Pocket Carry; Some Pointers

Pocket carry… This is a topic that can get people red under their neck. For me, not so much. In a world with an infinite amount of scenarios and situations it’s hard to come up with a end-all-be-all solution to literally everything. Carrying a firearm and always having one on you isn’t an exception. Unfortunately it’s more grey than it is black and white. With that said, let’s go over some pocket carry tips.

First off, I don’t pocket carry. Does that mean I never ever will? No. Is it what I would prefer doing? From an all out comfort stand point? Maybe.
There are definitely weak points that have to be thought about though.
As a side note, I got the Walther PPS M2 originally to pocket carry, but upon receiving it, I couldn’t get a good draw without it snagging on any of my pockets.


1. Back Pockets: Just don’t. Backpocket carry is on the list of “Worst Possible Ideas” when it comes to carrying a firearm.

Backpockets don’t have the same security as front pockets, I don’t think this is disputable. Their inability to stay closed at all times is why wallets get lost. This issue becomes even more of a problem when one starts to get active. Past the lack of “retention” if you will, your draw is going to be significantly slower than if the gun were in your front pocket. To add insult to injury, have fun getting to it while in a seated position.

2. A-N-E-M-I-C.

If you’re lucky, you may be able to get by with throwing a Glock 43 in your pocket. Now, before you go off on a tangent about your Sig Sauer P365; the Glock 43 is shorter. If the total height of the Glock 43 is getting hung up on the brim of a pocket, the P365 is going to get hung up as well…because it’s longer.
This also isn’t to say that either of these firearms are chambered in an anemic caliber.

With that said, the gun you end up throwing in your pocket is probably going to be anemic at best when it comes incapacitating a threat. Do your due diligence, understand the limited capabilities of the firearm you’ve chosen, and make wise decisions.

2.1. Capacity. In a world of ever determined attackers and crackheads, more rounds is better than none. People regularly live through 10rds out of compact+ sized handguns. With a shorter barrel and less capacity, you’re already at a disadvantage with your pock rocket. At minimum, I would recommend carrying at least 3 spare magazines.

3. Bad to Draw From. Pocket carry presents a ton of snag points. It’s unavoidable and even if you can get a solid draw down 90% of the time, expect Murphy to show up if something happens.This comes down to understanding the limited capabilities of pocket carry. Your pocket draw will not be as fast, or as smooth, as an IWB or an OWB draw.

Below, you’ll see snag points going into a pocket (standard shorts) which will be snag points coming out, and the snag point coming out of jeans. This was without a holster, but unless the pocket is entirely lined by the holster, or the holster some how makes the mouth of the pocket wider, there’s going to be issues. With the jeans, I had a snowball effect. First the back sight grabbed onto the pocket, as I continued to pull it out the whole backside of the slide began to pull the pocket. Obviously, there are exceptions for different kinds of pants.

4. Holsters. I see waaay too many people who pocket carry without a holster. Don’t be a dumbass.

I can’t recommend a holster to you off of experience. What I can do is give you these two pieces of advice to follow.
1.The holster can never not let the gun come out of the pocket. Meaning, if the holster is still there when drawn, trash it.
2.The holster cannot allow the gun to rotate.

5. Keep the pocket empty.
Do you have a gun in the pocket? Then that’s the only thing that goes into that pocket. Anything else is a hazard. One would hope that this would be common sense, but sadly, I’ve seen a lot of people throwing pens and knives into the same pocket.

6. Printing. If the gun you’ve picked prints often, then you’ve defeated the purpose of pocket carry. At this point, it’s time to look into a tuckable IWB holster.

If you’re looking at pocket carry as an alternative method for non-permissible environments, it’s important to recognize the weak points of this method, and taking the time to battle them before implementing it as an option. My hunt for a pocketable rocket continues, but hopefully you’ve already figured out a set-up that’s been error free for you.

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