The Pocket Rocket Data Chart

As those who know me can attest, I like small guns. For as much flack as pocket guns tend to get from boomers, you really cannot argue the logic that “a gun in the pocket is worth more than the one you left at home”.

That being said, I have gravitated toward several, easily obsolete and otherwise dated options. However, one should not simply content themselves to keep stitching their pockets back together.  We do after all, have the technology.  Which brings us to the detailed chart that I made below:


The chart as of March 18th, 2019

A link to the online chart can be found here.

For this data, I measured the unloaded and loaded weight, as well as the width, height, and length of these rather small arms.  To be precise, the unloaded weight is reflecting the weight of the pistol with the empty magazine in it or simply an empty cylinder.  Why?  Because nobody removes the cylinder from a revolver to get the unloaded weight, so it’s the same principle.  This means the loaded weight reflects the total capacity, with the plus one where applicable, using whatever FMJ was within reach.  The length is the overall length as you’d normally expect, with the height being top of sights to bottom-most point.  Lastly, the width is going to be the thickest point.  This is typically the cylinder on a revolver and often the grip of a self-loader.  I should also mention that for measurements under 6in, I was able to use calipers.  For odd measurements, those nonlinear or over 6in, I was able to use a tape measure and drawing board.  Other than that, a simple scale was used for weights.


The averages as of March 18th, 2019

As of this article being posted, we see that the Ortgies Patent in .25 ACP is currently leading the pack.  These pistols are somewhat uncommon, and are better than some would give them credit to be.  This may change as more data is added to this list, so let’s dive into the way we got this data.

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The lead mouse gun as of March 18th, 2019: Ortgies patent in .25 Auto

After doing this list, I would have to say subcompact and mouse are two entirely different categories.  With more data, you could easily spell out what modern guns would fit this role and if such a role would still be viable considering the move to 380 from 32 and 25.

If there is a pistol not on this list, that you would like to add, drop that and info in the comments for us to add.  This is, after all, an ongoing list.


Small time military surplus and Lego collector with a penchant for pocket guns and dry humor.

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1 Response

  1. Shigg says:

    The s&w model 36 is pretty small as well as being high iq, its obviously a little heavier and wider than most of these but its easily fits in a pocket while also being a more viable caliber as well. Stretching the limits of a pocket carry you could say an eaa windicator, the M&P Shield, and glock 26.

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