Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

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Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby ennis » Tue 22 Mar 2011 11:33 am

I would like to carry concealed while hiking. 80% of the time I am wearing a full size backpack with a waistbelt (ie not a little daypack). I would be carrying a Glock 29, any suggestions for a carry method that would allow for quick access to my gun, if needed? :dunno:
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby divegeek » Tue 22 Mar 2011 11:56 am

ennis wrote:I would like to carry concealed while hiking. 80% of the time I am wearing a full size backpack with a waistbelt (ie not a little daypack). I would be carrying a Glock 29, any suggestions for a carry method that would allow for quick access to my gun, if needed? :dunno:

I think one of these would work well, but I actually just use a regular low-ride belt holster. I tend to put my pack's waistbelt above my regular belt anyway, so it works just fine for me.

Oh... of course neither of the options I suggested are really "concealed". If concealment is important (which it can be if you're on a scout outing), I use a SmartCarry. The accessibility isn't great, since I have to release my pack's waistbelt before I can get to the gun, but it's not as bad as carrying it in the pack.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby muddy » Tue 22 Mar 2011 12:01 pm

I was looking for the same thing for fly fishing. If you want to keep the pistol on you and not your backpack you have just a couple options.

A shoulder holster is one option. This is the option I went with for fishing in wader as the pistol remains accessible but out of the way of my fly vest. This option would work well for backpacking as long as the holster straps don't interfere with the backpack.

Your second option and the one I would use is a mini chest rig. I wanted this to work for fishing but my XD 40 in a Serpa holster attached to a molle plate was just to much width once I put on my fly vest. Depending on the position I wore the chest rig I looked like I had a pair of knockers or a monster belly and ether way it made accessing my fly vest a pain. For backpacking it would be ideal as you have room for your pistol and mag plus other items like a compass, light, gps ect. I have the Tactical Tailor Mini MAV rig.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby UtahJarhead » Tue 22 Mar 2011 12:30 pm

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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby B Cart » Tue 22 Mar 2011 4:59 pm

When I fly fish I always carry in a smart carry. It's still not the most ideal access, but it stays out of the way of my vest etc., and I can still get to it relatively quickly.

For back packs, I've tried a couple different things. I hunt alot and always carry while hunting. Depending on the pack that you have, you can sometimes use certain IWB holsters that have a clip, and then attach them to the waist strap.(I'll try upload a picture later to explain).

I think smart carry is a great idea if you really want to conceal, and if not you can use a Serpa holster and just put the waist strap above where the gun goes into the holster. Someone mentioned a chest rig, and that might work, but I wear binoculars on my chest, so that wouldn't work too well for me.

I hope that helps a little, and let us know what you find out. I'm always looking for a better solution :D
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby cdrhoad » Tue 22 Mar 2011 5:14 pm

5.11 makes some decent concealed carry undershirts.. the gun sits about where it would in an over the shoulder type holster.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby cablecutter » Wed 23 Mar 2011 8:11 am

Thanks for asking this I have a G29 too and have been thinking about the same questions! I like to back pack and I didn't want to do a thigh holster... more and more divegeek is convincing me of the SmartCarry. I should just break down and buy one!
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby B Cart » Wed 23 Mar 2011 8:27 am

cablecutter wrote:Thanks for asking this I have a G29 too and have been thinking about the same questions! I like to back pack and I didn't want to do a thigh holster... more and more divegeek is convincing me of the SmartCarry. I should just break down and buy one!


SmartCarry is a nice way to go. I'm sure someone on this board would gladly let you try one out so you can see how it feels before you buy one. I would let you try mine, but it's a small one for my P238, and I don't know if your G29 would fit... Smart carry isn't my number one carry preference, but if you want to deep conceal, it works very well.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby muddy » Wed 23 Mar 2011 8:28 am

I have a smart carry and use it at the gym 3 nights a week, its great. I would not want to backpack with it on however. Its slow enough getting to the smart carry with sweet pants on let alone having a waist belt to deal with. Its also kinda hot and sticky under the smart carry after a while at the gym, I would hate to see how much hotter it would be after hiking all day. I have enough trouble keeping the waist belt of my pack from digging into my body so I don't need the smart carry in the way. As for fly fishing with a smart carry while its out of the way I would have to tell any would be problems to wait just a minute while I remove my fly vest, unbuckle the waders, unbuckle my wading belt, drop the waders and pull out the top of my pants before I can get to the pistol. For that matter why not just were my pistol as usual in an MTAC holster. I guess all I am saying is think about your options and chose wisely or end up with a holster drawer full of unused holsters.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby UtahJarhead » Wed 23 Mar 2011 10:13 am

I don't think SmartCarry is such a good idea. With the waist strap, it's going to either be competing with the smart carry, or making it very difficult to get to. They usually ride near the top of the pants which means you'd have to undo the waist strap to get to the smart carry and your pants. I still think a front facing fanny pack will be your best bet since it can sling over top of your backpack. There are also any number of bags you can get that would attach to the backpacks, particularly of the molle variety.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby tapehoser » Wed 23 Mar 2011 1:24 pm

I cannot conceal when I backpack. Of course, when I have on a backpack it's generally holding 30-35 pounds of camping gear and I have a carbine rifle slung over my shoulder. The his straps of the pack generally interfere with carrying a pistol of ANY sort/size near my waist.

That said, I have carried openly while backpacking many times. I place the pistol in my IWB holster and the slide it onto the chest strap of my pack. It's VERY accessible.
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby Steel Rain » Wed 23 Mar 2011 1:57 pm

tapehoser wrote: I have a carbine rifle slung over my shoulder.

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tapehoser wrote:I have carried openly while backpacking many times.

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If you must conceal then a fanny pack might be a something to consider; it doesn't have to be pink or light blue like the one you wore in the 80's - plenty of manufactures offer black nylon or whatever...
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby citori » Mon 06 Feb 2012 3:33 pm

What about a backpack that has an integrated holster into the hip belt, is there anything like that out there?
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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby goonsquad » Mon 06 Feb 2012 6:04 pm

I go with a bandoleer style holster from "cross fire". I suppose I could semi conceal it under an unbuttoned shirt, but if I am out and about in the backcountry I don't really care if some hippie takes offense. It also converts from the bandoleer to a hip holster.
I am about to sew another D ring on the bottom so I can anchor it on to a belt ring to keep it from moving, although it may not be really necessary especially under the weight of a pack.

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Re: Concealed carry while wearing a backpack

Postby DaKnife » Mon 06 Feb 2012 8:47 pm

No real experience re: recreational hiking, but when I'm gonna be going tactical I prefer the leg-drop holster. I've tried chest rigs on the LBV but it's not as quick or easy to get to. Leg drop puts it below any pack waist belts, and right at hand level for quick access. Of course that's all open carry.
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