I Carry: Ruger LCP II in a Vedder Pocket Locker Holster

posted on September 8, 2017

Welcome to Episode Five of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together an ideal everyday-carry kit. Today, we have a Ruger LCP II pocket pistol in a Vedder Holsters Pocket Locker. Rounding out the gear is a TAC5 TCP-9 Tactical Pen and a Blackhawk CQB/Rigger's Belt.

The Gun – Ruger LCP II ($349)

  • Chambered in .380 ACP with a six-round magazine capacity
  • Trigger is single-action-style; hammer is cocked by slide cycling, not by trigger pressure
  • Slide holds open on this new model, unlike the original LCP

The Holster – Vedder Holsters Pocket Locker Holster ($39.99)

  • Constructed from a single sheet of kydex
  • Three ways to draw/carry: hook catches pocket corner; eyelet can attach inside of a bag, allowing for purse or backpack carry; thumb tab allows for unholstering
  • Sweat-guard design completely covers both sides of the pistol, and the closed mouth prevents pocket lint from building up.

The Flashlight – TCP-9 Tactical Pen ($56)

  • Features unscrewable pen cap, along with a replacement ink cartridge
  • The cap features an 80-lumen flashlight that is designed to be completely waterproof
  • Pen itself comes with a small steel blade, which is removable
  • Opposite side of pen features a glass-breaker made from tungsten steel
  • Runs off LR936 (watch) batteries, and two spare batteries are also included

The Belt – Blackhawk CQB/Rigger’s Belt ($50.95)

  • MIL-standard certified belt, constructed with nylon webbing rated up to 7,000 pounds of tensile strength and parachute-grade buckles and adapters
  • Measures 1.75 inches wide and can secure a firearm and mag carrier, if needed
  • Comes in black, coyote tan, desert sand brown, multicam and olive drab


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