Would you/do you ever carry a Glock in your pocket?


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bdjansen
August 21, 2007, 05:35 AM
Would you or do you ever carry a glock in your pocket? Talking about the smaller ones like the 26 of course.

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Silvanus
August 21, 2007, 06:20 AM
I've never handled one (the sub-compacts, I have a 17), but if they are small enough, sure why not? In my opinion, it's safe enough.

CajunBass
August 21, 2007, 06:32 AM
Sure. I don't see why not. It might require a little more care and attention, but it's not going to fire itself. It's not some evil enity just waiting to go off and shoot you or someone else.

I might not want to do it often, but if I had to, I would.

Big Mike
August 21, 2007, 07:20 AM
Glock 26, front pocket, condition 3, in an UM #1 holster. Never had a problem. Large Glocks...depends on how big your pockets are. :)

Picknlittle
August 21, 2007, 08:19 AM
I guess someone has to play the dummy, so here goes.

What would be the danger of carrying a Glock in your pocket?

Doesn't it have a safety?

redneckrepairs
August 21, 2007, 08:26 AM
carry a glock in my pocket ?? Heck i wont by choice even own a glock . They may be fine pistols for some , but to me they are just trout line sinkers.

ATW525
August 21, 2007, 08:31 AM
Possibly, as long as it was in a pocket holster. However my pockets are usually reserved for snubs and spare magazines, along with the routine day to day items that I must tote around. I don't really have a free pocket to stick a Glock, so it goes on my belt instead.

igpoobah
August 21, 2007, 08:37 AM
Is that a Glock in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? :neener:

I have a 27 and it is still to heavy to go unsupported, IMHO. The P32 gets a free pocket ride though.

bakert
August 21, 2007, 09:15 AM
I don't carry any type of gun in a pocket but that's just me. As for Glocks, I don't own one but have shot quite a few including one I kept for my son a few years while he was in the Army. Although not my favorites, they are good pistols.

Glockman17366
August 21, 2007, 09:51 AM
I've carried a G19 in a pair of shorts with big (!!!) pockets, but I don't think it works well. For a full sized Glock (meaning anything bigger then a G26 or equivalent), then only way I'd carry sans holster would be down the waist band at SOB. For me, that would apply to any brand, if carried without a holster.

shooter1
August 21, 2007, 09:59 AM
Nope, don't pocket carry a Glock. In my opinion, even the 26/27 is too large and heavy. Sometimes carry a P-3AT in a pocket holster tho.
str1

pax
August 21, 2007, 10:06 AM
I love my G26 and carry it all the time -- in a secure holster which covers the trigger and entire trigger guard area.

You could not pay me enough to carry a Glock loose in a pocket.

Here's why: http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=204507, especially posts #1 and #15. Note that nearly every person who responded to that thread pointed out the the carrier in the OP's story was unacceptably and inexcusably negligent.

pax

Devonai
August 21, 2007, 10:17 AM
I trust all of the safeties of Glock pistols and my Kel-Tec P11 to work as long as I don't yank on the trigger, but I just feel a little too paranoid to pocket carry one with a round chambered. I use a good pocket holster that covers the trigger guard as Pax mentions, but it is primarily to make sure the weapon doesn't shift around and slow down my draw. I wish I could remember the quote from the High Roader about Glocks pointed at family jewels as it was a perfect summary of the situation.

Blueridge
August 21, 2007, 10:27 AM
Using one of those sticky material, DeSantis Nemesis, in the pocket holsters, for my Glock 26, and it fits in my front and rear jeans pockets. I can't say the same for my Glock 17 or 34.

http://www.desantisholster.com/n38.html

I also carry my G26 in a belt holster, a Don Hume JIT ($21). It looks like a cell phone case or pager mounted on your belt, but holds the G26 very securely, and the holster is very small.

W.E.G.
August 21, 2007, 10:39 AM
I've carried guns in my jeans pocket. Even the Kel-Tec P32 is very awkward.

If you don't want to wear a holster, get a man purse.
It will hold your full-size Glock and lots of snacks.

MCgunner
August 21, 2007, 10:42 AM
Don't own one, don't like "safe action". Only way I'd EVER consider a Glock in a pocket is condition 3, no ifs ands or butts. Not me, you can risk your cojones, not me. DAO or revolvers for me in a pocket. I feel safe with true DAO or revolver in a pocket. And, yes, I use a pocket holster.

JDGray
August 21, 2007, 11:42 AM
Any gun, just dropped into a pocket, is no good. A small Glock would be to uncomfortable for pocket carry (IMO) Like W.E.G. said, even a P32 feels like an anchor in your pocket:D

p89cajun
August 21, 2007, 12:14 PM
I used to carry a glock 27 in condition 3. Then I replaced it with a dessert eagle. Seriously though I did carry like that for a year until I got my first 1911 and never looked back.

deadin
August 21, 2007, 01:34 PM
I wouldn't even carry a Glock in my range bag/box, but that's a personal prejudice. (No real reason I can give, but I just don't like them.):neener:

Pistol Toter
August 21, 2007, 01:45 PM
Carry NO Glock in a pants pocket!! I own a G21 and think it is fine gun, but the thoughts of a fold of cloth getting inside the triggerguard and activating it scares the heck out of me. I wouldn't carry a Kel-Tec P3AT either, not without a pocket holster. To me a Kel-Tec is a POS. If you confident in carrying a Glock inside your pants, go for it, but not me.

Rokman
August 21, 2007, 01:50 PM
I feel all Glocks are too heavy for pocket carry. I would't carry one unless it was in a pocket holster with the trigger guard covered. Without holster, I wouldn't carry it with a round chambered.

Airman193SOS
August 21, 2007, 01:57 PM
Only with a Saf-T-Blok, and even then I would have grave reservations carrying my 27 like that with one in the pipe. A IWB holster has done the job for me quite adequately.

My suggestion: don't push your luck. Glocks are quite nice, but are also quite unsuitable for Condition 3 carry without a holster that covers the trigger area. The possibility of a negligent discharge is small, but still greater than most, and shooting yourself is not something that you can ever take back and do over.

GunTech
August 21, 2007, 02:09 PM
I've carried a G26 in my pocket many times. The pockets in the pants I foaor (slacks with cuffs and huge pockets) will fit a full sized autopistol easily. For those of you who worry about the trigger, mine has a NYSP 8 pound trigger. It's no less safe than carrying a revolver the same way.

I also carry only the pistol in that pocket - nothing else.

Typically, my pocket gun is a Colt Mustang, and it rides in a pocket holster. That's the preferred way to pocket carry and handgun, IMO.

GunTech
August 21, 2007, 02:11 PM
My suggestion: don't push your luck. Glocks are quite nice, but are also quite unsuitable for Condition 3 carry without a holster that covers the trigger area.

Do you mean condition one?

J. Cooper defined the levels of carry (for the 1911) thusly:

Condition 0 - A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off.

Condition 1 - Also known as "cocked and locked," means a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied.

Condition 2 - A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.

Condition 3 - The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a charged magazine in the gun.

Condition 4 - The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun.

Airman193SOS
August 21, 2007, 02:12 PM
For those of you who worry about the trigger, mine has a NYSP 8 pound trigger. It's no less safe than carrying a revolver the same way.

That's a good point, but the 5.5 pound standard trigger is a touch too light and the 3.5 pound match trigger is unthinkable.

Airman193SOS
August 21, 2007, 02:14 PM
Do you mean condition one?

Yes, I did, although as a Glock has no manual safeties, I would think that Condition 0 as defined above would be the more appropriate application. My apologies.

CountGlockula
August 21, 2007, 02:16 PM
Yes, with a pocket holster covering the trigger guard.

Soybomb
August 21, 2007, 02:44 PM
I've never understood how people are carrying glocks in their pockets unless they're wearing like bibs. A normal pair of relaxed fit blue jeans....no way can I do it.

bb21
August 21, 2007, 02:59 PM
I personally don't think any firearm should be carried with out a holster, pocket or not. The trigger guard needs to be covered or it is not safe. For those who have carried a firearm with a manual safety, they can probably attest the safety's can be disengaged unknowingly or unintentionally. If the trigger is not covered you risk a potentially life altering accident. I own and occasionally carry my Mil Pro PT111 and have a pocket holster for it. That being said I have never carried it in my pant pockets, it is way to big for that and the dimensions are very similar to the G26 & G27. It depends on your pockets and what you are comfortable with, I would personally check out a smaller option. Check out Bobo's pocket auto comparison chart. On the Autoloader section.
Good Luck and Be Safe!

MS .45
August 21, 2007, 03:01 PM
Not in condition 1. My pockets aren't big enough anyway.

erict
August 21, 2007, 03:05 PM
I have carried my 27 in my pocket (cond. 3) when in a jam, it's way too heavy and bulky though to do it everyday. I would not even consider carrying in pocket with one in the pipe.

The only thing I carry in my pocket chambered (summertime, shorts/tee) is my S&W 340pd. It's light as a feather and the trigger is heavy as a brick.

mballai
August 21, 2007, 03:20 PM
I used to be uncomfortable carrying a Glock in a regular OWB kydex holster. A few hundred times doing so cured me. Any gun in a proper pocket holster should not be an issue, but my take is that the current Glock 26/27 is simply too bulky and heavy for pants pocket carry--it might be acceptable in a coat pocket.

Harley Quinn
August 21, 2007, 03:48 PM
I have taken to having my Glocks in the condition empty chamber, trigger in fired position, full mag. The minute you feel the trigger you know you are in a safe position. It is the only way I'll have a Glock on me out of a holster.

Many times I have been known to have it like that in the holster.:uhoh: The key is the trigger position. Never leave home with out it :)

Safe than sorry is my motto with the Glock.

HQ

bdjansen
August 21, 2007, 03:48 PM
I wasn't thinking front pocket. I agree that it wouldn't fit well in there. I was thinking about other pockets. Back, jacket. Basically, would you feel comfortable with it in a pocket without something covering the trigger? What if the pocket had other items in it? Would you feel comfortable removing it quickly and being able to not trip the trigger?

I don't carry but I was thinking of a smaller gun for an on the go emergency gun. You know if there is a disaster and we needed to be on the move with some concealed protection. I was thinking my 357 6inch house gun would be a little big. But maybe I could keep it in a fanny pack or a backpack pocket that was easy to get to.

I was also thinking about something small that I could take in a few years when my wife and I take our around the country road trip. But the legalities of a gun while camping and visiting many states is probably going to mean I'll make do with pepper spray.

shooter1
August 21, 2007, 05:03 PM
Wow!! The last dozen or so posts really surprise me. Trigger blocks, empty chambers, magazines removed----------. Sounds like condition 10 would suit most of you! (Empty chamber, trigger block installed, pistol in a "Life Jacket", magazine in ankle pouch) Doesn't everyone one know that the Glock is safe to carry in condition one? After all Gaston calls his pistols "Safe Action" ---so it must be true-(Large Grin) ! All fun aside, when I carry a Glock, it's in condition 1, and it's in a holster. All my guns are dangerous, that's why I carry um!
str1

glockman19
August 21, 2007, 05:21 PM
YES I have carried in the front pocket, jacket pocket, inside jacket pocket. However I prefer to pocket carry my S&W 642 & 442.

uzimon
August 21, 2007, 05:41 PM
i carried my 26 in my jeans pocket (front) for 3 years (b4 i got in trouble), in fact ive been stopped by the law and they didnt notice it.
its all about the fit of the jeans (not too tight)
whenever i went into a place like a restaurant, where i knew ppl would look up at me, i either had 1 of those small newspaper/classifieds that i strategically held in front of my gun, or i held my hand in front of it.

marley
August 21, 2007, 05:54 PM
Yes, with a pocket holster covering the trigger guard. patrick

MIL-DOT
August 21, 2007, 06:25 PM
yes, i carry an un-chambered glock 26 in my front pocket.but i'm often wearing baggy shorts or loose fitting pants. if i'm wearing jeans,then it's winter, and i carry in the jacket or vest i'm wearing.

Ala Dan
August 21, 2007, 06:28 PM
'Naw, I don't think I would ever put a sub compact Glock in my pants
pocket. Heavy jacket pocket maybe. but NEVER in a pants pocket. ;)

pax
August 21, 2007, 07:26 PM
I wasn't thinking front pocket. I agree that it wouldn't fit well in there. I was thinking about other pockets. Back, jacket. Basically, would you feel comfortable with it in a pocket without something covering the trigger? What if the pocket had other items in it? Would you feel comfortable removing it quickly and being able to not trip the trigger?

Please go back and follow the link in my previous post. Read it carefully and put yourself in the shoes of a man who killed a small child by doing something incredibly stupid and negligent. Think of how you'd feel if you were the moron who put a loaded Glock in your jacket pocket and then the gun (predictably and preventably!) discharged, killing an innocent child. How would you feel about that?

Carrying a Glock loose in a pocket, with an uncovered trigger, is patently unsafe. It is irresponsible and dangerous. It is a bad idea.


I have taken to having my Glocks in the condition empty chamber, trigger in fired position, full mag. The minute you feel the trigger you know you are in a safe position.

What the @#$^$& bloody hell is your booger hook DOING on the bang-switch of a firearm when you don't know the firearm's condition?? Are you carefully removing it from your pocket every time and conscientiously pointing it in a VERIFIED safe direction, aka a target?? Or are you just "feeling up" the trigger of a loaded, deadly weapon that's floating around, loose, in your pocket???

Wow.

pax

gbran
August 21, 2007, 08:05 PM
I have a G26. I do carry it in 511 tactical shirt pockets, but it is too big for most of my pants pockets. I also have an S&W Airweight and a Kahr PM9, both of which can easily be pocket carried.

GunTech
August 21, 2007, 09:15 PM
Most of you must wear jeans or really tight pants. I'm a consultant and wear slack 90% of the time. Most of my pants have front pockets that will hold a thick paperback book easily. I just tried my 4 inch Model 57 Smith and it went right in with room to spare.

Airman193SOS, I would never carry a standard Glock trigger like that, nor would I carry any other auto that was cocked - which is pretty much the same thing. The Glock 8 and 12 pound triggers put them in the same category as a revolver.

I don't do it regularly. I prefer a holster, but with clients, sometimes that is not possible. I would never put said gun in a coat pocket or off body for a whole range of reasons.

I found it interesting that the person with the ND sued Glock - predictable. It's a great way to pass responsibility to someone else, rather than assume it yourself. No one is ever to blame.

Schwebel
August 21, 2007, 09:55 PM
I just tried to carry my G33 around the house in my pocket:

#1. It made my pants sag like a rapper.

#2. It poked the crap outta me when sitting down (of course it wasnt in a
holster).

#3. I looked in the mirror and it looked like I was happy to see you.

So, no the pocket glock thing wouldn't work for me, and I doubt many other people. If you want a pocket gun, buy a kel-tec or J-frame.

Black Snowman
August 21, 2007, 10:10 PM
For me, no pocket carry without a good pocket holster, regardless of gun. I'd pocket carry a Glock with one.

denfoote
August 21, 2007, 11:22 PM
Would you could you grab a Glock??
Would you carry it with a clock??
Could you carry it with a locket??
Would you carry it in your pocket??

http://usera.imagecave.com/denfoote/G36rig1.jpg


Yes Virginia, that is a Glock 36 in a pocket holster!!! :what:

Mandirigma
August 22, 2007, 12:49 AM
I carry a G33 with a 3.5# trigger. In a front pocket, in a cargo pocket, in a jacket pocket. Thing is I carry it in a pocket holster the cover the trigger and also breaks out the outline in my pocket.

bdjansen
August 22, 2007, 03:34 AM
So a pocket holster is just basically a cover to guard the trigger when it is in your pocket? But it doesn't attach to your pocket at all?

The Lone Haranguer
August 22, 2007, 04:08 AM
So a pocket holster is just basically a cover to guard the trigger when it is in your pocket? But it doesn't attach to your pocket at all?
As well as covering the trigger, it positions (i.e., always holds it upright) and protects (e.g., from dirt or lint) the gun. It does not physically attach to your pocket. In the case of the leather ones in the pictures, the little tab at the very top - or sometimes the rear one - snags on the pocket during the draw, leaving the holster in the pocket so you only come up with the gun. Other designs use soft nylon or similar material with a strip of rubber-like friction material to catch on the pocket. Do a search for Mika pocket holsters for an example of the latter.

I briefly carried a Glock 27 in my right front pocket, chamber loaded (otherwise what good is it?), with an Uncle Mike's pocket holster. I found it unsatisfactory for this purpose, even in large cargo pant pockets. It is just too large, blocky and square. Also, since the gun is not supported by your belt, its weight tends to tug at your pants and draw them down. But safety was not a concern. You won't shoot yourself if you keep your finger out of the trigger guard! during the draw.

Also when pocket carrying, that pocket must be dedicated to your gun. Take care to keep objects like keys, coins, pens, etc. out of that pocket, or these objects can jam a mechanism or wedge in a trigger.

Cocked & Locked
August 22, 2007, 09:04 AM
YES! I often carry this Glock 26 in my right front pocket in the holster shown. It's too heavy for all day carry, but not a problem for short periods of time like going to church, etc...if the pants pocket is right.

http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/16805181/260861847.jpg

http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/16805181/263277821.jpg

Myself
August 22, 2007, 01:40 PM
I have carried my 27 in my pocket (cond. 3) when in a jam, it's way too heavy and bulky though to do it everyday. I would not even consider carrying in pocket with one in the pipe.

+1

I do not have a pocket holster for a glock and no way would I recommend carrying one with a round in the chamber without a good, ridged pocket holster.

While the trigger pull weight of a glock may be similar to a DA revolver the length of pull is much shorter. IMHO that makes it to easy to discharge a snagged unprotected trigger.

JLStorm
August 22, 2007, 05:54 PM
Im not a Glock guy, Im an HK guy. That being said, I find it funny that everyone brings up this subject on Glocks, but never on HK. We have the LEM that trigger has no safety at all other than keeping your finger and all other objects out of the trigger. Yes you have to pull the trigger for a bit before a round will fire, but there is not trigger safety either.

If someone wouldnt carry a Glock because they are afraid they couldnt keep their finger or other objects out of the trigger guard, the Glock isnt the problem, the user is the problem.

BTW, I carry my HK in a pocket holster in my front pocket quite a bit of the time, its simple the holster covers the trigger guard up to the grip and nothing else goes in that pocket.

On another note, my wife doubted this method of carry too until I emptied my pistol, cleared it and put it back in my holster laid the gun in the holster on the table and let her try to manipulate the trigger from outside of the holster with her finger, keys, etc...and guess what...nothing happened other than her giving up.

RNB65
August 22, 2007, 05:57 PM
Only with a pocket holster.

Sistema1927
August 22, 2007, 07:11 PM
In a large enough pocket, and with a properly fitting pocket holster, sure.

I carry a Kahr PM-9 in Condition 0 in a pocket holster every day.

GlenJ
August 22, 2007, 07:49 PM
I carry a 26 in the front pocket of my cargo style shorts with a Don Hume pocket holster a lot. Not as light as my Kel Tec 380 but I like the added fire power if ever needed.

IMTHDUKE
August 22, 2007, 10:23 PM
Without a pocket holster? Only if I wanted a sex change operation:what:

dkochan
August 22, 2007, 11:03 PM
I won't carry a Glock 26/27 in my pocket because it is too heavy and blocky for pocket carry. I prefer carrying my S&W J frame (442) in my pocket.

aguyindallas
August 22, 2007, 11:07 PM
I have done it before...Glock 26 in a Galco Pocket Horsehide holster.

camslam
August 22, 2007, 11:12 PM
Is it the popularity, the quality, the reliability, or the price that makes Glocks so unpopular with the people posting this thread?

Just reading through some of the comments made regarding Glocks, I have to laugh. If they are such pieces of junk, why do so many people use them on a regular basis without problems? I'm not saying they are the best thing since sliced bread, but I don't get the hostility that this particular gun brings out in people. I guess you either love them or hate them.

As to the original question, I always carry mine loaded in a proper holster of some kind. I wouldn't really care if it was a Glock or some other gun, I think it is just common gun safety to have the firearm correctly holstered or carried.

kd7nqb
August 23, 2007, 06:22 PM
I would see no additional issues other than those with regular pocket carry. I prefer a pocket holster over just a pocket. But to each their own.

orionengnr
August 23, 2007, 11:38 PM
Too big, too heavy. Tried it, wanted to make it work, but much like the Para Warthog I also wanted to love, it's far better in concept than in reality.

In my experience, "double-stack" and "pocket carry pistol" are mutually exclusive.

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