Or, I have come not to bury pocket .380’s, but to praise them.
After trashing pocket .380’s a few days ago, let me explain why I think Kel-Tec (and later Ruger) have had so much success with their pocket .380’s, along with Sig, Smith&Wesson, Beretta, etc, etc.
By and large, pocket .380’s are not a fun guns to train with and not fun guns to practice with (the Sig P238 is an exception to this rule), but they are tremendously easy guns to carry. Also, their manual of arms that is familiar enough to most shooters that they can be practiced with on a semi-regular basis. Because of their size, there is just no reason NOT to have a pocket .380 on you if you’re wearing pants.
Where that leaves Robb Allen in this equation remains to be seen.
They’re not fun guns to practice with, and they’re not fun guns to train with, but because they are so darn useful, the pocket .380 breaks the rules and creates its own standard of innovation. They are the iPod of guns: They’re the gun we didn’t know we needed until we got one.
What’s the next gun we didn’t know we needed until we got one? Dunno. I will say this: The AR market is pretty much saturated right now. What if the ATF loses it’s battle with Sig and rifle-caliber “pistols” become the norm? Is .223 the caliber we really want in such a gun, or is there better calibers out there for such things like .300AAC or .22TCM? What happens if/when silencers become AOW’s (or get re-classified as safety devices, which they really are)?
Because the post-Obama bubble as burst, we’re in a slow time when it comes to gun sales and innovation, but nothing lasts forever.