Pocket carry


July 20, 2009, 09:19 PM
Years ago when I started to carry about all I had was a NAA Mini-Revolver and a Rossi 357 with a 4in barrel. I had no good holster for the .357 and a crappy job, so I couldn't really afford a good one. Not to mention, back then I didn't really care much about carrying.

So for a LONG time I carried the NAA in my front pocket with no holster, it wasn't uncommon to see the barrel peeking out of a hole. Anyway I got really used to being able to have my hand on my gun within a moments notice. I would have my hand in my pocket anytime I was walking to my car in a parking lot, heard someone getting loud at the gas pump, ect, ect, just out of habit.

So now I feel at a disadvantage carrying anyway other than pocket, I just love Pocket carry, I always wear my shirt tucked in so the standard OWB doesn't work well for me, and I can't keep my hand on the gun with a tuckable holster so my love for pocket carry continues.

I see tremendous advantages to pocket carry, and disadvantages to. Draw time is slower UNLESS you start with your hand on the gun, which is very possible if you get a custom to "walking that way" and with the manufactures making super compact 9mm's, 40's, and 45's you can still have a large caliber to work with the KAHR PM45 comes to mind.

So I was just wondering if I was the only one who is in love with pocket carry or are their others out there.

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July 20, 2009, 09:23 PM
I'm just starting to pocket carry my Ruger LCP in an uncle mikes and I really like it but I need to practice a bit more to be confident. I like pocket carry because its so simple and convenient!

July 20, 2009, 09:37 PM
for me there is no better way, I can pocket carry year around, often with something else but ALWAYS a 340pd in my pocket.

main drawback is while seated

July 20, 2009, 09:53 PM
I love it. I sometimes carry an autoloader IWB, but I keep coming back to pocket carrying my Model 60 in a Don Hume pocket holster. It's just so easy to slip it in the right front pocket, with a speed strip reload in the back pocket. It's more comfortable around the house also. The main disadvantage is drawing while seated, especially in the car. Also you can't keep anything else in that pocket.

What I really want now is an M&P 340.

July 20, 2009, 09:58 PM
I have some Kahki pants that have a cell phone pouch sewn in the right pocket. My Kel-Tec barrel drops right in there and fits perfectly. It never moves and is invisible to other people. I like it.

July 20, 2009, 10:01 PM
My ALWAYS with me, in regard to pocket carry=Beretta TomCat 3032. Small cal.-agreed-but ALWAYS there. Sure beats throwing rocks!:neener:

July 20, 2009, 10:07 PM
Big fan of pocket carry. If I carry, there is at least one gun in my pockets. But I'm known to have a Ross 462 snub .357 in one pocket and a S&W 640 in the other. If I'm only carrying one snub then there is likely a Tokarev in 9x23 Winchester in an IWB, or Ruger P345(used to carry a Ruger P90 but since the P345 the P90 has been retired to the safe), or a Tokarev in 7.62x25.

It's very comforting to reaching in one's pocket and feel that snubby hidden behind the wallet when it's one in the morning at a Steak'n'shake and some scum bag looking types walk through the door acting gangsta'. Granted a few different brands of jeans let me also pocket the Tokarevs, but just not quite the P345 unfortunately.

In the next few months I'll either be getting a Ruger LCP or LCR, or maybe Officer 1911. When I can't decide readily I put the purchase off but I'd really like a good semi to pocket. And yes Officer 1911s do ride in my pockets as I found out one night in Baton Rouge. I have very large pockets normally, just not always the cash to fill them. Around December I hope I can pickup a good used RIA Compact(essentially an Officer size) for $300 or less at a gunshow(even the gun buying is calming down). But I could always do the Glock 30 or Glock 29 as well.

July 20, 2009, 10:08 PM
After a LOT of experimentation, and two boxes of holsters, I settled on pocket carry.
I carry a PPK/S in a Uncle Mike's #2 pocket holster.


July 20, 2009, 10:09 PM
I currently only pocket carry, specifically my Ruger LCP. I, like you, love being able to have a full grip while looking inconspicuous.
I am looking at getting myself an IWB rig as well, but I'll probably still pocket carry my LCP as a BUG.

July 20, 2009, 10:29 PM
I started pocket carrying my 642 a few months ago and have it every day at work. I am a pastor and it is best to be as inconspicuous as possible about ccw. It was a comfortable feeling last wednesday to have that little revolver when the bank next door to the church was robbed and the "armed and dangerous" suspect came running past. Pocket carry definitely has it's place.

July 20, 2009, 10:57 PM
I sure am glad to see I'm not the only one who loves pocket carry. I don't think I currently know anyone else that pocket carries on a regular basis. I was starting to think I was nuts or something.

Also correct about VERY difficult drawing while seated, that is why I like to keep that old NAA in a ankle holster, you'll forget it's there.

July 20, 2009, 11:47 PM
I think of them as a BUG (due to caliber and capacity) but it is nice to have your hand on without being as conspicuous as with an IWB holster.

July 21, 2009, 12:02 AM
I have pocket carried S&W J-frame snubs, Keltec P11, Beretta Bobcat & Tomcat, and a baby Glock. I tried my Beretta Cheetah but it was a little big.

July 21, 2009, 12:11 AM
I pocket carry probably 95% of the time. The other 5% is a fanny pack. When I go out to exercise in elastic waistband shorts, I wear the fanny pack.

July 21, 2009, 12:24 AM
I do often carry pocket carry but there is a very serious disadvantage to it. At close distances putting your hand down in your pockets leaves you open to being punched in the face. If someone is only using their fists it can be hard to justify shooting them. You can not readily block, although you still can get off the X without the use of your hands. Also walking with your hand on a gun when confronting someone could be considered as some sort of threat or at predisposition to shoot someone.

July 21, 2009, 12:38 AM
For daily Life...I've always prefered Pocket Carry...and for 20 years now, it's been a modified S & W Model 36, Bobbed Hammer, open Trigger Bow, shortened Grip.

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Sometimes, I'll 'Mexican Carry' a larger Revolver, or, a 1911, in addition, if walking the Property or other serendipity.

Shoulder Holster once in a great while, just for fun, if wearing a Jacket.

July 21, 2009, 01:03 AM
Pocket Carry is my main method of CCW. It's just too easy. When I venture out into the woods, I'll put my .45acp on a belt holster and go open carry. I've been trying to find a Kahr PM9 for a decent price -- they appear to be an ounce lighter than the 642, but allow more than 5 9mm shots out of a longer barrel.

July 21, 2009, 01:13 AM
I pocket carry my Cobra Derringer .38 all time on the farm for snakes. I don't in public because I don't have a carry permit and I would rather have something a little less cheap with more capacity. I am signed up for the class though for next month... May have to get me a 340... I will probably pocket carry most of the time when I get an appropriate gun.

July 21, 2009, 01:14 AM
I usually pocket carry a Keltec P3AT, it is great. If not that, it is usually a Kahr PM40 IWB.

July 21, 2009, 06:10 AM
I front pocket carry a Smith M49 sometimes but when I can I carry in a coat pocket or IWB. The big disadvantage I see to pocket carry is if you are in contact you generally assume an athletic crouch position; from this position it is nearly impossible to access a pocket carry in the front pants pocket. I am thinking about a Kahr 380 with a wallet holster that can be carried in the right hip pocket, eliminating this problem.

July 21, 2009, 07:28 AM
I carry my S&W 642 or Ruger SP101 with a Desantis pocket holster 95% of the time. For a low crime rural area, it works well for me.

July 21, 2009, 08:32 AM
Kahr PM9's were made for pocket carry. Mine goes everywhere these days.

July 21, 2009, 08:37 AM
I carry a P3AT in my pocket every day and it's no bother at all.

July 21, 2009, 08:57 AM
Have been using a IWB holster with my S&W 442 on a more regular basis lately, but pocket-carried it for years with no problems other than the drawing while seated issue. All in all I prefer the IWB, but there are times pocket-carry can't be beat.

July 21, 2009, 09:36 AM
I have pocket carried ... Keltec P11...

I don't have big enough pockets to adequately conceal my P11 with a pocket holster. Or without one for that matter. It certainly fits in my front pocket, but it is so obvious that I have a pistol in there, it's ridiculous.

I'd prefer to pocket carry, but I don't yet have a handgun small enough to do it.

July 21, 2009, 09:38 AM
Like most other posters here, I pocket carry, typically an M&P340 in a right front pocket. I've even adopted a kind of 'habitual' hands-in-pocket stance...

But, I also typically wear an 'outergarment' when I go out, and I now have a habit of shifting that carry gun from my right-front pocket to an inside / vest pocket for driving. It's just another variant on pocket carry; I don't use an underarm rig (yet).

If you ever want access to your carry gun now when you're driving and seat-belted, that kind of change is worthwhile. In fact, it might have saved my bacon within the last month, in the only direct threat I have had.

Jim H.

July 21, 2009, 09:55 AM
The problem I've found with pocket carrying my P11 or any other small semi-auto, is not the size, but the shape. The square blocky form of an autoloader in a pair of jeans is ridiculous, and even in a pair of khakis, looks like you've got a book in your pocket. A J-Frame on the other hand just seems to disappear in a pair of khakis, and even in a pair of jeans, pretty much blends in.

I'd like to be able to pocket carry my 9MM but it just doesn't work.

July 21, 2009, 09:56 AM
So I was just wondering if I was the only one who is in love with pocket carry or are their others out there.

Nope ... my daily carry is an NAA BlackWidow in 22mag in my right front pocket. Howerver, I -do- use a holster, and I feel you really should for pocket carry. Also, don't carry -anything- else in that pocket.

July 21, 2009, 10:00 AM
It's either the .357 Mag in my pocket or a 1911 in an IWB.

July 21, 2009, 10:19 AM
I pocket carry 2 different baby Glocks a 26 and 27 in a uncle mikes pocket holster. I even pocket carry when I'm out for a jog. I love pocket carry and it's about the only way I tote now except in the winter when wearing a jacket I might use my Galco shoulder rig or IWB holster. I personally won't carry anything smaller than a 9mm ever.

July 21, 2009, 10:25 AM
It's gonna be 108 degrees again.

I've gotta wear a tie and tuck in my shirt tails.

Do ya think I'll wear a suit jacket, or do ya think I'll pocket carry?

July 21, 2009, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by Oyboten:
For daily Life...I've always prefered Pocket Carry...and for 20 years now, it's been a modified S & W Model 36, Bobbed Hammer, open Trigger Bow, shortened Grip.

Holy cow. Do you have a pocket holster for that? Aren't you worried you'll brush against something and set that puppy off? I can't imagine carrying a safety-less double action without a full trigger guard in an open pocket or soft holster.

July 21, 2009, 11:14 AM
my cure to pocket carry when driving is...I mounted a holster to the steering colume on my DD Cruiser.....and leave a Bodyguard in it(cant even see it) and will toss in the glove box when I leave the rig

also next to me is my man bag, with a HK USPc 45 with a Rosen shoulder rig and a S&W 19 2.5", hiddin(would never find them, but easy acress for me) in the back is a M37 shotgun, beater S&W M13 and lots of ammo, along with a ballistic vest, about 1/2 the time I have a better AR M4 as well......OK, I know I have issues but have had WAY to much "wierd" stuff happen to me over the years.

July 21, 2009, 01:09 PM
I pocket carry a Kahr MK40... we don't need no stinkin' mouseguns here :neener:




When I'm driving, I have a secondary holster mounted in the center console that will accept the entire pistol-and-pocket-holster:




July 21, 2009, 06:26 PM
Pocket carry seecamp always or m@p c 40sw .I have big pockets size 46 :D

July 21, 2009, 07:12 PM
My primary method of carry has been in the pocket for at least 10 years. Even if I'm carrying a larger gun OWB, there's a snubby .38 (or recently, a Ruger LCP) in my trouser or vest pocket.
If I'm driving, the revolver (and holster) is wedged between the driver's seat and console. If it's the LCP in my vest, there's easy access.

July 21, 2009, 07:25 PM
I'm not a heavy guy, so finding a way to carry concealed was problematic for me in this hot climate where wearing a jacket or vest is pretty much out of the question.

I'm having great success carrying my S&W 637 in my front pocket holster. I keep it loaded with Critical Defense +P and figure that will be good enough. With CT laser grips, it is easy to aim quickly and accurately from almost any conceivable position, including a "defensive" close to body position. And I have a speed reloader strip handy just in case.

When in my vehicle, I rely on a full size Ruger Auto that I keep in a holster mounted the map pocket in the driver's side door so I don't have to be worried about drawing the revolver from my pocket.

July 21, 2009, 07:31 PM
i CC a Beretta Tomcat loaded with 7+1 60gr Silvertips if thats not enough gun then what is i dont need a .45 cuz i am an excellent shot i will make every bullet count ...i do have a 9mm but i think its a bit extreme if i am an excellent shot. those who carry mouseguns are way better shots then those who need to carry .45's why cuz they know the .32 will be good enough to stop an attacker with more then 1 shot.

Sgt Alvin York the Medal of Honor Recipant in WW1 carried a CZ in .32 caliber for protection.

The Lone Haranguer
July 21, 2009, 07:42 PM
I often use pocket carry, in this case a Kahr PM9 in a Mika's pocket holster.

July 21, 2009, 09:22 PM
I often use pocket carry, in this case a Kahr PM9 in a Mika's pocket holster.

How do you like that holster/gun combo?
How is his work?

I have considered getting one for the PM45, but I am worried it might be a little much.

The Lone Haranguer
July 22, 2009, 01:08 AM
It adds some size to the gun, but also breaks up its outline. Put another way, it is apparent - if you look closely - that you have something in the pocket, but it is unobtrusive and not apparent that the object is a gun. It is not much to look at compared to a molded leather holster, but is made of sturdy-appearing materials and is very well stitched. A rubber-like "friction strip" keeps the holster in the pocket. I've never pulled it out along with the gun, unlike some leather ones I've tried.

July 22, 2009, 01:28 AM
Hi tkopp,

Holy cow. Do you have a pocket holster for that? Aren't you worried you'll brush against something and set that puppy off? I can't imagine carrying a safety-less double action without a full trigger guard in an open pocket or soft holster.

Well...you answered your own question, really...

It is a Double-Action Revolver...and, it takes considerable and fairly continuous, precise-directional pressure to actuate the Mechanism through a cycle.

No...I've never worried about bumping into things and somehow having that cause the Double Action mechanism to go through a full-pull cycle.

Poket Carry in a warm clime is hard on Blued finishes of course...as is washing Cars and other things where one gets wet while carrying.

I'd done a really excellent Blue on it in 1989...and there's about no trace left now.

July 22, 2009, 10:03 AM

What's the purpose of the open trigger guard?

July 22, 2009, 10:19 AM
Lately, I've been carrying my S&W Model 36 in a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster. It's been too warm for a t-shirt AND a polo shirt and I prefer to wear a t-shirt when I carry IWB.

July 22, 2009, 10:48 AM
I've been trying to find a Kahr PM9 for a decent price -- they appear to be an ounce lighter than the 642That's incorrect - an empty PM9 is slightly heavier (at 15.9 oz, including magazine) than an empty 642 (at 15.0 oz). When loaded, the weight difference is even greater.

July 23, 2009, 01:04 AM
I've pocket carried everyday for the last 15 years. First an AMT DAO .380, then a NAA32 Guardian, then a KT P32, and now a LCP. None of them are powerhouses but they've always been right at hand.

July 23, 2009, 01:13 AM
If I have khakis or slacks or shorts, I can carry a 642 in my front pocket quite easily. If I'm wearing jeans, I normally carry a P3AT in my back pocket. I prefer carrying the 642 & it's not noticeable. The P3AT is carried in a holster that prints just like a wallet.

July 23, 2009, 01:44 AM
Hi JoeShmoe,

What's the purpose of the open trigger guard?

To my interest, the purpose was primarily for when wearing Motorcycle Riding Gloves.

July 23, 2009, 03:13 AM
I just bought a SW 642 yesterday and so far ii love havin the little fella in my front pocket.

B yond
July 23, 2009, 10:43 AM
I used to pocket carry all the time. I don't now because either my legs got thicker or my pockets shrank. Not sure which.:confused:

July 23, 2009, 10:30 PM
Taurus 85UL in an Uncle Mike's #3. When I decided to get serious about cc for every day; I never considered anything else but a 2" snubbie in a pocket holster.

On vacation a couple of weeks ago and had it with me everywhere. Wore nothing but t-shirts and khaki shorts. Sometimes forgot it was even there.

July 23, 2009, 10:39 PM
I pocket carry everyday; generally one of these two (pics in the Thread below), mostly the G27--


July 24, 2009, 02:46 PM
I pocket carry a S&W 642 in a Mika pocket holster. It is very comforatable and convenient, the Mika holster does a great job of breaking up the outline of the gun, it just looks like I have a wallet in my pocket.

July 24, 2009, 07:11 PM
I like to pocket carry mostly in warm weather. I don't like to wear untucked shirts any time. I put my Kahr K40 in a pocket holster and put it in my pocket. Nothing else goes in to that pocket ever. While the gun is in there.
I'll admit the k40 is a little heavy for that. But that's what I have and that is what I use.
Or I open carry. In cool weather I use IWB and I have a light extra shirt or jacket over the Gun for CPL/CCW.

Works for me.

July 24, 2009, 08:32 PM
642 in pocket holster in right front pocket. Bianchi speed strip in a knife pocket holster and Spyderco Endura 4 loose in left pocket. If after dark, Surefire G2 tactical light in nylon belt hoster at 4 o'clock. TN HCP in ID case in left rear pocket. Works in every pair of pants, jeans and shorts that I own!

the foot
July 24, 2009, 09:08 PM
When I don't carry on the waistband, I carry a Model 60 in a Galco in my right front pocket. When I'm in a vehicle, the Model 60 is not in my pocket but within reach.

When not carrying waistband in cool weather and winter, I prefer to carry in a jacket or vest pocket, weapon is Model 60 or Walther PP.

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