So yesterday I had to go to a semi-remote location to spray some weeds and figured I’d take along a pistol. It was a hot day so I was thinking about IWB, but figured I would also be sweating and did not really want to sweat up my holster or the gun. I took the IWB holster and put it with my Ruger SR9C into my lower right side pocket on my cargo shorts. The tip of the magazine and grip were slightly visible, but I figured who cares since I was going to be trouncing through a bunch of weeds.
As I suspected it was a sweat fest and once I got home I decided to remove the pistol from that pocket. What I discovered was over the time I had been spraying it had jostled position deep within the pocket and the pistol was now positioned with the slide up and the magazine down. It was even a bit of pain to get it out of the pocket. My takeaway from yesterday is to be sure once you have decided how you will carry a pistol to try it out and see if it really works the way you had planned. I would have been better off to just throw my Ruger LCP into that pocket. It would have been easier to retrieve had I needed to access the pistol.
I said it before when I was talking about making holster decisions, be sure to practice drawing the pistol from the holster or pocket. In all honesty I did practice drawing the SR9C from the IWB holster in the cargo shorts pocket, what I failed to practice was walking around with the pistol to see if/how it shifted position. I now see it is important to be sure how the position of the pistol might change as you sit, stand and move.