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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Revvv, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Tired Retired

    Tired Retired

    Jan 8, 2009
    Beretta Nano.

    While I purchased it as a summer pistol. I have found that I always have it in my pocket or IWB when I leave the house.
  2. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    For pocket holster carry I've usually gone with one or another of my J-frames. I have 7 of them, and 5 of them have lightweight frames (Airweights and a couple of M&P 340's).

    Why? Because I can shoot them reasonably well, being a long time revolver shooter.

    For those times when even a J-frame won't really work well with my clothing choices ? I've started using a LCP. (The first .380 I've owned and carried in at least 25 years, with my previous one being a Beretta M84 I sold off years ago).

    I've carried my Glock 26/27's, Ruger SP101DAO, CS9, SW999c, etc in pocket holsters when wearing some of my jackets & coats, but for the most part they're wither too large and/or heavy for typical pocket-holster carry ... for me and my perceived needs and preferences. I know guys who feel otherwise.

    I try to avoid making recommendations to folks regarding off-duty/secondary or CCW/retirement weapons.

    Why? Because what works well for me might not do so for someone else.

    Also, I prefer to be able to work with someone on a range, so I can assess their skillset and abilities to use small handguns before offering suggestions of what I think they may want to look at while deciding.

    I've been asked this question a lot over the years of having worked as a firearms instructor. I usually try to arrange for the person asking the question to try (on the range) representative examples of whatever he/she is considering, or may be curious about, if possible. Let them decide for themselves.

    I may offer some occasional insights, observations or explanations of features, functioning, operation, shooting technique adaptations, etc ... but I prefer people take more of an active role in deciding for themselves what they're going to spend their money on and carry as dedicated defensive weapons.

    Not everyone is able to safely, confidently, accurately & effectively manipulate and shoot smaller "pocket guns" as well as larger handguns. Some have a hard enough time as it is with full-size handguns.

    Then, there's consideration of being able to employ the pocket-holster carry method in a safe, practical and effective manner, depending on the individual and his/her clothing choices, daily activities, etc.

  3. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    Smith 642/442.
  4. bigtimelarry


    Apr 22, 2012
    Ruger LCP380 for sure.
  5. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    I can't see "pocket carry" as working for me but if it did my XDS would be the way I'd go.
  6. Paul7


    Dec 16, 2004
    East of Eden
    Colt Mustang .380.
  7. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
  8. Hugo R

    Hugo R Gaff G26 User!

    Another vote for the LCP...why? Because you will actually carry it as opposed to the 'last minute' decision not to carry because of weight or bulk, etc.

    For many years I used a SWM36 as a BUG/Pocket gun and also a Walther PPK. Both are GREAT guns! However, since I purchased the LCP I've not looked back.

    The weight is (or lack there of) is significant because there's just no excuse due to discomfort, you will carry the gun. My particular LCP has worked flawlessly spitting out many different brands and types of ammo.

    Once I learned the trigger accuracy has never been a problem.

    She is presently in my left front pants pocket serving as BUG to my G26 which is nestled in a Galco SSII Shoulder Rig.

    Comfortable and comforted in either 5.11's or Wranglers. I don't wear anything else.

  9. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
  10. Revvv


    Jan 28, 2010
    It looks like I've got some research to do.

    I normally wouldn't want to carry a micro sized gun, but....

    posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
  11. I have carried a SW 642/KelTec P32 combo pocket carry for years when I absoulutely must be in deep consealment. The P32 often in a wallet holster left rear pocket.
    If I can wear a covering garmet, it's often my Glock 30 or 26 IWB backed up with the SW 642 or P32.

  12. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have a J frame, CM9, LCP. They all will work. But nothing carry's like the LCP.
  13. WayneJessie


    Jan 12, 2013
    I like the LC9 with a Versa-Carry IWB retainer. Anything smaller is useless for me. My LC9 has been flawless. I put the Galloway trigger bar and hammer in it and threw the mag safety in the trash. Very accurate for a sub-compact single stack 9MM.
  14. willieH


    May 4, 2012
    I tend to carry the LC9 the most and I agree with Hugo R to finding a gun "... you will actually carry it as opposed to the 'last minute' decision not to carry because of weight or bulk, etc."


    LCR, LC9, LCP
  15. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Some people seem to have bigger pockets than others as any of several guns that some successfully pocket carry I cannot seem to get into my pocket let alone out quickly. One of the advantages of electing to carry a J frame is that this revolver has been in use successfully for decades and there are hundreds of thousands of them out there with very few issues.
  16. porschedog


    Sep 29, 2009
    Desert Eagle in 44 mag

    Yeah, the wife has a Big purse (and a CCW permit)

    Ok, I'm kidding

    A j frame or LCP works for me
  17. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

    Mar 6, 2005
    Raccoon City
    That is what is in my pocket right now

  18. garya1961


    Mar 17, 2012
    I carry other guns too when I go out but I almost always have my Kel Tec 3AT with me. I have it with me right now. It's actually in the watch pocket of my jeans.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  19. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

    Mar 6, 2005
    Raccoon City
    That is because we don't wear skinny jeans.


    Just kiddin' Bruce
  20. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Smith and Wesson 642 in 38 special. I also like my Beretta 21a in 22LR
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013