TROUBLESHOOTING POCKET CARRY: Picking The Right Tool For The Right Job

People have been carrying guns in their pockets for as long as there have been pockets.

In the early 20th Century, the iconic Fitz Special was purpose-built to be a pocket gun.

These days, many people still look to revolvers for their pocket carry considerations.

The challenge is that many modern-day pants pockets aren’t quite as suited to accommodating a firearm as they were in the past. I tried making the J-frame work as a “pocket gun,” but in anything other than baggy, oversized pants, it just looked too obvious for me.

Going back and looking over the history of pocket guns (mostly Forgotten Weapons videos and podcasts featuring Darryl Bolke), most of the trends I saw with pocket guns were that they were being carried in jackets, as opposed to pants. Outerwear is a lot more forgiving since it’s generally not as fitted, and made of heavier materials.

When I opt for pocket carry, it’s generally because I need something lower profile. Because of that, I’ve found that flatter guns (LCP size/profile) tend to work better in those applications.

I spent too long trying to cram a round peg into a flat hole before I stepped back and evaluated things.

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."