This is a discussion on Concealed Camping/Hiking within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was wondering what others do when hiking/camping in regards to concealed carry. Specifically, I would like to know how people carry while sporting a ...
I was wondering what others do when hiking/camping in regards to concealed carry.
Specifically, I would like to know how people carry while sporting a backpack. By backpack, I mean a large pack that has a padded waistbelt built into it. Obviously the waistbelt would hinder normal IWB carry. How do you carry when hiking/camping?
I would like to hear solutions that maintain concealment, but provide ready access in case of emergency.
I typically frown on carrying in a bag or pack, but thats what I do when I'm out on my bike or hunting/camping or whatever.
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My camping pack has two decent sized pockets that are on the side and designed for snacks or some such thing, seems the H&K .40 fullsize fits perfectly in one with a couple of magazines in the other. Though I am thinking of picking up one of the new Taurus Judges for that and rugged truck duty.
For hiking or exercise walking I use a large green fanny pack that I got from Bagmaster. I wear it in front. The gun is easily accessed and it's a comfortable carry. Of course anyone who knows these things won't be fooled by my fanny pack.
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Most of this would take place in National Forest, and as such, CCDW concealed carry is fine.
I went open while in George Washington National Forest a few weeks ago. I typically carry IWB but a pack makes things a bit more interesting. I usually end up going with a drop-leg holster and it works well. It's easy to get to (since it's just below your hand) and it's out of the way of your pack/gear etc...
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I am a cartographer and spend a lot of time on projects hiking / backpacking. For a day pack I like the Camelback Demon. For overnight stuff with a full sized pack I use a Wilderness Tacticle Safepacker that goes over the waistbelt. It will fit on almost any size waistbelt. Works great. http://store.thewilderness.com/index...458c2ebf6139c0
For what it's worth, I am speaking of hiking fairly deep in the woods, where access to a weapon would be as much, if not more so, for protection from some sort of animal, as it would be for human encounters.
A backpack with some sort of concealed holster built into the waistband would be perfect. I would guess that would be something that might be able to be adapted, putting together a few products.
Thanks for the replies, keep them coming.
i actually did this not to long ago.
my packpack has a fannypack top.
so i took that off and attached it to the waistband of my backpack around 10 oclock. worked great.
kyccw: I'm curious, if you are going to be carrying for the 4 legged critters, what gun/cal. do you carry??
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G17, G19, G36, PPK/S
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I hope you don't run into any bears with only a .45 to help you. You might consider a G29. Something is better than nothing, and a .45 is better than most though.