I’m a little leery of a pocket gun TBH. I have to much going on in my pockets. 2-4 knives, wallet, keys, cell phone, emergency doses of medication, 2 extra mags for my Glock, flashlight, IFAIK back left pocket, plus the way I wear my EDC I pretty much lose a pocket.
I have a small Beretta 25 caliber auto. It only holds seven rounds but it fits in my pocket when I don’t want to carry my M&P Shield 9mm. With such a short barrel I can’t hit very well with it, so it is extremely close quarter fighting tool. But sometimes it is about the only thing I can carry. It hides very well, but is way too small for many people’s tastes.
An old P239 with a deSantis is a bit heavy but it’s worked, though I’ll usually carry that in a Fletch (hi OWB 4) or ankle rig. J frame now a’days same as the 239. I have a Walther P22, but I just saw a SIG P938-22 that caught my eye. The Walther is light and reliable, but the SIG? Aside from these I haven’t been over the counters lately or reading the trade mags.
Typically I don’t like pocket carry much. IWB or OWB is always preferable for me… but there are sometimes situations…
So, I do keep pocket holsters around, “just in case…” or rather, for very occasional carry in that manner (except for one occasion, see below).
I have a Springfield 911 and a S&W 442 “We the People” edition … both have IWB and OWB holsters and I have a good ankle holster (finally!)… Springfield shipped a soft carry case and a pocket holster with my 911, and I got a DeSantis pocket holster (in the mail, TODAY actually!) for the J-frame.
The only “frequent” pocket carry is to go out back to smoke at night …
I did slip my 911 in my pocket holster and used my front left pocket to carry during a trip to the dentist, as it was in Philadelphia last week… given the times and the rioting, and that my dentist doesn’t post “NO GUNS” and that PA doesn’t enforce “gun free zones” beyond “please leave or be charged with trespassing,” I decided carrying would be best that day.
However, I’ve found having these “pocket holsters” are great for throwing the gun in a bag for off-body carry in my “go bag” or another bag for off-body carry or transport, without having to lug around a case.
I only carry IWB, but if I was to pocket carry I would probably just buy a rugar lcp. They’re really affordable, they’re really small, they have a nice heavy trigger pull and they have a good reputation of working. P365 and Hellcat are too big for pocket carry IMO (I know some people do this), and I’d prefer a heavy weight trigger in pocket (even in a pocket holster). I’m also not a fan of 380, though I would take a 380 over no gun any day of the week.
IWB means my pockets are free, gun is secure, I can carry a bigger gun in a larger caliber.
I’ve never pocket carried before. I have too much stuff in my pockets that I go in there often enough for. I’ll wear a gun belt with everything and carry IWB. Also, I like to avoid variables when I train. IWB affords a nice smooth draw. You should see me struggle to get my keys out of my pocket when my knife goes sideways…it’s an ugly sight with some cussing.