POWERFUL REVOLVERS FOR THE WINTER COAT POCKET
I will admit that from time to time I have carried more powerful compact revolvers in a coat pocket. In the day, I used to carry one of the original Charter Arms .44 Special Bulldogs with the 2.5-inch barrel and after substituting grips from the Charter Undercover .38 Special revolver, which would fit it. It slipped readily into a jacket pocket and gave me good power with medium velocity SWC loads. I have also carried a 2.5inch barreled S&W Model 66 or a 3-inch barreled S&W 686 Carry Comp .357 Magnum in a winter coat pocket. On occasion, I have carried my Hardcastle custom 25-5 snub .45 Colt revolver in a coat pocket, as well. These, however, were guns that I stuck in a pocket because the weather was cold and they would be easier to access than unbuttoning my coat for a .45 auto or a magnum revolver on the hip. Yes, they were carried as pocket revolvers but were not so intended.
Though not a pocket revolver in the traditional sense, Thompson has carried an S&W Model 66 with 2 ½” barrel in a heavy jacket or coat pocket.