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Pros and Cons of Pocket Carry

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Concealed handgun carriers have a variety of preferences for how to carry their guns. And, like most aspects of guns, everybody has strong opinions about the "right" way to do things. Although many people prefer not to pocket carry,  there are just as many people that think it is a viable option. We aren't here to change your mind  we're just here to give you an idea of how to carry a gun in your pocket safely and effectively if you choose to.

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What are the best options to carry your handgun?

Essentially, you have two things to consider: your own safety, and being able to draw the weapon quickly and effectively during a confrontation.

Likewise, there are two components of a handgun in your pocket that could cause an unintended firing - the trigger and  the hammer. A trigger can be accidentally pulled when extracting your gun, and a hammer can snag on clothing, causing the gun to be cocked - at least enough to be fired.  One option to consider is a small, double-action only (for longer trigger travel) pistol that is hammerless. The KelTec P3AT and Ruger LCP are two examples of "perfect" modern pocket pistols.

Even when using a hammerless double-action pistol, a good case can be made that a pocket holster is a better, safer choice. If you want to carry any other kind of pistol in your pocket - it's a necessity.

Choosing the Correct Holster

Using a pocket holster keeps debris and any objects in your pocket from engaging the trigger or scratching or otherwise damaging your gun. A good holster keeps the gun upright and ready for a fast draw, and it will also remain in your pocket upon drawing the gun and not be removed  during the draw. Many concealed carriers are often concerned whether the outline of their gun is visible from their pockets,  but a proper holster will break up the gun's outline and give you more comfort as well.

A Fast and Fluid Draw

Pocket carry is the most discreet and casual way to access your firearm, which many people enjoy. You don't have to prepare or strap on  a  holster or wear special clothing, and when you have access to your gun in your pocket you'll be able to slowly take grip of it and attract less attention to yourself. Many people  prefer side pockets which allow for proper pocket carry drawing. You can find side pockets on pants designed specifically for concealed carry or even some multi-purpose cargo pants and shorts

Regardless of clothing type - When drawing from a pocket carry, keep your hand flat and place your index finger on the frame of the gun, not the trigger. Your finger should only be on the trigger when you're clear of your pocket and when you are sure that you need to use deadly force on your target.