I define a pocket pistol as must fit in a shirt pocket.


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tackstrp
February 23, 2010, 08:10 PM
I define a pocket pistol as must fit in a shirt pocket. When i go look at guns there is always one or two or three , that fall in got to have, stick in my jeans pocket and think I could live with that. After buying and then selling a couple of guns, I have gotten into the habit of using my shirt pocket instead of pants pocket. Always wear jeans so not much on anything more formal.


My top choices using the shirt pocket definations, are Seecamp sized micro pistol, there are other similar sized, the Kel Tec P32 and P3AT. Of those two I prefer the larger sized Kel Teck at 5.2 inches. The max size for pocket carry, is the Sig P238 at 5.5 inches but even that is for the front jeans pocket. I like snub nose revolvers for personal protection but for me is belt carry. Just me, know many folks carry snub nose in front pocket. I just purchased a Ruger SP101, for belt carry, tad to big and heavy for front pocket carry..

Just wanted to add my two cents, and not knocking anyones choice of carry, caliber, make model or etc. We are all different.

Big fan of the Colt defender series 45 ACP, and any Glock enjoy going to the range an shoot few hundred rounds.

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mrt949
February 23, 2010, 09:03 PM
The one I carry is the SEECAMP 32. it goes with me always.:D

Nasty
February 23, 2010, 09:07 PM
My P32 sometimes rides in a T-shirt pocket.

Magoo
February 23, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'm curious if you've ever "stuffed" a Kahr PM40 in your shirt pocket and if so how that ranked on your scale.

I shopped and pocketed (in store) for a while for a "pocket" gun but my bias was set at 9mm minimum and .40cal preferred. While I'm not sure my PM40 would pass your shirt pocket test, it was the best front-pants-pocket option that I found.

atomd
February 23, 2010, 09:54 PM
I'm amazed at what some guys on here say they fit in their pants pockets. Their pants must be made by omar the tentmaker or something. I can just picture these guys wearing size 58 loose fit wranglers that require a belt and suspenders to keep those suckers up with that big heavy pistol in the pocket. Cracks me up. Either that or they don't really carry it like that every day, all day. It's a mystery. Anything bigger than an LCP/P3AT is going on my belt. Ok, In some carhartt pants with giant pockets, maybe a J frame.

Shadow 7D
February 23, 2010, 10:45 PM
Humm, well, please describe the "shirt" you want to fit the gun into?

Next:
explain why a shirt pocket
rather than say, designer blue jeans (much smaller pockets)
or a field vest, fishing vest, best bet, is just give the approximate size,

Or recognize that pocket guns, mouse guns etc.
are called that for a reason, hell I can stuff my Kel-Tec in almost any pocket, but then again, I have some shirts I could put a glock or 1911 in... funny is that I have yet to find a good pair of pants I could do that in, but boarder shorts always seem to have generous pockets

tackstrp
February 23, 2010, 10:54 PM
thats good "tent maker pants" I wear slze 38 slim fit, but i still need suspenders to keep my pant up, gun or not in pockets or belt.

Have not tried the Khar series of pistols. Should do that some time. Do like the 9 mm and up calibers.

For me the question is which gun wil i carry everyday, and be comfortable.

Elvishead
February 24, 2010, 12:18 AM
The only gun I'd keep in a shirt pocket would be maybe a NAA Mini 22 revolver.

KarenTOC
February 24, 2010, 01:02 AM
Years ago, when my father-in-law was a long-distance truck driver, he carried a Baby Browning in his shirt pocket.

(I have it now. It shows a lot of wear and tear, but I think it'll clean up into a useable gun. I know that .25acp is considered no better than a sharp stick... but it's just so darn cute!)

MICHAEL T
February 24, 2010, 01:16 AM
Years ago, when my father-in-law was a long-distance truck driver, he carried a Baby Browning in his shirt pocket.

my was the Bauer Rest stops are bad places at 3 or 4 in the morning Truckers almost never deliver in a nice area. People don't want those big nasty old trucks around they just want what we haul.

duns
February 24, 2010, 01:52 AM
Just me, know many folks carry snub nose in front pocket.
I'm still waiting for my CHL to arrive in the mail. In the meantime, I've been carrying a J-frame (M&P340CT) in a Nemesis pocket holster in my front jeans pocket around the house. I forget it's there. I think it weighs about 16oz loaded. It fits fine and is comfortable in my tight jeans but can be a struggle to extract. I have some relaxed fit Levis from which I can pull it out in a couple of seconds. In my slacks (e.g. Dockers), it fits very nicely and extracts easily. I won't really know till my license arrives, but I think I'm probably going to enjoy pocket carry of my snubbie. (When clothing permits, I intend also to carry a Walther P99C OWB or IWB, haven't decided yet). I'm mightily tempted to acquire a micro pistol as a deeper concealment option but have reservations about caliber, reliability, and durability. I'm a very recent newcomer to guns so still have a lot to learn but at the moment my thinking is that when I can only carry one gun, I want it to be a revolver and the J-frame 38spl/357 magnum is the smallest reasonably effective choice.

Nasty
February 24, 2010, 06:11 AM
While my P32 has gone into a t-shirt pocket on occasion, my daily carry is a PF9 in a Nemesis holster. I wear suits to work, carpenter jeans at home and cargo shorts in the summer. All size 38 (6'4" and #250)

With regular jeans, the PF9 has to go in the back right pocket...not my first choice.

usp9
February 24, 2010, 06:15 AM
I define a pocket pistol as must fit in a shirt pocket.

Funny how people see things differently. If I could cover it with my hand I called it a pocket pistol. I think I've carried my guns everywhere but in a shirt pocket, but the definition has merit. I wear a pocketless Tee shirt most of the time, so I'll have to settle for a pant pocket. ;)

jackstinson
February 24, 2010, 08:38 AM
I define a pocket pistol as must fit in a shirt pocket
I'd say "vest pocket", since many of them were actually named that.

An unbuttoned plain ol' shirt pocket? What secures the pistol/holster? I suppose it's fine if you don't run, lean over to tie your shoe, jump up and down, look cross-eyed, hug someone, or get bumped into. :D

Drail
February 24, 2010, 09:08 AM
Pocket carry works really great right up until it falls out of your pocket in a crowded room. Please use a holster with some retention. It's not a cell phone kids.

Nasty
February 24, 2010, 09:54 AM
Sometime ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and in this case it was an operational necessity.

I *do* agree that shirt pocket carry is risky and not to be done casually.

Elvishead
February 25, 2010, 03:58 PM
Pocket carry works really great right up until it falls out of your pocket in a crowded room. Please use a holster with some retention. It's not a cell phone kids.

Thanks

David E
February 25, 2010, 07:28 PM
While shirt pocket carry is A way, it's not a very good way to carry a gun.

Hard to draw, slow, and unless you button the flap, not very secure. (And if you do button the flap, then it's even slower)

bikerdoc
February 25, 2010, 07:41 PM
I very rarely have a pocket on my shirt. I live in sweatshirts. or tee's.

Pocket carry means right front jean pocket - bersa 380 or snub 38

If it works for you, good.

makarovnik
February 25, 2010, 07:47 PM
I define it as fitting in what ever pocket I will be carrying it in. Not all pockets are created equal especially with regard to weight distribution.

SharpsDressedMan
February 25, 2010, 08:19 PM
.44 Mag derringer. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05646.jpg

rswartsell
February 25, 2010, 08:45 PM
That must be alot of fun with magnum loads!:what:

GoodKat
February 25, 2010, 08:55 PM
Please tell me English isn't your first language.

rswartsell
February 26, 2010, 09:45 AM
To whom do you refer my dear GoodKat?

If to myself, then no it isn't. My first language is an obscure Appalachian dialect from which one might reply, "taint nunya". A quaint colloquialism heard just in the manner and with the same fervor as "Eirinn Go Brach" from the Irish, or "Yob tvoyu mat" from the Russian.

hawk45
February 26, 2010, 12:29 PM
P32 here... haven't found anything more comfortable that holds 8 shots and goes bang every time.

Ronsch
February 26, 2010, 03:49 PM
My Ruger LCP fits into the bellow-style shirt pockets on my 5.11 shirts. It even fits in a cuff pocket on one of their aramid "flash" shirts.

jakemccoy
February 26, 2010, 03:54 PM
I define a pocket pistol as a pistol that fits in my front pants pocket without looking or feeling too awkward. In about 15 out of 20 of my pants, I can pocket carry my Glock 27 in my front right pocket. About 2 of my jeans are too tight with pockets too shallow. My Glock 27 doesn't disappear in any of my pants, except my cargo pants. It looks like a book or a Blackberry, which is quite common nowadays. I'll admit that my frame and my shape allow me to carry a substantial amount of things in my pockets without looking awkward.

I like pocket carry in my front right pocket because the gun can be half drawn without anyone knowing. That's not possible with waistband carry. On the other hand, drawing from a seated position is difficult with pocket carry in pants.

Off topic, carrying a Glock 27 in a Smart Carry holster is a cinch, and I use this method quite often.

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