A bought a Fobus holster for the Micro 9 and this makes for a very convertible and convenient carry option.
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My wife has a Kimber Micro Carry and loves the gun. I originally bought a LCR in .38 but the trigger pull was too much and the gun stings small hands. We tried the LCR in 22 mag and she experienced the same results. The Kimber is easy to rack and the recoil is extremely doable. My pocket gun is the Sig P938.

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