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How do you pocket carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Sypher...., May 26, 2019.

  1. Sypher....

    Sypher.... Member

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    I am not trolling. I honestly want know how you pocket carry. I’ve tried it a couple times, albeit with a shield, and it’s not comfortable. I’ve even tried it in a jacket, again not very comfortable. I realize that the shield isn’t the smallest or lightest “pocket” gun, but people seem to do it.

    I’m interested more in carrying in slacks, dockers, jeans with a polo tucked in vs say cargo pants.

    It doesn’t have to be with a shield, though that is my smallest carry piece at this time.

    Just as an FYI, I usually have my phone in my right front pocket and keys in my left front pocket.
     
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  2. golfer_ray

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    I pocket carry my Sig P238 .380 pistol in cargo shorts with an Uncle Mike's holster. In Oklahoma, you can wear shorts for 3/4 of the year so I'm good.
     
  3. WrongHanded
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    In a coat pocket, with my hand on it. Or my G42 (as a BUG) with empty chamber and a pocket clip, in front or back pants pocket, with jacket or shirt covering the gun butt. It's a pretty easy gun to rack one-handed.
     
  4. 1KPerDay

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    Shield is pretty big. Try a. LCP in a desantis nemesis. Smaller than my wallet.
     
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  5. Insignificant bill

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    Lc9s in a sticky holster
     
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  6. Cokeman

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    The Shield is really not a pocket gun. My Kahr P380 and Remington Rm380 are. My Kahr MK9 is borderline.
     
  7. 94045

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    My LCP weighs half what an empty Shield weighs when it's loaded. In a Pocket Holster it slips into my right rear jean pocket and the top close over it. I just carry my wallet in my left pocket and to be honest it might be heavier than the LCP.

    About the heaviest gun I would consider for Pocket carry would be a G42 and that would be pushing it even in large front pocket khaki slacks.

    PS If you can't bring yourself to carry a .380 you could look into a Scandium J-Frame but let me tell you they are not pleasant with .357 Mag Loads.
     
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  8. drband

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    Sig P938, alabamaholster.com Front Pocket Holster. Dress pants or jeans.
     
  9. bannockburn

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    KelTec P3AT in a DeSantis Trickster, a Blackhawk No.3, or a Concealment Concepts Jaguar pocket holster in my right front pocket. Cell phone in left front pocket.

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    Have a DeSantis Nemesis holster for my Kahr CM9 but I usually carry it in a DeSantis SOF-TUCK IWB holster.
     
  10. north east redneck
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    442 in a Mika pocket holster. Conceals perfectly in cargo pants, jeans and even in dress pants.
     
  11. EddieG54

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    SW642 in a Uncle Mike's pocket holster. Works for just about all attire.
     
  12. AK103K

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    In a pocket not attached to my pants. :)

    Smart Carry
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    Why limit yourself to a "little" gun, when you can, in many cases, carry a full, or near full size handgun with a reload?

    They currently have a sale going on through 06.21, $10 off with code....HOT10 .... www.smartcarry.com

    Ive been using one on a regular basis for about 15 years now. I lead an active/physical lifestyle and regularly carry in NPE's, and have never had a problem. They are the most versatile holsters I have, and if I could only have one, it would be it. :thumbup:
     
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  13. Browning

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    If I pocket carry I usually use a Walther PPS M1 9mm in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. I use the 7 rd mag in the pistol and carry two 8 rd mags as reloads in my left hand rear pocket.

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    The 6 rd mag works better on the draw, but it bugs me not to have my little finger resting on anything. With the 7 rd mag at least it rests on it somewhat.

    I’ve also used a S&W Shield .40 with a safety with a duplicate of the same holster (I couldn’t get used to the safety again) and a Glock 42 using a few different kinds of holsters (a locally made leather brand, a Galco leather holster and a smaller version of the DeSantis.

    I usually wear Carharts, Dickies or cargo pants. The jeans I wear are mostly the Levi’s relaxed fit or the Wrangler version that’s basically the same thing. Mostly I just wear a Glock 26 or a Glock 23 in a Galco Summer Comfort IWB, but when I pocket carry that’s what I use.
     
  14. WheelGunMan

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    LCR in a DeSantis pocket holster.
     
  15. Chip1wa

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    Hey Bannockburn-which pocket holster are you holding in your left hand in the last photo you posted?

    I've been trying to find a suitable way to carry a new P365.
     
  16. John Joseph

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    S&W 640 in a Bianchi 152 in front right trouser pocket in warm weather or coat pocket in cool weather.
     
  17. edwardware

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    S&W 642, in a DeSantis or a Remora sticky holster.

    It's not comfortable. I only do it because it's easier to pocket a gun from the glovebox leaving work than to deal with an IWB belt holster. I put on my Sparks IWB when I get home.
     
  18. RodII

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    I carry the original LCP in my front jeans or Carhartt cargo shorts pocket, but I do not use a pocket holster. The trigger pull is hard enough I feel confident carrying this way.
     
  19. jar

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    I have a couple Sig P290RS and use a DeSantis 111 MK.

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  20. Trunk Monkey

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    So, right off the bat your going to have to give up a pocket.


    I mostly pocket carry at work in actual BDU pants so my perspective probably won't be too helpful but I carry a Glock 26 in a Blackhawk Tech Wear pocket holster.

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  21. Trunk Monkey

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    Good way to become a soprano
     
  22. kemikos

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    I've got several Bear Creek pocket holsters for different guns. I like that the "wallet panel" is detachable if you want to front pocket carry, but my most common method is in the back pocket of jeans.

    You have to have a gun with a very short overall length if you want it to be completely in the pocket, though. Pretty sure the Shield will stick out a bit no matter what.
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  23. SteadyD

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    I carry almost exclusively in my pocket. I greatly prefer a Kydex pocket holster. I can tolerate a gun all the way up to about 23 oz or so. The shape and size of the gun makes a big difference as well.

    Several of the very soft pocket holsters don’t protect the trigger enough to suit me. As an example, you can actually push through the material on the holster that comes with the LCP II and pull the trigger. It’s highly unlikely that you would manage to do so, but it’s something that bothers me.

    Additionally, the retention offered by the softer holsters doesn’t suit me. I was climbing out of a paddle boat onto a dock and my LCR fell from the desantis holster in my pocket into the boat.

    I like Alabama and PJ for my kydex pocket holsters. They offer enough retention to make sure the gun doesn’t work itself out enough to expose the trigger. The hard material won’t allow an accidental trigger pull. The shape is sufficient to keep the holster in place in the pocket, assuming it is paired with a complimentary sized pocket.
     
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  24. Speedo66

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    9B68177E-9C5C-4C90-957E-A80F7459B848.jpeg This is a very thin kydex holster with an original LCP. It was gifted to me on an LCP site years ago, don’t know what brand or if it’s home made.

    Nicely done, with hooks at top and bottom to prevent it coming with the gun when drawn. Carries flat in my left front pocket and doesn’t print even in tight jeans.
     
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  25. toivo

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    Beretta Pico, Kel-Tec P32, or SIG P238, usually in a DeSantis Nemesis -- sometimes in a kydex pocket holster from Aholster.
     
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