Jason again has another great Empty Mags Podcast talking about pocket carry.
If you pocket carry, or are thinking about it, go give that podcast a listen, and while you’re at it go read my post about it.
He points out that it is a slow, and difficult draw compared to the strong-side belt-carry that is the most popular. Still I don’t pocket carry because I like it, or because I like the small PITA guns that fit in my pocket, but because that’s the best way to carry for that day. Of course recently I’ve been pushing the 1911 into service a bit more than I usually do, with great results, but even my S&W1911Sc with slim grips isn’t my ideal gun. Its single-stack, shorter barrel, and a bit lighter than an all-steel gun that is a dream to shoot, and I have grips that are slimmer than I prefer, but make carry much easier and comfortable.
Jason makes two HUGE points for all to remember: #1 get a good pocket holster that conceals your trigger, and #2. Practice your draw so you can competently draw in any position you find yourself.
FYI the only time I’ve ever drawn a gun from my pocket with concern wasn’t a serious episode, but I was driving down the street and found what appeared to be a mentally ill young man in the middle of an episode, walking in the middle of a busy road yelling angry words at the passing cars. I pulled into a side street and called 911 so the cops could know that somebody might get hurt. While I was on the phone the guy started walking down the street I had selected. I drew the gun and set it on my center console. He walked by my parked truck and asked If I had a problem, I told him “no” and I doubt he saw my snubbie, and moved on. Police didn’t seem one bit concerned, and even told me the kid’s name…apparently he was a frequent flier.
That was seated with a seat belt. You need to practice.
Also I thought I’d share this post with you. If you carry a semi-auto, just because you carry a small gun, doesn’t mean you have to carry a small reload.
Carry your damn gun, and be safe out there.