"Lazy Carry"

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    "Lazy Carry"

    Just wondering if any of you do this. I call it lazy carry. When I don't feel like strapping on my holster and I go through a phase where I only carry a pocket pistol (i.e. p32, lcp, etc...). I know I am opening up for comments about how they are not viable self defense calibers, but there are those times that I'm just too lazy to strap it on and its easy to clip or insert it in my pocket. Happens about once a year for me. Curious to see what you guys think.
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    I pocket carry with a pocket holster about 50% of the time
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    I have pocket carried before, but nothing in that small a caliber. As I have stated on other posts here I am a big enough guy that I pocket carried an SP101. If I were going to go that route I would definitely give heavy consideration to something like the SP101 (if you are able to effective carry it in that manner) or maybe a Ruger LCR. With warm weather upon us it makes a lot of sense to look at this type of carry.
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    I am not a big guy. I actually own an LCR and bodyguard 38, but they are awfully big in my pocket. There are few larger caliber pistols (even subcompacts) that I can comfortably carry in my pocket for the kind of clothes I'm talking about. But like GhostMaker, I too do not normally like a smaller caliber. I suppose that's why I call it lazy carry.
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    Any gun is better than no gun, when you need a gun.

    There are many instances where 22's have successfully stopped bg's. There was one recently locally where a load of 22 rat-shot to the belly convinced a bg that he had broken into the wrong old ladies house and he was arrested at the hospital seeking treatment.
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    ...when I'm tempted to get lazy and carry less than I believe I should, I remember all the times I taught my boys...and get over it...they see me gettin' lax, it might rub off...if we really believe in what we're doing, which day is it not important to do it right?
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    Not sure if your comment was regarding going without a holster or not ("When I don't feel like strapping on my holster "), but if so, I would advise against carrying a firearm in any manner if it does not include a quality holster that covers the trigger.

    Just putting a gun in your pocket/purse or using those "clipdraw" things seems like a bad idea to me. YMMV.

    But if your comment was purely concerning smaller calibers, then go for it. Small gun/caliber is fine as long as it is carried safely.
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    Alex_C, no my comment was not talking about no holster. I NEVER go w/o a holster. Like I said, my term for "lazy carry" differs from others I'm sure. I was referring more to days like I've had this week where I didn't strap on one of my larger calibers in my every day carry holster, and instead carried a mouse gun in a pocket holster. I'm normally not a smaller caliber/gun guy, but sometimes it's quick and easy to throw a "pea shooter" in my pocket and go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...when I'm tempted to get lazy and carry less than I believe I should, I remember all the times I taught my boys...and get over it...they see me gettin' lax, it might rub off...if we really believe in what we're doing, which day is it not important to do it right?
    You are right. I should probably take our advice and go w/o. I have been carrying a long time, and always have had these spells. I don't know why. I suppose you never get too old to look for validation from others. I'd say tomorrow I'll tough it out and go back to my normal edc.
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    I think we all have days that we don't feel like holstering the cannon onto our belts!

    Like today, I'm going with my LCR IWB, but as unencumbering as it is I sometimes wish I had something smaller to just holster in my pocket or something.

    I keep looking at those NAA mini revolvers in .22 magnum, then my common sense kicks in to remind me that I've tried small guns before and hated them. My massive hands have trouble manipulating anything much smaller than my LCR.
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    Only things with which I carry a handgun without a holster that covers the trigger:
    1. My hand
    2. A case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_C View Post
    I think we all have days that we don't feel like holstering the cannon onto our belts!

    Like today, I'm going with my LCR IWB, but as unencumbering as it is I sometimes wish I had something smaller to just holster in my pocket or something.

    I keep looking at those NAA mini revolvers in .22 magnum, then my common sense kicks in to remind me that I've tried small guns before and hated them. My massive hands have trouble manipulating anything much smaller than my LCR.
    Yes, I recently picked up a p32 and a lcp from a friend. Not a huge fan of a 380 that small, because I feel like you're getting the recoil of a 9 in a pistol the size of a 22. But I am growing fond of the p32 I have in my pocket right now. Not necessarily a caliber I'm completely fond of, but for what it is and the size you may want to look in to them. Rather have it than a 22.

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    A .380 double tap to the upper torso and 1 to the head will solve your caliber problem. No caliber will help you if you can't hit the target...practice until you can't miss.....then don't worry about the size of the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dben002 View Post
    A .380 double tap to the upper torso and 1 to the head will solve your caliber problem. No caliber will help you if you can't hit the target...practice until you can't miss.....then don't worry about the size of the gun.
    agreed

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    IMHO, anything that pokes nice deep holes in a BG is a viable caliber. Whether it's a sufficient caliber depends on the situation. In the grand scheme of things, how likely is it that a 9mm would save your life but a .32 wouldn't? Hard to say, but I wouldn't lose too much sleep over one day per year.

    There are situations where the capacity of a 9mm would save your life, while a .357 Magnum or .45 would not. There are situations where the penetration of .357 would save your life, while a 9mm or .45 would not. There are situations where the wider wound channel of an unexpanded .45 would save your life, while an unexpanded 9mm or .357 would not. And there are situations where you could have all three, plus a 12 gauge, and still be screwed. It's all a balancing act, and there are no guarantees no matter what.
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