Selecting a Pocket Pistol to Suit My Needs

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard - 1

Over the past couple of months I have been in the market for a pocket pistol. You see, I carry a Springfield XD Sub Compact regularly but there are times when it is just a little to big and bulky. For those times, I needed something small that could be discretely slipped into a pocket.

The two heavy contenders fighting for my hard earned money were the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and the Ruger LCP. Both guns are quality products and frequently recommended by the gun community. To complicate things even more I decided to also look at the Taurus TCP and Kel-Tec P-3AT.

I began making trips to local guns shop to handle and ask about the above listed guns. After a trip to the shop I would hit the internet and compare notes against what I saw. Sometimes I would find forum or bog posts pointing out flaws or features which I may have missed during my trip out to the gun shop. This, of course, would initiate another visit to the shop to investigate.

After several trips, in which I probably became that annoying guy that always comes in to look at the pocket pistols but never buys one, I narrowed it down to the Ruger LCP and the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard. I made one last trip to the gun shop to make my decision and was mere seconds away from saying I’ll take the LCP when I thought about my wife.

It never occurred to me that in the event that my pocket pistol wasn’t in my pocket, it would be at home with my wife. In the event that she ever needed to use it, I thought that the larger sights and added laser would make the Bodyguard a bit more practical for her (and for me too, to be honest).

With a decision made, I handed over my drivers license and got started on the paperwork. When the background check was clear, I walked out of the shop as a proud new owner of a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard.

What do you use for Pocket Carry?
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Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - Iā€™m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

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