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My Pocket Carry Dilemma

14 Sep

I’ve been debating, ever since Ruger introduced the LCP, on what it was that I wanted in a pocket carry pistol. I handled all the offerings including the LCP, P3AT, TCP as well as the 380’s from Sig, Walther and Bersa. And I had the opportunity to shoot an LCP and a PPK.

To be honest, the LCP, P3AT and TCP all felt too small to me to hold comfortably. I’m left handed so I had difficulty in activating the slide release on the LCP and TCP (the Kel-Tec doesn’t have a slide release).

I’ve also been going through a ‘caliber reduction’ phase – or at least trying to limit the number of new calibers I add to my collection. Reason being I reload most of my own ammo so adding a .380 ACP to my arsenal would also require new dies, brass, powders and bullets.

I really like the overall fit and finish on the 709 (as an aside I also really liked the TCP, perhaps even better then the LCP).

So I ended up purchasing a Taurus 709 Slim (a .9mm). It’s only slightly bigger than the pocket pistols yet it fits much more comfortably in my hand. And I have a .9mm caliber pistol which I feel more confident with compared to a .380 if needed for self defense.

I’ve read some conflicting reviews on the 709 in the various web forums. Some work well and some apparently have had issues. I’m not clear on the percentages… whether it’s the same people with issues posting on every forum and blog or whether there are that many 709’s with problems. There also seemed to be a trend toward issues with early production runs vs. more recent production, at least in what I was reading.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be shooting and carrying the 709 and will post my impressions.

Diamondback Firearms DB380

6 Aug

Ever since Ruger introduced the LCP at the 2008 SHOT Show I have been interested in getting a pocket-carry pistol in .380ACP. And every time I am nearly ready to lay some cash down for the LCP another pocket pistol that catches my interest.

This time my ‘discovery’ is the Diamondback Firearms DB380. Diamondback is a new manufacturer based in Cocoa, Florida. There is no mention of Kel-Tec on their web site, but I can’t help but think of the possibility of a relationship between the two (both are based in the same town, both making pocket pistols). The DB380 is currently the only offering from Diamondback.

To my eye the DB380 looks like a mini-Glock or what a S&W 380 Bodyguard would look like without a laser. I would consider both references to be compliments.

Jeff Quinn over at GunBlast did a nice review on the DB380 back in January 2010. He found it to be an accurate and reliable pistol in his testing and points out a number of features not found on other pocket pistols: excellent sights, good trigger and easy Glock-style takedown.

The specs on the DB380 and Ruger LCP are nearly identical in length, width, height, etc. When I compared them side by side at a gun shop I really didn’t notice any difference in their size. To me, the big difference between the LCP and the DB380 are the extra features on the Diamondback pistol that Jeff Quinn mentions in his review. It’s sights and trigger are much improved over the LCP.

Pricing on the DB380 is somewhat higher than on the LCP. Diamondback lists their MSRP at  $430 with prices on Gunbroker going around $350-$380. The LCP is nearly $100 less than these prices.

I still have not been able to decide between these two pocket pistols. I like many of the features of the DB380 but I am somewhat weary of buying a gun from a new manufacturer like Diamondback. Then there is the price…  the LCP is certainly a more attractive option for my wallet.