I’ve carried my S&W 442 snub recently, dry firing with it too, so it was time to confirm a few things with live fire.
First, I hate pocket carry. It’s better than nothing, but it sucks on the draw. I think an important part of pocket carry is to create yourself time to get the gun out, because drawing from a pocket is painfully slow. This could be things like having your hand in your pocket already gripping the gun, because thrusting your hand in and grabbing is going to take time and be slow. It could be things like moving, distracting the attacker (e.g. throwing up an elbow), but these could be problematic because if say the gun is in your front pants pocket, now you move, you will bend, and this changes the geometry of your body and your pocket and you could foul your draw.
I’m still mulling over good solutions to this. I’m all ears to suggestions.
What’s a solution? Proper holster on your belt, positioned in an ideal position (e.g. between 1 o’clock and 4 o’clock). But still, there are times when pocket is the way you have to go, so having optimal procedures is important.
Also during the live practice I realized I haven’t been strict enough about my sight picture. The sights on a 442 are so horrible, and with the neon orange front sight ramp on mine, I found that in my dry practice I’ve been focused more on “seeing the orange” than ensuring textbook-correct sight alignment. Thus, my front sight was a little up out of the notch, and at 10+ yards I was going over the small steel targets. Shouldn’t be a problem at very close ranges (that whole “in a fight, front sight” meme), but I still need to tighten up.
But the big thing I got out of the live fire snub practice was more reinforcement that pocket carry sucks. But acknowledging that it’s a reality, so let’s seek some solutions to improve it. Comment below, if you’d like.