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Pocket Pistols

Although I’ve written about carry small pocket pistols in the past, it’s a subject that keeps popping up, so I think it’s worth revisiting, especially with the large numbers of people who are buying small weapons. “But I would never compromise and carry a pistol that small,” you say. But face it; you’ve already compromised by carrying a pistol. If I could I’d carry around a carbine everywhere I go. That’s not an option, so I carry a handgun. And sometimes it’s not feasible to carry a full-size pistol, so I concede and carry a smaller weapon.

There are a variety of methods for concealing small pistols. Obviously they fit into the pockets of pants and jackets. Tiny purses can hold tiny pistols. Fanny packs are another option, as long as they don’t scream “tactical.” Backpacks, computer bags, and daytime organizers can carry pocket pistols.

Regardless of how and where you carry you must isolate and secure the weapon. Just because it’s called a “pocket” pistol don’t just shove it into a pocket and call it good. The pistol will gather lint and dirt like a magnet in places that create malfunctions and jams. The other factor is safety. The trigger must be covered and protected at all times. Period. Anything else is dangerous.

Pocket holsters, available in plastic Kydex, leather, and soft synthetic materials, keep the gun from ‘printing’ on the outside of your pocket, and cover the trigger. The holster should be designed so you can get a complete grip on the weapon, and when you present the pistol the holster stays lodged in the pocket.

Carrying in a computer bag, backpack, or purse also means you can have flashlights, edged weapons, or other ‘survival’ tools all in one package. Just remember the bag has to be with you in order to access your weapon and gear. Ankle holsters are another good alternative for carrying smaller pistols, both revolvers and semi-autos. ‘Bellyband’ holsters – elastic bands that strap on above your waist underneath your shirt -are another good alternative. These are also ideal modes for carrying backup weapons.

The cool thing about smaller pistols is that you can carry several of them, in various locations. When you’re trying to keep your head from getting kicked in getting the pistol on your ankle may be quicker than the one on your side. A pistol in your left rear pocket works can be accessed if your right hand or arm gets injured. A secondary weapon, or even a third pistol allows you to arm a friend if necessary.

Determining what carry method works best for you takes thought and practice. Your final carry solutions may include multiple holsters and weapons to fit different circumstances. Just remember that generally there is a trade-off; the more concealed your weapon is the longer it takes to access. Knowing this makes it even more important that you stay aware of your environment, keeping your eyes up and scanning, looking for possible trouble. Then, if you need your weapon, get to it before the fight starts.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Auto Pistol, Concealed Carry, Gear

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