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CCW - Any disadvantages to pocket carry?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by marklbucla, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. marklbucla

    marklbucla Participating Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Like the title says, are there any disadvantages to pocket carrying? I'd imagine that the draw would be slower, but anything else that might happen?
  2. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Senior Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    The gun getting snagged in the pocket could be an issue, but a gun designed for pocket carry (hammerless, shrouded hammer, edges of slide rounded/smothed, etc), and a proper pocket holster should elimininate that.Also, still might be difficult to draw if your pants/pocket are too tight or too deep.That said, I've never had a problem with my S&W m637 (yes, the one with an exposed hammer) and a simple Uncle Mike's IWB holster in any of my pants, but I rarely pocket carry anyway.
  3. capbuster

    capbuster Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    I would venture to say that one should be careful not to place anything in that pocket except the pistol and its holster. A friend who carries remarked that he had accidently dropped his keys into the pocket in which he carried his pistol. No harm done but he stated that he was glad he did not have to fetch his pocket handgun while negotiating a trail around the keys.
  4. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Participating Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    Very good advice. Not only can keys, or pens, or other things interfere with the draw, they can also get inside the trigger guard, knock safeties out of safe, etc.

    Also, if you're going to pocket carry, get a pocket holster.
  5. joesolo

    joesolo Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    Cordova TN
    For me, drawing from the pocket is a bit slower as mentioned, especially if seated. Watch stuff ya drop in your pocket on the gun and, last, ya gotta keep the lint and stuff out of the gun more frequently than other methods of carry. That's my 2 pennies worth. Merry Christmas.

  6. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    Get a pocket holster for that handgun. I pocket carry a .380 on occasion and that sucker can rotate every which way so it's a forrest gump draw (you never know which end you're gonna git!), and like was said before, don't put anything else in there. A handful of keys where the backstrap should be is no fun. Practice drawing from it, make sure the holster won't come out with the gun, etc.
  7. MarkDido

    MarkDido Active Member

    Apr 5, 2003
    I have used a very nice leather Don Hume pocket holster for about 4 years now.

    The additional "wing" on the muzzle end prevents the holster from rotating in a standard pocket. It does tend to rotate in larger "cargo pocket" type pants.
  8. RNB65

    RNB65 Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Pocket carry using a kydex pocket holster is my preferred method of CC. I can draw from my pocket about as quickly as I can draw from an IWB while standing, but drawing while sitting is darn near impossible. Use a thin gun, pocket holster, and fashionably baggy pants and no one will suspect a thing.
  9. Dysfunctional Individual

    Dysfunctional Individual New Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    - lint
    - gun-lubricant stains
    - printing
  10. JLStorm

    JLStorm Participating Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Lint is definitely a factor in pocket and ankle carry, but not a huge deal.

    The biggest disadvantage will be while sitting, especially in a car...you might as well have one arm tied behind your back lol.

    I find ankle carry is a nice compromise when you will be in a car for a while...

    just my .02
  11. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Participating Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I pocket carry a P3AT with the belt clip in right front pocket of my jeans, no holster. Nothing else goes in the pocket and no print, just a tiny bit of the grip stick out of my pocket but my shirt covers it. Draw is very easy and quick but the gun gets DIRTY with lint. I blow it out twice a week and stripped/cleaned once a week.
  12. Technosavant

    Technosavant Senior Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Pocket carry works well with small guns and big pockets. I wouldn't try anything larger than a J frame size, and then you need deep pockets (literally, not figuratively). Sometimes you may print a fair amount too, depending on the pants. In those cases, I have a little coin purse that I toss in that pocket too (it smooths out the bulge of the cylinder), and it manages to not get in the way of anything.
  13. klover

    klover Active Member

    Feb 8, 2004
  14. straightShot

    straightShot Member

    Nov 25, 2003
    St. Clair Shores, MI
    1. A hammerless, bobbed, or shrouded hammer gun is a good choice.

    2. Get a good holster to fit your gun.

    3. Practice a few draws of your gun, without ammo, on many different occasions. You'll get smoother and be less rusty by repeated practice over the course of time.

    4. Practice drawing by reaching into your pocket and then drawing. Also, practice with your hand already inside your pocket on the grip. It also doesn't hurt to mix in a couple of weak-hand draws for the chance instance where your strong hand is injured in a defensive encounter. This can really be akward, but you don't want to have to do it for the first time when you need your gun most and have never tried it before.

    5. As stated earlier, keep your cell phone, keys, and everything else out of the way. If you have a cell phone holder, attach it to your weak-hand side and learn to access it with your weak hand.

    The only drawback that I've found is when you'd be sitting, especially with a seat belt on in an automobile. It can be very difficult to draw from a sitting position in a car.

    Shoot straight,
  15. Imaginos

    Imaginos Member

    Apr 9, 2004
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Giving Up on Pocket Carry

    I'm about to give up on pocket carry in favor of a holster that allows me to tuck my shirt over the gun. I have a Galco Speedmaster that I use strong side when I am wearing a blazer or coat, but that is awfully uncomfortable in Texas summers.

    The only gun that I can carry in my pocket that I could get into action in a hurry is my .38 Special derringer, and that is not much of a gun to take to a gunfight.

    My daily carry gun is a Ruger SP101. Even in my baggiest pleat front khakis, I can't get it out of the pocket fast enough to do me any good regardless if I am sitting OR standing. I live in Condition Yellow, so I would hope that I will have enough warning of impending trouble to allow myself to prepare to meet an assault, but I hate to bet my life on it.
  16. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    One disadvantage is you can't just carry any firearm in a pocket, rather obvious, but you ain't gonna get your favorite 1911 into a pocket. That said, there are plenty of powerful, accurate handguns to chose from and in my mind, the .38 special is plenty enough for self defense.

    I find it a LOT quicker to draw from a pocket IF I'm walking along with my hand in my pocket grasping my gun. It's not a sight that is suspicious to passers by, yet I can draw and fire an accurate shot at short range in well under a second this way where it takes me something around a second or a little more to get to an IWB under a T shirt for the shot. To me, that's a big advantage.

    I do more cleaning of the guns. Lint will accumulate even in a pocket holster. If my gun prints, it looks like a wallet what with the holster in there. I carry in LARGE jean pockets, carpenter's jeans are ideal. I usually carry a revolver or my Kel Tec 9mm. But, the little P3AT is a perfect size pocket gun. I just buy my pockets big so I can carry the bigger, more powerful gun. I think .380 is adequate, but the caliber just doesn't give me the warm fuzzies. I'd rather be totin' a +P .38 or 9mm. I'll be the first to say that a well placed shot from a .380 will shut the fight down. I just like a little extra energy from the gun so I can shoot hollow points and be sure they'll have adequate penetration.
  17. Essex County

    Essex County Participating Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    For someone that wears bib overalls often pocket carry is the logical solution. Over the years pockets seem to have gotten skimpier, but a seamstress can easily deepen them. A good pocket holster is a must... Essex
  18. Huddog

    Huddog Active Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    S&W 642 in Uncle Mike's is my daily carry and all of the above is basically correct. This method works well for me but be sure it fits your lifesyle. My solution sitting in the vehicle consists of a different weapon easily reached.
  19. RoyJackson

    RoyJackson New Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    I carry a Taurus 85 Multi-Alloy in either a Galco or Mikas pocket holster. My gun has a hammer spur. With the Galco, the hammer may catch on my pocket on some occasions. No problem with the Mikas, however (the Mikas is a deeper holster covering more of the gun.

    I have noticed some pockets will wear out faster with the pocket holsters. It's still my most common mode of carry, however.

    Pocket carry does require a light weight gun. This limits your caliber choices. My little snubbie with 5 rounds of .38 Sp +P gives me all the security I think I'll need in a self defense situation, however. I do carry a speed loader for a reload. When I'm driving in an area I consider "suspect", I'll stash the gun under my thigh or between the seat and the console.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2006
  20. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    At least two of us on this board pocket carry a Kimber Ultra Carry. :D

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