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Old 08-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #21
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What kind of gun are we talking abou? A S&W J Frame will disapear in a pocket holster. I also carry a Kahr CM9 in a pocket holster. You would never know either one was their...especialy in a pair of slacks.
A J-frame (442, 642, LCR) will NOT disappear! Even a CM9 is a little big in a more form-fitting pair slacks.

In a more formal situation, I always pocket carry with a Kahr P380. The Ruger LCP would work in that situation.

Occasionally I'll wear a CM9 in a Minituck. I don't care if someone sees the 2 clips. They are black against a black dressy gun belt. Almost nobody knows what they are looking at. I carry at 3 o'clock when I have to actually tuck in my shirt IWB.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:19 AM   #22
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I dress as you have described often - dress slacks, dress shirt - tucked, of course. Social situations. My LCP 380 goes with me in a back pocket holster. It always works. It looks like a billfold from behind.
On occasion I have supplemented the LCP with a S&W Airlight 38 in an ankle holster -- same dress clothes. Absolutely invisible.


Access to the back pocket holster is excellent - due to the "flap" that my particular brand has that allows you to slip your hand between the gun butt and the leather backing - for a positive gun grab.
The ankle access is not as direct -but it can be accessed very quickly with a lowering forward step on the gun leg.

Need for instant access is debatable - lots of opinions. But it depends on the situation. Most situations are not going to be instantaneous - in my opinion - but the situation that arises will be recognizable as it develops - that a possible need is presenting itself. And time for evasion will be apparent. The gun would be comforting, though.

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If dress is limiting, I'd still rather have a gun within 10 seconds of access rather than no gun.

Sometimes when I am driving and I happen to be pocket-carrying that day I get a little nervous. If I was carjacked, it would be EXCEEDINGLY difficult to retrieve my gun!

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If dress is limiting, I'd still rather have a gun within 10 seconds of access rather than no gun.

Sometimes when I am driving and I happen to be pocket-carrying that day I get a little nervous. If I was carjacked, it would be EXCEEDINGLY difficult to retrieve my gun!
Hence the notion of carrying 2.

In addition to my EDC Kahr PM deep concealed in a belly band I've added mu Ruger SP101. It drops into the small of my back and when I get into the vehicle it's wedged between the seats with grip accessible and covered with a baseball cap.

When leaving the vehicle it goes with me and rests in a locking desk drawer until I'm ready to leave for the day.

This may seem excessive to some but given murphy's law the old philosophy of 1 gun = none and 2 guns = 1 does apply in the real world. It's also worth stating the job has me on the road for 40 to 50,000 miles per year. That's a lot of windshield time and my greatest exposure to threats.

The person who commutes 20 minutes a day may not need to do this...but you really never can tell, right?

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I have always carried while dressed in a suit and tie. I never liked wearing a shoulder holster. I have several firearms to choose from, so for the most part i will carry my Taurus ultra light in my pocket with a pocket holster. But I have carried my Sig Scorpion with a ITW holster.

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If dress is limiting, I'd still rather have a gun within 10 seconds of access rather than no gun.

Sometimes when I am driving and I happen to be pocket-carrying that day I get a little nervous. If I was carjacked, it would be EXCEEDINGLY difficult to retrieve my gun!
Go to www.gumcustoms.com
It provides great access while in the vehicle.
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I pocket carry an airweight 642 at work. It conceals well in a pocket holster. I dress professional every day. I make a point to find pants that can accommodate. Build and height play a part. I'm 6'5" and lean.

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It provides great access while in the vehicle.
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I take it that the consensus is that pocket carry is the way to go then. Any favorite pocket holsters or recommendations.

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I wear a sports jacket with informal dress.

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