But how are these pants to draw and shoot from? Pretty good actually. To test that I spent a day on the range drawing from the concealment of the pockets, getting three shots on target, checking my environment to insure no other threat existed and then "holstering." I went through the repetition more than thirty times.
The first few draws were a bit uncoordinated because I had to get used to "breaking" the pocket open during the draw process. Once I had practiced the movements a few times, my draw got faster and my presentation cleaner. As with any holster, you have to know the holster, know the firearm, and work your draw and reholster properly to be safe. In this case, holstering into a pocket, I found that the secret was lining my trigger finger up straight alongside the trigger guard as I slid the weapon into my pocket. Additionally, and this should probably go without saying, the gun is the only thing you put in that pocket.
That last little tidbit caused me some minor aggravation at first. Why? Because I'm a creature of habit as much as the rest of us. I fill my pockets each day the same way. In my right front pocket goes cash, challenge coin and zippo lighter. My Emerson Commander folding lockblade gets clipped into that pocket. It may seem insignificant but that's four things I had to put elsewhere when I pocketed the gun. Thankfully, the CCW Breakaways also come in a cargo pant design giving me additional pocket space to redistribute those items.
Overall I have to give these pants two thumbs up. I found them to be comfortable within reason given their function. They perform as advertised and, with practice, are easy to draw and present from. Given that so many states are now "Shall Issue" states, such apparel items will surely be finding their way more often into the mainstream public apparel.
MSRP runs about $85-$90 on the CCW Breakaways website. That's pretty good when you consider you're combining the cost of a pair of pants with the cost of two holsters in each pair. Check them out and see what you think.
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Lt. Frank Borelli (ret) is the Editor In Chief for Officer.com, and has 30 years of military and civilian law enforcement experience. An instructor since 1989 and having delivered training across the country, he stays active in police work, training, and writing. Frank has had five non-fiction and two fiction books published along with two research papers of specific interest to the law enforcement and/or military communities. All can be found / purchased on his Author Page on Amazon.com linked above. If you have any comments or questions, you can contact him via email to email@example.com.