A good pocket pistol must be
- chambered in an effective round (for some, this would start at .380. For me personally, .38 is the minimum.)
- have a stainless finish to withstand rigors of things like and gardening sweat from the Texas heat
- be reliable
My 2 preferred carry methods for this .357 are either a pocket holster, or an ankle holster. Waistband holsters are made for revolvers, but I personally think that if you can wear something on the waist, you should carry something with a little more capacity and possibility of easier reloads.
The snubby with its 2 homes when we travel: A pocket holster and ankle holster:
If I'm wearing nice slacks and a tucked in shirt hat won't conceal a 1911 too well, I'll go with the ankle holster. The pocket holster gets called into duty if I don't feel like putting on a gun belt, holster, reloads, etc etc to run a quick errand or take the trash out to the curb.
I also carry 10 rounds in 2 bianchi tuff strips. Though the reload is not as fast as a semi auto, with practice you can reload from the strips quickly.
Is a 5 shot revolver the ideal carry piece? I don't think so, but it provides a comfy medium between a full sized service pistol and no gun at all, and 5 shots of .357 is a heck of a lot better than nothing in my book.
Until next time, shoot safe, grill weekly and go have fun in the garden!