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Video Podcast: The Small Pistol Roundup

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This week, Michael Bane talks about pistols small enough to swallow.

This is the first segment of this week’s Down Range Radio )

The full podcast (audio only) can be found here and topics continue from timestamp 17m54s. 


The Michael Bane Blog

Michael Bane on Facebook

Wilson Combat Custom Glock

Buffalo Bore Ammunition

Michael’s Gallery of Itty Bitty Guns!

MY CHOICE: Ruger LCP Custom (discontinued)

Ruger LCP


MY CHOICE #2: Kahr CW380

North American Arms Guardian (.32 & .380)

Kel-Tec P32

Kel-Tec P-3AT

Walther TPH

Remington RM380

Sig Sauer P238

S&W Bodyguard

Springfield Armory 911 .380

Colt Mustang

Beretta Pico

Kimber Micro .380

Taurus Curve .380

Taurus 738

L.W. Seecamp

Diamondback DB380

Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle 380

NOTE: I have specifically left out the “slightly larger than pocket-sized .380s from the above list, as I believe they are holster guns, not pocket pistols… unless you have abnormally big pockets! Here’s a round-up:


Walther PK380

Glock 42

Rock Island “Baby Rock” 380

Ruger LC380

Bersa BPCC 380

Bersa Thunderer 380

Walther PK380

Walther PPK — The Classic!

Chiappa MC380

Zenith Firearms MC14 380

Canik C100 380

Taurus PT638

Browning 1911 .380

Beretta Cheetah

Llama Micromax .380

THE CLASSIC: Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless

THE MODERN CLASSIC: Browning BDA 380 (Similar to Beretta M84)

TOO COOL TO SHOOT: Mauser HSc .32 (also in .380 as HSc Super)

3 Responses to Video Podcast: The Small Pistol Roundup

  1. Blackcat

    January 17, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Michael something you did not say about carrying a pocket pistol. I carry it on my weak hand side, why you may ask? If I get injuried in the primary hand it is easier to get to and also much like in Cowboy shooting as the primary runs dry you can be drawing with the weak hand. Also say you are at a gas pump or walking into a store and a sketchy looking person approaches you can reach into your pocket with out alarming anyone an have the pistol in hand ready to draw. This does require some training shooting left handed for me.

  2. Dan

    January 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Michael, excellent review as usual. You obviously really know your pocket pistols. I realize this was about small autos but I would like to point out a little different view. When I carry a second gun I carry a hammerless revolver, specifically a S&W airweight. The reason is so that I can shoot through a coat or vest pocket more than once. I am a licensed investigator going on 20 years in business, although I am retiring. When I would have to go into areas of high crime or situations I was really uncomfortable with, I always had the S&W in a coat or vest pocket. Also my primary was far enough back on my hip that I could reach it(although awkwardly) with my weak side hand. Your correct about someone engaging you as you are attempting to draw- real hazard when they get too close.

  3. Old school

    January 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Great subject! What are your thoughts on a 380 that’s large enough to aim accurately with fast recovery. Again as a second gun, but something just large enough to want to practice with and get good enough to get you out of any bad situation. I would still carry a 9mm, but a larger 380 in a shoulderholster.

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