J-Frame Pocket Carry

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peakbagger46, Jul 20, 2022.

  1. Blue Jays

    Blue Jays Member

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    Thank you for the reasoned, reasonable, and thoughtful post.
    It does get rather tiresome with the endless "You need WAY MORE ammo capacity!" reminders.

    One would think some members do not take the dog outside at midnight or drag garbage to the curb at dawn.
    Sometimes a reliable, slick, and sweet revolver in a coat pocket holster is the best surprise defense.
     
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  2. ArchAngelCD

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    If you wear jeans like I do you can put that bullet strip in the watch pocket of your pants. I find it extremely easy to access and it's out of the way and not noticeable.
     
  3. aaaaa

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    Great Idea. But all I have worn the past 20 years are these and there is no watch pocket. These pants seem to last forever and I have never had a pocket hole through. Now I will be giving them a tougher test with the 642 EDC.
     
  4. aaaaa

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    I am still sticking with my cardboard and Gorilla tape holster. Works great. Been carrying with it for a week or two now. Can custom fit to your pocket. Even if it comes out with the gun, it will fall off as soon as it is out of the pocket. No joke, I love this holster. Gun sits lower in the pocket, and it always covers the trigger area. Helps make it look like a wallet is in there.
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  5. 357 Terms

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    Holster made from cardboard, now that's thinking outside the..... box! :rofl:

    .....I'll leave now
     
  6. willb

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    So the holster is open on three sides? You find that this is sufficient to consistently keep the trigger area covered? No shifting of the revolver side to side?

    You know, if you applied a strip of tape sticky-side-out that holster would stay put.

    Very resourceful!
     
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  7. aaaaa

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    Thanks, I just wanted something simple that works. I have the bottom side partly closed to keep it from moving up in the pocket and off the trigger. Learned that from experience. No need for stickiness, it stays in the pocket. The cardboard is pretty slippery against metal. I got the inspiration from someone who posted they don't even use a holster, just puts the J-frame in their pocket. I then thought, really all we need is to ensure the trigger is covered. Tried a single piece of cardboard and that sort of worked but slid around more and the cylinder chaffed my leg, so I cut a new one with two sides. The gorilla tape will help it last. We'll see how long it lasts.
     
  8. Blue Jays

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    But aren't these holsters very expensive? :rofl: :D :rofl: :D
     
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  9. bannockburn

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    Very ingenious!

    I like it!
     
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  10. westernrover

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    No pocket holster will work well if it doesn't fit the pocket. Either custom-make the holster for each pocket type, or custom-tailor the pocket for the holster.

    You can make holster prototypes from cardboard and duct tape, and you can make them out of leather or kydex fairly easily. I made my first one out of posterboard and tape, but have used my subsequent leather holsters as patterns for successive ones, refining, adapting, and improving the design with each iteration.

    If you take a holster already made -- for the J-frame, I liked the Galco horsehide pocket holster -- you can stitch the pocket around the holster to hold it securely. It doesn't have to be totally stitched in or un-removable, but if you have a huge pocket in your shorts, you might need to put some stitches in it to locate the holster and keep it from easily coming out. You can also enlarge pockets with extensions -- lots of video tutorials out there by people lengthening designer jeans pockets to fit their giant cell phones. For a j-frame, you'll probably need to reduce pocket size by stitching around it. If the pockets are sewn on the outside of the garment, like the back pockets on jeans, just stitch through the pocket and leg from the outside. With matching thread, it will hardly be noticed. If the pockets are sewn inside the garment, like the front pockets on jeans, flip the garment inside-out and stitch through the pocket flap and not the outer leg of the garment.

    Try on and try out the customized pocket to hold the pocket holster and if you want to make adjustments, pull stitches with a seam ripper and rework it until you have what you want. I like to have the stocks or handgrip sticking out of the pocket and then covered by a cover garment. If you tuck your shirts and don't wear another layer outside, you'll want the holster deeper in the pocket. It will be harder and slower to get a full grip and draw.
     
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  11. aaaaa

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    Excellent advice in your whole message, but to focus on this last part. You are right, for fast draw, need the grip sticking out. I tend to like my shirts tucked in and so want the gun totally in my pocket. The J-frame is sitting just below the pocket opening. I may pull my shirt out to go in stores, but otherwise keep it tucked. Definitely hard to get a shooting grip from inside the pocket.
     
  12. Zeabed

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    Whenever I carry my S&W Chief's Special 60-7 it's usually in this stiff, pocket holster with a stitched-in leather lining, from Blade-Tech. It has remained useful for a couple decades or thereabouts. 49958395201_3499fa0fa0_z.jpg
     
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