Mouse Guns and Bigger Mouse Guns
I ended my last blog with these words: “My final thoughts on mouse guns: If you can handle and hide something bigger, please do.” Obviously those weren’t my final thoughts on mouse guns and I’m not sure that this blog will fair any better. The topic of small to very small pocket handguns is, if I may say so without sounding melodramatic, a matter of life and death to the CHL holder if he or she ever finds themselves in their worse case scenario.
To those unfamiliar with the term “mouse gun,” it’s generally defined as a small gun (many being palm size) that delivers its projectile at a much lower energy level (ft.-lbs.) than traditional duty/personal carry guns, such as the 38 SP., 357Mag.,.357Sig, 9mm, .40 S&W, 44Sp., 44Mag., and the .45ACP. For those individuals who require numbers to put all this in its proper perspective, consider this: Let’s agree upon a top value of 130 ft-lb.of muzzle energy for mouse guns and a bottom value of 195 ft-lbs of muzzle energy for conventional carry guns. This leaves the 380 ACP (the bigger mouse gun) in the middle of this power curve, and that’s exactly where it should be. With +P ammo, muzzle energy from a 38 Sp. snub nose revolver can easily reach 220 ft-lbs. Now when you consider the muzzle energy from the other conventional carry guns run somewhere between 290 and 500 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy (excluding the 44 Mag, of course) you begin to realize why a mouse gun is what it is, namely a last ditch weapon…a just in case gun and nothing more. Nevertheless when you consider being in a bad situation without a gun, you soon realize that even a mouse gun can significantly improve your odds of survival. Without one my money is on the BG. And that’s a bet I never want to place on anyone.
So now we know what all the hoopla is about and why there so many 22WMR, 32ACP, and 380ACP (the Bigger mouse gun) being made by every major gun manufacturer know to mankind. Because when you can’t carry a “real” gun you should always carry one of these small, light weight, and easily concealable mouse guns--especially when you think you won’t need one. If you carry one with you all the time, you’ll have a better than 50-50 chance of surviving the “wrong place-wrong time” scenario. After all, not even the BG wants to get shoot with a gun—any gun!
So what’s out there in the wonderful world of mouse guns and bigger mouse guns? There is a whole lot to consider because the choices are almost endless. Again, for those of you who have never thought of the concept of carrying small, start thinking about it and then go out and buy one…better yet, buy two.
Here’s a brief run down on what’s available to you…
North American Arms makes some mighty mouse guns. In fact, one of their guns has caught my eye and interest. It the NAA Pug. The company characterizes the Pug as multum in parvo (“much in little”). If that doesn’t describe the mouse gun in three words, Latin or otherwise, than I don’t know what will. The Pug is chambered for the mighty 22WMR. Marshall and Sanow (Handgun Stopping Power: The Definitive Study) gave this caliber a 42 percent one-shot stop rating when this caliber was propelled down a standard size gun. Imagine that! Of course the Pug only has a one inch barrel so velocities / energy / stopping power will be somewhat diminished. The Pug is a five shooter and weighs 6.4 ounces with an Overall Length of 4 ½’’; an Overall Height of 2 ¾ ’’; and an Overall Width of 7/8’’. (I can’t imagine anyone leaving this gun at home when they run out late at night for a pizza.) NAA also makes other models in 22WMR. Their “Earl” quickly comes to mind and leaves just as quickly, only because it has a 4 inch barrel, which is too long for a mouse gun, but just right for a fun gun. Are these NAA mini 22 WMR versions the Mighty Mouse of mouse guns? Could be? If you needs are closer to a 380 ACP semi-auto, NAA offers that too in their Guardian model.
In short order, here are other small and mighty guns to consider:
Seecamp LWS .32 ACP. If you know anything about gun manufacturers, than you don’t need to know anything else about Seecamp. Whether you purchase their .32ACP or their .380 ACP, you are purchasing one of the finest mouse guns in this genre. The OAL of their .32ACP is 4.25inches and weighs 11.5 ounces.
Beretta has been offering their“Tomcat” for many years. At first it was available as a .25 ACP, but got upgraded to .32 ACP in 1997 as the Model 3030Tomcat.
Some 380s to consider: The Rohrbaugh R380. This is without a doubt the most expensive 380 to be had, but one that is well made and ready to go right out of the box. It’s a class act.
Kel-Tec P3AT. This is the lightest 380 at 8.3 ounces. Like all guns, none are perfect. There is always the “why did they do it that way?” question that we all eventually ask ourselves. Nevertheless, I own two P3ATs. You need two if your going to do a “New York” reload when the chips are down. Why I have two identical guns as opposed to two different 380s, and what’s a New York reload, will all be explained when this topic comes up in a future blog.
Magnum Research of Desert Eagle fame also has a 380 in play called the Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle and weighs in at 14 ounces.
Kahr P380 is similar in size to the other 380s and weighs less than 10 ounces.
The Sig Sauer offering is something like a baby 1911 since you can carry it “cocked and locke.” It weighs 15.8 ounces.
Ruger has two offerings to consider:The LCPistol in 380 ACP at 9.4 ounces and LCRevolver in 38Sp. at 13.5 ounces.
The offerings are almost limitless. With so many options available to you in size, weight, composition and caliber, you can’t go wrong no matter which camp you decide to go with. Competition in the concealed carry market is stiff. But with an almost unlimited market to play in manufacturers have realized that there’s gold in concealable handguns regardless of caliber or format. Fortunately for the CHL holder, gun manufacturers have now turned their resources into designing small 9mm autos. When you consider such models as Kimber’s Solo, Kel-Tec’s PF-9, Taurus’ PT 809 C, Ruger’s SRC, and others models not mentioned, you realize that your options to carry concealed are only limited by your imagination and determination to do so.
So keeping with the mouse gun and bigger mouse gun concept, if you find yourself in a worse case scenario, remember that SMALLER is BIGGER and mouse guns can truly roar like a lion when cornered.
Pax vobiscum (Peace be with you.)