Last thursday I had my gallbladder removed. The surgery itself was a nonevent and I'm recovering quite rapidly (I was back at the office yesterday). However, for a few days, I couldn't wear anything that was tight on my waistline since that would put pressure on one of my incisions. I was left wearing loose fitting sweatpants (tied loosely at that). No belt, no sturdy pockets, no shoulder holster (that would've rubbed me wrong anyway). The only way I could carry was to drop my P32 (in pocket holster) into the large breast pocket of the flannel shirt I wore most of the time.
Maybe you're asking why I was preoccupied with guns when I should've been busy recovering? Well, if there's ever been a time when I needed an equalizer, this was it. After having 4 holes punched through my belly and an organ removed, I wasn't feeling too tough. Sure, I was up and mobile that same day (even hit the local gunshops the next morning), but with my abs in their weaked state, I wasn't going to do much in the way of resisting any attack. Heck, I had a hard time getting in and out of bed, in and out of chairs, etc. I had my knife, but I didn't have the mobility to use it either.
A few months ago, I contemplated selling the P32 and replacing it with one of the lightweight j-frame revolvers with the idea that I didn't need something that small. A lightweight j-frame would fit in pants pockets, that's all I need, right? It wouldn't have worked this time. I'm glad I kept the little peashooter.
Kinda puts the value of a mousegun into perspective for me. Those folks who insist they carry their fullsized guns 24/7 might be in for a shock should they find themselves in this position.
I'm back in street clothes now (and gun on hip), but I still wouldn't want to wrestle with anything larger than my imagination. I go to the doc's tomorrow to see if I'm healed enough to at least pick my daughter up.