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Where do you carry your wallet?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CAS700850, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. CAS700850

    CAS700850 Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. sssteinkamp

    sssteinkamp Active Member

    Left front pocket.

    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.

  4. Werewolf

    Werewolf Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    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.
  7. 33-805

    33-805 Well-Known Member

    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:
  8. Bobo

    Bobo Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    Left front pocket. Standard bifold wallet full of everything. Yes, it makes a lump. I really don't care.
  10. Nazirite

    Nazirite Well-Known Member

    Left front pocket but I almost always were Dockers golf pants.
  11. zahc

    zahc Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Old NFO

    Old NFO Well-Known Member

    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... :eek:

    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
  13. AlaskaErik

    AlaskaErik Well-Known Member

    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.

  14. Ukraine Train

    Ukraine Train Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    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...

  16. Bulldozer

    Bulldozer Well-Known Member

    gun, right rear side

    wallet, right front side

    never had a problem at all
  17. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

  18. Guns_and_Labs

    Guns_and_Labs Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. ZenMasterJG

    ZenMasterJG Well-Known Member

    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! :)
  20. Fly320s

    Fly320s Well-Known Member

    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.

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