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I have the LWS380 -- and it eats pretty much anything I feed it. I prefer the DPX load by Corbon. Visit the Seecamp forum and you'll find some ballistic testing that oldgranpa and I have done with the little pistol.

http://www.seecamp.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

Used what it was designed for (up close and personal - near contact distances) and it is a respectable self defense tool. It is, however, not very comfortable to shoot. It is one of those guns to be carried much and shot very little.

http://www.seecamp.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/Ya ... 1177727075
 

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It's not really that it can't be shot much -- just that I doubt you'd enjoy doing so... The pistol is very strong. Think of it like you would a finely crafted and expensive watch. The hand fitted workmanship makes it a work of art -- it fills a specific role -- but it is not intended to be a range gun.

Larry Seecamp sells as many of them as he can make -- I expect the demand will remain high for quite sometime. Although I normally choose to carry something else for daily pocket carry -- the LWS380 does get used with finer dress... :wink:

 

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Yes, the pocket pistol's size is a trade off for comfort. A blowback design like the Seecamp will be more uncomfortable than a locked-breech design like a Kel-tec P3AT. My main concern in a pocket pistol is assured functionality. Once I am sure in my mind that a particular pocket piece will function reliably -- with ammunition I feel gives adequate penetration, then I shoot it only occassionally after that -- to shoot out the carry ammo and replace with fresh every few months.

The distances a pocket pistol will be used are near contact -- or contact distances, Strictly a point and shoot situation (hence why Larry Seecamp omitted the sights, and originally the Rohrbaugh brothers too). No extended marksmanship sessions for these puppies. If employed in actual use -- I doubt the recoil or discomfort from shooting will even be noticed...

The benefits of frequent practice with my larger OWB carry pistols will transfer over to the smaller ones should they be needed in a self defense situation. After all, in my case -- they are usually backup to sometihing larger rather than used as a primary carry weapon.

Much has to do with what you are willing to spend on a backup. I had no reservations spending $900 each for the LWS380 or the R9S -- used as "insurance" they were worth the price (and maintain their value) -- even though I have been carrying a less expensive pocket pistol for the last few months. For most, something in the price range of a P3AT or an NAA will serve them well. I still have both the P3AT and the NAA Mini in my collection and used one just today. The NAA Mini was used as the backup to a 9mm revolver in business casual attire.
 
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