Pocket Gun Holsters 101: What To Know

a custom kydex pocket gun holster is in a sheath in a jeans pocketFor many people, concealed carry is an all-day, every-day thing. For others, it may be less of a constant. People that don’t do it daily may find that wearing a gun inside the waistband can be uncomfortable. Plus it might not exactly fit your dress preferences and style. For this CC crowd, pocket gun holsters are becoming their main method of concealment. Whether you use a front pocket, a back pocket, or even a coat or jacket pocket, these concealed holsters are a great way to ensure you have your trusted partner when you really need it. 

Pocket Gun Holsters: The Advantages

Nothing is perfect. Pocket holsters may not work for all people or under all circumstances. However, it can provide a great deal of practical and tactical advantages for most users.

First, there’s great placement options. Everyone has pockets of some sort – everyone. Carrying things in our pockets is second nature.

There’s also a sense of comfort. Nothing is braced up against your side (like an inside-the-waistband holster), and nothing is poking you in the back (like a small-of-the-back holster). Pocket holsters are all about comfort and ease of transport. This is true regardless of if you wear jeans with untucked shirts or suits and ties. It’s also a benefit if you are in an environment where you may be sitting for longer periods of time.

Additionally, there’s something to be said for the element of surprise. That’s because most people aren’t looking for a gun in your pocket. It’s not uncommon for a fat wad of keys or an oversized mobile device to be crammed into someone’s pocket. People usually don’t give it a second thought.

Finally, there’s a price play. For 99% of the CC crowd, cost won’t determine their method of carry. But there is a cost play. Our Pocket Shark holster costs less than half of our best selling IWB hip holster for example. Again, not that it matters, but if you are considering an entry point for CC, this might be it for that reason alone.

Pocket Gun Holsters: The Disadvantages

Pocket holsters aren’t without their drawbacks, unfortunately.

Speaking of “drawbacks”, drawing from a pocket holster may not be as fast as other methods of carry, and this can be a problem for some people. Users need to take care that the draw separates the gun from the holster without fumbling or bumbling. Most users still maintain a respectable draw time this may only be a mild concern.

There’s a mild concern with ease of disarm with a pocket holster. It can be removed from the person carrying easier than an ankle or IWB holster, but this is rare occurance and not something you see happen often.

You may also be restricted on the size of gun you use. Your pockets can vary a lot in size, but there’s some basic limit on what size of gun you can put in your pocket holster. Many full size models can be concealed inside the waistband, but these won’t work in your pocket. There’s a plethora of compact and mini options that work, and if you are considering this option, chances are you may already own this type of piece anyway.

Pocket Gun Holsters: Conclusion

If you are new to concealed carry, or if you are just looking for a different option that may be less cumbersome, pocket carry is a consideration for you. Variety is the spice of life they say, and this holds true for concealed carry as well. If you’re looking to mix it up, grabbing a pocket holster is worth a shot (pun intended)…



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