welcome from southern oregon
Newbie: I just turned 21 recently and am in the process of getting my concealed carry. I just recently purchased a Ruger LCR, and I am just not sure where would be the optimal place to carry the firearm. I'm a college student and wear a great deal of t-shirts and khakis on most occasions. If anyone could suggest a holster and a preference of location it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Generally speaking, a person who will carry a concealed firearm will find that he (she?) needs to make several "adjustments" to the wardrobe.
For instance, knit-fabric T-shirts do not do a particularly good job of hiding a concealed pistol. A loose, untucked, woven-cloth shirt works better.
If you elect to carry your pistol inside your trouser waistband (IWB), you will soon notice the need to buy larger pants.
If you carry outside your pants (OWB), you will need a covering jacket, or an even longer-tailed shirt. (Please do not use a "photographer's vest": It screams "Gun!" to anybody who sees you.)
You may find that your LCR is very difficult to shoot well. It's not you, but rather your inexperience. Small, lightweight guns are hard to shoot effectively, and they are certainly not very comfortable to fire.
Better would be to find a carefully-used, high-quality, full-size revolver with which to take your first steps. Once you've learned to shoot that well, you can "graduate" to your mini-pistol with a good deal more confidence and skill.
I like my DeSantis "SuperFly" pocket holsters. Google their site. Sticky exterior, with the velco square flap placed on either (outside) side. If it prints, it looks like "a wallet".
I have one for both my SIG P290 "pocket 9 mm" semi-auto, and my S&W J-frame snubby with CT laser grips. Also, they work well for gun "storage".
My J-frame is the same size as your Ruger LCR. I have a lady friend with one, and we both like her (your) Ruger LCR a lot.
Just repeating what Steve said above, like all 15-17 oz. snubbies in .38 Special, there is a REAL proficiency learning curve do to their recoil "bark".
The laws of Newtonian physics dictate tradeoffs between caliber, gun weight, and recoil. As it ever was, and ever will be. Sir Isaac said it best.
Sounds like cargo pants would work well for you. Maybe carry your snubby in your right hand pocket (if right-handed). ALWAYS in a holster covering the trigger.
And then carry your wallet, phone, etc. in left pockets. The idea is to have a visible "bulge" with innocent stuff to distract "eyes" away from the gun pocket.
Obviously, your choice on "positions". This way, you can wear t-shirts or any shirt you desire. "Formal" occasions are obviously a totally different deal.
Last edited by DanP_from_AZ; 02-02-2012 at 10:16 PM. Reason: #@%$*&@ spelling
I am a shirt tucker, so I also use a Desantis front pocket holster...no one has noticed yet.........just the regular model, not the superfly.......
The LCR is a member of the new sub-sub compact guns segment. It can be carried almost any place any weapon can be carried. Each has its advantage/disadvantage.
In the pocket. Advantage: Easy access when standing. Good concealability. Disadvantage: No access when seated.
Ankle holster. Advantage: Easy access when seated. Good concealability. Disadvantage: Slow access when standing.
Belt holster, strong side. Advantage: Easy access when standing. Must wear a concealing garment for concealment. Disadvantage: Poor access when seated, especially when belted in a automobile.
Belt holster, cross draw. Advantage: Easy access when standing. Reasonable access when seated, even in an automobile. Must wear a concealing garment that is closed in front. Disadvantage: Not for the fatties.
There are a bunch more, but others will have to pipe up as I am getting tired of typing.
Welcome to the forum! As others have stated, an LCR can be carried many places unlike a larger pistols or revolvers. If you wear cargo pants quite a bit, I'd recommend starting out with some sort of pocket carry (holsters for pocket carry are usually less expensive). If that didn't suit you, you could always move up to an IWB or clip type holster.
If you are in a chair, including even a puffy Morris chair with big arms, you need to turn your body quickly and smoothly until the pocket containing the pistol is uppermost and free of constraint. While doing this turn, you should also be moving your hand toward the pocket so that, as soon as it's free of the chair, you can dive in and grab the gun.
If you're driving a car and restrained by a seatbelt, the car becomes more important than your pistol. Drive away from the threat, including even driving in reverse. Drive right over the threat, if you have to.
If you're a passenger in a car, and restrained by a seatbelt, just release the seatbelt and follow the instructions for access while in a chair.
See: That wasn't so bad now, was it?
I carry either a PX4 subcompact or Compact and even a 92G at 10:30-11:00 (I'm left handed) with a Blackhawk IWB holster w/an untucked shirt. I'm not crazy about pocket holsters in any configuration.
Last edited by denner; 02-03-2012 at 09:15 PM.
my first thought most college camposes do not allow you to carry conceiled or other wise. due to recent school shootings ( va tech), I am a va resident, longwood university also in va is very strict about even haveing a gun on premisis. Alhough laws in other states my be different, Va dosent even alow you to have a firearm of any kind on school property unless its in a vehicle it occupied by a driver who is picking up a student. check your local laws first.
I think the OP only mentioned being a college student to describe his attire.