Posts Tagged ‘Ruger’


Being Mother’s Day, I decided to look my best and show up nice and pretty but when I realized my Sunday best didn’t hide the Glock too well I decided I needed to change my carry method. This happens every now and then and I usually end up switching over to my Ruger LCP that is fitted with a Crimson Trace. My preferred way to carry it is in De Santis Nemesis pocket holster that is made to accept the Crimson trace laser guard. As I was getting ready, I started thinking about the pros and cons of pocket carry and thought it would make a good topic to put out there. When we look at pocket carry we see it as the most convenient, but with convenience there are some trade offs that are often overlooked.

Convenience is the major factor when it comes to pocket carry. Front pocket, cargo pocket, rear pocket it doesn’t matter, if the gun and holster fit it is going with you. In my case the shirt I was going to wear was a little more form-fitting than I usually wear so tossing my LCP into my front pocket was an easy fix. Pocket carry also can give you the deep concealment that is required with complete comfort. There is no IWB (inside waist band holster) there sticking you in the side making you uncomfortable. These are all pros to the pocket carry, now lets touch on the cons.

Often the first thing that is pointed out is that you are most likely having to give up some caliber, or do we? Well I have to say yes, in fact in my case you give up quite a bit. In the LCP I carry Hornady 90 gr. FTX. In the Glock I have Hornady 124 gr. TAP FPD. According to Hornady’s numbers I am losing around 30% energy just at the muzzle. The 380 is 200 ft/lb where as the 9mm is 339 ft/lb. So there is one con that is easy to spot. Sure there are other larger caliber pocket carry guns but you still are having to factor in the length of the barrel and that plays a large part when talking about power factor.

Magazine capacity is another downfall of the pocket pistols. The LCP sports a 6+1 capacity–less than half of my 19. You really need to make sure if carrying a pocket pistol you are also carrying an extra magazine. The typical self-defense shooting’s statistics show that encounters happen with big three, three feet, three shots, and three seconds. (Here is a drill to practice your 3-3-3) Knowing that the LCP has enough capacity isn’t enough, I would rather be ready to top the gun off if there is more than one bad guy to deal with. I will stress again to make sure you carry an extra mag.

The draw. This to me is the most overlooked part of the pocket carry option. People fail to realize how difficult it is to actually draw from a pocket holster because they never practice with it before they toss it in their pocket and go. If you pocket carry and are reading this please stop reading for a moment and find a mirror around your house and try some practice draws. (All safety rules apply! Use an unloaded firearm!) When carrying in the pocket I prefer to use my strong side front pocket. I do this because pocket carry requires you to go to the gun early, by this I mean that if you see something that could potentially be a threat you need to have your hand on the gun sooner than if you’re carrying on the hip. Why? It is without a doubt a slower and more easily fouled draw. Have you ever noticed that sometimes you have to adjust your body or stance to get your keys or cell phone out of your pocket? Now think about a crisis situation how hard it would be to get your hand into that front pocket and get that perfect stance while trying to fend off an attacker.(Drawing while sitting is a real chore so driving while choosing this method is a downside.) We also need to realize that there is a good reason to shield the pocket you are drawing from with your body. The worst thing to happen is for you to be trying to draw and the attacker pin your hand into your pocket with no way to get the gun deployed. The upside is that if you go to the gun you just look like a guy with his hand in his pocket which isn’t out of the ordinary. So remember go to the gun early and be ready to shield the draw with your body.

Also, reholstering is something that is overlooked. Do yourself the favor and just take the holster out of your pocket, put the gun in it, then place it back into the pocket. Yes it is slower, yes it is dorky looking, but putting a bullet down your leg because your holster flopped over and caught your trigger is even less cool.

I would say that I carry my Glock 9 times out of 10 and even after all the cons we have discussed it does not make pocket carry a deal breaker. I know people who carry pocket 100% of the time and they have accepted the facts that with the convenience they have to give something up. If you choose to give pocket carry a try just remember the few things we covered. Carry a spare mag, know you are losing some power factor so be ready to make an extra shot, go to the gun early, and be ready to shield the draw with your body. I remind myself of these things every time I walk out the door with the gun in my pocket instead of on my hip.

I hope this shed some light on a few things that you might not have considered when thinking about pocket carry. If you feel I missed something let me know in the comments section below. You can also comment on our Facebook page or stay in touch over at Shooters Legion. I always love to interact with my readers so feel free to send me your questions or comments. The email address is still or you can click the contact tab above and use the contact form you will see there.

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Now that the dust has settled we are getting accurate detail of the Boston bombing situation. I don’t want to waste a lot of time talking about it anymore than I already have mainly because this is being shoved down most of America’s throat on every tv and radio station out there right now. I will cut to the chase and just tell you now that everyone that was holding their breath waiting for another backlash on “Assault Weapons” because of the initial shootout that took the life of the elder terrorist can breath a little sigh of relief. Sources have told ABC News that a single gun was found and it was a Ruger 9MM.

Michael Bane had a great blog post on this today explaining how things work in a gun-free paradise. It is a great read and I higly recommend heading over there and letting him know I sent you. Here is a little excerpt from his post:

After those rollicking crazy Boston boys blasted an eight-year-old into
oblivion, they did a little workout at the gym and planned to head to New York
City to party party party. A problemo surfaces…they only had one pistol. I
mean, two terrorists, one pistol, not gonna look good on FaceBook, n’est-ce
? So did the boys race to an Internet cafe to buy maybe a dozen or so
full-auto assault weapons off the Internet, with same-day shipping? Speed to a
LGS for the “Tuesday Terrorist Two-Fer, No NCIS No Way”? Wait for the weekend
gun show where they could stock up on RPGs, grenades and those rifles with the
shoulder thingie that sticks up?

None of
the above
. Instead, they went to the one firearms superstore
where they were sure guns would be in stock…they walked up to the police car
of MIT Officer Sean Collier, killed him in very cold blood and tried to grab his
gun. The reason those lovable Holden Caulfield-esque urchins failed on that task
was that apparently the Islamic Terrorism 101 class on the Internet doesn’t
include retention holsters, disabling of. Don’t worry…I’m sure the curriculum
will be updated any moment now!

Michael has a way of putting things that just impresses the hell out of me.

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I know I have already made a post on this but I think it’s essential that we keep up the pressure. Since I was gone for a week and out of the news loop, and in honor of this being inauguration day, I think it is fitting for me to make another call to rally the troops. We as a group need to get some more letters out to our representatives and let them know where we stand again.

I mentioned before that there are very good form letters out there if you look and I heard about a good one on the way out to Vegas. Ruger stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park with the Protect Your Rights page. With their help you can get the word out to every state and federal representative including the president and vice president in less than five minutes. Lets face it, we are the silent majority and it is time we stood up and made sure the others out there know that the horrific act of one sick human being does not represent us as a firearms community.

After being out at SHOT it was crazy to hear how we are using consumerism to make statements, but we again need to actually put it on paper and let the ones who supposedly represent our best interests know exactly what we want from them. So take five minutes to fill out the form and Ruger will do the rest.

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