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Old 10-28-2019, 09:05 AM
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Welp, I'm looking for a new EDC pistol. I went from a Mustang .380 to a S&W CS40. The 40 was easier to hang on to than the little 380. Now I'm looking to replace the CS40 because I'm getting up there in age and the darn thing kicks like a mule. I was kinda thinking of a 38 or a 357 & using 38's in it but am open to ideas. So fellow RFC'ers...lay the suggestions on me.

(Ironically, I was offered an SR1911 commander with a match grade barrel for $600 but I don't need a full sized.)
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:15 AM
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I carry a walther pps m2 9mm, I haven't had it very long but I have put about 500 rounds through it and it has been flawless. I used to carry a smith 642 in .38 special it was great but I doubt the air weights have less recoil than your 40.
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:26 AM
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Im looking at a Ruger LCR in 327 magnum,small but usable, light and i hope not too snappy. DA only no hammer, so a good coat pocket gun.
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:59 PM
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I use a NAA Guardian 32. Just a little larger than a Browning Baby .25. All stainless steel, 6+1 of .32 ACP, 15 ounces loaded.

I think it's perfect, great for any pocket, I really love the gun, buy few else do. It's criticized for being too heavy, too wimpy, too hard to hold. I don't agree, obviously.
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:18 PM
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Last week I shot a buddy's Ruger LCP in .380. Reasonably accurate offhand at 15 yards, very little felt recoil and slips into the front pocket of his trousers without printing. Double-action only. 6 round mags. Considerably smaller than any revolver I have seen except the little NAA derringers.

I can't speak to overall reliability of the Ruger, although my buddy was pleased with his -- I think that reliability prize is going to go to a revolver. If I wanted a small one, I'd look at the S&W 442 or 642 -- the "Airweight." I would think that recoil with a .38 special would be pretty stout in a revolver of that weight (17 oz. loaded).
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Old 10-28-2019, 04:09 PM
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I bought my daughter an LCP 380 for Christmas a few years ago. She liked it because it fit her hand well, but it is a blowback action and actually kicks harder than a locked breech 9x19mm.

I have carried a Kel Tec PF-9 for about 6 years now in a pocket holster. I shoot a couple of magazines through it about once a month. It has never had a problem and has been very reliable. I shot several pocket autoloaders before I settled on it, and I can tell you, those small guns are a handful in any chambering this side of rimfire. But the Kel-Tec works for me. I needed something very concealable for the environment I was working in, and there are few 9x19mm handguns as concealable as the PF-9.

I would also recommend you look at the Kahr autoloaders. The PM9 was my second choice.

When I am not real concerned about concealability but don't want to open carry, I have a Kimber lightweight compact in 45ACP which has an aluminum frame. I find that the felt recoil on it is less than the tupperware 9mm pocket pistols. I also sometimes carry a CZ75 compact in 9x19mm which has even less felt recoil due to its heavier steel frame.

There are some really good deals on S&W Model 10 police trade-ins right now in 38 Spl. They are full size revolvers, but I find them easy to shoot, especially after a good trigger job.
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Welp, I'm looking for a new EDC pistol. I went from a Mustang .380 to a S&W CS40. The 40 was easier to hang on to than the little 380. Now I'm looking to replace the CS40 because I'm getting up there in age and the darn thing kicks like a mule. I was kinda thinking of a 38 or a 357 & using 38's in it but am open to ideas. So fellow RFC'ers...lay the suggestions on me.

(Ironically, I was offered an SR1911 commander with a match grade barrel for $600 but I don't need a full sized.)
If you're considering a revolver, I suggest you stick with one chambered for .38's instead of a .357. There's a significant difference on the hip in weight.

I'm carrying a Ruger LCRx at the moment, in .38 sp. It's so light I sometimes forget I'm wearing it.

A S&W Air-weight is equally as light, and might hold it's resale value a bit better.


Don't overlook the .32 H&R Magnum revolvers either. Almost the same ballistics as a .357 without the heavy recoil, plus generally get an extra round in the cylinder.

The .327 mag revolvers are a bit too much recoil and muzzle flash for the little bit of extra performance, in my opinion.
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I have three that I use for carry. A S&W 640, 38, stainless 1 7/8", a S&W 642 airweght 38 1 7/8" and a Ruger SP101 .357, 2 1/4"
The 642 is the most comfortable and lightest to carry, but the least enjoyable to shoot compared to the 640 when practicing, sending a few cylinders full down range. The SP101 is much heavier but any .357 will be.
They all fit in the same holster.
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I like the S&W .380 Body Guard best, but my daughter liked it better because of the external safety, so I traded with her and carry the Ruger LCP now. What I really like is the clip device that takes up a through frame pin. It slips right in my hip pocket. The clip holds it in place and it is almost invisible. And ready in a heart beat.

You can also carry in a front packet or inside the waist band. Neatest device I have seen for small pistol carry. The company has several versions for different small handguns. If I still had my S&W BG, I would have the clip for it.

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Old 10-28-2019, 05:05 PM
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I have a 442 and a Shield, similar in size and both are pretty docile if fed 125gr rounds.
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Old 10-28-2019, 05:34 PM
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If 40 recoil is getting to you, I'd look maybe at the Ruger SP101 in 327 magnum.
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38+P airweight and put what you want in it.

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My Choice is the P380 with Underwood ammo.
I might use the new S&W EZ in 380 also. Very
easy to work, thus the EZ. Slide almost racks itself!
Check it out.
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Take a look at the Kahr CM9. Great little gun and you get a more effective cartridge in the same size package. I have carried and shot mine for years. Supper reliable and easy to shoot.
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Well, i found this one Ruger LCR in 327 fed, in the used bin at the lgs. Got a great deal. I already have a SW 632 in 327 fed, and its just to nice for edc. So i thought id try this
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