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Old May 9th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #91
 
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I take grief for it every time I mention it but... my wife is relatively new to shooting. I tried starting her on my SR22 and Single Six. When I moved her to my SR9c, Glock and LC9s she said no way. She decided to rent an LCP. I was concerned about recoil and snappiness. She loved it. I bought her Tiffany blue with stainless slide and laser. She loved it and I have a new shooting buddy. A win for everybody. So, pocket pistols aren't necessarily great guns for beginners BUT sometimes it's the solution to getting newbies into the fold. She's become quite proficient and I'm proud of her progress to date. She has probably about seven hundreds round through it and shooting extremely well.


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Good to know. I'm asking for myself actually. I have not had the chance to go to the range yet. I have two new pistols I bought and they will be the first two pistols I shoot. A XDs 9mm and a SD9VE. I know I made a couple of dumb moves making a firearm purchase without shooting that model first and I do regret it already as I have found that switching from the Smith to the XDs I don't get the grip safety just right. Anyway, I'm hoping that I can get to the range soon and make sure these are good fits for me. Otherwise, it's going to be some fancy maneuvering to get the right thing instead

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Old May 9th, 2017, 01:54 PM   #92
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Is there a pocket pistol in your opinion that would be good for a new shooter?

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Certainly would not be a 380 Pocket pistol. They require a good amount of skill to shoot quickly and accurately.
Personally I would start with a little 22.cal and move up to 32 etc. These guns have short barrels, the 380 can be very unpleasant for a lady or someone recoil sensitive.
I have been shooting for decades, and they were hard for me when I first got started. The LCP embarrassed me. But I started training and training and now a pretty fair shot. I like pocket guns, they offer a challenge.
I still train a lot with a Phoenix HPA for quick point and shoot skills. I have two of them, both extremely reliable and very fun to shoot. I take a standard range target and put 6-9 glow pastors on it and quickly see how fast and many I can put down in one Mag. Great practice.
Get to where you can shoot the 22.cal small barrel well and slowly move up. I would never start anyone new to a 380 pocket Pistol. The cannot shoot them well, and can make them bitter about shooting.
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Like that Guardian, after shooting so many LCP's and falling in love with the Pico, I wonder what else my be out there that are fun to shoot. I love shooting Pocket guns, and have been reading much about the Guardian. It may be my next purchase. (I just bought my second Pico). So after I recover from that cash flow, the Guardian is a top contender on my list. Thank for the Pics, and the info. I enjoyed it very much.
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Like that Guardian, after shooting so many LCP's and falling in love with the Pico, I wonder what else my be out there that are fun to shoot. I love shooting Pocket guns, and have been reading much about the Guardian. It may be my next purchase. (I just bought my second Pico). So after I recover from that cash flow, the Guardian is a top contender on my list. Thank for the Pics, and the info. I enjoyed it very much.
Hey buddy , hows that second Pico shooting ? Is it as reliable as the first ?
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Good to know. I'm asking for myself actually. I have not had the chance to go to the range yet. I have two new pistols I bought and they will be the first two pistols I shoot. A XDs 9mm and a SD9VE. I know I made a couple of dumb moves making a firearm purchase without shooting that model first and I do regret it already as I have found that switching from the Smith to the XDs I don't get the grip safety just right. Anyway, I'm hoping that I can get to the range soon and make sure these are good fits for me. Otherwise, it's going to be some fancy maneuvering to get the right thing instead

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First congrats on the two new pistols. Both are great guns from all I know and have heard. I've shot a couple of XDs at the range and that grip safety is unique but manageable. I've actually shot an SD9VE quite a bit and like the feel and it's a good shooter for me. (A friend who's farm I shoot at has one). I'd wait a bit before jumping into pocket pistols. Get comfortable with what you have. As Dave and others have said, most pocket guns are really light, have tiny grips making them a handful to shoot well. I was actually surprised my wife liked the LCP so much because it is not an easy shooter - with felt recoil and a lot of muzzle flip. I bought one for me as well and I really enjoy carrying it. I've shot mine a ton since getting it and I'm finally comfortable that I can get it on target within 10 yards or less which is all you can expect from these little things.

Since you already regret buying two without firing them first. I'd get really comfortable with them and then rent a pocket pistol or two at a range and see if that's something you want to own. They get mixed reviews from a lot of people. I like mine but I shoot a lot. I don't think I'd have been comfortable with it when I first began conceal carry.

Most pocket guns don't have a manual safety - just like your S&W. Some of the higher end do, like the Sigs but that would be yet a third type of operation for you. Most would agree keeping it simple and similar to something you shoot the most is a good idea for a conceal carry gun. Good luck and good shooting.


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My two pocket pistols for summer use only are a charter arms 32 h&R mag(with SD rds.) and a Bersa Thunder 380 cc. Both have been reliable.
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First congrats on the two new pistols. Both are great guns from all I know and have heard. I've shot a couple of XDs at the range and that grip safety is unique but manageable. I've actually shot an SD9VE quite a bit and like the feel and it's a good shooter for me. (A friend who's farm I shoot at has one). I'd wait a bit before jumping into pocket pistols. Get comfortable with what you have. As Dave and others have said, most pocket guns are really light, have tiny grips making them a handful to shoot well. I was actually surprised my wife liked the LCP so much because it is not an easy shooter - with felt recoil and a lot of muzzle flip. I bought one for me as well and I really enjoy carrying it. I've shot mine a ton since getting it and I'm finally comfortable that I can get it on target within 10 yards or less which is all you can expect from these little things.

Since you already regret buying two without firing them first. I'd get really comfortable with them and then rent a pocket pistol or two at a range and see if that's something you want to own. They get mixed reviews from a lot of people. I like mine but I shoot a lot. I don't think I'd have been comfortable with it when I first began conceal carry.

Most pocket guns don't have a manual safety - just like your S&W. Some of the higher end do, like the Sigs but that would be yet a third type of operation for you. Most would agree keeping it simple and similar to something you shoot the most is a good idea for a conceal carry gun. Good luck and good shooting.


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OK. Yeah I will definitely be shooting a pistol or or gun for that matter before I buy ever again. I am only regretting my purchases because I don't know what to expect when I shoot them. I too have found a lot of great reviews on both guns and decided to purchase them after a bit of dry firing.
I won't be going to a pocket pistol any time soon. My mom shot one that was her fiance's and while she managed the recoil well based on what she told me of her experience as I was not there, she did not like the pistol because she got hit in the eye area (thankfully she wears glasses always) and the second shot resulted in a bloody thumb from getting a case ejected on her thumb. I told her today that based on what I have read here that it seems the problem was more grip related in regards to the thumb shot. Furthermore, based on videos I have seen of Taurus guns being fired the casing to the glasses is probably just because it's a Taurus and I have not seen much consistency in ejection of spent cases from that make. However, I also told her that it has been mentioned on here that the type of gun she shot for her first pistol (she's fired rifles before) was maybe one of the worst ones to choose and that having said all this she managed to keep the gun pointed safely and didn't let the recoil take over

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Hey buddy , hows that second Pico shooting ? Is it as reliable as the first ?
Hey, Brother pennsy, so far 6 different types of ammo through it and shoots just like the other one. Flawless. About 150 rounds so far. Going to go ahead and invest in a Trijicon Night Sight for this one as well. I was going to buy a different color grip for this one, but ended up placing a Army Green Green Traction Grip on it. Looks good, I need to get some pics out.
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Good to hear . Looking forward to the pictures . I can't tell you how excited it makes me when I get an auto that runs flawlessly . All else is just whistles and bells . You must be shooting at the outdoor range by now ? Have fun.
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Bg 380, never had an issue with it and small enough to slip into pocket. Over 2k rounds through it without any issues
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I second that-bodyguard 380

I have around 1,000 rounds through my bodyguard 380.
Very concealable
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