Pocket carry is a very common method of concealed carry. To safely pocket carry a handgun, a quality pocket holster is needed. A pocket holster will protect the trigger guard, help prevent the gun from getting hung on the draw, and break up the shape in the pocket. Of course, a small and light gun will be required. Many people eventually go to pocket carry after using other methods because they end up carrying their main sidearm less and less. With pocket carry, there is really no excuse not to carry everywhere, since it is so quick and easy. A .380 Auto in the pocket is better than a .45ACP at home.
- High concealment
- Very comfortable
- Quick and easy (just drop into pocket)
- Hand on gun in the pocket. You can simply put your hands in your pockets and walk around with the gun in your hand. I have heard this argued as a disadvantage because a criminal might think “something is up” when you have your hands in your pockets. I’d still consider it an advantage for most cases.
- Gun can sometimes get snagged on the draw. Handguns with an external hammer are notorious for this. I highly recommend a hammerless (or internal hammer) revolver or semi-auto for pocket carry. Even something as small as the sights can sometimes get hung on the draw.
- Usually limited to weaker calibers. .32ACP, .38SPL, and .380 Auto are some of the most common pocket carry calibers. I personally don’t care to carry anything less than a .380 Auto unless I had to. When a reliable micro sized 9mm comes out I’ll be all over it.
- Low capacity. Not only are you stuck with a weaker caliber, you are also left with less than 7 rounds. A small revolver will limit you to 5 shots, semi auto typically 6-7 shots. There are some revolvers that hold 7-8 rounds but don’t be fooled, the cylinder makes it too wide for pocket carry.
- Beware of pickpockets. Nuff said.
Most of the time I pocket carry my Kahr PM9. Some people may think the PM9 is too wide but I think it’s perfect. Many people pocket carry snub revolvers which are much wider than the PM9. I also pocket carry my Kel-Tec P3AT when ultra deep concealment is called for.
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