Don't think we can trust the opinion of a man with a vested interest....... Grin
'Sides, I ain't got no padding.
What's your take on the topics at hand, Sir?
der leather-loving Snewk
I'll go over some of my evolution on concealed carry. This may not apply to anyone else, but it is my story.
After I decided to get a concealed carry license and while I was going through the application process, I bought a Springfield Armory XD 9mm service model and an OWB holster for it. Realized immediately that was not going to be doable as an every day carry for me. Decided to get a pocket gun and looked at many. But mind you, most of the real popular .380's that are on the market today, were not around then. I wound up with a Seecamp .32 and a Seecamp .380, which I consider the ultimate pocket guns, bar none.
I carried front pocket for about a year, but was never really totally happy with it. Partly because I carry a bunch of crap in my pockets and had to put all my crap in my left front pocket and Seecamps in the front right. I never thought I would like a back pocket carry. But after about a year, I moved my wallet to the left rear and Seecamp in my right rear pocket. All my crap (chap stick, pocket knife, keys X2, money clip, change, and sometimes more stuff) got redistributed in the two front pockets. That has been the way for many years now.
I realized with pocket carry, I could not access the gun as well as I wanted at all times. Especially while seated or driving. I could get some access to back pocket while seated and driving, but front pocket was near impossible to extremely slow. However, pocket carry is an excellent method to conceal a gun and easier to conceal than IWB or OWB, IMO. But pocket carry typically means a smaller lower caliber gun for many people. I know there are some exceptions, but I think that statement is true for many.
I saw lots of recommendations to carry the largest caliber you can shoot well and conceal. So i tried a S&W 442 IWB and that worked pretty well for me. I could shoot it OK and felt it was a better caliber than my pocket Seecamps. It also gave me quicker access. That worked for a couple of years. Then the LC9 came out and I got one of the first ones available. It was so much more comfortable than the 442, because it was thinner. I liked the fact that I had more rounds 7+1, and felt the 9mm was a good defensive round as long as I used good defensive ammo.
I used to carry an extra mag in my pocket for my Seecamp. But after learning about a New York reload, decided to carry the IWB and the Seecamp in my back pocket. The Seecamp fits in any pocket and it can go with me anywhere it is legal to carry.
So I prefer IWB carry for most all of my guns now. And over the past 9 years I've been licensed, lots of guns have come out for the conceal carry market. There are more and more of them as they continue to come out all the time, so there are lots of good choices. And with IWB carry, I can generally carry a much larger caliber than a small pocket gun. Heck with the XDs you can even carry a .45 if you want, and I also carry that instead of the LC9. It hides easily for me as they are about the same size guns.
But the most important thing to remember, is to always carry. ALWAYS!
If you have various guns and holsters, you will be much more likely to be armed. So I have several choices for me to use. I have many guns and several different holsters based on the occasion. I'm in south central Texas, so we don't get too cold down here. With cooler weather and jackets, we can carry OWB as well. The problem is we don't have too much cooler weather, so I do not use OWB very much. I've found that there is not a perfect carry gun or holster for all occasions. They are just tools and some tools work better in different circumstances. So I just have more tools.
I'm not worried about a gun in my back pocket and falling on it. I'm not worried about my gun be pick pocketed either. If it gets pick pocketed, I have another to replace it or I'll buy some more. But I have 3 Seecamps that should be able to keep me going for a while. But if I get pick pocketed and know it, that person may be looking at the bigger gun they did not get!
Lastly, the most important thing I have received from my concealed carry license is situational awareness. When I always carry, I always have higher situational awareness. I think that serves me just as much as having a gun.