The pocket holster is designed to- at the risk of being redundant-be carried in your pocket. This concealed carry holster style is designed to rest in a pocket without much movement from everyday activity. The combination of a chosen firearm, pocket holster, and clothing is paramount so that the firearm does not ‘print’. Here are some basic requirements of a pocket holster:
- The pocket holster must keep the firearm safe, secure, and stable
- The holster remains in the pocket when the firearm is drawn
The holster must remain in the pants when the firearm is drawn. Anything else disables the ability for single hand draws and frankly at the very least you will look like Barney Fife. Below you will see the ‘hook’ of a leather pocket holster. It is designed to catch the upper and outer corner of a pocket and remain in the pocket upon drawing, leaving only the upholstered firearm.
Typically, pocket holsters are designed of either leather or a rubbery/nylon/sticky synthetic material. While I am biased and recommend a leather holster in any situation, I do not recommend a non leather holster for pocket carry. While a generic nylon holster offers a slight advantage to those worried about ‘printing’ and it offers a trivial amount more padding, the nylon holster does not offer the same amount of security and stability as its leather counterpart. Your firearm may bounce around while you move, and it runs the risk of sliding out of the pocket. Also, few nylon holsters reliably remain in the pocket when the firearm is drawn.
Additionally, leather pocket holsters cost about the same as nylon holsters, and are more durable. A nylon holster will collect lint in your pocket and deteriorate unlike its leather counterpart.
There are a few kydex pocket holsters in the marketplace. I have yet to find that kydex can conform to the individual or conceal like a leather pocket holster can.
Which would you trust a loaded firearm
and your life with?
The ‘holster’ on the left retails for $25.
It does not fit the firearm and the material is not durable.
The holster on the right retails for $30.
It fits snugly, will not slip out, and last a lifetime