Best pocket holster? Luckily, there are quite a few pocket holsters available for a variety of different applications and gun models. This guide will help you determine the best one for you. The following sections detail the things to consider when buying a pocket holster and highlights many popular pocket holster makes and models.
Why you need a holster to safely pocket carry
I’m not going to spend a ton of time on this topic. Carrying your pistol in your pocket with an uncovered trigger is not safe for many reasons. A pocket holster keeps your pistol oriented for a safe draw, it eliminates printing, keeps pocket lint and other debris out of the barrel, and isolates the trigger. Some will argue that the long DAO triggers on many revolvers and semi-autos preclude the need for a pocket holster, but there’s a good reason pocket, IWB and OWB holsters cover the trigger – to prevent accidental discharge.
Lastly, do not carry anything else in the same pocket that you carry your pistol. You don’t want to have anything that a trigger could get snagged on. If you can’t or won’t dedicate a pocket specifically for pocket carry, then you need to carry IWB or OWB.
Pocket holsters means you never have a reason not to carry
The biggest advantage of pocket carry is convenience. Just about anything you where has a pocket big enough to carry many of the popular gun models, even a pair of summer shorts. Another thing you don’t need to worry about is wearing “special” clothes to carry. If you carry IWB, not every pair of pants you own makes it easy to carry IWB, but chances are just about any pair of jeans, shorts and cargo pants can carry a small .380 in a pocket holster. And with IWB carry chances are you’ll not only need a good holster, but a decent gun or riggers belt as well.
Why you might not like a pocket holster
Drawing your weapon from a pocket holster (in my opinion) isn’t as straight forward as drawing from an IWB or OWB holster. If you are seated it’s definitely not as fast. Although I tend to prefer IWB carry, pocket carry is always an easier option as long as you realize the access to your gun may not be as easy. Obviously, re-holstering with a pocket holster takes more time as well.
Best pocket holster designs
There are a variety of fairly standard designs, along with some pocket holsters that I consider to be “hybrids.” Most pocket holsters consist of some type of sleeve that your pistol or revolver slips into and covers the trigger. Most pocket holsters are made of materials that are designed to ensure the pocket holster remains in your pocket and doesn’t come out on the draw.
A popular holster of this design is made by Uncle Mike’s. A non-slip band helps retain the holster in your pocket on the draw. It comes in a variety of sizes to cover small .380 and 9mm semi-autos as well as revolvers.
There are a few hybrid models as well. The first one that comes to mind is the BORAII pocket holster, which consists of a simple trigger guard made of kydex. The design allows you to load and unload your weapon safely while your weapon is holstered. This helps mitigate negligent discharges during loading. The natural drawing motion of the weapon engages the pocket hook so that the weapon is unholstered in one swift movement.
The second is by Recluse. The Recluse holster is a one-sided holster that uses a foam trigger block to ensure accidental discharge does not occur.
Some pocket holsters are made of materials that help the holster “stick” in the pocket when you draw your weapon. Sticky Holsters makes a series of these for pocket carry and IWB carry. It uses compression and friction to stick to your body or waistband for easy draw.
Many pocket holsters are designed so if the holster is drawn with the weapon, the holster “hooks” on the edge of the pocket and releases the gun. The Galco Pocket holster is an example of this design. Premium center cut steer hide.
Best pocket holster materials
Pocket holsters are made from a variety of natural and man-made materials. Typically, you’ll see cowhide or horsehide for leather pocket holsters, kydex (normally for molded holsters), cloth, or man-made materials. The best pocket holster can be made form any combination of these materials. The pocket holster you choose should be based on safety, comfort, and concealment.
The Vedder Holster is an example of a kydex pocket holster. 100% trigger guard. Double-sided extended slide guard. Sweat resistant. Molded from a single sheet of Kydex to be secure but loose enough for an easy draw. Custom sight channels made specifically to your gun to insure clearance with all front sights and loaded chamber indicators.
The Vedder Holster is available at Amazon.com
The Galco PH460 is an example of a premium horsehide holster.
Other leather pocket holsters
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Dressing for pocket carry
Dressing for pocket carry is pretty simple. You need to be wearing a pair of pants or shorts that will allow you to carry your pistol in your front pocket (or in some cases your rear pocket) using a pocket holster that sufficiently covers the trigger. Typically, skinny jeans are out. Cargo pants or tactical pants work well as do certain types of fuller cut jeans. You’ll want to take a look in the mirror and ensure that printing isn’t an issue. You can minimize printing by wearing an untucked shirt. Since people are used to seeing people carry larger cell phones or a wallet in a pocket, it’s a practical way to conceal carry.
Other things to consider with pocket carry
Access to your weapon will most likely be slower when drawing from your pocket and will make a weak hand draw nearly impossible. In general, you will probably have to carry a gun of a lower caliber, although there are quite a few nice pocket 9mm pistols on the market. Typically, pocket carry pistols are meant for closer engagements and in some cases won’t have pronounced sights like a full-size handgun. Drawing from a seated position will be difficult. It will be important to practice your draw technique using your pocket holster. Make sure you do this wearing the pants you would typically dress in. Do this with an unloaded weapon for maximum safety. Consider carrying an extra magazine as well. Most handguns utilized for pocket carry will hold a maximum of 7 rounds.
Popular pistols used for pocket carry
Almost every gun maker has at least one model suitable for pocket carry. Many have a variety of models and calibers to choose from. The videos below highlight both semi-auto and revolvers that are popular for pocket carry.
Best Pocket Holster Conclusion
This post gives you a good overview of popular pocket holsters and the various things to consider when you decide to pocket carry. Don’t forget to check out Youtube for pocket holster reviews and take advantage of gun user forums to learn more about the best pocket holster for your gun. Check back often for additional holster reviews and pocket carry information.
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