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As the number of states allowing their residents to obtain Concealed Weapons Permits has increased, so has the number of guns being bought specificaly for carrying. This enviornemnt has proven to be the perfect catalyst to encourage gun companys to produce new and better pocket pistols that are lightweight, comfortable, easy to operate, and reliable.

These guns differ from sub-compacts in that they are very rarely built on a the platform of a full-size service pistol. You can scale down a large gun only so much before your reach the a point of diminishing returns where function is concerned. Pocket pistols are usually built on on their own platform around a very small cartridge. The .380 or .32 are customary with the 9mm usually being on the large end of the spectrum with these guns where cartridge size is concerned.

Most pocket pistols are usually very lightweight and easy to conceal. Women love them because they work with carry options that do not require adopting a complete change of dress as is usually required when starting to a carry a larger gun. Slide operation on many of these little pistols is often easier to manipulate as well with some designs, such as the Beretta Tomcat, incorporating a tilt-up barrel which allows the pistol to be loaded without touching the slide at all.

Kel-Tec P32

Average Size of Pocket Guns

Reduced recoil is another benefit that comes along for the ride in most small gun designs. Such a benefit is often looked at as a disadvantage however as it is indicitive of lower pressure shots and lower overall velocity of the fired round once it leaves the barrel. Slower speeds translate into lower power on the performance scale which has many self defense experts making the claim that pocket pistols are not a good choice for concealed carry if you actually think you may need to use the gun at some point to stop a violent assailant.

The truth is that any gun carried is better than the one left at home. Those who carry pocket pistols usually known themselves well enough to admit that they'll carry the small gun consistently while they'll leave their high-performance 1911 at home more often than not if that was the only choice available to them. If this is you, it is highly advisable to purcahse the pistol that will actually go with you at all times and let the pros follow their own advice in their selection of guns.

Pocket pistols work well for IWB holster carry, pocket carry, and ankle carry. Some work well with shoulder holsters as well. However you choose to carry one of these guns the slight burden will be ofset by the level of comfort you receive knowing that it's with you.

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Kahr P380 Pocket Pistol Kahr P380 Pocket Pistol
Performance2.72.72.72.72.7
Durability2.742.742.742.742.74
Concealability4.814.814.814.814.81
Overall Value2.962.962.962.962.96

The P380 is the most popular pocket pistol from Kahr Arms. It is small, light, and easy to conceal. These are all of the primary characteristics which are the basis for a good pocket gun. Low cost is a bonus. Accuracy is good to have but at 10 feet... [Read more of this review]

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Kel-Tec P-32 Pocket Pistol Kel-Tec P-32 Pocket Pistol
Performance4.254.254.254.254.25
Durability4.254.254.254.254.25
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.754.754.754.754.75

The Kel-Tec P-32 pocket pistol is the company's premier gun chambered for the .32 Auto cartridge. Some companies try to make a gun that does everything and some make a gun that does one thing well. The P-32 is an example of the latter. It is made specifically... [Read more of this review]

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Taurus 22 PLY Pocket Pistol Taurus 22 PLY Pocket Pistol
Performance44444
Durability44444
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

The Taurus .22 PLY pocket pistol is one of the smallest and lightest guns that the company produces. The original version had both a metal slide and frame but the platform was eventually changed over to a polymer frame. A twin .25 version of the pistol... [Read more of this review]

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Beretta Model 21 Bobcat .22LR Pistol Beretta Model 21 Bobcat .22LR Pistol
Performance4.184.184.184.184.18
Durability4.554.554.554.554.55
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.454.454.454.454.45

The Bobcat Model 21 is Beretta's older pocket pistol. The gun is almost exactly the same as the Tomcat in form and function with the significant difference being in that it is chambered for either the .22LR or .25 Auto. This review set is for the .22LR... [Read more of this review]

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Taurus Model 738ti Titanium TCP Pistol Taurus Model 738ti Titanium TCP Pistol
Performance4.254.254.254.254.25
Durability3.53.53.53.53.5
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

At only 9 ounces, the Taurus Titanium TCP pocket pistol is the lightest gun made by the company. These pistols take the path of combining a polymer frame matched to a titanium alloy slide and forged steel barrel. Some will say that the gun comes packed... [Read more of this review]

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Beretta 3032 Tomcat .32 Pistol Beretta 3032 Tomcat .32 Pistol
Performance4.154.154.154.154.15
Durability4.154.154.154.154.15
Concealability4.774.774.774.774.77
Overall Value44444

The Beretta Tomcat is the newest design in a long series of single action/double action blowback pocket pistols developed by Beretta. Two variants are currently made. The most common is is all-black comprised of a darkened carbon steel slide and a black... [Read more of this review]

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