BORAII and the Ruger LCP II

Serendipity, n. "The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way."

Or, in this case, when two acronyms combine in a serendipitous way to bring safe, effective and comfortable pocket carry to the average person.


I've long been a fan of Ruger's LCP. I've had two of the original versions but finally gave them up for the basic reason that I could not train myself to shoot them accurately enough in a potential self defense situation. As I've said elsewhere, it is imperative that one only shoot the intended target and never endanger innocent people in a self defense scenario. If you can't shoot your carry gun accurately enough to meet this requirement, then get one that you can, or quit carrying.

When I heard about the LCP II, and saw enough about it from people whom I respect, I got one as soon as I could. It has certainly met all of my expectations for daily carry. And, yes, I am more than familiar with the "caliber" and "capacity" wars. I believe there will be no satisfactory answer to the arguments on all sides, however, my personal practice is based on the notion that I am an ordinary citizen, a man who is physically fit but in his senior years. I do not live in an overly dangerous place, although I sometimes visit places with a much higher crime rate and risk factor than my small town. The most realistic scenario I am likely to encounter is a quick, person to person confrontation that will begin and end quickly. If firearms are resorted to, I expect that only a few seconds and a few shots will be consumed. While it is possible that I might get involved in a running gun fight with multiple assailants extending over a longer period, this is so unlikely that I don't care to prepare for it.

I don't disagree with, or begrudge those who think otherwise. There are times when I think it prudent to carry my high-capacity 9mm with a reload, but given my situation those times are few.

After getting the LCP II, I carried it either in the pocket holster Ruger supplies with the gun, in the appendix position with a pjholster that is built to be tuckable, or, when home or around town, in my Bullard Bodyguard OWB holster. (I've had this Bullard holster since my first LCP. It fits the LCP II like it was made for it. Lucky me.) When I'm at work in my little rural health clinic, the place where security is furnished by the maintenance crew when necessary, I sometimes carried the 9mm with my shirt tucked. While a basically good idea, I don't particularly enjoy this method. I prefer pocket carry, which, with my larger semiauto, was just not feasible. Some people can get away with a Glock in the pocket, but i'm not one.

The Ruger pocket holster works. Mostly. But I don't like it. There is no assurance that it will remain in my pocket with the draw, and it is soft and flexible which is not a confidence builder when carrying a gun like the LCP II that has no manual safety. I spent time surfing the web looking for pocket holsters. There are more than a few, but to me, they all suffered from the fact that they were holsters made to be stuffed into a pocket. The best are synthetic - kydex or plastic - and have various features their makers incorporate to keep them from coming out of the pocket with the gun. Hooks, curves, thumb push-offs. These all appear to be add-ons to a basic holster and I have never been confident in them.

Then, I stumbled upon the BORAII. The name grabbed me at first. BORAII? What could that mean? Oh, Bill Of Rights Amendment II. I'm for that. Then the photo was perplexing. The thing doesn't look like a holster. No, and that's because it really isn't a holster per se, it is an attachment to orient and conceal a pistol in the pocket, and, more importantly, to protect against a negligent discharge. It is small, minimalist and covers only those parts of the gun that it needs to. Think about it.

Why does a gun that is carried in a pocket need to also be covered by a holster? Basically, the gun needs to stay oriented in the proper way so that a quick and secure grip can be made while in the pocket. It needs to not look like you have a gun in your pocket. It needs to detach itself from the gun when it is drawn from the pocket.

But, in the case of the BORAII, it also protects the shooter and bystanders from a negligent discharge while drawing, loading, unloading or pocketing the pistol. Ingenious. Brilliant.

The only thing the BORAII has going against it is tradition. It doesn't look like a "holster". That's because it isn't. It performs the same functions as a holster, but also provides more with less.

I thought about it. Made sense to me, but the proof is in the using so I contacted the folks who make this pocket carry device and asked to try one out. They quickly sent one and I've been using it for a few weeks now. Everywhere. It just works. And, I feel much more confident when handling the LCP II, loading, unloading, carrying.

Now, the lightweight combination of the BORAII and the LCP II with a spare magazine accompanies me everywhere and no one is the wiser. 

If you carry a smaller semiautomatic, larger perhaps than the LCP but still of pocket size, get yourself a BORAII for your gun. You won't spend more than $20 and you will be glad you did.