Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day: Pocket Carry?

Everydacarry.com pocket dump

Michael Wilsher couldn’t wish for a better everyday carry gun than the Ruger LCP. Strike that. With its improved trigger, the five-star Ruger LCP II should be on Mr. Wisher’s wish list. [Click here to ID his entire load out.] But I am a little surprised that . . .

the Virginian carries the diminutive gat in a holster. I look at it like this . . .

The Ruger LCP II (right side) (courtesy thetruthaboutguns.com)

The Ruger LCP is the perfect pocket pistol.

It’s small, thin and small. And thin! And a lot more than merely accurate –.380 not presenting the recoil issues that degrades a shooter’s ability to put rounds where he or she wants. As the target below more-or-less demonstrates. [Lousy shooter, slow fire, seven yards.]

Target Ruger LCP II (courtesy thetruthaboutguns.com)

I can’t think of a better gun to holster in your front pants pocket; an important option for stealth minded gun guys and gals wearing a minimal or body-clinging wardrobe.

As this is the Land of the Free — New Jersey, Hawaii and other anti-gun states excepted — you’re free to holster the Ruger LCP on your belt. But if you’re going to carry that way, why not carry a bigger gun?

I’m not a ballistic size queen, but I adhere to a simple principle: schlep the largest handgun you can carry comfortably.

Once you’re going with a belt-mounted holster, carrying a handgun with a bit more heft and yes, significantly more width than the light ‘n thin LCP won’t add significant discomfort.

But it will add capability. More capacity, a better grip, better sights, a better sight radius, a larger caliber and equally good or better accuracy (especially during adrenaline charged rapid fire). Yes?

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  1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

    Pocket carry without a holster is asking for an Irresponsible Gun Owner award… That’s a pocket holster, isn’t it? Looks like a nice one.

    1. avatar DrewR says:

      Pretty sure it isn’t a pocket holster, it has nothing to hook onto the pocket and the top edge appears to be elevated from the table, implying a clip or loop. At least that’s what it looks like to me.

      1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

        I see what you’re saying, but the squareness of it makes me think of a pocket holster. Maybe a convertible?

        In any case I know a guy who carries a Glock 43 OWB. To each his own.

  2. avatar strych9 says:

    Yaesu radio. Decent taste in hand-helds.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Is that a good one? I like the look and the size

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        It’s pretty good. I’m not sure if they make it anymore though. They may have stopped manufacturing that one in favor of the VX-6R/7R.

        Either way, I’ve used Yaesu hand-held radios for years and liked them for their price point.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:


        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          You have to be careful – I have heard Yaesu is starting to outsource their low-line radio manufacturing in China.

          One of their HTs is a clone of Baofeng *gag*.

          (This one looks like it’s a proper Japanese. I haven’t had a chance to play with that particular one, but it I have heard a serviceable general coverage HF receiver is crammed in there, given a few feet of wire to dangle. And it has a usable broadcast band AM ‘loopstick’ antenna in there…)

  3. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Ehhh. I personally dont see much difference with accuracy between the LCP II and the gen 2 LCP.

    Additionally, i saw no difference in the accuracy between a standard Gen 2 LCP and an LCP custom.

    I could should a little faster with the custom and maintain accuracy but we are talking a tenth of second for 7 shots.

    Since the LCP is notably cheaper than an LCPII, i think it is the better deal. 4 or 5 boxes of Geco 380 from Aim Surplus for the price difference

    Or carry 2 LCPs…..

    1. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

      Glock G43 is usually the primary but there have been times when I’ve carried one LCP AIWB and another IWB on the support side hip. I see the pocket carry point but a firearm like the LCP quite literally disappears under almost any cover garment.

      More and more, though, it’s a 642 Airweight that is in the support side role. I have occasionally limp-wristed when shooting one handed with the support hand with the LCP. And if it is a one-hand situation it’s hard to do remedial action like that!

      Not a snubbie problem.

      And I can’t quite tell, that looks like it might be a VX2, which they don’t make any more…I’ve never seen a Yaesu VX3 in the flesh.

  4. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I’ve seen this quite often on the pocket dumps. What a wristwatch got to do with a pocket dump?

  5. avatar Tile floor says:

    I paid 170 for a brand new Gen 2 LCP. I was blown away by the trigger, it’s actually very crisp and light compared to the original LCP and LC9. For 170 you can’t beat it. I would like to have the option of switching out the sights but that’s my only gripe.

    For pocket carry I use the holster but if I am carrying IWB I carry a Shield or Glock 17. The best thing about the LCP is you have zero excuse for not carrying 24/7.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Amen…..let it be so.

  6. avatar Larry says:

    Ironicatbest, “ pocket dump” is a generic term, for all the gear guys/gals carry around ,so you’ll see watches , and rings.

    Btw over on the Usuall Suspects Network, there is a pocket dump thread nearing , 3,000 pages ! A ton of custom guns , knives and even custom or “ modeled flashlights , high end watches and top of the line photos, makes these guys seem like pikers .

  7. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Ruger Lcp
    Very popular gun for everyday carry
    It would be interesting to rank the guns seen here posted by popularity
    That Ruger would be in the top 5

  8. avatar Missouri_Mule says:

    LCP 2 is almost perfect pocket gun.
    LCP Custom (red trigger) has better sights.
    I’m waiting Ruger.

  9. avatar Steve S. says:

    If the LCP II was 9mm, it would be absolutely perfect.

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