Originally Posted by WaistcoatWonder
Thank you, gentlemen, for the quick responses. For the moment, the GLOCK is what I have. But I've become increasingly aware just how 'big' this 'little' gun is. I had begun research on a smaller gun, but must admit, I'm still 'gunshy' so to speak of using a smaller caliber. From personnel experience in Iraq, the 9MM failed to incapacitate on two occasions (I was not the shooter, someone else in my squad). But, as you mentioned, ammunition plays a huge part, and we were using simple ball ammo.
Does anyone have any experience with the Beretta Nano? I recently had the chance to play around with it and it's highly concealable (far thinner than my GLOCK).
As I'm sure you already know, shot placement plays a huge role, as well as other factors. I don't have personal experience with the Nano, but I do favor the Kahr PM9, Ruger LC9, and Kahr P380. I would see if nutnfancy or hickok45 has reviews on the Nano - their reviews tend to be pretty fair and comprehensive.
Someone mentioned pocket carry. I bought my .380 thinking I was going to pocket carry, and quickly ended up carrying it IWB in a kydex holster. Pocket carrying is incredibly inconvenient and cumbersome. Most of the pocket holsters have zero retention (intentional by design), and the firearm only stays in the holster when you're standing up. I had my .380 slip out of a desantis pocket holster several times while sitting down - which is why I never carried it with a round chambered. I switched to the kydex IWB and love the retention I get. I carry it with a round in the chamber, as everyone should, and it carries infinitely better on the waist than any gun will ever carry in your pocket. If you want to move carefree and nearly forget that you're carrying a firearm, carry a small pistol IWB. If you want something flopping around and getting in the way, carry in your pocket.