My AMT Backup .380 is a small enough semi-auto pistol to be properly termed a “pocket gun”, and the pocket holster I use with it is usually great for carrying it VERY concealed. As light as is is, however, there are sometimes when I wear “exercise pants”, or lounge type wear with no belt that will not support the weight sufficiently. When I walk out to get my morning paper, it is usually still dark, there is a lot of traffic on the road,of who knows what all types, and we often have wandering skunks between me and the mailbox – and at least once a big rattlesnake – so I would like to be able to “carry” the small pistol in warmer months when I won’t be wearing a jacket with big pockets. By the way, when I told the story about the rattler to our city manager and told him I almost had to ask “forgiveness” for violating the city ordinance against discharging a firearm, he told me he considered killing a rattlesnake to fall under the Texas “Castle Law” that gives homeowners the right to use deadly force to defend themselves or their property!
The latest option I am trying is an ankle holster that attaches with a wide velcro strap. It is designed for small autos, and holds the .380 Backup well – even has a retention strap. While not especially designed for it, and a bit heavier, my .45 ACP DAO Backup can also be carried in the same holster.
So far, this seems like the solution I was looking for, and I carried the .380 in this holster on my last woods trip, instead of in a front pocket.