What are the main reasons you carry a j frame as a primary

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  1. BACKTOGLOCK

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    Maybe an LCR or anyone successfully pocket one of the Colt revolvers? Do you just drop it in front pocket or use a holster. Soft holster, kydex holster, or simple kydex trigger guard.
     
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    Main reason - size and weight. I keep mine in a cordura IWB or kydex paddle, in the same location as any other gun I carry. I'm not smart enough to do anything other than what I train to do, so keeping everything in the same spot keeps it simple for trained monkeys like me.
     
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    I ccw a S&W Airweight in the summertime in a Cebeci IWB leather holster. Summer garb is usually one of Columbia’s PFG shirts or a polo so it just goes right over it.
     
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    Lightweight, easy to hide.

    The number one reason is I will carry it all the time.
     
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    I should have asked in the title specific to those that pocket carry as that’s my only method. Currently with a plastic micro 9. Appreciate the input.
     
  6. Need4Speed

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    Front pocket carry a 357 LCRX. Use an uncle mikes soft pocket holster, basically acts as a trigger guard, but does have a clip on it for IWB carry. Once in a while I will OWB carry it in a leather clip on holster. So light you forget it's there.

    For me, it's all about conceal and comfort. I had a 45 Shield for a while, which by carry standards is a pretty light and concealable gun. I found myself leaving it on the dresser. IWB was uncomfortable, OWB would print too much in the summer.

    5 in the pocket is worth more than 6 or 7 on the dresser.
     
  7. JimmyCat

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    S&W 442 Airweight, lightweight and reliable. Front pocket of my jeans in an Uncle Mikes #4. Speer Gold Dot 135 gr. +P for short barrels.
    Sometimes OWB in a Lobo Enhanced Pancake. Compact and light enough I always have it with me.
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    I front pocket carry a S&W 442-1 in a desantis nemesis... or did, until I started carrying my P365 (with safety) the same way more often.

    The pluses for the J are:
    - Weight
    - Shape, which aids in concealment
    - Dependability
    - I shoot it reasonably well

    I always use a pocket holster and have settled on the nemesis for all guns. It’s lightweight, rigid, and affordable.

    As I mentioned, I now pocket carry the P365 more often, but only after adding a manual safety. The P365 is a little heavier and blockier, but the 11 rounds on board more than make up for any downside.
     
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    I have the same pistol and holster. I carry it almost exclusively now. Are those stock grips? I want to replace the wooden grips on mine.

    I tend bar for a living, and while a snub-nosed .38 certainly is not my first choice for a defensive handgun, it fits my pocket and no one knows it's there.
     
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    The grips are Crimson Trace LG-405. I like the small air pocket between the frame and top of the grip.
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    This. But I keep mine at 3:00, in a Nemesis holster.
     
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    FWIW, I’ve tried many carry methods and pocket carry is where I settle most of the time.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that IWB over extended periods of time does not work for me. I do use OWB carry, but that’s only while hunting.

    There are several pocket carry pluses (my opinion):
    - You can get a firing grip without drawing the weapon. This lets you be prepared without tipping your hand.

    - A hand placed in the front pocket isn’t threatening and allows a situation to be de-escalated in the event that’s the direction it goes.

    - Easier to conceal as its awkward to look at peoples’ pockets and most folks never do it, even if the pocket is bulging.

    - Depending on the pocket, the gun won’t shake loose in a physical confrontation or while you’re running/crawling.
     
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    No gun involved.
    Put your hand in your pants pocket. Have a buddy grab you buy the wrist and have that buddy hold on tight while your hand is in your pocket. Then try to pull your hand out of your pocket.
    Next try pulling your weapon from a pants pocket while seated.
    Pocket carry only works if you see the situation unfolding.
    Coat or vest pocket is a different story.

    Up close and personal where a person has hands on you. Not so well.
    You can not always control how close a person gets to you.

    I know there are folks who do carry in a front pocket, but I feel like it is a bad idea.

    Holster is the way to go. IWB I prefer a leather holster.
    OWB leather or Kydex doesn’t matter.
     
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    Very quick and easy to draw from a pocket compared to most autoloaders. You could even fire it from inside a jacket pocket if need be. I believe Paul Harrell even has a video firing from inside the pocket of a pair of shorts. Perhaps not an ideal tactic, but it’s nice to have options and the traits that allow it to remain operational in those circumstances may be of benefit in others(any inadvertent contact).

    No small auto can come close to the overall reliability of a snub revolver, especially in actual close-quarter defensive shooting conditions which have very little in common with shooting at the range or even police shootings.

    Consider that civilian self-defense scenarios generally occur very suddenly and at very close-quarters unless you are playing cop and proactively and intentionally. You’ll find very few if any cases where the revolvers capacity was actually inadequate. However, shooting one-handed from an odd position, while moving or even while in contact with an attacker is likely. The snub revolver offers a quick into action, high reliable functionality and excellent weapon retention in such circumstances.
     
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    Speaking of carry weight (matters in the pocket):

    P365 23.4oz - 11rds 124gr HST
    442 16.09oz - 5rds 130gr +p HST

    I will say the P365 is easily pocket carried all day. The 442 is more easily carried though.
     
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    Seems to fit better in my pockets and I can also grip it a little quicker in my front pocket as well.

    Never has it malfunctioned on me or been ammunition sensitive.
     
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    To complete the scenario, should my none gun hand, knees, and feet just stand idly by? Because I guarantee you in a fight, unless they’re cut off, they won’t be.

    I do agree with you that forewarning is a factor. That goes for any method of carry though; there are countless instances of folks not drawing in time from any number of locations.
     
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    In the previous picture I can see the grip safety, but not in this one. Is it the same pistol or am I just missing it?
    Edit:
    Ok, I see where I made my mistake, it is a line in the grip, not the grip safety in the first picture.
     
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    Kinda similar for me...

    When I carry a small revolver, it's usually as a backup to my primary Glock 29 on the hip. The gun is an LCR357 in my front pants pocket, riding in an Uncle Mike's or Remora soft holster.
    It's comfy and comforting when you get that "five for sure" especially as a backup.
    When I can't carry the 29 for whatever reason, it's my primary method of carry.
     
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    The 642 is lightweight and fits in my pocket better than anything I've tried.
     
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