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Pocket Carry Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by r0nin, Feb 17, 2010.

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  1. r0nin

    r0nin Member

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    For the ones that carry in their pocket/back pocket what do you do in a vehicle? Don't know about you but when I'm sitting in my car its very difficult to take anything out of my pocket... maybe my jeans are to tight.


    Also for the ones carrying in the back pocket are you just sitting on the firearm?


    Don't have my carry permit yet, but thinking about pocket carry.
     
  2. wrs840

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    You make a good point. If I'm carrying only one pocket-handgun, I take it out and lay in in the center console before buckling-up. I usually have a full-sized S&W .40 within easy reach in the vehicle too, though, in which case the pocket-gun stays in the strong-side front-pocket. Depending on what I'm doing and especially the cut of the pants, sometimes the pocket-gun is a 442 in my back-pocket, and "sitting on it" doesn't bother me.

    Les
     
  3. hicksdm

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    I always try to place mine between the seat and console or place it in the top of the concole but that makes it a little more difficult to get to.
     
  4. Girodin

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    Pocket guns can definitely be hard to get to when seated in the car this is not just a concern for pocket carry. Guns on your belt on the right side can be very hard to get to with the seat belt fastened. (as an aside a pocket gun can be hard to get to all the other times you are seated as well, which is something to consider if your primary gun is a pocket gun)

    The obvious solution is to put the gun somewhere you can get to it while driving. Be sure to check state laws to be sure that putting it some other place in your car is legal.

    Sitting in a car is one of the very limited circumstances that an ankle holster makes sense to me. It is easier for me to reach down to my ankles then get to a gun on my hip in the car.

    I, however, do not use an ankle holster. I personally have the gun in a holster between my seat and my center console where it is secure yet accessible.

    I wouldn't just set the gun on the seat or in some other unsecured location. The thing will go flying in an accident or even panic braking which are both more likely than having to shoot someone in self defense from inside your car.
     
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    Like most things, you need to try it out before coming to a conclusion. When I pocket carry, I wear fairly loose pants/shorts. Getting the gun out is quite doable while sitting. I just need to raise my ass up a bit. A waist band holster with shirt on top tucked-in would be more difficult for me.

    While carrying in a thigh pocket of cargo pants, it's quite easy to get the gun out. Also, with this method, you could quietly have your gun halfway drawn while sitting down.
     
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  6. DeepSouth

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    I leave it in my pocket (front right) but I have another pistol that stays in my truck well within arms reach. Sometime I carry a BUG, when I do it is because I will be sitting and therefore unable to draw my normal pocket gun, so the BUG goes in an ankle holster or sometimes in a side pocket on carpenter style pants.
     
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    My solution as well. A Glock 23 fits nicely in the driver's door pocket.
     
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    I seldom pocket carry (usually IWB appendix), but when I do I take the gun out and put it under my left thigh.
    I always make sure I sit on it so it doesn't go flying if I have to hit the brakes.
     
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    When I'm in the truck, I'm already driving a much more massive weapon/escape vehicle/plow. I haven't thought of a defensive scenario where I would need to drive and shoot.
     
  10. Magic_Man

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    If I have the LCP on me, I don't have anything else so I put it in the cupholder between the seats in my car while driving.
     
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    While driving, I keep it in an Uncle Mikes holster clipped to the side of my front seat.
     
  12. S&Wfan

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    My "always" CCW handgun is my S&W Model 37 Airweight snubbie . . . ALWAYS in my left front pocket (I'm a lefty). It is easier for left-handed drivers to get to their pocket revolver than you righties.

    That being said . . .

    I view my defensive situations on the road, and at home, as entirely different scenarios. When I get in the car, like others have mentioned, my "always" gun becomes the weaker-powered BUG. Same at home!

    Thus, when I get in the car, my main handgun is a .45ACP with plenty of reserve ammo. Depending on the day or the mood, it may be a high capacity Para . . . or my little Kimber Ultra CDP.

    However, it is usually my chopped barrel 25-2 with a tray loaded with eight moonclips containing various types of bullets for various situations . . . hardball, some really hot ultra-lightweight 117 gn. Aguilla hollowpoints (both "good" against doors and glass) . . . and handloaded Speer flying ashtrays, Golden Sabre and/or Hydrashok for "soft threats."

    As a car gun, I much prefer a powerful revolver rather than a bottom feeder forcefully ejecting spent cartridges into the interior of the car in the case it is needed. A .45ACP revolver though . . . is PERFECT!

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    I pocket carry my S&W 340pd (.357) in my right front pocket. I need to wear dress slacks and a tucked in dress shirt while at my office. Since I don't wear a jacket, belt holsters are out. My biggest threats come while I'm seated, making my pocket carry very difficult to access. To overcome this problem, I wear a renegade ankle holster with my Glock 27 (.40) that is very quick to reach from my seated position and can also be done very discreetly if necessary. Both are well concealed yet one is ALWAYS accessable from any position while in a business setting.
     
  14. memphisjim

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    crap im untactical honestly i usually just leave it in my pocket
     
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    I must ask this, If you were to be in a wreck, Do you think that the firearm next to you seat would still be there when the car or truck came to a stop?
     
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    I have had the same issue with my LCP in pocket carry.

    My solution has been to transfer the gun from my front pocket to my back pocket before I get in the car. It becomes a lot more accessible and I could get to it while keeping a hand on the wheel if needs be.

    I have tried under the thigh, but the thought of it flying around in the even of an accident concerned me enough to move to the rear pocket.
     
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