Securing a Handgun Poolside

Securing a Handgun Poolside

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    My family joined a private pool this year, and that led to consideration of how the heck to secure my sidearm at poolside while I was in the water. My primary concern is keeping the gun away from curious children, not outright theft.

    Looking through my box o'holsters, I found an old unused fanny pack. This no-name pack uses zippers, with pulls that have an eye in them. I put a padlock through the eye, and presto - a way to keep the gun secured! The padlock can be tucked into the outer pocket, so it is not obvious that the largest pack pocket is locked.

    Master Lock makes a padlock that uses a simplex mechanism, with one large central button that can move up, down, left, and right. You can set your own combination. This makes for a reasonably quick access, and no concern about losing a key.

    And of course, the fanny pack can be used for all the other things you need to bring with you to the pool - phone, wallet, keys, etc. While I generally eschew the use of a fanny pack, it does work in this particular application, without being too obvious.

    I usually carry my LCR in this role, in a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster, in the pack. I'll throw a speed strip in it as well.

    Just putting this out there, for anyone else trying to figure out how to stay armed while enjoying the pool.
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    Sounds like a good approach! Certainly better than an LCP in a ziplock bag, hiding in the speedo.
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    under water pistol and shoulder holster. you won't even need the speedo

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    CC even when swimming!

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    And when the fanny pack turns up missing while your back was turned? What about the kids that cut the fanny pack open to get "money" and end up playing with your handgun?


    If you're swimming in a place that is so dangerous that you feel your life is in danger and you need a gun at pool side while doing so then maybe find a different pool where you could feel safe leaving it in the car or locked in a locker.

    The risk of your gun getting into the wrong hands is far greater than the risk of a deadly threat while swimming I 'd think.
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    Just carry a flare gun. If you start drifting too far away on your inner tube, you can signal for help.

    But personally, I just don't carry to the pool.
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    There's things I do in life that I just don't need to be (or can't be) armed for. Swimming at the pool or beach is one of them. Especially since I like to visit a tiki bar or two while beach side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    And when the fanny pack turns up missing while your back was turned? What about the kids that cut the fanny pack open to get "money" and end up playing with your handgun?


    If you're swimming in a place that is so dangerous that you feel your life is in danger and you need a gun at pool side while doing so then maybe find a different pool where you could feel safe leaving it in the car or locked in a locker.

    The risk of your gun getting into the wrong hands is far greater than the risk of a deadly threat while swimming I 'd think.

    I'd have to agree.
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    Secure the gun in your car. If there are private lockers you can put your own lock, that may be an answer. If I may ask a question... why do you feel you need a gun at a private pool deck?
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    You could just shove it down the front of your speedo's and smile big at all the people gawking at you!
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    I carry a spear gun... works in and out of the water!
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    No lockers, so that is not an option.

    This pool is down a long trail through a secluded area from the parking lot. More concerned with critters than criminals, though some cars have been broken into, so I'd rather have the gun with me.

    Our stuff is left at poolside within sight, and this is a private pool, so everyone there is known. Plus, there is a lifeguard on duty. Don't think I need to worry about kids cutting the pack open, and besides, my wallet is in the outside pocket, which is not locked.

    No bar, and if there was one, no matter - I don't drink alcohol.

    I am more concerned with the drive and walk to/from the pool, than I am about safety per se while at the pool. Hence the need to secure the gun while there.
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    I'd be more worried about the fanny pack growing legs than anything else. Lock or no lock, one can bust open a zipper in seconds with a pen, stick, knife or what have you.

    Look at Pacsafe stuff. Retractable cable locks, packs and bags with locks and slash resistant fabrics. Not foolproof but plenty of deterrent for poolside.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Spuk View Post
    Secure the gun in your car. If there are private lockers you can put your own lock, that may be an answer. If I may ask a question... why do you feel you need a gun at a private pool deck?
    That's his business. Not my place to question someone's motives for being armed at any given time. If we want to go that route, why not go armed only when Bloomberg, Feinstein, or Rahm think it is appropriate!
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