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Hiking with a Mossberg clipped to the backpack, whoa

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by bikewriter, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. bikewriter


    Jan 26, 2011
    Came across a guy who looked like the stereotypical REI catalog outdoorsman while hiking. Everything appeared status quo for this mountain trail except for the Mossberg short-barrel 12g clipped to his backpack. We briefly chatted at the trailhead about his setup. had two nylon straps with lightweight buckles which clicked into the receiving end attached to the front of his backpack's harness. He said the barrel end buckle is undone when he approaches other hikers and drops the shotgun back/behind his right leg while turning his body away so as to not expose his shotgun as much.

    Asked about the weight he said it was "nothing" and compared it to a gallon of water or extra camping gear. It was a very sano setup for this week-long hikes into the high country.
  2. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    How long would it take him to deploy? Pretty sure it would be slower than a bear attack. If you can't have it ready in the blink of an eye. it's too late.

  3. MrMurphy

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

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    I'd rather have a folding stock model in the pack, or an HSGI scabbard, with a 3" .44 mag in a pouch concealed. Handy, out of the way, with the shotgun for if there's time.
  4. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I'd rather hike with this sling in front. 30 rounds of 7.62x39 with faster reload than most common pump shotguns. When deep in the woods I am not concerned about hiding it. I havent hiked with it but I have played in the Nevada desert with mine slung across my chest. I used to think they were impractical and nothing but a novelty. But not so much anymore.

    Last edited: Nov 28, 2011
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    Perhaps the KelTec KSG 12g will suffice.

    6.9 lbs, 14+1 capacity in dual selectable mag tubes.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2011
  6. Motor City Glocker

    Motor City Glocker Gun Addict

    Sep 28, 2011
    SE Michigan
    His setup sounds okay, but as has been previously posted, there is the speed factor. My Mossberg is on a sling and that's where she'll stay. Just my 2 cents.

    DHSGMAN Combat Veteran

    Jun 9, 2007