Pocket carry

Pocket carry

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    Pocket carry

    It is true what people say. Once you buy one gun, you will be buying another not long after.
    My carry is my M&P40c. I see no problems concealing it in the cool months but in the summer, I don't see that it'll be possible. In the summer I wear shorts and a tucked in snug T shirt. I'm also 5'9", 155lb with 8% body fat.
    I'm thinking about a pocket carry (maybe a LC9 or a PPS9).
    Those that pocket carry, do you have the gun in a holster? Or just bare?
    Do you carry one in the chamber?
    Do you rely on the safeties?

    Opinions?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    Those that pocket carry, do you have the gun in a holster? Or just bare?
    ALWAYS in a holster. In my case, a Kimber Solo in a Desantis Superfly. I highly recommend both.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    Do you carry one in the chamber?
    Always.


    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    Do you rely on the safeties?
    Yes.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    What you can conceal doesn't really depend on what your body figure is. You need to dress around your gun. If you want to carry your M&P 40c in summer months, then you need to dress appropriate for it. If not, then you need a different carry position which you pointed out.

    Which leads me to my next point, you better have some big pockets if you plan on pocket carrying the PPS. The PPS is about the same size as your M&P and just as heavy. There are some pocket 9's like the Kahr CM9 and also a lot of .380's will do great for pocket carry like the Ruger LCP.

    Always carry a gun in a holster! No questions asked! If you want to carry without one in the chamber, do you think you'll have enough time to rack the slide if a situation arises?

    If you want my opinion, wear your summer clothes around the house with your current gun/holster setup. Do that for a while and see how you feel with it. If you don't feel comfortable with it, then start looking for another gun.
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    Welcome to the DC forum!

    Sioux565 pretty much hit it on the head, so what I'm going to reply will be very similar
    1) Most anyone can conceal a M&P compact in any weather, it's what you wear around it. If you want to continue to carry your 40c in the summer, get bigger clothes.
    2) Based on your size description above, you can't carry a PPS9 in your pockets. I'm also going to say you can't get a CM9 in there either as they're not much smaller
    3) ALWAYS, Always, always carry your gun in a holster. If I'm not mistaken, it's against the law to CC in not some sort of holster.
    4) Carry chambered.
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    The superfly says it has "polymer in the right places". I would assume it adds some stiffening to the trigger area?

    I was looking at a Sticky Holster. What do people think of them?

    Would you recommend a DAO?

    PS. I'll be a 9mm or .40 . I have shot my friend's LCP and with the size of my hands, I get one and a half fingers on the grip. It wants to pop out of my hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    The superfly says it has "polymer in the right places". I would assume it adds some stiffening to the trigger area?

    I was looking at a Sticky Holster. What do people think of them?

    Would you recommend a DAO?

    PS. I'll be a 9mm or .40 . I have shot my friend's LCP and with the size of my hands, I get one and a half fingers on the grip. It wants to pop out of my hand.
    I don't have experience with Sticky, but I do with Remora. They are pretty thick and I think there would be better options out there.

    How do you carry your MP 40c right now? OWB or IWB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    The superfly says it has "polymer in the right places". I would assume it adds some stiffening to the trigger area?
    I just checked mine, and I think the only "added polymer" is along the part that is next to the top of the gun. There's really no extra stiffening in the trigger area, but it would be almost impossible to accidentally activate the trigger in the holster. (I never carry anything in my pocket with my holstered gun.)

    The holster is really tacky; it would be difficult to pull the holster from your pocket while drawing your gun.

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    Right now, I open carry some. I have applied for my CC and am waiting for it to clear. I will be carrying OWB.

    The Sticky or Remora or Desantis Superfly would be a good option for a IWB carry.

    These soft holsters really protect the trigger? Even when re-holstering?

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    Take a look at smartcarry.com and see what you think of that holster. I use one and with ANY sort of pleated pants it is absolutely undetectable. I carry a S&W 4516.

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    With minor adjustments to your dress, you should be able to CC with the M&P 40c without a problem. If you do decide to get a pocket carry gun, DO NOT carry it without it being in a holster. Always use a holster. Carrying it loose in your pocket is a negligent discharge waiting to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    The Sticky or Remora or Desantis Superfly would be a good option for a IWB carry.

    These soft holsters really protect the trigger? Even when re-holstering?
    I don't think the Superfly would work well for IWB; it's designed for pocket carry.

    I always remove the holster from my pocket when re-holstering.

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    One thought to share:
    With pocket carry, make sure you remove the holster from your pocket before re-holstering the gun.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    Right now, I open carry some. I have applied for my CC and am waiting for it to clear. I will be carrying OWB.

    The Sticky or Remora or Desantis Superfly would be a good option for a IWB carry.

    These soft holsters really protect the trigger? Even when re-holstering?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    Right now, I open carry some. I have applied for my CC and am waiting for it to clear. I will be carrying OWB.

    The Sticky or Remora or Desantis Superfly would be a good option for a IWB carry.

    These soft holsters really protect the trigger? Even when re-holstering?
    So you've never carried your 40c IWB? Try that before assuming that it won't work out.

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    As said above: Always carry in a holster. I pocket carry a Keltec P32 as a BUG. When reholstering I always remove the holster from the pocket first. I use a Blackhawk #1 nylon pocket holster.
    I also have a PF9, which I haven't tried to pocket carry yet, but it's one for you to consider.
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    Re: Pocket carry

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_mp40c View Post
    The superfly says it has "polymer in the right places". I would assume it adds some stiffening to the trigger area?

    I was looking at a Sticky Holster. What do people think of them?

    Would you recommend a DAO?

    PS. I'll be a 9mm or .40 . I have shot my friend's LCP and with the size of my hands, I get one and a half fingers on the grip. It wants to pop out of my hand.
    For what its worth, I believe that ruger released an extended mag for the LC9, an extra round and a little bit more grip for those with big mitts.

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