A Quick Review of Pocket Holsters

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.

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J P Enterprises - Ar-15 Reduced Power Spring Kit

J P Enterprises – Ar-15 Reduced Power Spring Kit

Reduced-power springs provide a 3.5 pound trigger pull when used with J.P. triggers, and a pull of 4.5 to 5 pounds when used with standard trigger components.

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Smith & Wesson M&p Shield 9mm

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Texas CC

How did you miss the DeSantis Super Fly?


I was wondering the same thing because the DeSantis is among the best of all of them. Actually, a good many people will find that some of the holsters shown here may work very well for them. Holster selection is extremely personal and you have to realize that there will ALWAYS be tradeoffs when you have to conceal a firearm deep inside a pocket or clothing. You have to be realistic in expectations. Perfect instant grips or super fast draws from deep in a pocket will often have to be compromised against concealment needs. The deeper you want a weapon concealed the more of a tradeoff you have to accept in retrieving it.


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Joe D.

Is there some reason the brand and model of these recommended pocket holsters isn’t named in the column? The Kydex one on the left is definitely from Alabama Holster Co., as I have the same for a G42 and it is outstanding. I’ve owned their holsters in the past too and their work is always excellent. They don’t move very fast though. I’m curious as to the picture on the right though. Any ideas, anyone?

The Fett

And the Galco leather? I swear up and down on this holster.


Agreed on the Galco leather. I’ve been carrying my S&W Model 638 in one of those for years.

Texas CC

Joe D. – if you click on the picture you can barely make out a link to what looks like a link. The link leads to a company that sells holsters and they seem to be identical to the picture. I hope this helps. I still suggest checking out the DeSantis I mentioned in my first post. I use it for my Sig P938 and love it. The flap that comes with it is not fixed which resolves any problems with gripping and drawing the gun.


mine is similar to the first in the article, but the holster part is attached to the backing only near the muzzle, so I can easily slide my fingers between the two and get a good grip on my mouse-gun, and there is no printing ever.


The article failed to mention that the Sticky holster is also good for in the waist band as well as in the pocket. I use it both ways depending on the gun I’m carrying. My Glock 26 is a bit too big for my pocket so I use the correct size for the gun. For my P3AT I use the size holster that fits my pocket.


Whenever I see or hear a reference to a “snub-nose(d)” revolver the individual making the comment pretty well loses any professional credibility with me. Noses on revolvers . . .?


Is this some joke I don’t get? Snubbies (aka snubnose) revolvers is a common and correct term.


I use an M.I.C. (minimal inside carry holster) which is basically a kydex trigger guard attached to a lanyard that ties around your belt loop. I conceal carry my Glock 22. At first my main issue is making sure the full size glock sits perfect in my pocket or I get bite while sitting down. Now that I have adjusted I havnt had any issues.


I’ve a Tuff pocket holster with mag holder, for my LCP, I slip my middle finger between the mag and grip, my trigger finger rides on the outside when I draw. As the pistol leaves my pocket my trigger finger enters the trigger guard. No problems for me. I am 68 and have arthritis.