This is a discussion on Pocket carry people within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I purchaced a Kahr CW40 for a bug and a winter coat carry. The question is do any of you use a pocket holster in ...
I purchaced a Kahr CW40 for a bug and a winter coat carry. The question is do any of you use a pocket holster in a jacket pocket and what would you recommend? The gun carries great in my parka but in my jacket pocket it is too loose. I am afraid it will fall out of my pocket. Thanks
Good sites and good ideas but I didn't want to buy another jacket.
This holster will keep it stable and will not come out with the gun... Pocket Holster w/Thumb Push
Works well in pants or coat pocket.
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Depends on both the holster and the gun. J frames make the transition from pants pocket to jacket pocket very well. Because of their shape, they sit well and tend to stay put.
Autos on the other hand are more of a challenge. Some combinations work well between pants pocket and jacket pocket, others really don't work in the jacket pocket.
Really, it depends on the gun, holster, and the jacket. I guess that is why so many of us have so many holsters - it is a trial and error process.
+1 on the holster. Makes all the difference. Safer, too.
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I make custom pocket holsters where you send me a tracing of your pocket and I make an exact match to your pocket. I also make some standard varieties for the Kahrs.
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IMHO, put that CW40 in a good IWB holster and get a hammerless or concealed hammer revolver for the coat pocket.
I've got a bunch of pocket holsters. My FIST K5 is the current favorite for pocket carrying my PM9. I wouldn't consider carrying any way without a good holster.
- Agree that the primary goal is to have the gun secured in-place, at all times.
- Agree that any holster should be able to hold the gun in-place, except for when you deliberately draw the gun from the holster.
- If the gun is to be carried in any pocket, it should be in a holster. This holds the gun in correct position; minimizes the possibility of the gun falling out; protects the gun.
- If the holstered gun is to be in a jacket pocket, then the holster should be well secured into that pocket, so that the gun cannot exit the pocket except via deliberately drawing the gun.
So long as your carry choice meets these goals, I think it'll be a fine choice.
IMO, carrying in a jacket requires a specialized jacket holster/pocket arrangement. No holster I've seen magically attaches itself to a jacket or other surface, unless designed that way. And few such devices will end up holding it in a correct orientation such that you'll be able to get a positive grip when you reach to draw the gun.
My recommendation would be for a specialized carry jacket, such as the one SIG makes. Something with a pocket/holster device designed to hold a jacket-carried firearm in place.
I pocket carry in my pants, but so far I have not yet done so in a jacket because none of my holsters and jackets are designed for that. Thus, any jacket I choose ends up simply having the gun flop around. Were I to attempt jacket carry, I'd first ensure that a proper jacket holster/pocket arrangement existed on that jacket, so that the previously-mentioned benefits would be seen. Otherwise, it's a less than perfect setup that can result in the gun flopping around, the gun exiting the pocket at a time other than drawing for it.
Rett, I like the suggestion on the thumb break.
MT I will have to check your site further but a custom for a particular jacket sounds good. Thanks all for the suggestions and ideas.
I love my RKBA custom holster for my LCP but haven't ever tried carrying it in a jacket pocket.
Or if it's just a concern that the gun flops around and feels very loose, try a Blackhawk in the right size ($10-$15). They are nylon and very light, yet keep it in place. Note they do NOT have retention in the sense of holding the holster upside down your gun WILL fall out. Not likely in your pocket.
Heck, I made a cardboard holster out of a cereal box to cover the trigger guard of my PM9 until my Blackhawk arrives. Note: Tho tempted, I did not use duct tape!