Sig P238. Pocket carry cocked and locked-Yes or No

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    Question Sig P238. Pocket carry cocked and locked-Yes or No

    Ok, fellow defensive carry brothers and sisters, I need your help. I just bought a new Sig P238 and I intend to pocket carry it. I know there are smaller guns. I know there are other ways to carry it. My question is: If you had to pocket carry this particular firearm in a front pants pocket holster, would you carry it cocked and locked with safety on? Would you pocket carry it without a bullet in the chamber instead? Any advice is appreciated.
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    Carry the gun as it was designed...

    Not many modern firearms were designed to be carried chamber empty. Let's try not to devolve this into a chambered vs unchambered discussion. It will draw out all the usual suspects and hurt feelings club cards will come out.

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    I always carry ready! I think the statistic is that the average gun fight is over in less than 3.6 seconds. You may not have time or may not have the extra hand to load one into the chamber. As long as the trigger is covered while in the holster and you have practiced on how to properly draw your weapon without compromising that trigger I would always carry loaded with one in the pipe. Always ready!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhcmlc View Post
    Ok, fellow defensive carry brothers and sisters, I need your help. I just bought a new Sig P238 and I intend to pocket carry it. I know there are smaller guns. I know there are other ways to carry it. My question is: If you had to pocket carry this particular firearm in a front pants pocket holster, would you carry it cocked and locked with safety on? Would you pocket carry it without a bullet in the chamber instead? Any advice is appreciated.
    Here's a pretty decent review. The HG is, according to him, designed to be carried cocked and locked with a round in the chamber.

    SIG P238 380 Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol

    HOWEVER, I'd be circumspect about carrying that way in a pants pocket, where exposed hammers and safeties can be snagged on the pants material.

    Best way to decide is to use snap caps and then practice accessing the pistol in your home, after triple checking there are only snap caps, and see if it snags or has a malfunction. If the home test with SC is ok, then I would presume you can carry that way safely. Still, a pocket carry of a HG with exposed hammer is not ideal, IMO.

    Good luck - let us know how it turns out. :)

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    I will suggest that if you are going to pocket carry that little puppy cocked and locked you make sure the safety is not going to get swept off easily. And carry in a pocket holster.
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    I wouldn't carry a 380 and I wouldn't carry anything cocked & locked.

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    I would not carry a .380, I would not carry any pistol loosely in a pocket, and I would not PD carry without a cartridge in the chamber.

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    I carry mine in pocket holster....cocked and locked....safety on, of course....and that safety is not coming off inadvertently. It is a safety that must be deliberately thumbed down.
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    Yes, owned the gun. Safety is strong. Make sure you have a good holster that covers the safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerJ View Post
    HOWEVER, I'd be circumspect about carrying that way in a pants pocket, where exposed hammers and safeties can be snagged on the pants material.
    Cocked and locked with the safety on, in a holster which precludes the safety from being accidentally removed. Just because it's small doesn't mean it doesn't need a holster!
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    I'm not sure have much the P238 copies the Colt Mustang, but they're pretty close to identical as far as I can tell. I carried the Mustang, cocked and locked, in a pocket holster for about 5 years as an off-duty BUG. For those same years I carried it cocked and locked in an ankle holster everyday as a 2nd BUG while on duty.

    I think it will be fine, just get a good pocket holster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    I'm not sure have much the P238 copies the Colt Mustang, but they're pretty close to identical as far as I can tell. I carried the Mustang, cocked and locked, in a pocket holster for about 5 years as an off-duty BUG. For those same years I carried it cocked and locked in an ankle holster everyday as a 2nd BUG while on duty.

    I think it will be fine, just get a good pocket holster.
    The 238 is nearly identical. C&L would be the only way I would carry it regardless of location, the thumb safety is very unobtrusive, so much in fact that I kind of wish the shelf was a little larger. It is very unlikely that it will snag on anything, when the hammer is cocked it rests in the mini-beavertail of the frame and the slide profile while a little more steep than that of a P3AT or similar, it's still not very likely to get caught up on anything.

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    I carry mine cocked and locked! Flick that safety on and off a few times and see how positive it feels...they don't put hair safeties on 1911 platform guns!

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    As others have said cocked and locked in a good holster.
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    Thanks to all who replied. I bought a blackhawk holster for it and decided to carry cocked and locked.
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