Pocket holster printing too much

Pocket holster printing too much

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    My LCP in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster is a dream to carry and conceal in my summer shorts. The problem is that's not the case when it comes to jeans. With the nemesis the lines of the pistol are pretty clearly visible with loose fitting jeans. Any method other then pocket carry at the moment is out so how about some recommendation for a different pocket holster? What's your favorite? Do the ones with the anti print panels really work? Do they add a ton of bulk to the holster?

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    I pocket carry a Ruger SP 101 when I do trouser selection and shirt tail in or out are prerequisite questions.

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    In my experience jeans kinda suck for pocket carry. When I wear jeans which not often here in fl I always go owb. Otherwise it cargo shorts
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    I use a recluse pocket holster for my LCP. They've got leather or kydex style. I use the kydex, and carry in my back pocket. Looks like I'm carrying a wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    My LCP in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster is a dream to carry and conceal in my summer shorts. The problem is that's not the case when it comes to jeans. With the nemesis the lines of the pistol are pretty clearly visible with loose fitting jeans.
    So, what are the key differences between those jeans that don't print, as compared to the shorts that do? Material type, material thickness/weight, the cut of the style, how tight they are on you around the area requiring extra space for the shape and movement?

    Got some photos showing how the non-printing pants work on you, versus how the printing ones fail to work? If we can see what you're seeing, perhaps we could make some suggestions.

    I've got some shirts that are quite identical in size to others in the collection, but because of differences in the material weight, colors, texture, some of them print badly while others are fine. Have had pants, from time to time, where the cut of the material just wasn't what it needed to be, around the carry area, sufficient to conceal without minor printing.

    Here's one thing I have done previously: have a new, thicker and heavier pocket sewn in, one that sits differently along the leg. In the pants where I did this, the material of the pants was simply too think and "form fitting" to cover up much. It'd show a small set of keys, any skinny and tiny cell phone, a pen, even a couple of credit cards. But with a fairly heavy and thick material for the pocket itself, the printing was largely smoothed out. Added some additional space in there, and repositioned the gun a bit, at the cost of a little bit thicker material hence greater stress on the pants material itself at that spot. But, overall, I think that option worked with those pants, given the style cut and the material of those pants. Nearly all others I've had were of a better cut, material, weight, texture to where this didn't matter nearly so much; plus, most others were +1 enough to have the right amount of extra room along the pockets level and/or made of material with a given minimum amount of stretch built-in.
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    I wear Wrangler comfort fit jeans and the pockets are huge. In fact I had to get a bigger pocket holster because my nemesis was too small. Take a look at Mika Holsters. A good pocket holster should never show the outline of the gun. It should disguise it. I think that some people freak out over any bulge in their pocket. Sometimes I have a bulge in my pocket and not for the reason your dirty mind is thinking. :) It is because I am carrying a snub nose revolver but who cares. It is just a round bulge in my pocket. My other pocket is bulging too because of the wallet, keys, handkerchief and other items in it. No one cares or notices. My cousin won't carry his LCP in his Nemesis in his jeans because he can see the outline of the holster. As I said, who cares. It is perfectly legal and no one notices anything other than themselves. I could not even tell you what my wife wore today and I spent the whole day with her.

    Try a Mika as it will disguise the shape of your gun and it is the only pocket holster (and I have two drawers of them) that stays in my pocket all the time.
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    Lots of companies make pocket holsters with a flap of material that will make it appear to be a square or rectangle so people will think wallet rather than gun when they see it.

    That said, go to a force on force class and start trying to run a pocket holster... chances are that you will find another way to carry that gun.
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    I have a Galco leather pocket holster for my LCR that works well with jeans. I'm not sure how theirs work for an LCP, though.
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    When I wear jeans (mostly at home) I wear Comfort Fit Carpenter jeans (lots of pockets!) and even my GLOCK 23 disappears into the front pocket. I am a Chinos kind of guy when I go to town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    So, what are the key differences between those jeans that don't print, as compared to the shorts that do? Material type, material thickness/weight, the cut of the style, how tight they are on you around the area requiring extra space for the shape and movement?

    Got some photos showing how the non-printing pants work on you, versus how the printing ones fail to work? If we can see what you're seeing, perhaps we could make some suggestions.

    I've got some shirts that are quite identical in size to others in the collection, but because of differences in the material weight, colors, texture, some of them print badly while others are fine. Have had pants, from time to time, where the cut of the material just wasn't what it needed to be, around the carry area, sufficient to conceal without minor printing.

    Here's one thing I have done previously: have a new, thicker and heavier pocket sewn in, one that sits differently along the leg. In the pants where I did this, the material of the pants was simply too think and "form fitting" to cover up much. It'd show a small set of keys, any skinny and tiny cell phone, a pen, even a couple of credit cards. But with a fairly heavy and thick material for the pocket itself, the printing was largely smoothed out. Added some additional space in there, and repositioned the gun a bit, at the cost of a little bit thicker material hence greater stress on the pants material itself at that spot. But, overall, I think that option worked with those pants, given the style cut and the material of those pants. Nearly all others I've had were of a better cut, material, weight, texture to where this didn't matter nearly so much; plus, most others were +1 enough to have the right amount of extra room along the pockets level and/or made of material with a given minimum amount of stretch built-in.
    For me I think the primary issue is the position of the pocket. Most of the pocket on my shorts fall a bit more on the side of the leg but most jeans have the pocket position more on the front of the leg. It's the same with dress pants. I have no issue pocket carrying in any of my dress pants but they have that same style of pocket as my shorts. I have yet to find jeans that didn't have a more front style pocket. I'll try to post some pics a bit later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Dog View Post
    I wear Wrangler comfort fit jeans and the pockets are huge. In fact I had to get a bigger pocket holster because my nemesis was too small. Take a look at Mika Holsters. A good pocket holster should never show the outline of the gun. It should disguise it. I think that some people freak out over any bulge in their pocket. Sometimes I have a bulge in my pocket and not for the reason your dirty mind is thinking. :) It is because I am carrying a snub nose revolver but who cares. It is just a round bulge in my pocket. My other pocket is bulging too because of the wallet, keys, handkerchief and other items in it. No one cares or notices. My cousin won't carry his LCP in his Nemesis in his jeans because he can see the outline of the holster. As I said, who cares. It is perfectly legal and no one notices anything other than themselves. I could not even tell you what my wife wore today and I spent the whole day with her.

    Try a Mika as it will disguise the shape of your gun and it is the only pocket holster (and I have two drawers of them) that stays in my pocket all the time.
    The issue for me isn't really the bulge. That doesn't bother me as that could be any number of things in my pocket. My issue is that the lines of the pistol are visible. My nemesis doesn't do a good job of breaking up the outline. I'll take a look at Mika. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandyone View Post
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    As I said, unfortuanelty pocket carry is the only option at the moment.
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