Manageable Recoil Pocket Pistols
From NRA Woman's Outlook: Pocket pistols have become a popular modern self-defense option. The market is currently flooded with a wide variety of semi-autos and revolvers designed to be small enough to conceal easily in a pants pocket or purse, and light enough to carry all day with ease. However, as guns shrink in size they often become more difficult to shoot. Reduced grip size, minimal sights, and a high level of felt recoil can all contribute to poor results down range. The minimalist pistols chambered for big-bore cartridges, including the .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and the .357 Magnum, can be particularly brutal in the recoil department. Every handgun is an exercise in compromise, and gun owners should use the largest caliber they can safely manage. However, if your defensive needs require a handgun that provides both a small concealment profile and a reduced level of felt recoil, then the only option is to choose a pocket pistol chambered to fire a less powerful cartridge. Luckily, there are some good options out there that meet this need. The following pistols have all been test fired by the author and found to be reliable defensive options when larger pistols cannot be used.
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