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Carry methods with a pack on?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Lampshade, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    What are your people's plans for carrying a sidearm if you need to bug out on foot?

    Got my pack all together and it certainly would interfere with the usual 3-5 oclock carry.

    A thigh rig seems logical but I'd really prefer to stay concealed.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  2. id1otbox


    Oct 14, 2011
    Fort Collins CO

  3. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    pretty much the perfect time for a cross draw holster.

    Mount it on the side flap of the pack and call it a day.
  4. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Just a regular IWB or OWB belt holster as long as it's concealed.

    BUGs in various locations.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  5. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
  6. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    That safepacker is handy and works well for 'non-concealed' concealment. I have one (commander size iirc) that fits a G19 and have used it numerous times with no complaints. Even has space for a spare mag - maybe two spares if they were single-stack.

    Personally, I went thigh rig for pack-wearing use when I recently made a bunch of changes in my ghb gear. I really don't really like them, but it does let me take my pack (or vest) off & on without having to mess with the gun, and with practice, it's surprisingly useable.
  7. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    a london bridge "tanker' holster in nylon.
  8. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
  9. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    When I am packing out game like moose or caribou, or just carrying a pack, I'm packing a Fourty Four. It is hanging right in front of my wiener. It ain't hitting the pack, and I can easily reach it no matter what. Nothing says you have to pack that pistol on your hip, cowboy. Don't worry about how it looks.
  10. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    For deep cover it is hard to beat a concealed carry jacket. I have two:

    A Coronado Leather Jacket for summer/fall use.



    A Sig Saur jacket for cold weather. It looks just like a Carhartt jacket except it has two concealed carry pockets. Warmest (and heaviest) jacket I have ever owned.


    It is very unlikely my CCW would ever be accidentally exposed in these jackets. It would take a pat down to detect it.

    If it is really hot weather then I would use an LPC in the pocket with the primary gun in an outside pocket of the backback. It is really unwise to be visibly armed in SHTF situation.

    EOTWAWKI? I am carrying my FAL on a sling.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012
  11. This is a very bad idea in my tiny little mind. Too many times when backpacking there is reason to drop the pack. Now you're unarmed.

    Mmm. Not for this kid.

  12. With a backpack on, sling something that looks like a mapcase and wear it like one.
  13. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    Interesting. Not a bad idea IMO.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012
  14. jbenton

    jbenton Anti-Socialist

    May 15, 2004
    I've used the Wilderness holster while backpacking. Worked great! I secured it to the front of the hip strap. I'd consider it semi-concealed. It didn't "scare the children" we passed, but anyone that knows the first thing about guns would know what it is.
  15. Bravo 1

    Bravo 1 Serious Infidel CLM

    Sep 21, 2005

    You have never humped a pack before if you are serious about a IWB anything,,,,,,,
  16. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    Ahh Lampshade has found the question that has puzzled me when I go on a multiday hike.

    How do you conceal carry a handgun when you have a large backpack with a Hip belt. Sure you can walk around with a drop down pistol rig and your AR in the Mad Max fantasy world, but what if you need to get to point A to Point B on foot in a standard SHTF situation and you want to be an armed "Gray Man"

    If your carrying a small handgun, its not that big of a deal. You can still pockey carry if its a mouse gun. You can get a camera case or other pouch and attach it to you waist or shoulder strap.

    Service sized pistols and large caliber revolvers get a little tricky. You can always go with a conceal carry vest (like 5.11) and backpack route, but if you are hiking in the summer, you are going to cook in your own juices. Another option some turned me on to are front packs like those like the ribz pack, or the osprey grab bag.
    Review showing a full size 1911 with other stuff in Ribz Pack
    [ame=""]Ribz Front Pack Review - YouTube[/ame]

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  17. sebecman


    Jun 13, 2008
    When I was hiking alot I just used a fanny pack for CC. Doesn't interfere with hip straps of pack.
  18. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    That is probably the best solution I've read so far.

    - blends in

    - easily assessable

    - available everywhere
  19. I have used three different options.

    1) The easiest option would be waist/fanny pack. It fits well in the front and under any waist/hip belt on the pack. I find it to be kind of hot in the summer over the groin however.

    2) I have used a Safariland ALS holster with a UBL drop mount. Mounted on a belt at 3 o'clock. Just wear a cover shirt that is long enough to conceal the holster. This allows it to clear the back pack hip belt. It is also what I wear at work to allow my draw to clear my body armor.

    3) Go here..... They make a kydex chest holster that is much more streamlined than the monstrosities that some people suggest. I could never wear some of those huge chest rigs with all the pockets and pouches. Just too much heat retention while hiking. An Air Marshal friend of mine turned me on the Survival Sheath Systems. I use the downward draw version so that I can draw from under a cover garment. I have found this to be the most preferred of the 3 methods outlined.
  20. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    I think we might have a winner, since it'll go nicely with my Osprey pack. Not too big and reasonably priced.

    The Wilderness Safepacker looks awesome but I can't justify dropping $100 on something like that at the moment.

    Thanks for all the other suggestions guys, still gonna look into 'em. Keep 'em coming!
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012