For those who are considering carrying a pocket pistol, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of pocket carry. First, we’ll go over some of the advantages to carrying a pocket pistol.
Pros of Pocket Carry
Pocket-carried pistols are lightweight, easy to conceal and convenient to bear. As the name suggests, pocket pistols are designed to be easily concealed in most pockets.
Many carriers find pocket carry extremely comfortable since the holsters do not create any pressure points like a shoulder holster does, for instance. Honestly, you’ll probably carry your gun more often, as a small pocket pistol can be easily slipped into a pocket and takes virtually no time to do so.
There’s also the obvious factor of excellent concealment. When carrying in your pocket, you don’t run the risk of your gun being seen until you want it to. But, that’s not to say pocket carry doesn’t have its downsides.
Cons of Pocket Carry
For starters, there are a few clothing-related issues to consider. You’ll want to wear pants that will be able to hold the weight of your gun while also having a pocket opening wide enough to allow you to access your firearm easily.
Additionally, the shorter barrel and reduced sight radius can impede accuracy, and the reduced weight and smaller grip can make it more difficult to control during recoil.
With a higher risk of getting snagged and difficulty drawing from a sitting or crouching position, pocket pistols just aren’t as quick or graceful on the draw. This is by far one of the biggest drawbacks of pocket carry.
Also, keep in mind that pocket pistols require more frequent cleaning than other options. All the moisture, lint and crud that exists in your pocket can and will find its way into your gun. Guns & Ammo recommends pulling it apart every other month at the very least to keep it reliable.
So make sure you take into account your lifestyle, body shape and fashion preferences before diving into pocket carry. If you’re going to be purchasing a pocket pistol in the near future (or even if you already have one), be sure to practice drawing your unloaded gun from your holster with whatever pants you plan to use for pocket carry.
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For more in-depth information about pocket carry, read G&A’s full article.