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Drop leg holster for backpacking

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by ChrisMJX, May 2, 2013.

  1. ChrisMJX


    Sep 20, 2010
    I have been mucking along with a really lousy drop leg holster for my G32 for a year or two now and I'm sick of it. I take extended trips on foot through the Colorado backcountry fairly often, and I prefer to carry my pistol on my thigh where it is easily accessible at all times, but out of the way for the most part.

    Does anyone have experience with a drop leg holster they can recommend for backpacking? Keep in mind that I am often climbing trail sections that resemble steep stairs more than relatively level trails, so I'd like to be able to somehow minimize its tendency to move around my thigh, and it needs to have some sort of retention strap or clip etc.
    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  2. 98LS-WON


    Dec 20, 2008
    Lacey, WA
    I personally hate walking around w/ a leg drop holster, and it makes 1 cargo pocket completly unuseable. Have you though about securing a holster to the shoulder strap of your pack as a cross draw?

  3. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
    That's what I would do. I have friends who carry in a drop down leg holster and it seems unpleasant to say the least.

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  4. ChrisMJX


    Sep 20, 2010
    You're both right, it can be unpleasant for sure. It has occurred to me to strap it to my chest somehow, but there tends to be a lot going on across my chest when I'm backpacking. For instance, my water tube stretches across and clips to my chest, then my GPS unit clips to a shoulder strap, and I sometimes have other things on the other strap, such as a knife or compass if we're doing orienteering, tools... Another consideration is when we make trail stops, we often take our packs off, slinging them down to the ground and back up again.

    For these reasons I elected for a drop leg holster. Its not perfect, and if someone can suggest a good option for a chest holster I'd appreciate it, but its been tough to find a good, stay-put leg holster too!
    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  5. 98LS-WON


    Dec 20, 2008
    Lacey, WA
    I've used a BlackHawk legdrop for an entire deployment and it held up well, but it tends to flop around a lot if you are moving fast. Another option (I can't remember who makes it) is a holster than connects to your belt but lowers the pistol about 2-3 inches so the butt clears your vest. I bet that would probably clear the waist straps of your pack as well.

    Found an example, like this except dropped another inch or 2.
  6. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    When I am wearing a pack, especially when I am packing out meat, I wear my Redhawk hanging low, right in front of my Johnson. It isn't hitting the pack, and I can always reach it with either hand.
    If a bear was mauling my right arm, I can still get to the gun with my left. Not so if I'm packing strong side. It's happened to folks up here.
  7. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Well, for some of us that would not be a very specific location. at the knee? Mid thigh?
  8. 02LimitedX

    02LimitedX 0311

    Jul 30, 2006
    CIN, OH
  9. Jermzzzzzzz


    May 12, 2012
  10. I apologize.

    I am having trouble visualizing this carry position. All I can see is a pistol on a lanyard hung around my neck, like in the movie "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly", Eli Wallach's character Tuco.

    I like the sound of ambidextrous access though. Please explain.
  11. ChrisMJX


    Sep 20, 2010
    Jermzzzzzzz & ViennaGambit:

    Don't these bags interfere with your backpack's straps? It looks like these straps go over your shoulders, and what about the backpack's chest strap?
  12. Jermzzzzzzz


    May 12, 2012
    A packs strap fits comfortably over the kit bags straps or you can dock the kit bag to the strap

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    Last edited: May 12, 2013
  13. packeagle


    Mar 2, 2011
    I use a Safariland Drop Leg.

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  14. ViennaGambit


    Dec 19, 2009
    No - you take the kit bag straps off and they kit bag docks directly to the d-rings on the shoulder straps of your back pack around the area of the sternum straps. Then when you get to camp you just put the kit bag straps back on and wear it as a chest pack...

    Sounds annoying but its easy and worth it - I sleep with the kit bag on.

    ETA: you use the lift kit to attach to your pack:


    if youre genuinely interested, I'll hook it up tomorrow and take some pics for you.
    Last edited: May 12, 2013
  15. Mountain10mm


    Dec 14, 2007
    I'm in Colorado too. Every once in a while I run into some yahoo wearing a drop leg holster and have to laugh. I can only imagine the gadgets these people have on their AR's. All kidding aside, I laugh because I tried it once...or twice as well with multiple high-end, brands of drop-leg holsters. I figured how could Hollywood and the SWAT guys be wrong. If the legs straps (yes plural) were not blood-cinching tight, the gun just flopped around. The straps bunch your pants up against your junk, lift the cuff of your pants up to your calf, and make running almost impossible. I seriously wonder how the SWAT guys run their obstacle courses with these things - though most SWAT guys I know don't look like they run much anyway. In the back country I've found only two things that work. One, a Galco Miami Classic with wide strap shoulder holster, or a low/medium ride, outside-the-belt, real-leather (no nylon) holster with dual belt loops - one in front of the gun and one behind the gun (the loops are actually slots). The leather has to be stiff and so does the belt.

    The gun in a shoulder holster is easily accessible assuming you're not dressed for a blizzard and it allows you to ditch your pack and have it readily accessible. If I see a problem bear, I'm ditching my pack. Let the bear eat the pop-tarts out of the pack and I've got a few seconds to steady a shot if need be.

    Option 2, the low-ride leather holster gets cinched under the padded waist belt of the pack. This option doesn't work well with a 90 pound, frame pack, but it works very well with a day pack. In fact the padded belt helps keep the gun in place. The drawback is a slow draw. You will have to unbuckle/snap the packs belt to get to the gun. I generally use this option while rifle hunting elk when I have a big, big rifle in my hands almost every waking hour. The handgun is plan B or for small game so it doesn't need to be immediately accessible.
  16. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    You may want to check out Simply Rugged. Double post.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2013
  17. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    You may want to check out Simply Rugged. Send them an e-mail telling them what you are looking for. I have 3 of their holsters and am pleased with them all. I carried a Glock 22 on a hike today and use a simple Glock Sport Combat holster. Rides close to the body out of the way. Pretty basic but works for me when going light.
  18. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Only reason dropleg rigs exist is to clear body armor or rappeling rigs.

    The Safariland UBL will drop the holster off the belt to clear gear and armor without being strapped to the thigh.

    The Hill People bag is by far the best option, it was designed SPECIFICALLY for carrying a gun concealed while hiking with a pack.