Pocket carry w/o a holster

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    Pocket carry w/o a holster

    I was reading an article in a magazine yesterday where they focused on the NAA mini-revolvers. A caption underneath one of the pictures said something to the effect of: "This is the perfect gun to carry in your pocket for someone that doesn't want to hassle with a holster." They were not refering to the model with the folding grip.

    I am interested in the what the general concensus is on that statement. I would personally never consider carrying that particular gun without a pocket holster. The exposed hammer and lack of a trigger guard would seem to make it a prime cantidate for an AD. Am I off base on this?

    I'll edit this with the name of the magazine and the exact statement when I find that particular bird cage liner today.

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    Most of the time when I carry my .38 special in my pocket - it's in a holster. Every now and then depending on what pants I'm wearing - I might not have it in a holster.
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    The current generation of NAA mini revolvers have a half notch on the cylinder which places the hammer in a down position halfway between two chambered rounds. Since this is a SA only trigger which requires the hammer to be cocked manually to fire, I have no problem with carrying this way. Just set the hammer in the down, halfway position between rounds and it should be very safe. As with any other pocket carry, never carry anything else in the same pocket.
    I personally prefer some type of holster just to keep the revolver oriented correctly, but this is not a safety issue IMO. However, having expressed my opinion, if you still feel uneasy about it, use a pocket holster for your own peace of mind.
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    Iíve carried the first generations NAA 22 LR back in the 80ís for years without ever a problem. My dad noticed the NAA one day and placed it in his pocket and said thanks. I dropped by my favorite store, the following week and pick up another one. And as others have stated the second generation does have the option of placing the hammer down between cartridges.

    Between my dad and I we have carried the NAA 22 LR with the hammer slightly cocked safety, and with the hammer down in between cartridges, and ether way, we have never had an AD.

    Instead of a holster we carry the NAA 22 LR in our back pocket folded in a handkerchief.

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    If your minirevolver doesn't have a safety cylinder? NAA would be happy to install a replacement cylinder, free of charge. There is a return shipping fee - http://www.naaminis.com/ship.html

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    It scares me to think people pocket carry without a holster - especially if they carry with one in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imatt View Post
    It scares me to think people pocket carry without a holster - especially if they carry with one in the chamber.
    In my case - it's a revolver - 5 in the chamber
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyCop View Post
    In my case - it's a revolver - 5 in the chamber
    I have a J frame and the idea of having it loose in the pocket still makes me nervous, even with that looooong trigger pull. Keeping the trigger covered in a holster keeps Mr. Murphy at bay, IMO.
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    I never use a pocket holster when I carry my J frame in my right front pocket. I don't carry anything else in that pocket. There is no way that a double action revolver is going to go off in your pocket by itself.
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    i still use a holster with mine.

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    In jacket pockets, I always carry S&W J-Frame and K-Frame revolvers without holsters. It's getting to be that time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro 40 View Post
    There is no way that a double action revolver is going to go off in your pocket by itself.
    Also, there is no way a kel tec p3at will go off in your pocket by itself.
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    In some states, like Georgia where I live, it is against the law to carry without a holster. So check into that as well!

    Personally I prefer having a pocket holster to keep the gun oriented properly and also to protect the trigger..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro 40 View Post
    I never use a pocket holster when I carry my J frame in my right front pocket. I don't carry anything else in that pocket. There is no way that a double action revolver is going to go off in your pocket by itself.
    Yep,I do the same often, it's about as simple as it gets
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    Just thought I would mention. Holsters do more than just keep the gun from firing. They keep it oriented in the position in which you wanted, help the draw, and do a pretty good job breaking up the outline of the gun.

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    I don't pocket carry with the idea I need the gun oriented for a "fast" presentation. The pocket carry will usually have the hand on the gun or in the pocket quite often in potential areas it may be needed.

    I carry some pocket guns with holsters, others without. It depends on my mood and which pocket I'm going to throw it in that day. One thing that you should watch for is the "lint" that will collect quite quickly without a holster though.

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