Anyone Else Carry While Kayaking?

Anyone Else Carry While Kayaking?

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    Anyone Else Carry While Kayaking?

    Apologies if this the wrong place, did a lot of looking and wasnít sure exactly where to post this.

    Iím big into paddle sports, also into the second amendment but those two donít always mix well with their respective crowds so I just never had a good solution. Came up with this a few months back and wanted to share it. Pics are from when I first mounted it, but it has been holding up great and I feel a lot better with it there.

    Of course, this is a calm to mild rapid rig only... rough stuff, it is not worth chancing.







    Holster is some nylon shoulder rig with a thumb break that I bought ages ago for some reason. Terrible for concealing, but excellent retention. Bolted to the kayak hull for easy reach. Gun is a Glock 19. Only polymer I own. Also the only pistol I have that I felt comfortable enough to subject to constant moisture. I knew there was a reason that I stubbornly held on to it!

    Like I said though, not all paddlers are Pro-2A. Itís hard to find a good group to float with, so if Iím not on my own, I do a courtesy cover. Just say itís my sweat rag. No one has been the wiser yet. This is also why I donít carry it on my person...Iíd just rather no one know.



    Any other kayakers out there that carry?




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    Certainly do. Mostly my SP101 or on occasion Glock 23 few summers back while yaking a local river came upon a group from a nearby campground who had stopped to swim and party. I had no issues but paddled wide of group and later escorted a young mother with her young son back through who had been harassed by the group earlier.
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    I purchased a Kayak about 4 years ago, used it once then sold it. The proceeds went towards new a gun. I guess that kind of relates to the topic.

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    I carry a stainless 38 snubby in the front pocket of my PFD while Kayaking. I started on the ocean and now lakes, we don't do whitewater. I have been carrying a gun on a small craft ever since I started canoeing many years ago.
    When I was in high school a friend and I used to go scuba diving off the coast of California and would go off his Dad's sail boat at Catalina island. One day while motoring around the bay in a small dory with his Dad some idiots in a large speed boat started to hassle us by coming close to our little boat like they were trying to swamp us.
    Second pass his Dad stood up and pulled a 1911 from somewhere and fired a shot over their bow. They took off quick. That was the beginning of my small boat carry. Those days it was a .22 in my tackle box in the canoe.
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    Glock 17 in a dry bag between my legs. Kayakers are very vulnerable to man and beast. Especially with the gators when I lived in FL. No Vessel should be unarmed.
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    We had a 22 dive boat that we used to go to the islands off Southern California when we lived there. Once I obtained my permit, I never went to the islands without a pistol on board. More than one murder took place out there and there was rarely a park ranger or USCG vessel nearby if trouble arose.
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    I carry my LCP in an Otterbox w/ my smart phone when kayaking. Where I go alligators are bigger threat than 2 legged ones.

    *edit: I always carry a serrated dive knife as well usually on my ankle.
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    Yes I usually carry in a Fanny pack. (Tommy Pack) to be precise. Or a chest rig depending on if I'm in an open carry state.
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    No to kyaks but I used to carry while sailing.
    Kept it in a dry bag.
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    I donít kayak, itís entirely too hot here in Florida. That being said, if I did, Iíd carry on my person. My priority would be something for taking out a gator that wonít leave me alone. Iíd probably also throw in a machete for dealing with any pesky venomous snakes that crawl on the boat, or chopping down vegetation if I had to pass through an area that was a bit overgrown. Lots of water moccasins around here. Nasty snakes.

    Down in South St Pete, thereís a big lake that people kayak and boat in, called Lake Maggorie. I do know for a fact it has some big gators, the biggest I think is around 14-15í. Plenty of gators over 8-9í in length. Around here you never know what is lurking just beneath the surface.

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    I'm into canoes for tripping and fishing. I always carry something, usually a small 38/357 revolver. May be a light snubbie or a 3" steelie. Keep 'em on my person or in my vest.
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    When I go yaking this is how I do it.
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    Or four wheeling
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    Last time I kayaked my head was underwater most of the time...haven't tried since. So no, I don't carry while kayaking.
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    Yes, I do carry while kayaking. Sometimes a Colt Mustang or a 3" Kimber 1911 in a "fanny pack", or a bigger 1911 in a tanker holster.
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    I don't kayak but do paddle board, the wife & I. I carry a LCP in a dry bag in my cooler.
    We mainly Do salt water inlets. Don't worry about gators, very rare. more worried about 2 legged threats ; )
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