CCW Breakaways Khakis and Jeans

by Leroy Thompson

photography by Leroy Thompson

June 14th, 2016


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Progressive movements for the draw from CCW Breakaways jeans.



Draw from CCW Breakaways khakis.



By turning the CCW Breakaway khakis inside out it is possible to adjust the pocket holster to fit the specific firearms.



Two extra belt loops on the jeans give better support when carrying one or two loaded guns; shown is the extra loop at the front.

As more and more people have gotten their concealed weapons licenses, the firearms industry has adapted to cater to that market.     Especially for those who live in urban areas and/or hot climates, pocket carry offers an excellent option.  As a result, compact pistols such as the S&W Shield, Springfield XD-S 3.3, Walther PPS M2, and Glock 23, among others, chambered for the 9x19mm cartridge or other powerful center fire loads, have become relatively common. Pocket holsters for these pistols have also become more widely available. Clothing designed for concealed carry has also been marketed by specialty retailers, though only a limited number really target the pocket carry market.  In the day, I used to have pockets lined with canvas or soft leather specifically for pocket carry and have had other adaptations made by tailors. Still, I have always been searching for good trousers designed for pocket carry—I’ve finally found them.


CCW Breakaways Concealed Carry Pants are the best of possible worlds, as they combine disguised holster pockets with breakaway pocket openings, thus offering an excellent combination of concealment and speed of presentation. Deep concealment is accomplished as the holster pockets carry the firearm below the hip-line-of-flexure in a natural cavity on the thigh’s inside radius. The pants incorporate holster pockets on both the right and left sides. Since I sometimes carry two pocket guns or one on the left (support) side when I carry a belt gun, I like this feature. By turning the pants inside out, the pocket may be quickly adjusted in size and length to take different types of firearms. The pockets themselves use rip-stop nylon liners for quicker draw and do not produce lint. Anyone who has carried a lot in a pocket knows that lint will accumulate on the weapon. The problem of loose threads that can get tangled in the trigger guard or around a hammer is also virtually eliminated. Two snaps that hold the pocket shut and “breakaway” with a quick twist of the hand during the draw crate a large opening for a surer and faster draw.


The “breakaway” solves another problem that has always bothered me with pocket carry: should the shooting hand become disabled it is difficult if not impossible to draw from the pocket with the support hand.    This is not the case with CCW Breakaways pants. I tried using my support hand to pull the breakaway snaps loose and grab the pistol out of the pocket by twisting it as I drew. It works.


The positioning of the pistol also makes for a more ergonomic, and thus faster, draw and presentation of the firearm. The design of the pocket also lets the shooting hand grasp the pistol grip and pre-position for the draw. I have done this for years when using pocket carry. BUT, REMEMBER THE FINGER MUST STAY OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD! In St. Louis, where I live, many of the better restaurants are in relatively rough neighborhoods. By casually thrusting my hands in my pockets as we walk from the car to the restaurant, I am ready to deal with a problem, yet do not appear to be looking for trouble—watching and ready for trouble, yes—but not looking!  As a good portion of American males stick their hands in their pockets, there is nothing odd about this. 


There are other noteworthy features of the CCW Breakaways pants.   For example, they do not have a logo sewn on to alert anyone observing that you have a gun in your pocket. Also appealing to me is that the pants are designed to be TRUE-TO-SIZE and not shrink. Note, though, that because they are true to size, it is important to follow the directions on the website to order your correct size. On the CCW Breakaways Denim Jeans, extra belt loops are added to prevent sagging. This helps with the weight of a gun or two guns, as well as other gear that may be carried in the pocket. 


I also recommend purchasing one of the CCW Breakaways belt with the pants. It does a great job of holding up your pants, but it also offers other uses, especially in medical emergencies.   


The khakis and the Jeans are both nice looking pants. They are cut a little full to allow for the carrying of the pistol, but they still look good. I’ve worn the khakis with a shirt, tie, and blazer, yet my wife, who never hesitates to comment on my sartorial state, has remained quiet!


I am quite impressed with the pants from CCW Breakaways. They are designed for those who carry a gun all of the time. Speaking of all of the time, on the CCW Breakaways website it is pointed out that when carrying the pistol in the breakaway pocket, not only can you use a public toilet without having to remove your gun and find a place for it, but you can also draw it from the seated position. In fact, it may be drawn when seated in a vehicle, at a table, or elsewhere. CCW Breakaways clothing is designed for those of us who believe that we should have our handgun with us at all times and should be able to access it quickly.


For more information and videos that demonstrate how the CCW Breakaways pants function go to:

Leroy Thompson

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Drawing a S&W M&P Shield from CCW Breakaway jeans shows how the pocket holster positions the pistol for a natural draw.



Unlike most pants used for pocket carry, the breakaway pocket allows draw with the support hand if necessary.



Close-up of draw with the support hand.



Another advantage of the CCW Breakaway pants is that it is possible to quickly draw while seated.  It is important to keep the finger outside the trigger guard during the draw while seated, as the muzzle may be pointing towards the body. Note that if there were really a threat, the Airedale would already be on it, while Leroy was drawing!



Close-up of the draw while seated.