Finally gave in a bought a J Frame. Holster decision time

Finally gave in a bought a J Frame. Holster decision time

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    Finally gave in a bought a J Frame. Holster decision time

    My primary carry gun alternates lately between glock 17, 19, and sig p220SAS. Yes, I favor larger guns and generally they provide me with no issues for the level of concealment I feel I need where I live. Anyhow, I gave in and bought a J frame today as there as been so much talk about how versatile they are on the forum for a good, long while now. So, for whatever it is worth I have been going back and forth for the last 6 or 7 hours moving the gun between 11 o'clock carry vs pocket carry trying to get a feel for which location would serve me most efficiently as a backup / secondary gun location.

    Whether IWB or OWB, my primary carry location is in the 4 o'clock position, so I do like that the 11 o'clock position gives me different accessibility options than my typical primary location. Of course, pocket carry has the whole perk of being able to get a full grip on the gun while not looking suspicious, etc.

    That said, my first impression is that I favor the 11 o'clock position because I can access the gun with either hand as needed. I'd most likely want to go with a 0 cant right hand holster as I'd prefer to be able to access with my right hand from this position. However, while slightly awkward, I can access the gun with my left hand from this position as well.

    So, what are you all's thoughts on the 11 o'clock / semi-cross draw location for a back-up gun vs pocket carry? With the 0 cant AIWB type holster I could of course carry the J as a primary in the appendix region as well. Maybe I need to get both and have both options?

    Thoughts?

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    IWB and IWB tuckable
    Inexpensive and work well with J Frames and other makes too
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    I would go for weak side pocket. That way you have a weapon accessible to either hand and you can have your hand on ti in your pocket without looking suspicious. I have also carried a snub as secondary access OWB at the 7:00 position in a right hand holster with the drip pointing to my left side. I can draw it with my palm facing away from me.
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    I prefer strong hand pocket if used as a primary.
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    J-Frame, good choice. I use a plain old paddle holster for mine.
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    +1 on the paddle holster or either a IWB Don Hume, I don't care for pocket carry.
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    I will definitely get a pocket holster coming and try that out. I will keep debating myself on the appendix carry holster for a while. Thanks for the replies.

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    I have an AIWB, but I use my Mika pocket holster 90% of the time. It is just so easy to drop the gun/holster in my pocket and go.

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    Try IWB holster. I've picked up some nice ones on ebay at decent prices. Good luck.

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    I went the way of the J frame recently too. I carry it front side pocket or ankle. I have Blackhawk paddle but it's more for winter as it is rather bulky.
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    My S&W 442 is strictly a BUG for me and carried in my weak side front pocket when the pants I'm wearing won't allow for my S&W 6906.
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    I have an Alessi IWB in black. Will make you a great deal. Alessi make the lightest and softest holsters, American made. I bought it and just could not get the hang of an IWB. Then I sold the 442 and the holster is pigeon holed in my gun supplies. Wore it about 6 times. She still needs to be broken in. Just let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msc8127 View Post
    I will definitely get a pocket holster coming and try that out. I will keep debating myself on the appendix carry holster for a while.
    Good choice. Pocket carry is easy and works in a lot of situations. Personally I'm not a fan of appendix carry unless I have a safety--a reholstering accident could be fatal or worse.

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    +1 for Glockman's comment. I carry a Colt Agent revolver in one of two Mika pocket holsters on the strong side. I have one round cut for jeans and dockers and a square cut for cargo pants and shorts.

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