This is a discussion on Confidence in Pocket Carry within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The Nemesis is an excellent holster. I carry my S&W640 in one. As stated by another poster, a properly holstered weapon isnt' a problem. Look ...
The Nemesis is an excellent holster. I carry my S&W640 in one.
As stated by another poster, a properly holstered weapon isnt' a problem.
Look at it this way, no matter what form of carry you use, your holstered gun WILL sweep someone sometime.
If you are on the second floor of your house, and your family is on the first floor, you will most likely sweep them at some point.
As you get more comfortable with carrying, this feeling of concern will fade.
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the 442 is anything like my 642, it has a long and rather hard double action pull. With your gun in the holster, there is no way it will discharge without you pullling the trigger.
Relax and enjoy pocket carry.
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J. R. R. Tolkien
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Your S&W just cannot go off all by itself.
Sorry but I personally don't think the "Don't have your muzzle pointed at anything you do not wish to destroy." is applicable to a properly holstered and secure firearm.
If there are a group of LEOs all crowded around a Bad Guy that needs to be "taken down" does the cop say..."Oh...Wait A Minute...If I dive on the Bad Guy my properly holstered OWB firearm is probably going to be sweeping a few of my Brother Officers who are standing right behind me." - "Can somebody hurry up and hold my gun for a minute...while I tackle this guy?"
Put your firearm in your empty pocket - don't fiddle around with it and relax. You have a greater chance getting hit by a comet than your DA revolver going off all by itself from a hammer down position.
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I'm relatively new to pocket carry as well, but have always felt completely safe. As others have said, the DA tigger pull is stout enough that there is no concern. I've found that while I might be initially aware at a time I'm carrying, after awhile I almost forget it's there because it (638) is so comfortable in my pocket.
IMO, the four rules apply when handling an unholstered gun. Applied to a holstered gun would make CCW nearly impossible--No shoulder holsters, belt carry would limit you to the first floor...
My long time ago job I used to stretch out on the top bunk w/ a holstered sidearm with folks walking in and out of the room all the time and it never bothered anybody.
Guns just do not go off by themselves without some sort of human intervention.
Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ
About 98% of the time I pocket carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II, .45 ACP, cocked and locked in a Sam Andrews www.andrewsleather.com pocket holster. It is comfortable, secure, safe and prints like a wallet.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence in their behalf. - George Orwell
I always carry at least one gun in my pocket, and like you initally, felt very awkward. The good news, you'll get so accustomed to it, you'll wonder why you didn't before. By continuing to carry at home in this manner, you will build your comfort level much faster. Nemisis pocket holster and an alloy j-frame is nearly a gold standard.
I used to carry a Kahr PM9 and Kel Tec P3AT in kydex pocket holsters.
I found this carry method to be effective....as long as I wore pants that weren't too tight.
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Well, here I am two weeks on from my original post and I have to admit you all were right. It's simply the unfamiliarity of the thing. I actually went almost all day Sunday without realizing it was there.
It was the "carry empty with a speedloader" that did it. A couple days of having my ammo separated from the weapon, along with a few days at the range, really built my confidence. Thank you all for the help and encouragement.