Best Fanny Pack Holster?
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First the good news - I received my FL CCW permit in the mail today (Yaah!).
Bad news - the ...
April 22nd, 2005 01:11 AM
Best Fanny Pack Holster?
Good news / Bad news.
First the good news - I received my FL CCW permit in the mail today (Yaah!).
Bad news - the CTAC I ordered won't work with the lightweight shorts and shirts I wear most of the time (not to mention I still need to lose a few pounds for IWB to be comfortable).
So I decided to go with a fanny pack holster. Who makes the best ones? I'd prefer it to be fabric, and not black, if possible.
Thanks in advance!
April 22nd, 2005 02:01 AM
Not sure who makes it, but clipse's Million Mom March makes one that nobody would ever suspect you were carrying a gun in. The one I have is a bit too big (thick) and rarely use it. It's made by Three Peaks but I would not necessarily recommend it. You might also consider a belly band for those occasions when a holster simply won't work.
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April 22nd, 2005 03:28 AM
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I have a belly bag but I rarely wear it. To me it's just like a neon sign that says, "HEY!! Everybody, I have a gun!!" I prefer to be more discrete.
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April 22nd, 2005 10:05 AM
Amen, brother! Unless you're wearing one at the beach or poolside (an environment where a lot of non-gun people also wear them) it just screams GUN!!!
Originally Posted by acparmed
I was having lunch w/ a buddy yesterday ( a former LEO Range Officer). We watched a guy walk by in the restaurant wearing a fanny pack. My friend and I just looked at each other, chuckled and said the word "amature" simultainously to each other.
As long as your shorts have belt loops, you can carry a decent sized weapon with a good IWB holster. I've got guys running all around FL (as well as the rest of the world) in shorts and tees wearing 5" 1911's.
Whether you buy it from me, Del Fatti, Alessi , Bulman, Sparks or whoever - always keep in mind that a top quality holster is an investment - it will give you years and years of really fine performance. A cheapie was just an expenditure of money.
FWIW, Most shooters have a holster graveyard in a box shoved in a closet or under the bed. It usually has a wide range of cheapie holsters and related paraphenalia - none of which works all that well. When you add up the cost of all the cheap stuff, you'll soon see that it would have been far cheaper to have simply bought a good holster to begin with, not to mention that you would also then have something that you can actually use.
I hope that this bit of advice (learned the hard way myself) helps! Good luck!
April 22nd, 2005 11:52 AM
First, consider that if you are going to carry, you may need to modify your wardrobe a little bit to address the issues that carrying poses. For example, cargo shorts instead of lightweight shorts, and a heavier cotton shirt that doesn't print the way some lightweight shirts telegraph every bump and fold that lies underneath. You may need to go up a size larger than you normally would for your carry clothes.
I respectfully disagree with those who suggest that a fanny pack screams "Gun", to the degree that I think it screams gun only to those who carry (a small percentage of the population) and pay attention (an even smaller percentage). The vast majority of the people you meet don't carry and walk around unaware of their surroundings. It doesn't scream "Gun" to them. It may scream "Geek" or "Tourist" to some, but you can use that to advantage.
I think the Million Mom March bag is one of the best bits of irony to come along in a very long time. If you are still inclined to carry in a bag, consider a Safepacker from Wilderness Tactical. With practice, the draw is the same as or faster than a fanny pack. It is less familiar than a fanny pack and no one gives it a second glance. You do have to dress so that what appears to be a hiking bag doesn't seem out of place. It is also good for car carry, and there are accessories for making it part of a briefcase or dayplanner, if those fit your situation better (debates about off-person carry aside). Just an alternative to consider.
I have heard very good things about a fanny pack called something like "Tommy's Original Gun Pack" or something like that. I don't know if they are still available. They were being made by one guy out of his garage.
April 22nd, 2005 12:31 PM
April 22nd, 2005 12:34 PM
Fanny packs work fine for CC.
I agree that you must learn to modify your wardrobe if you plan to carry. You must also resign yourself to owning several different holsters to fit different occasions. I own IWB's, a belly band, pocket hoster, and a fanny pack which I disagree, they do not scream "Gun".
I don't know where people live where the wearing of a fanny pack announces a gun, but it sure doesn't around where I live. I found one that works great and is not oversized. I wish I could remember where I got it, I found a place on the net after a little searching. It looked good on the model dispaying it so I took a $35 chance. I figured it was not the end of the world if it didn't work out. Maybe the really large ones scream gun. To me those scream Dork louder.
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April 22nd, 2005 12:38 PM
I have two leather models, made by "Roma." I dunno where to send you to find them, though; I picked them up on two different occasions at local gun shows. I bought a small model for a .38 snub, then picked up a medium to fit my Kimber Ultra CDP.
I think the leather makes them appear a bit more "yuppie" in nature, as opposed to a "ballistic nylon" model. Frankly, I use them for specific, but very different, applications.
The one holding my .45 also holds 2 spare mags, a compact flashlight, and whatever else I think may come in handy. It serves as a "transport" case, for a sidearm that may spend more time locked away in a vehicle than on my person; the .45 is comforting on long road trips.
The smaller model works well t carry a lightweight snub (M642) and a speedloader. Its the most comfortable carry means I've found for my walks around the neighborhood (good, pleasant exercise), or when I'm traveling (in a state that recognizes my CWP, naturally) and want to use the hotel's health/exercise facility.
Normally, the snub (or an even more compact sidearm . . . only under duress!) rides in a pocket holster, with a speed strip or two in a hip pocket.
April 22nd, 2005 01:50 PM
Dang, you beat me to it. :D
Originally Posted by Darkmind
April 22nd, 2005 08:20 PM
I respectfully disagree with those who believe that a fanny pack does not scream GUN!!!
The average guy walking down the street in condition white may not notice, but he is not a threat to you. Who is a threat? A graduate from a "Scumbag University" (ie a prison).
You can bet that these guys know how to spot a gun in a fanny pack at least as quickly as you can - and they are your principle threat.
Picture this: How about you're in a local bank (or convenience store, ATM, fill in the blank...) and a bad guy with a shotgun comes in to rob the place ? I can pretty much predict the outcome - he will see you as a threat and smoke you on the spot - without a micro seconds' hesitation. Your velcro will not even go "rrrip" before his shotgun goes boom.
A person who has acclimated themselves to an environment of extreme violence (whether as a soldier in combat or a guy just released from Scumbag-U ) has learned that hesitation is his worst enemy. He will make you dead before you have even begun to react.
For this reason, you MUST keep your weapon concealed to the highest degree that is practical - as a "defender" you are legally/morally bound to be reacting to a threat that is ALREADY in progress. You are behind the 8-ball to begin with. To lose your only possible advantage (surprise) is absolute suicide.
'Sorry to be so graphic, guys. However, I would rather hurt your feelings than find out that you got yourselves killed. It is not my intention to be offensive, but rather to help you stay alive. Good luck.
Last edited by Gary Brommeland; April 23rd, 2005 at 07:58 PM.
April 22nd, 2005 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by clipse
Sorry I had no idea that you were even in this fourm.
April 22nd, 2005 08:32 PM
I think it depends on where you live.
In Austin Texas, due to the wild popularity of messenger bags, PDAs, Ipods, and hiptop computers not to mention the tons of tourists, fanny pack carry would be very much under the radar, especially if you were wearing a UT or "Keep Austin Weird" T shirt.
Austin is Kerry Kountry. I guarantee you very very few of those fanny packs have guns in them.
Now what you don't do is wear your Glock T shirt with a fanny pack. And yes I've seen that just recently as a matter of fact. I used to think it was just a myth but I seen it myself in Wally World.
For better or worse little gadgets are inflitrating our society and the sight of a pouch or pack on someone's waist is becoming a lot more common. If you think it's a giveaway now wait another 3 years and it'll be a common sight in your neck of the woods.
April 23rd, 2005 08:17 AM
I have a belt bag by Uncle Mike's. It works for such things as Makarovs, PPKs and the like. And it doesn't have the tell tale bulge you get from some guns. When I used it, I noticed only one person who even gave it a second look. An off duty cop, who looked at the bag, looked at me, and for whatever reason, kept on going.
However, since the smallest pistol I own now is a Taurus PT911, I've had to come up with a different way to hide my guns. I've looked at a lot of cover garments, and so far, the best, and least expensive (an important combination to me) has been the Scandia Woods Sportsman's vest.
So far, it's worked out real well for me. It's not as loaded with pockets as say a photographer's vest, but it has more than enough for my use. I have not yet tested it's ability to cover a shoulder holster, but it covers my typical OWB holsters quite well.
I'm getting ready to order another one, in slate blue, just so I can have two different colors.
April 23rd, 2005 04:57 PM
I WILL NOT own anything related to CCW that has even a small piece/strip of Velcro anywhere on/near it. When i'm after my weapon,extra mag,flashlight,speed loader,etc.,etc.,the last thing that I want to do is give away my position or allert the BG that i'm diggin' around for something to "hurt" him with. That is why even my CCW holster will not have a snap or any other kind of "noisemaker" on it. I adhear to the same philosophy for hunting. This is just one respectful opinion.------
April 23rd, 2005 10:00 PM
I just don't know how many non-gun people would even recognize fanny packs as a carry method. Most folks are pretty oblivious to such things. They scream gun to us because we gun people.
I bought an Uncle Mike's version of a fanny pack this past weekend. I was going on a river trip with some friends, and I wanted carry a pistol, but a holster wasn't a really good option. I would say that I kayaked the river, but I spent a good bit of time chasing my kayak and dumping water out of it. My fanny pack did just fine (carried G27) and I even went through one set of class II rapids sans kayak since it didn't see fit to wait on me.
I doubt that I will use the fanny pack as a primary carry option, but there are applications when I think that it will work just fine.
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