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Pocket Holster

Updated: 12/26/2023
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When most people think of concealed carry, they think of having a gun that is small enough to keep in your pocket and pull out whenever you need it. That is pretty much what pocket holsters are all about. Using a pocket holster is a very popular way of concealing a weapon, and it has its advantage and disadvantages. They provide a very comfortable, highly accessible and easy way to conceal a weapon in almost any situation where you are wearing pockets. The guns you are able to carry with these holsters are limited in size, but overall, it is a great method of carrying.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using a pocket holster as a concealed carry holster.


Pocket holsters have many advantages as a method of concealing a handgun. The biggest thing that people like about them is that they make it very quick and easy to conceal a weapon. All you have to do is slip it in your pocket in the morning, and you’re good to go, no strapping on an intricate holster system or being uncomfortable.

They deeply conceal your weapon, all while keeping it very accessible and comfortable in your pocket. The reason for the holster instead of just the plain gun is to break up the profile of the gun in your pocket and protect it from getting lint and dirt in it. Overall it is a very easy way to conceal a small sized pistol and is comfortable enough to carry daily.


Even though it is a very popular concealed carry method, using a pocket holster also has its disadvantages. The biggest one that people don’t like is the limitations on gun size that pocket holsters have. Obviously, you won’t be able to get a pocket holster for your Colt 1911 and expect to conceal it as easily as your pocket pistol. The guns have to be smaller in overall size, which has its disadvantages. Smaller guns are harder to aim and shoot, have small calibers of bullets, and have smaller capacities than larger guns. The combination of smaller bullets and fewer of them tends to make people more uncomfortable.

They also take up most of your pocket, and if you are like me and like to keep things in your pocket, that can be relatively frustrating. Some of the pocket guns with external hammers also tend to get snagged on your pocket when drawing the gun, so it’s a good idea to get a gun that is hammer-less or has an internal hammer to prevent this.

Bottom Line

Overall using a pocket holster for your concealed carry holster is a great method to carry your small pistol. It’s very easy, comfortable, and accessible in your pocket. Some problems come from the size of the gun and its reduced bullet caliber and capacity. But for a daily carry situation, a smaller gun is probably preferred over a full-size one. Again, you will have to examine your individual situation to see if a pocket holster will fit you the best. 

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