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First off the this is my Current collection of handguns
CZ PCR 9mm
Glock 20
Glock 21
Glock 26
Springfield XDS 45ACP
Ruger SP101 3" 357
Ruger LCR 357

I carry 26/XDS daily but they become nuisance after about 10 mile carrying IWB. I'm thing about ordering ( ULTRALIGHT GRAB BAG - Osprey Packs Official Site ) to clip on to should straps of my pack for CCW. I really want to trade in the LCR for a Glock 29 but I'm concerned about the 29 not being in a holster when carrying in the osprey grab bag. Any one have any experience backpacking with gun? My goals are comfort, lightweight and not looking tactical! I'm allowed to carry open on some of the places i go but i want to blend in with everyone and not stand out.
 

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One of the problems with carrying while backpacking is the interference between the holster's location and the backpack, or its straps. IWB for me while hiking would be a non-starter, and I give you credit for trying! Give some thought to a crossdraw rig for use while hiking. In places where concealed carry is the prudent choice, a loose-fitting shirt over the holstered gun should provide sufficient concealment. Crossdraw might not be optimum for daily use, but it sure beats burying the gun in the backpack or even in a SafePacker.

As for the gun itself, I would avoid the small/pocket pistols, which leaves out the LCR, SP101 and XDS at the starting gate. I kinda set a Commander-length 1911 as a minimum threshold for trail use, in terms of cartridge and capacity, and 5+1/6+1 guns fall short - but that's this guy's opinion. If I'm limited to 6 rounds, they'll be my warm .38 reloads in a K-frame, or I'll choose a 1911 or my Glock 23. Of your inventory, I'd lean toward the G20.

And pardon the lapse in my manners - welcome to the Forum!
 

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The Wilderness Safepacker actually works very well. The biggest issue with it is how to secure it to your pack. I keep one on my hunting pack which will carry either my G26 with a grip extension or my G19. I also keep one on my bail-out pack in my truck. It provides very quick access to your pistol yet conceals it if you need to hike through an area with non-firearms oriented individuals.
 
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I have found the Safepacker to be a good way to go. I've been thinking of going the chest pack route (cannot remeber the brand but it has a great following).
 
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Not to sound like the old guy in the room, but what's wrong with a fanny pack? You could buy a fanny pack made especially for concealed carry and have enough left over to buy another holster for what they want on the Safepacker. The Ultralight may be OK, but I doubt it has any retention to keep your firearm from bouncing all around.
 

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For me I'd carry the G21. OK doesn't have big predators unless you want to count the ever elusive mountain lion and ever present human. I'd still rather have 14 ready rounds and 13 on standby of .45 than 5 x .357 with another 5 in a speed loader.

Plus, as much as it pains me to say, its a Glock and it'll work no matter what
 

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Saw a fella at the gun show yesterday that had a chest pack, first time I ever saw one in the wild lol. Wouldn't think that it would look too outa place while backpacking. But I don't backpack so I don't know what y'all are supposed to look like lol.

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Welcome to the Forum.
As far as your hiking needs, I'd first as the conditions you hike.
what threats compel you to carry?
2 legged likely, but are you at risk for 4 leggers too?
You cannot go wrong with the .357, but you also have the G20, a great powerhouse.
I'd also suggest a fanny pack. Uncle mikes produces one that will fit your G20....I know, because I have one that fits my G17 and N frames.
Beyond the 'stigma' of the fanny pack, it'll allow you to carry it in an appendix position, free of your pack, and accessible. I have a Maxpedition pack that allows you to CC, but it is difficult to get-to-fast, unless you practice drawing with it.

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2nd for the Hill People Gear "Kit Bag" (which ever one you like).

This is what I use, and I've never even got a 2nd glance when I've run into someone hiking. Plenty of room for pistol, reload and some other essentials. It's pretty comfortable, and you can also get the connecting straps to quick connect to your packs shoulder straps.

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Not to sound like the old guy in the room, but what's wrong with a fanny pack?
There's nothing wrong with a fanny pack as long as you're good with having another belt going around your waist while you're hiking. Both my hunting pack and my bail-out pack have wide hip belts to help support the weight of the pack which is primarily carried on the hips. There is also no room to fasten a fanny pack on my waist when I am wearing my pack.

Saving money is great, but saving money at the cost of comfort, convenience, and practicality is not something I am willing to do. A fanny pack sounds great in theory, but doesn't make much sense from a practical standpoint, and I do own a fanny pack.
 

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There's nothing wrong with a fanny pack as long as you're good with having another belt going around your waist while you're hiking. Both my hunting pack and my bail-out pack have wide hip belts to help support the weight of the pack which is primarily carried on the hips. There is also no room to fasten a fanny pack on my waist when I am wearing my pack.

Saving money is great, but saving money at the cost of comfort, convenience, and practicality is not something I am willing to do. A fanny pack sounds great in theory, but doesn't make much sense from a practical standpoint, and I do own a fanny pack.
Gotcha. As much as it pains me to say, 511 has something similar to what you are talking about. Covrt Pistol Pouch. Connects to the shoulder straps or however you want to carry it.
 

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I carry an SP101 357 when I hike. I have to carry concealed because of Florida's laws, so I carry IWB at about 4:00 o'clock. My backpack strap is above where the SP101 rests. It's a little awkward, but it's useable. I've seen rigs that attach to the pack straps and they seem like they would be more comfortable and allow easier access to the weapon.
 

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For hiking purposes a .357 is tough to beat although I would prefer a 6 shot vs 5 shot. I know you have a G-26 but if you traded that for a G-27 that would be a pretty good hiking gun especially with the increased capacity in a fairly compact package. A .40 with the right loads actually make a pretty decent woods gun in the lower 48. I had to put down a few fairly large animals (including an injured horse) over the years with my duty .40 and it worked just as well as .357 IME. Good luck!
 
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