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Pocket carry

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by DeepSouth, Jul 20, 2009.

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  1. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Member

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    Years ago when I started to carry about all I had was a NAA Mini-Revolver and a Rossi 357 with a 4in barrel. I had no good holster for the .357 and a crappy job, so I couldn't really afford a good one. Not to mention, back then I didn't really care much about carrying.

    So for a LONG time I carried the NAA in my front pocket with no holster, it wasn't uncommon to see the barrel peeking out of a hole. Anyway I got really used to being able to have my hand on my gun within a moments notice. I would have my hand in my pocket anytime I was walking to my car in a parking lot, heard someone getting loud at the gas pump, ect, ect, just out of habit.

    So now I feel at a disadvantage carrying anyway other than pocket, I just love Pocket carry, I always wear my shirt tucked in so the standard OWB doesn't work well for me, and I can't keep my hand on the gun with a tuckable holster so my love for pocket carry continues.

    I see tremendous advantages to pocket carry, and disadvantages to. Draw time is slower UNLESS you start with your hand on the gun, which is very possible if you get a custom to "walking that way" and with the manufactures making super compact 9mm's, 40's, and 45's you can still have a large caliber to work with the KAHR PM45 comes to mind.

    So I was just wondering if I was the only one who is in love with pocket carry or are their others out there.
     
  2. azhunter122

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    I'm just starting to pocket carry my Ruger LCP in an uncle mikes and I really like it but I need to practice a bit more to be confident. I like pocket carry because its so simple and convenient!
     
  3. Landpimp

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    for me there is no better way, I can pocket carry year around, often with something else but ALWAYS a 340pd in my pocket.


    main drawback is while seated
     
  4. JoeShmoe

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    I love it. I sometimes carry an autoloader IWB, but I keep coming back to pocket carrying my Model 60 in a Don Hume pocket holster. It's just so easy to slip it in the right front pocket, with a speed strip reload in the back pocket. It's more comfortable around the house also. The main disadvantage is drawing while seated, especially in the car. Also you can't keep anything else in that pocket.

    What I really want now is an M&P 340.
     
  5. Ratshooter

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    I have some Kahki pants that have a cell phone pouch sewn in the right pocket. My Kel-Tec barrel drops right in there and fits perfectly. It never moves and is invisible to other people. I like it.
     
  6. billybob44

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    My ALWAYS with me, in regard to pocket carry=Beretta TomCat 3032. Small cal.-agreed-but ALWAYS there. Sure beats throwing rocks!:neener:
     
  7. MagnumDweeb

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    Big fan of pocket carry. If I carry, there is at least one gun in my pockets. But I'm known to have a Ross 462 snub .357 in one pocket and a S&W 640 in the other. If I'm only carrying one snub then there is likely a Tokarev in 9x23 Winchester in an IWB, or Ruger P345(used to carry a Ruger P90 but since the P345 the P90 has been retired to the safe), or a Tokarev in 7.62x25.

    It's very comforting to reaching in one's pocket and feel that snubby hidden behind the wallet when it's one in the morning at a Steak'n'shake and some scum bag looking types walk through the door acting gangsta'. Granted a few different brands of jeans let me also pocket the Tokarevs, but just not quite the P345 unfortunately.

    In the next few months I'll either be getting a Ruger LCP or LCR, or maybe Officer 1911. When I can't decide readily I put the purchase off but I'd really like a good semi to pocket. And yes Officer 1911s do ride in my pockets as I found out one night in Baton Rouge. I have very large pockets normally, just not always the cash to fill them. Around December I hope I can pickup a good used RIA Compact(essentially an Officer size) for $300 or less at a gunshow(even the gun buying is calming down). But I could always do the Glock 30 or Glock 29 as well.
     
  8. denfoote

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    After a LOT of experimentation, and two boxes of holsters, I settled on pocket carry.
    I carry a PPK/S in a Uncle Mike's #2 pocket holster.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. archigos

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    I currently only pocket carry, specifically my Ruger LCP. I, like you, love being able to have a full grip while looking inconspicuous.
    I am looking at getting myself an IWB rig as well, but I'll probably still pocket carry my LCP as a BUG.
     
  10. preachnhunt

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    I started pocket carrying my 642 a few months ago and have it every day at work. I am a pastor and it is best to be as inconspicuous as possible about ccw. It was a comfortable feeling last wednesday to have that little revolver when the bank next door to the church was robbed and the "armed and dangerous" suspect came running past. Pocket carry definitely has it's place.
     
  11. DeepSouth

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    I sure am glad to see I'm not the only one who loves pocket carry. I don't think I currently know anyone else that pocket carries on a regular basis. I was starting to think I was nuts or something.

    Also correct about VERY difficult drawing while seated, that is why I like to keep that old NAA in a ankle holster, you'll forget it's there.
     
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    I think of them as a BUG (due to caliber and capacity) but it is nice to have your hand on without being as conspicuous as with an IWB holster.
     
  13. AgentAdam

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    I have pocket carried S&W J-frame snubs, Keltec P11, Beretta Bobcat & Tomcat, and a baby Glock. I tried my Beretta Cheetah but it was a little big.
     
  14. skoro

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    I pocket carry probably 95% of the time. The other 5% is a fanny pack. When I go out to exercise in elastic waistband shorts, I wear the fanny pack.
     
  15. barnetmill

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    I do often carry pocket carry but there is a very serious disadvantage to it. At close distances putting your hand down in your pockets leaves you open to being punched in the face. If someone is only using their fists it can be hard to justify shooting them. You can not readily block, although you still can get off the X without the use of your hands. Also walking with your hand on a gun when confronting someone could be considered as some sort of threat or at predisposition to shoot someone.
     
  16. Oyeboten

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    For daily Life...I've always prefered Pocket Carry...and for 20 years now, it's been a modified S & W Model 36, Bobbed Hammer, open Trigger Bow, shortened Grip.

    [​IMG]


    Sometimes, I'll 'Mexican Carry' a larger Revolver, or, a 1911, in addition, if walking the Property or other serendipity.


    Shoulder Holster once in a great while, just for fun, if wearing a Jacket.
     
  17. arflattop

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    Pocket Carry is my main method of CCW. It's just too easy. When I venture out into the woods, I'll put my .45acp on a belt holster and go open carry. I've been trying to find a Kahr PM9 for a decent price -- they appear to be an ounce lighter than the 642, but allow more than 5 9mm shots out of a longer barrel.
     
  18. TheFallGuy

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    I pocket carry my Cobra Derringer .38 all time on the farm for snakes. I don't in public because I don't have a carry permit and I would rather have something a little less cheap with more capacity. I am signed up for the class though for next month... May have to get me a 340... I will probably pocket carry most of the time when I get an appropriate gun.
     
  19. mongo4567

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    I usually pocket carry a Keltec P3AT, it is great. If not that, it is usually a Kahr PM40 IWB.
     
  20. hinton03

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    I front pocket carry a Smith M49 sometimes but when I can I carry in a coat pocket or IWB. The big disadvantage I see to pocket carry is if you are in contact you generally assume an athletic crouch position; from this position it is nearly impossible to access a pocket carry in the front pants pocket. I am thinking about a Kahr 380 with a wallet holster that can be carried in the right hip pocket, eliminating this problem.
     
  21. DMK

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    I carry my S&W 642 or Ruger SP101 with a Desantis pocket holster 95% of the time. For a low crime rural area, it works well for me.
     
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    Kahr PM9's were made for pocket carry. Mine goes everywhere these days.
     
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    I carry a P3AT in my pocket every day and it's no bother at all.
     
  24. bonza

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    Have been using a IWB holster with my S&W 442 on a more regular basis lately, but pocket-carried it for years with no problems other than the drawing while seated issue. All in all I prefer the IWB, but there are times pocket-carry can't be beat.
     
  25. CoRoMo

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    I don't have big enough pockets to adequately conceal my P11 with a pocket holster. Or without one for that matter. It certainly fits in my front pocket, but it is so obvious that I have a pistol in there, it's ridiculous.

    I'd prefer to pocket carry, but I don't yet have a handgun small enough to do it.
     
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