Many years ago a very good friend called, and from the word “Hello” I knew something was wrong. “I’m okay,” he said, “but I’ve got to tell you something … (long pause) … I had a ND in my pocket. My keychain got inside the trigger of my pocket pistol, and I’ll be damned … it went off!” Luckily he wasn’t hurt, and the million-dollar round went into the ground, through his pants.
At the time, I had been guilty of just dropping a revolver or pistol into my pocket on more than one occasion, sans holster. Needless to say, I didn’t do it anymore from that point on. My friend’s ND put me on a quest to find the best way to pocket carry. Since this happened prior to every company having a web page, I was starving for information and had to write to holster makers for catalogs. I took my quest a step further, and went so far as searching out instructors who specialized in pocket carry.
The first few pocket holsters were made so tight, they caused a range dance I called the “Pocket Holster Draw Shake and Wave.” The gun would be stuck in the holster after drawing it, and I had to either shake or wave it to get the holster to come off, or use my offhand to pull it off. Obviously those weren’t viable options. Some of the holsters had a hook built in to “catch” on the pants, so the gun would come out of the holster. Those only worked some of the time. Eventually, some pocket holsters became more user-friendly and the shake and wave dance was gone.
By Sammy Reese
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