A Quick Review of Pocket Holsters

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Kydex Pocket Holster
Kydex Pocket Holster

More people are carrying a gun in their pocket than ever before. In the “old” days you’d likely find a snubby revolver in someone’s pocket, but now you’ll find not only snub-nosed revolvers but the Ruger LCP, Glock 42, Kel-Tec P-3AT, and numerous other guns.

The pocket gun I use most often is the Ruger LCP and today I thought I’d show you a sampling of different pocket holsters for these guns, along with the pros and cons of each. And, even though I carry an LCP, each of these holsters can be found for almost every model of gun.

The first holster (below) is designed so you can have the gun in your pocket without printing (without showing the outline of the gun.)

Pocket Holster
Pocket Holster

While I’m sure this holster works for some people the major problem for me is that I can’t get a good grip on the gun while the gun is in the holster. In my opinion, if you can’t get a solid grip on the gun then you should never in a million years use the holster. (Somebody gave this to me and after testing it out in my home I quickly realized I couldn’t use it.)

The next holster is the Sticky holster.

Sticky Holster
Sticky Holster

The Sticky Holster is made of a non-slip material that definitely keeps the holster in your pocket while you draw so only the gun comes out. I like the idea of this holster, but just like the holster above, I’m unable to get a solid grip on the gun because there isn’t enough room for my fingers to get a grip on the gun. (There isn’t enough space between the grip of the gun and the holster to wrap my fingers around.)

The Blackhawk holster shown below can be used for both inside the waistband carry and pocket carry.

Blackhawk Pocket Holster
Blackhawk Pocket Holster

This holster works well and its design allows me to get a good grip on the gun. I would have no problem using this for both pocket carry and on my hip.

The Tuff holster below is very similar to the Sticky holster.

Tuff Holster
Tuff Holster

The outside of the Tuff holster is more sandpaper-like so the holster stays securely in your pocket. But, this holster has the same problems as the Sticky holster by not allowing me to wrap my fingers around the gun when I draw.

My favorite holsters are below and these are the ones I use when I pocket carry my Ruger LCP. Both are Kydex holsters that have a “hook” on them so the holster stays in the pocket when you draw the gun.

What I really like about these holsters is that since they’re made of Kydex they’re not bulky and the gun never “prints” when I’m carrying with one of these. Many companies make these holsters so just do an Internet search for Kydex pocket holster.

If you’re looking for a pocket holster I recommend going with Kydex, but whatever you decide make sure you can get a solid grip on the gun while it is in the holster. If you’re adjusting your grip after the draw then you know something isn’t right.