Older immigrant dude here, waiting for my BCI license. IWB and OWB look very awkward for a pudgy old guy😁 I came across desantis pocket holsters and similar. They seem to be a better method for me, in a jacket. I was hoping to get some information from this experienced group
IMO the most comfortable.
On my next renewal, I plan to qualify with a pistol I can pocket carry, either a Ruger LCR or some semiauto.
Renewal? Is this a state thing. I believe Utah’s BCI covers any firearm.
In socialist Kalifornia, you can only carry what’s listed on your permit, maximum 5 handguns.
Glad I got a Utah nonresident permit.
I prefer pocket carry for my situation (I don’t wear skinny jeans!)
What to get used to—keeping nothing in that pocket other than your holstered pistol, and
buying trousers or shorts with suitably large enough pockets (right now I’m wearing Hang Ten board shorts, last business meeting was pleated dress slacks----just no skinny jeans, LOL!)
Nowadays, pocket carry a .380 acp when going for the mail, washing the car and doing the lawn! Normal EDC is IWB 3” Kimber.45
Brother @Adamant I pocket carry in the summer. I like it. I carry a Ruger LCP 2 in a sticky holster in my front right pocket. Thats a perfect carry gun. You can’t just pocket carry any gun, it depends on what gun you want to pocket carry. Let me know what type of firearm and caliber you intend on carrying and I can give you a better opinion or my ideas. It just may work for you let me know.
We all have opinions, and you may get many.
Regarding pocket carry, I do not wear tight clothing, but I try to avoid really baggy clothing, and find pockets even on more baggy clothing to be restrictive for drawing a firearm quickly, and that includes old BDUs I have…
I have gained weight and have increased in a slightly rotund way… and still carry OWB and IWB at about the 3 to 5 position.
I would NOT carry in a jacket. I do not personally like carry off body, and in a jacket, it might perhaps drop out, get knocked out if the jacket swings (unless you keep it buttoned or zipped) and if you take it off, you must be careful of where you place it, how it sits, and make sure the firearm does not slip out if the pocket turns the wrong way.
If you carry with a should holster, you may not be able to remove your jacket whenever you would like, so there is the option of not removing your jacket, whatever jacket it is.
Check on OWB with a covering garment, if you have cooler weather, and if you obtain a small enough handgun, a pocket holster in loose trousers might be ok, I just do not like it… unless perhaps for a NAA Magnum Pug or similar .22WMR
Yes I should have said. Looked at a lot of compact semi-auto, some only to read about. I came across Taurus G2c It has the safeties I feel comfortable with. Despite covid19 I managed to find one. It sounds odd, but when I lift it and point unlike my glock it is almost on target. With a little arthritis I find a .45 hard to rack, 9mm just right
Now a Taurus G2C you can carry in a pocket but I wouldn’t suggest a pants pocket because in my opinion it’s a little big for a pants pocket. Now a jacket pocket would accommodate it better but only if you intend on keeping that jacket on. A lot to consider. Keep trying and experimenting different ways until you find something comfortable for you.
Thanks for all that. I have read a lot of articles on waistband carry, but really nothing on pocket. I will never be a quick draw, I have always been situationally aware, so my carrying would be a path to take only when all other options are lost. I agree with everyone that the type of pocket would matter and a jacket would stay worn. I just wasn’t sure if pocket carry was a crazy idea. I will try this desantis when it arrives. It’s supposed to be slick against the pistol and grippy on the pocket.
When your spidey senses kick in, you can have your hand in your pocket. From that position the draw is very quickly accomplished and shooting through your pocket, if necessary, is even faster…
Now starting with your hand outside your pocket really slows things down but with practice you can still make a rapid draw—it just takes a lot of practice.
As stated before pocket holsters are nice. Got your hand in a pocket; seems normal, good quick draw,( after much practice. Have to leave holster in pocket) if jacket, keep it closed. Can be a problem when sitting depending on jacket. Good luck
Pocket holsters are great for small revolvers and micro pistols. At one time or another I carried a snub nose revolver or a 380 pistol in a Desantis pocket holster.
As others have said, nothing else goes in that pocket. Also, make sure you watch for lint build up on or in the firearm. Keep it clean.
My current handgun (yes, I only have 1 right now) is a Beretta APX Compact. Despite the name, it’s actually fairly large for pocket carry. Roughly equal in size to a Glock 19. Also, it’s heavy, around 26 oz. empty. Personally, I like the weight, others might not. But there is no realistic way it will fit in the pocket of jeans, although maybe in cargo pants or similar.
I’m not sure it would do well in a light coat, like a windbreaker as it would be very obvious you had something heavy in your pocket. A winter coat it would be fine in, I think. However, here in Georgia it doesn’t get that cold very often . For now, I’m OK with OWB or IWB, but I may get a smaller firearm for pocket carry in the future.
The term compact and be a little confusing in the firearm industry, just like in the auto industry. A Crown Vic used to be full size now the Taurus is?
The way I look at it is a full size is usually in the greater than 4 inch barrel range with compacts being less. A Glock 17 is a full size with a 4.5" barrel with the Glock 19 being their compact at 4 inches. The Glock 26 is a subcompact at 3.5 as is the Glock 43. Even the .380 Glock 42 is considered a subcompact.
I have carried the G26 in my pocket and put it on my ankle but it has a lot of heft. The G42 is the only one that I would consider a pocket pistol, although the G43 is still about 16 oz. The G43 is close at 20 oz. and a little bit longer and higher.
Every person has to evaluate their personal odds of bad encounters. Being a older person I’ve a fair amount of personal experience to draw from. I also understand that as I age I can appear to be a easier victim than years past. I’ve lived in different states over the years and in different environments from city to rural. I’ve concealed carried different firearms from big (Ruger Security-Six .357 6" barrel) down to a LCP. Today, based on my estimation of personal risk, it’s the LCP in my back strong hand pocket. I can reach it as easy and naturally as I can my wallet. My simple point is I do what is comfortable and that which I will always do.
This is pretty much how I feel about pocket carry.
If you are concerned about printing, pocket carry is a great option. Lookup wallet holsters. Another option is a trigger guard, it allows for a quicker draw but then the weapon is not enveloped and it can print against the fabric.
One issue I found with pocket carry is you can press on the magazine release button. So test your pants+holster+pistol for this.
That’s what I do when I pocket carry - Sig P938 in a leather Galco pocket holster.
Quicker draw for me from the rear pocket vs. the front. It also evens out the wallet on the other side.