Need a few ideas on a pistol to be used only when walking the dog. It will only be shot 1 handed and I'm open to 25, 32, 380, 9mm. I carry 357 sig so recoil not an issue. The reason for pocket pistol is due to what I wear when walking the dog, sweatpants or shorts, within a few hundred yards of home.
Colt Night Cobra - 6 rounds of whatever .38spl you put in it, double action only, no safety to fidget with coming out of your pocket, a grip big enough to hold on to, front tritium sight in case it's a little dark out, big white outline front sight for daytime use. It's slightly larger than the S&W J Frames (also good choice), but being so, you get an extra round, a grip big enough to actually grab and hold on to, much better sights, yet it's sleek and small enough to slide into most pockets, maybe with part of the grip sticking up/out. It won't drop deep into a pocket and disappear. That size is down in the mouse gun/little caliber category.
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Originally posted by .38supersig: The Sig P238 HD has my vote.
If you want to go this route, step it up a notch and go with a P938. The size difference is negligible and you have a more effective defense caliber. Combined with a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster it will print like a wallet in light weight shorts.
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I walk every night. Usually go with a Ruger LCRX .38, or if it's summer i shave a couple ounces with an S&W 360PD (13.5 oz. down to 11.5). If I want semi auto, I go with a G42, the most recent version of which (i have 2 consecutive serial numbered FDE models) is utterly reliable , accurate and easy to shoot. I use no mag extensions or aftermarket gizmos, I just chamber a round and put 6 in the mag. Gives me a couple extra shots over the revolvers. Usually don't carry anything bigger on my nightly walks but next up if I did would be a G43 or G26. For easy pocket carry though it's one of the 3 above .
I'm quite pleased with my little Ruger LCP-CT for pocket carry.
But I've found that in light shorts even that little LCP is too much weight in the pocket. So I bought a thin, lightweight Kydex clip-on IWB holster in which it carries quite nicely with the lightest of shorts and minimal t-shirt.
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I may sound like a broken record sometimes, but for me, the Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum is a great package in terms of size, weight, capacity (6 vs 5 of other LCRs/J-frames), and power/caliber. 10+ rounds of 9mm 147 grain in my P365 is great...but it can get a little heavy when wearing shorts.
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Originally posted by Delta-3: Take a serious look at the Beretta Tomcat 3032. 7+1 rounds, tip up barrel, DA/SA & you can get some good .32 defensive loads. (Lehigh & Underwood). Carries easily in a sweat pocket or shorts.
Originally posted by VictimNoMore: I may sound like a broken record sometimes, but for me, the Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum is a great package in terms of size, weight, capacity (6 vs 5 of other LCRs/J-frames), and power/caliber. 10+ rounds of 9mm 147 grain in my P365 is great...but it can get a little heavy when wearing shorts.
327 Federal seems to be a great cartridge from lightweight revolvers. taking another look. I think I want a few more rounds though.