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Pictured above is our highest recommendation for a backup weapon, the Kel-Tec P3-AT in 380acp caliber.  It has the slimmest body, about 3/4", and the lightest weight, 10.9oz. fully loaded, of any 380 tested so far.  With acceptable sights and double action only trigger, offhand groups at 15 feet stayed well under 2".  Using a lock up design, the barrel tilts down at the rear and facilitates feeding all types of ammo without a jam.  The trigger guard is tight.  With a tight two finger hold recoil is manageable.  Both the recoil spring and the hammer spring resist the slide when loading or unloading.  Wrap a small piece of leather or rubber over the slide to aid the grip, and use stiff arms with a push/pull from the shoulders to rack the slide back.  The ramped barrel doesn't support the case head as well as a blowback design, so loads should be kept on the mild side.  As defects may occur in anything mass produced, run at least 100 rounds through any new weapon you plan to use as protection.  The steel barrel, slide, and  working parts are fine, the alloy block frame showed some battery from the slide, but this is a weapon that is so comfortable to carry, and hopefully, it won't be shot a lot.  The polymer grip body pinned to the frame block is tough and lightweight.  It rides unobtrusively in an Uncle Mikes #1 pocket or a #10 ankle holster, and removes any excuses for not being able to carry, except possibly on the beach at Negril. : )

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