by Philip Schreier, NRA Museums Senior Curator - Monday, October 17, 2016
The song says that “bad, bad Leroy Brown” was the meanest guy in town, and he had “a .32 gun in his pocket full of fun.” Jim Croce’s 1973 hit about the ultimate “junkyard dog” mentions his penchant for an easily concealed semi-automatic for self-defense.
With the numbers of concealed carry permit holders steadily rising, gaining momentum for “Constitutional carry” laws across the nation, and vast improvements and more options for small, easily concealable firearms than ever before, now is a great time to look back at the origins and evolution of the “pocket pistol.”
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