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POCKET PROTECTORS

EASY TO CARRY AND CONCEAL, SMALL HANDGUNS CONTINUE TO BE POPULAR CHOICES
The 9x18mm Makarov PM is an inexpensive, reliable pistol that carries in a holster but also conceals in a goodsized pocket.

Handguns have been slipped into the pocket for convenience and concealment for centuries. And today’s small handguns are better than ever for this purpose.

A LOOK BACK

From derringers to compact 19th century revolvers from Colt and S&W to powerful Webley Bulldogs, pocket handguns had evolved into reliable and concealable companions by the first decade of the 20th century.

By that date, the automatic pistol offered a slimmer design for pocket carry, eliminating the bulge of the revolver’s cylinder. Colt and FN offered early models in .32 ACP and .380 ACP and for “vest pocket carry” in .25 ACP.

By World War II, double-action autos such as the Walther PPK, Mauser HSC and Sauer 38H were available, offering a slimmer alternative to the revolver that still offered a fast first round with just a pull on the trigger.

CONCEALABLE, EASY TO CARRY

As popular as pocket pistols were historically, however, it was passing shall-issue concealed carry laws in much of the U.S.that has made pocket handguns more popular today than ever.

Reasons for their popularity should be obvious: These guns may be carried concealed even in summer clothing yet be readily at hand, they may be presented quickly and unobtrusively from the pocket, and they can always be available when needed.

There are so many pocket handguns available today that the choice can sometimes be difficult. I’ve carried a pocket handgun as a primary weapon or a backup weapon for years. I have found some work especially well while some concessions may have to be made when carrying them.

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