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A pocket gun or pocket pistol is basically the general American term for any small, semi-automatic pistol, revolver or handgun that can fit in a pocket. These are mostly small caliber guns, made for concealed carrying in clothes pockets.

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Originally, the term applied to subcompact, single-stack, hammerless handguns. But newer, smaller and lighter double-action only, semi-automatic designs with concealed hammers are now also called pocket guns or pocket pistols. The smallest pistols are also referred to as “mouseguns,” which has a negative connotation.

The pocket pistol was initially developed in the mid-17th century as the Queen Anne flintlock pistol, used by the wealthy. Eventually, the gun evolved to become a common sidearm as more gun manufacturers began making them for general use. The original 19th century vest-sized pocket pistol, called the derringer, is no loner widely used, neither is the snub-nosed revolver which had its heyday in the 1950s. Derringers and snub-nosed pistols are still being made today, but most civilians would go for more modern handguns instead, looking on these two more as relics.

The pocket pistol is generally used for close-range self-defense, and is usually a backup for a larger handgun. Pocket holsters are highly recommended for the safe use and carry of pocket guns. Most holsters are generally form-fitting and worn outside the body to prevent the gun from making an outline on tight clothing.

Pocket handguns are affordable and are used by a large number of Americans, because they are light, easy to handle and carry, can be used even when in constant motion, have inexpensive and widely available ammunition and depending on the gun type or model, pack a pretty powerful punch.

However, many gun enthusiasts deride pocket handguns for not being “big” or “powerful” enough – a claim that is rather countered by the number of pocket pistols sold by gun manufacturers. Examples of pocket handguns are the Beretta 21 Bobcat, Ruger LCP and Ruger LCR, Walther PP, SIG Sauer P238, Kel-Tec P32, Glock 26, Smith & Wesson J-Frame.

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