Pocket Carry is Dead to me.

Pocket Carry is Dead to me.

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    Pocket Carry is Dead to me.

    With some of the awesome tuckable IWB holsters out there and even more concealable options like the Smartcarry, I just dont find pocket carry a very useful method and just want to see if there is something I am missing.

    Obvioulsy the best aspect of pocket carry (PC) is that you can have your hand, proactively, on the grip very discretley. However, I cant help but imagone that if I ever find myself in such a position, I probably will not be planning for it; It will most likely be very unexpected and involve very reactive measures and instincts - but who knows, really.

    So aside from being able to have your hand on the grip = I think the smart carry has really provided a more comofrtable, more utilitarian (in that it saves a precious pocket), and more discreet method of carry. Saving a pocket is a big deal to me, becuase I carry a very simple array of tools, flashlight, Mtool and pocket knife; throw in a phone, wallet and that pocket becomes a big deal. Not only all that, but the biggest advantage is that allows someone to carry a much larger sized gun than PC.

    Based on these reasons, I just have no use for PC. And believe me, I love all those little 380s on the market, I think they are way cool and would love to come up with an excuse to buy one. But, if I am given the choice, I really don't see why I would choose to shove a 380 in my pocket, when I can comfortbaly fit a 9/40, or even 45 in my pants.

    I'm just curious - WHo aggress/disagrees?


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    On my own property and only there, I pocket carry a Kahr PM9. The pistol is really too big to be pocket-carried in a public place, but of course, printing at home doesn't matter.

    Unless we're talking about the Rohrbaugh 9mm, everything I've seen that could feasibly be pocket-carried was a .380 and I just don't care for those.
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    Part is using the .380 as a backup to our 9/40/45 as I mainly use it. For me, Sig P238 BUG to my IWB MTAC Glock 26 or 19.

    I can see the argument of some people not being comfortable concealing larger calibers IWB and going for
    Pocket carry. All good as far as I am concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiko View Post
    Part is using the .380 as a backup to our 9/40/45 as I mainly use it. For me, Sig P238 BUG to my IWB MTAC Glock 26 or 19.

    I can see the argument of some people not being comfortable concealing larger calibers IWB and going for
    Pocket carry. All good as far as I am concerned.
    I agree, more power to them. If you can carry a BUG - go for it.

    However, for me, I do not carry a backup and will not and I dont really feel comofrtabel carring a 380 as a primary when I can carry larger calibers more discreetly and save a pocket.

    So, For the sake of this question, lets assume were are only dealing with the primary gun.

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    i like pocket carry for my smith and wesson j-frame for formal wear and days when a holster on my hip or elsewhere may get snagged on something. I also carry it in my pocket for running errands. For me its more the convience of throwing a small .38 in my pocket and having a gun then being able to carry something bigger. If I'm going out in shirts and a T-shirt I hate wearing an undershirt so in the pocket goes my 642
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    I PC my Ruger LC9 as well as my LCP.

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    It never held any appeal for me.
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    I don't carry my .380 in a pocket, but instead iwb between 1 to 2 position. I'm not concerned as much as some about caliber in the summer. And even in a tighter fitting t-shirt its totally concealed, and very easily accessed.

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    For work, where I am usually tucked in, I used to pocket carry my PM9, then got a little discouraged by recurring failures, so exchanged for a 642. That worked ok in cargo pocket carry, a little large for front pocket. I finally decided to try Smart Carry and I was amazed at how well that worked. Then I realized that the same Smart Carry I ordered for my 642 worked fine with my Glock 27. Done. Off the job, it's always AIWB.

    It's kind of hard for me to justify 5 rounds of .38 vs 10 rounds of .40 if carrying it is just as easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red13 View Post
    ...It's kind of hard for me to justify 5 rounds of .38 vs 10 rounds of .40 if carrying it is just as easy.
    Exactly!

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    Too many pocket shots lately, I could never carry like that.
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    I can't stand wearing Thunderwear/SmartCarry. It just isn't comfortable for me in any way. I never forget the gun is there and it's a huge hassle to use the bathroom. It's just not for me.

    I pocket carry a Kahr P380 most of the summer. I load it with Buffalo Bore .380ACP +P and hope for the best.

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    it depends alot on what you are wearing and what you are doing, i wear dickie overalls almost everyday and my ruger lcr in a pocket holster disappears in my right front pocket, but momma likes me to wear my "bigboy" pants when we go out so i have other holsters and guns to carry when i have a belt on, i will admit if you are driving the pocket draw can be tuff to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    I can't stand wearing Thunderwear/SmartCarry. It just isn't comfortable for me in any way. I never forget the gun is there and it's a huge hassle to use the bathroom. It's just not for me.

    I pocket carry a Kahr P380 most of the summer. I load it with Buffalo Bore .380ACP +P and hope for the best.
    Man I am GLAD someone else feels as I do! Everyone sings the praises of this system of carry and it was the most uncomfortable, strangest feeling carry option I have ever tired! Plus I couldn't actually access my weapon without damn near undoing my belt and pants!

    I (mostly) carry a fullsize 1911 Gov't in a crossbreed super tuck, but do use a pocket holster (RBKA) for my BUG...a .380 which I carry weak side...

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    I like to have my shirts tucked in and wear a belt. Can't really do that with an iwb holser. In colder weather, no problem. I have my G22 in a Comp Tac CTac IWB holster. But for summer carry, I wanted something I could put in my pocket but with more power than a .380 or 9mm. So I went with a G33 in .357 SIG and a Don Hume pocket holster. Works perfectly. Conceals just fine. I have that with me every day and no one has a clue.

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