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looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby mgriffiths05 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:02 pm

I'm on the hunt for a small auto to carry. I have been looking closely at the Ruger LCP and the Taurus 738 TCP. Both are small frame .38 and are priced within $30 of each other locally. The Taurus does come with an extra magazine and holster while the Ruger does not. Give me some input on these or some other guns priced similarly.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:46 am

Taurus is not know for fast service turn arounds................
Ruger would be my selection for a small carry. (You stated "Auto" for carry )

.380 will both work with the new ammo and bullet styles on the market know.
Nothing wrong with a 9mm in an auto also..............
MAIN thing in a AUTO is to test 100 rounds of different ammo to see if it will cycle 100% with out malfunctions !!
The best ammo/bullet is no good if it jams in your gun..............

Now if you ment pistol/revolver in .38 spl the Ruger is still the best hands down if you don't want the best .....( S&W)
Best SD +P in these light weight guns is the 135gr Speer Gold Dot with the best non+P load being the Federal 125gr Nyclad.
These two have the minimum recoil and a good track record with the 158gr "FBI" and a 148gr BBwc being the minimum and maximum for this revolver.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby mgriffiths05 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:40 am

thanks for the input, too soon to make a decision. still looking at a few other options
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby apexhunter » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:37 am

What concealment method do you plan to use...IWB, OWB, ankle, etc.? This can make a determination as to the style or model of your handgun. Also you need to determine the caliber. Obviously the 2 you mentioned are .380 but different calibers would open up your options to other makes or models. I'm one that carries the largest piece I can comfortably conceal as to provide me with the largest caliber and/or the most capacity possible. Whatever you choose I would strongly suggest shooting one before purchasing so you can get a sense of the trigger and overall feel of the piece. Some of the uber-compact pistols have horrific triggers.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:21 am

small 380 and 38 spl can weigh in at 13 to 16 oz and conseal very well for an all day gun.

Medium weight guns around 21 oz (9mm ) are a little larger and need a system that gives more support.

The larger 32oz and up guns need heavy support for all day carry and the jacket or pants pocket is no longer
a way of carry,due to bulk,size and weight. A good well made holster is needed for support and comfort.
Any size weapon and caliber can be used with this set up if you can put up with the weight and recoil,just
a matter of what you feel comfortable with.........and not take all day getting on target with your first two rounds fired.

Most SD actions are over in 10-15 seconds on the street................
even better if the BG stands down, you really don't wan't to shoot someone unless it is the last resort or a life &death thing.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby mgriffiths05 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:07 pm

I plan to carry IWB or with the supplied wallet style holster (Taurus TCP) I have a baby desert eagle 9mm semi-compact. But just a little big for my taste for all day carry.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby duckm4n » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:53 pm

i carry the glock 26. small frame, great for belt holster......you pull the trigger ..it goes bang!. have cycled thousands of rounds with no hiccups!!.........if you doubt me check ot Hickok45.com then search glock 26 gen 4. nice little gun!! (9mm)....let me know what you think about hickok45. he has a real cool setup.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Nerdwick » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:51 am

I love my North American Arms Guardian, fits in the front pocket like a dream.

My other is a Kahr .40 cal cw40 nice carry gun as well.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby waterfowlhunter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:51 am

In the summer and ocassionally in the winter I carry Kahrs, I personally would not carry anything less than a 9mm mainly due to my own ammo/penetration testing. I had a J-Frame for some time but the Kahr carries better and is more accurate. In the Winter when I have on heavier clothing I usually carry HK 45's or full size M&P's :thumbsup: The kahr PM nine is very light and works great inside the waistband, in an ankle holster, in the pocket or on belt slide, my MK9 elite is a bit heavier but still carries nice. I had a keltec but it and every other one I have fired drops the magazine when I shoot them. Most likely due to my grip or hand size but it made it a useless carry gun for me. I have also had NAA and AMT minis and they just were not as reliable as I like.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby teal12 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:24 am

I would recomend a kahr cm9. They are very light and can be covered by the palm of your hand. I'm very small framed and can conceal one with no issues. Yet they still pack more punch than a 38 or 380. Sorry just not a fan of that small of a round for personal protection. The 9 I have is light but not torture on your hands. My girl friend usually carries it and she is 5'1" 100 lbs andyou would never know she has it.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Cajun1085 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:21 pm

Just got my wife a glock 42. It is an awesome sweet shooting .380. I also have a sig P238 that is also a great shooting little gun. The only way I will carry a gun is if it still have a full set of site that are preferably night sites.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby jhol111964 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:45 pm

in the subcompact range, Kel-tec .380 or .32 ACP. Lightest (9.5 ounces, loaded), smallest double action, 7+1 rounds, fits in a shirt pocket. Add the side clip, and carry inside your waist band, looks like a knife clip. Mine has never mis-chambered, with 5+ brands of ammo. LCP would be my 2nd choice.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby DNORT127 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:31 am

I would personally recomend anything glock. Most reliable gun you will ever own
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Tim Terrell » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:58 pm

I'm giving a serious look at the S&W 'Shield' in 9mm for CC.
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:14 am

Before a Shield I would go with a 3" Khar............

Have put about 200 each of 115gr and 124gr plated RN (FMJ) through a family members 3"
at different OAL in both bullet weights from light target loads at only 830 fps to SD loads
of 1118 to 1200 fps and never had one fail to eject with powders from Bullseye to SR4756.

Best SD pill is the 125 Gold Dot or the Federal 147 HST if you can find them that will give
you................

a 7 shoot option, instead of just the 5 shot 38 snub nose amount of fire power with a 135 Gold Dot.

Having shot the AUTO and two M49 steel S&W revolvers..........it comes down to how you shoot them.
My brother carries the LCR 38.............in his front pants pocket in a mini holster. When I showed him the 9mm
he was impressed.

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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby Freezer » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:41 pm

Friends don't let friends buy a Tauras. Don't buy junk or a gun you know you'll need service on. Ruger if your on a budget S&W if you can affrord the best (Carry lite).
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Re: looking for a small daily carry handgun

Postby blackrock » Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:30 pm

My personal favorite carry gun is one of my 1911 .45s. Summer, shorts or no vest/ jacket I have to settle for less. I carry a .357 S&W Scandium J frame and a S&W Bodyguard .380 auto. Like the size and laser on the Smith .380, but the trigger blows. I've been looking at the Sig .380, but about have myself talked in to their slim 9mm, barely bigger than the .380 but more punch......
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