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One of the primary reasons that people pick KT handguns is that they are small, compact, and highly concealable. How concealable? Well, many owners of the smaller P-32 and P-3AT series often use their pockets rather than belt mounted holsters. This can be absolutely safe and fast in presentation if practiced. However, there are some pitfalls to be aware of.

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How big is too big?

With the smaller guns in Kel Tec's line, the .32ACP and .380ACP pistols weighing in at under a half pound each when fully loaded, these palm-sized mouse guns are ideal for pocket carry. You have to realize that in many cases these guns are smaller than the Beretta Minx/Tomcat series with their cute tip-up barrels and the Ruger LCP, both of which are commonly stuffed in trousers around the country. However even the larger Kel Tec PF-9 and PF-40 series handguns can be safely pocket carried should the need arise.

Holsters please

When carrying a handgun in the pocket, there are two big things to worry about. First, the gun has a tendency to float around while you walk, sit, or move about as it is pushed by your body and pulled by the fabric of your pocket lining. This can make drawing your handgun impossible without fishing around for the grip. Worse, with the gun in play, the muzzle is wandering around which can lead to a very dangerous, possibly life threatening situation.

Second, a holster will typically shield the pistol's trigger guard from accidentally getting fingers, fabric, or other items that happen to be drifting around your pocket from working their way into a position that could bind up the trigger itself-- causing an accidental discharge.

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Don't laugh; these things happen when pocket carrying and can be deadly serious.

Pocket carry holsters range from $9-$50 and any number of designs from DeSantis, Slick Holsters, Blackhawk, Uncle Mikes and others are out there for your KT.

Florida incident

Last September there was an incident in a South Florida Wendy's fast food restaurant in which three were injured. As reported by the Florida Times-Union, an off-duty Clay County sheriff's deputy had his Kel Tec P-3AT discharge while pocket carrying.

It seems that his 2-year-old son was routing around the deputy's pocket looking for candy and accidentally got his finger inside the trigger guard, firing a round. It blew out the deputy's pants pocket, ricocheted off the floor, and fragments injured the youth, the boy's grandfather, as well as two female customers who were standing nearby.

Keep this incident in mind when pocket carrying and be mindful of the gun, careful with your holster selection, and by all means, stay safe out there.
 

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What kind of f#&;:ing IDIOT lets a kid root around in a pocket with a gun in it!?!?!!?
 

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I would add the JS Pocket Holster to the list. That is what I use for my P-3AT. http://armory.jsholsters.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=2058 And, yeah, that is insane to allow a two year old anywhere near a pocket with a gun in it.
 

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Wrong! Half a pound is 8 ounces. Not even the Kel-Tec P-32(even less so the P3AT) weighs under 8 ounces fully loaded. More like 10 oz for the P32, maybe a hair less for the 1st Gen P32. More than that for the P3AT.
 
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