Needless to say, I am not in the middle of gun country here, but have been carrying for 14 years. Did not grow up around here. But I carry the Ruger SP101 in a jeans pocket, with a holster without straps etc just a simple carrier to break up the outline of it in your pocket. It is a little heavy and if you carry it in the pocket of outdoor shorts that are not heavyweight like cutoff jeans etc then it could be a problem. But I like the idea of knowing that it is a very powerful weapon, and the reason for carrying it in the first place is for defense. May as well have some stopping power. Jeans and cutoff jeans, fine, regular pants, fine, but like I said, lightweight outdoor shorts, it is a problem because of its weight. Works fine inside a zippered pouch with loops for the belt, too. I also like the reliability in that you will never have to clear a jam, worry about the spring or anything else like that. Also, it is very reasonably priced. I used to have a Ruger P90 .45 but carrying that was a problem. The SP 101 is great. The only other suggestion would be a S&W Titanium Airweight .38, and that is so light that even in non-jeans outdoor shorts it is never a problem. But it is a lot more expensive.