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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
On the rare nights when it gets down into the 30s or lower here in northern Florida, and I'm wearing a parka, I slip a J-Frame .38 in my outside coat pocket.
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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
I'm surprised that I appear to be alone in my J-Frame .38 in the outside coat pocket solution. This has been a standard mode of carry in the cold since the J-Frame first appeared on the market.

If you take the jacket off, so goes your gun. I'd rather carry in the front pants pocket if I wasn't going to use a holster of some sort.


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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
I'm surprised that I appear to be alone in my J-Frame .38 in the outside coat pocket solution. This has been a standard mode of carry in the cold since the J-Frame first appeared on the market.

You referred to it in your post as "On the rare nights when it gets down into the 30s...". Around here that might amount to 5-6 months. I carry a J-frame on occasion, but that would be a lot of J-frame. There are probably 3-4 different warm weather carry modes for me and 6-7 cold weather modes.


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Originally Posted by mart
I carry in a Serpa under my jacket in the winter. I normally am unzipped so access isn’t an issue. If the weather is so bad I need to zip up my jacket I’m less concerned about encountering nefarious intentioned characters.

Often I have a sweater or a fleece vest covering my carry piece. It seems to be a good option and allows me easy access.

I have to go with Mart. It has to be below 0* with wind for me to use much more than a Carhartt Sweat shirt and maybe a vest so I'll have my OWB holster on with what ever I'm carrying that day. I've spent several hours in -40* up in Barrow taking inventory and didn't even think about a gun. No many bad characters out in that.


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Even in mid-Winter, I usually have my coat open if I’m moving around. If it’s so cold I have to be all zipped up, I figger the average jackass that might be a problem is hunkered down, not on the prowl.

In the woods, I can wear my tanker rig, unless ice and snow might freeze up my gun. In that case, the tanker rig is more accessible inside my coat than a belt rig.


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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
I'm surprised that I appear to be alone in my J-Frame .38 in the outside coat pocket solution. This has been a standard mode of carry in the cold since the J-Frame first appeared on the market.

This is what I do as well in really cold, coat buttoned up weather...

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I carry a G19 aiwb year round. Even my warmest down jacket can be lifted enough to allow good access. It helps to practice your presentation with any clothes you wear regularly.

What do you do with your gun if you carry in your jacket pocket when you take off the jacket?



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I find it hard to believe drawing from a pocket is faster than owb under a jacket.

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With the right revolver, just let loose from inside the pocket.

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Originally Posted by Hypocrite
I find it hard to believe drawing from a pocket is faster than owb under a jacket.


Exactly. Just had a guy locally draw from a pocket and sadly blew the family jewels off. A good holster on the waist, and loose coat is no issue.

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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
I'm surprised that I appear to be alone in my J-Frame .38 in the outside coat pocket solution. This has been a standard mode of carry in the cold since the J-Frame first appeared on the market.


You aren't. In winter I carry a Sig P320 in 357 Sig on my right hip. But because it gets cold up here in Michigan, I carry a SW 638 in my right hand coat pocket. I safety pin in a pocket holster and everything stays where it out to when I take the coat off at the office.


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Front right coat pocket.


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