In Anchorage it would get a bit nippy every now and then. We were issued parkas.
The parka was designed with a side zipper that was suppose to allow you to keep your service revolver exposed. Sounded nice in theory but at the range I quickly found out the revolver always got hung up on the coat.
Parkas have rather large pockets so I just stuck a snubby in my pocket. Walked around with my hand in my pocket and on my revolver any time I figured I may need it.
Never fired in from the pocket, I figured practicing would cause me to have to buy a new parka and those puppy's were expensive. I figured it would beat getting a revolver hung up in a zipper if you needed it.
The thing is, like any other pocket carry, you can be ready and no one knows.
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071