Where do you carry your wallet?


June 24, 2005, 10:08 AM
Obviously, this question is aimed more ath the gentlemen among us, as the ladies have the purse option that isn't available to me, without severe harassment at least. :D

Anyways, I just got back to the office after a meeting, and a stop at a convenience store. Anyways, I was carrying my Glock 19 in an OWB holster (paddle), strong side, about 4-4:30 on my hip, as usual when carrying on the belt. So, I go to take out my wallet, which at the time was in the strong side back pocket, and I couldn't get it out. The holster was blocking the opening of the holster. So, here I am, standing in the back of the store, wrestling with the walet, trying to slide the holster around my hip, while not looking like I'm trying to draw, having a fit, or committing a lewd act. Finally, set down the paper and bottle of Pepsi, retreat to the bathroom, extract the wallet after removing the holster, readjust everything, and make my purchases.

Now, as I sit here, I realize I have a problem. I have always carried both wallet and holster strong side, because I could easliy protect and cover both the gun and the wallet against snatching. Plus, I have carried my wallet strong side for about 20 years now. It feels weird to have on the weak side, plus I am now concerned about having to protect both sides against snatching. I would try a front pocket carry, but I've got enough stuff in those already, between keys, knives, LED light, etc.

At the same time, I know I cannot continue to carry strong side, at least while carrying a weapon at the belt. If I ever need to show ID to an officer, I'll end up having to reach in the area of my weapon, which is not good.

Help me out guys. Am I stuck learning to live with the weak side, or do you have other ideas?

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June 24, 2005, 10:11 AM
I do keep it in the strong side rear. Even with a 5" 1911, it doesn't block the pocket. Makes removing the wallet a bit tougher, but not majorly so.

As for removing the wallet in the presence of a LEO, I would inform them of the firearm, and be sure he or she has granted me permission, and move SLOWLY.

June 24, 2005, 10:17 AM
But it isn't a large wallet. Just a little card fold that holds a few cards and some cash. It's nearly impossible for a pick-pocket to get at it there, and I can just pat my thigh and know that I haven't forgotten my wallet somewhere.


June 24, 2005, 10:19 AM
I carry a full size auto IWB strong side 3 to 3:30. The only problem I had carrying a wallet on the same side is that depending on what I was wearing I could uncover my weapon. In OK that is an extreme no-no. So I switched the wallet to my weak side. You get used to it. Took me about a week.

Aren't you an officer of the court CAS, permitted to go armed? If so I really don't see the problem. Wear the gun a little further forward than you currently do and forget about it. If while grabbing for the ole wallet you expose your gun - so what? If that's not an option just switch your wallet to the left side. You will get used to it and it won't take all that long.

R.H. Lee
June 24, 2005, 10:27 AM
I don't carry a wallet on me. I carry cash folded in my left rear pocket. Credit cards, driver's license, etc. are in a leather folding key pouch that I sometimes carry in my left front pocket, but mostly leave in a small ditty bag behind the passenger seat of my car/truck.

June 24, 2005, 10:28 AM
front pocket, but it just carries credit cards and NRA and range membership cards :) no cash, no pictures, no condoms, etc.

i've found a pretty good distribution, keys in left side front pocket, surefire and wallet in right front side pocket. i don't put anything in the rear pockets.

June 24, 2005, 10:46 AM
Unfortunately, I am large enough around the middle so that I have never experienced this problem. My strong side IWB or OWB holsters ride just enough ahead of the back pocket to clear it. I do occasionally have a little trouble getting into my front right pocket to get keys due the holster but that depends on the type of pants. This is a real concern since I have been asked for ID while carrying off duty and out of town and I sure did not want the guy thinking I was going to throw down on him :eek:

June 24, 2005, 10:47 AM
I carry my wallet in my weak side rear pocket. I always want my strong hand free as much as possible. The wallet contains credit cards. driver's license, and only about $15 cash. I carry my serious cash in my weak side front pocket with a money clip.

Hopefully, if the senario is "give me your wallet". I reach for either my strong side back pocket or my strong side front pocket where my pocket gun is.

If I get in a situation where I MUST give up the wallet they don't get much cash.

June 24, 2005, 11:12 AM
Left front pocket. Standard bifold wallet full of everything. Yes, it makes a lump. I really don't care.

June 24, 2005, 11:17 AM
Left front pocket but I almost always were Dockers golf pants.

June 24, 2005, 11:18 AM
I don't carry a wallet about half the time. When I do it's in the weak side. I can't legally carry but I switched to the weak side about a year ago in preparation for when I can :)

I carry keys in the left front, nothing but a knife clipped in the right front.

June 24, 2005, 11:19 AM
I carry my wallet in the stong side rear pocket also. My "normal" rig is a Kahr P9 in a Don Hume paddle at 4 o'clock. I have also encountered the problem CAS did, and since then my last act before walking out the door is to readjust everything to make dang sure I can get the wallet out without embarassing myself... :o

Since I'm normally in a coat and tie environment, another issue is how I reach for the wallet. I make sure not to sweep the jacket back, but merely slide my hand under the back of the jacket right over the wallet. This prevents "flashing" and so far, knock on wood, I haven't had a problem. The way I keep the jacket from flying up in a wind is to place my car keys in the RF pocket, which also aids in keeping the jacket back when I draw (it normally will come to rest behind the holster). :D

June 24, 2005, 11:26 AM
I've always carried my wallet in my rear left pocket even though I'm right-hand dominant (I do many things left-handed but shoot right-handed). However, I prefer the crossdraw method of carrying, so my pistol is on my left side although it is well forward of my wallet. But for you, carrying your wallet in your left rear pocket may be the fix.


Ukraine Train
June 24, 2005, 11:43 AM
I had always carried mine in the strong side back pocket until I started carrying. In Ohio if you make contact with your gun during a traffic stop it's an automatic felony so I didn't want to be reaching for my ID right next to my gun. Took a while to get used to having the wallet on the other side but it's fine now. If I'm in a crowded area I move it to my front pocket to make it harder to snatch.

June 24, 2005, 11:57 AM
Who taught y'all to dress? A man's wallet goes in his weak-side rear pocket.

Next you're going to tell me you don't carry a handkerchief...


June 24, 2005, 12:01 PM
gun, right rear side

wallet, right front side

never had a problem at all

lee n. field
June 24, 2005, 12:04 PM
Left front pocket. Standard bifold wallet full of everything. Yes, it makes a lump. I really don't care.


June 24, 2005, 12:05 PM
I carry my wallet in the weak side rear. I'm not even sure I HAVE a strong side rear pocket on some of my dress pants.

June 24, 2005, 12:18 PM
no expiriance carrying, but i understand your problem. when i was backpacking around europe, i couldnt access my wallet when i was carrying my pack, so i'd have to drop the ~30 pound pack, get at the wallet, pay for somthing, and hoist the pack again. my solution was to leave the wallet in the back pocket, but get a money clip for the front left hand side. i kept my passport clipped into it as well as my money, so that there was less stuff shifting around in my pocket.

Now i just need to figure out a better way to keep my pockets more organized in this country, as i carry a swiss army knife, my folder pocket knife, wallet, zippo, bic, smokes, and keys in my pockets. sure am looking forward to adding a carry and reload to that load when i get the heck outta this state though! :)

June 24, 2005, 12:29 PM
I carry in a side pocket when wearing shorts/pants with side pockets or in a jacket pocket when available.

I try to avoid carrying in my rear pockets because it is terrible for my posture when I am sitting. The wallet puts a large amount of pressure/stress on my sciatic nerve which leads to all kinds of pain/discomfort.

I recommend to all of you not to sit on your wallet if you can avoid it. You back will thank you.

June 24, 2005, 12:33 PM
Left front pocket.

I used to carry it in my right rear pocket, but left front is more comfortable and slightly harder for a pickpocket to see. As well, you've got a slightly better chance of spotting someone picking a front pocket versus a rear pocket. Yeah, none of that matters with a good pickpocket, but, hey, every bit helps.

However, my switch was due to comfort rather than crime prevention. As I've aged (even as I've gained a few pounds around the middle), my rump has lost whatever padding it once had.

Of course, if you're still wearing skintight pants (went out about 1990, BTW), comfort will limit you to the rear pockets.

June 24, 2005, 12:34 PM
I always wondered why people carried it in the back pockets. Seems alot easier for pickpockets.

I carry my small-only because i have 4 cards and 6 dollars- wallet in my front left, along woith my leatherman. In the right front goes the pocket watch, p-51, and swiss army knife and keys.


Just tryed it on my rear pocket for the heck of it and its rather annoying. Mayeb its just a getting use too kinda thing...

The Freeholder
June 24, 2005, 12:37 PM
Traditionally, I've carried the wallet in my left rear pocket--weak side for me. Lately, I've had some back problems and have had to carry it in other places--hand (ack), cargo pocket when available, briefcase sometimes.

If I were carrying, I'd always be reaching for my wallet with my weak hand. 30 years of habit--I like to keep the strong side free to manuver.

June 24, 2005, 12:44 PM
I don't carry, but I think what I do with my wallet could be a solution: I carry the wallet with DL and all the cards and stuff in right rear pocket and keep the money folded over in my left front pocket. This way if anyone snatches my wallet (not a big concern in Long Beach, Mississippi) they don't get any big $$, I would just have to replace a few identification items.. no big deal.

June 24, 2005, 12:46 PM
Usually in my right front pocket. My leg goes to sleep if I sit on my wallet for a while, and that really annoys me. Plus it is safer there I suppose.

June 24, 2005, 12:51 PM
i carry one of these in my front left pocket. less risk of pocket being picked and i don't run the risk of accidentally exposing my CCW when i get it out. it also prevents my from putting a tone of junk in my wallet because there is little room in there and my leg doesn't fall asleep when i'm driving from the wallet being pressed on my butt.



June 24, 2005, 12:57 PM
Who taught y'all to dress? A man's wallet goes in his weak-side rear pocket.You know, my dad told me that years ago, but half of my dress slacks don't have a weak-side rear pocket. What gives?

June 24, 2005, 01:00 PM
I moved it from RR (5:00) to LR (7:00) a couple of months ago.

June 24, 2005, 01:11 PM
Middy has it correct again.
LR is where a gentleman carries his wallet.
The reason some do not carry thus is that deviationists are among us, forcing us away from gentlemanly behavior. :(

Of course gentlemen shoot miscreants and slap idiots too. Guess Heinlein was corect about manners. :D


June 24, 2005, 01:13 PM
I carry it in the right front. It is a very slim one.

June 24, 2005, 01:19 PM
Wallet and holster both on stong side. Wallet is in back pocket. A holster can make reaching the wallet slightly difficult but not bad.

June 24, 2005, 01:57 PM

I carry a money clip wallet with my military retiree ID, ATM card, Credit Card and rarely more than $20 in my weak side rear pocket.

I also carry a second wallet with my DAF ID, Drivers License, Nevada and Florida CCW and all of my pistol registration cards (donít ask I live in Clark County) in either my weak side front pocket or a shirt pocket (makes going thru the gate less of a problem).

As both an armed and unarmed martial artist I donít like offering up my strong hand. This also lets me turn my strong side away from someone I would hand the wallet to. This conceals my strong side hand / arm and my gun from view as I reach for the wallet, and hides my draw if I need to employ my weapon. I can also give up my wallet with out revealing that I carry a gun or loosing truly sensitive ID.

June 24, 2005, 01:58 PM
When I started carrying on my right hip, I switched my wallet and leatherman to my left side. It took about 3 weeks to get use to it. :)

June 24, 2005, 02:01 PM
I carry my wallet in my left front (side) pocket. I learn this from a sergeant of mine and it does wonders for your back to not carry it in a back pocket. Also, when I carry my 640 in my right (strong) side front pocket, it looks like either side could be a wallet.

June 24, 2005, 02:19 PM
I use a truckers wallet in my right front pocket.Its got about $150 in it right now I'm about ready to load it up for the weekend gun show.What is it with you folks who only carry $5?
I've carried small pistols behind a wallet in my right front pocket.This can be tricky.This method doesn't work with a truckers wallet.

June 24, 2005, 02:36 PM
Who taught y'all to dress? A man's wallet goes in his weak-side rear pocket.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I thought this was generally known. :uhoh: A gentleman carries his wallet on the left back pocket. Or for those who are directionally challenged on the weak side. :uhoh:

June 24, 2005, 03:27 PM
Umm, why does the wallet in the left back make it gentlemanly, and presumably in the right back pocket ungentlemanly?

Dave R
June 24, 2005, 03:32 PM
Left front pocket. Standard bifold wallet full of everything. Yes, it makes a lump. I really don't care.

June 24, 2005, 03:41 PM
In the days of yore, a gentleman was always armed, a social responsibility thing. The weapon/strong hand was never restricted. With 7/8ths of the population right handed, that meant that the wallet went on the left. IIRC Most breeches didn't have front pockets till way into the 1800's.
It is also why ladies and subordinates walk to the left of and slightly behind, to allow free access to weapons on the part of the gentleman whose duty it was to take care of any dirty work. Also why hats were tipped with the left hand when meeting with ladies allowing weapons free as needed, salutes and hand shakes with the right with gentlemen, depending on military status to demonstrate friendly status, ie. no weapons to hand. It also follows from there, one of the reasons why left handers were looked upon with some suspicion.


June 24, 2005, 03:44 PM
Normally, dress pants only have (or had) a back pocket on the left. Who wears good pants any more? :eek:

Next on THR: proper way of tying ties... :evil:

June 24, 2005, 04:00 PM
heck, the last pair of dress pants I got had both rear pockets SEWN SHUT! Took 2 minutes with a knife to open them up. Why the HELL would anyone sew a MANS pockets shut? I know women hate to put anything in their pockets (if they even have them) but still like the fake pocket look, but has this idiocy migrated to men as well?

June 24, 2005, 06:03 PM
On many mens' pants the only pocket with a button (or velcro today) is the left back pocket. That's because traditionally that pocket held the wallet.

Zach S
June 24, 2005, 06:53 PM
LR pocket. Standard tri-fold wallet with everything in it. $50 at the most, normally one twenty. Moat of my cash is carried in the RR pocket. Gun is IWB at about 4:00.

I used to carry in my RR pocket, I made the switch sometime in high school. Its not easy to do...

June 24, 2005, 08:04 PM
Right Front Pocket.

I long ago moved it to the front pocket to make pickpocketing harder. Turned out the move was a benefit when I started carrying a gun!

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