Finally a Backpacking Concealed Carry Solution for hiking!!
I know some of you hike/backpack and it's always been challenging to find a solution to concealed carry when wearing a pack that has an integrated waist belt. For serious backpacking, having a gun belt or holster on the waist is heavy and can rub. Add the waist belt of any good pack and it's impossible.
Some have modified fanny packs to ride on the packs waist belt, others have used the Safepacker and strapped it on the waist belt of the pack. Others carry the gun in their pack. Another option is a drop leg hholster and open carry.
I wanted a solution that was lightweight, concealed, would stay on me when I took off my pack for breaks or at camp in the evening. I wanted something to wear around camp without having to pack and bring a long a gun belt an holster.
I think I finally found the solution :image035:
It's called the Snubby from a company called Hill People Gear. You can google. this is a very minimalist chest rig/pouch that's designed to be worn under another packs shoulder straps. It can be adjusted so it hangs clear of the sternum strap on most back packs. it's not the fastest draw but it's close at hand and stays on your body if you drop your pack for a break. In the evening around camp you always have it on but don't have to bring a gunbelt or holster.
If you want to carry a larger/smaller gun there are three sizes, the Snubby, the runners kit bag, and the regular kit bag. Not cheap but not really much worse than a Safepacker and much more suitable for true backpacking.
Here's a link: Hill People Gear | Other Projects
All of their gear seems high quality and well thought out. The Snubby is new so it's not even shipping yet. I've ordered mine and expect it'll be a month before I get it. When I do I'll do a full review from a backpacker's perspective.
the only downside is that a chest rig like this might seem odd and draw some questions. I'll explain it's just a rig to keep my essentials on me while backpacking/hiking. I bought the Snubby because it'll fit a kahr K9 or Officer's 1911. I can carry an extra mag and I'll carry a firestarter, emergency blanket, map, compas and my Esee Izula II fixed blade. In fact that's about all you could carry in this small of a bag.
All the buckles are at the bag so you can adjust it without taking it off. It also comes with a small string/or strap the connects to the bottom so you can carry it lower without it flopping against the chest if you're a trail runner or something.
I've added a few pics as well. There's never a perfect solution but if you've been looking for one for carrying a gun while backpacking with a pack that has a waist belt, this just might be it. And, if you like Maxpedition type day packs for hiking, etc, I think some of the pack options from Hillpeoplegear.com might actually be a better option.
I was/am REALLY excited about this carry solution. I'll always have my gun on me, don't have to have a big heavy gun belt on that'll rub me on long hikes, etc. I know I can open carry in Missouri but don't want the attention. So check it out.
I'll report back this fall after I get mine and use it. Also, I got the snubby because I'm only 5'7" and their other "kit" bags seem to wide for the width of my chest but if you're one of the BIG guys out there with a wide chest, you could use the runners kit or their main kit bag and I think those would be great.
This won't make sense unless you study their site, but you can take their kit (chest) bag, and match it to one of their small packs with an optional shoulder harness they offer and I think you'd have about the perfect day rig.
Enjoy the day
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