Defensive Carry banner

1 - 20 of 49 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
OK my first post and hopefully I won't get too flamed for it being about "fanny packs". I have read all the "screams gun" responses but they do have their niche which is why I am asking for opinions and experiences. I need something for use while hiking, backpacking, and those occasions where I want a little more firepower. I have purchased a Safepacker and it is out of the question. For a gun of any size it's like attaching a Samsonite suitcase to your waist. I am interested in feedback on three models of waist packs. They are the Galco Escort pack, Blackhawk 5-5-10, and the Ka-Bar TDI Waist Pack. Comments about the ability to hold a larger firearm and spare magazine for a S & W M & P 357 Sig full size. Also some additional storage for id, licenses, money, etc. The Blackhawk appears like it is too big but I've not strapped one on. Has anyone tried the Kabar with a full sized weapon? This is not my primary carry method but one that I will use semi-frequently as I do alot of hiking. Frankly I'm not concerned about it appearing to be a gun pack in most cases it will never be seen by other people except for a few people along the trails. Most of them are usually packing in some method also.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,275 Posts
I like fanny packs as an option to carry...and see nothing wrong with them. Screaming gun....don't care....remember your situational awareness needs to be higher than the people around you...so, if a BG sees your fanny pack, and thinks gun...you should already recognize that...
I don't know who makes the packs in our store...but they do have spots for all those accessories and come in different sizes depending on the gun...
carry on Jfred....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
641 Posts
OK my first post and hopefully I won't get too flamed for it being about "fanny packs". I have read all the "screams gun" responses but they do have their niche which is why I am asking for opinions and experiences
.

That stuff about fanny packs is just so much bull tickey so I just ignore it altogether. I have had a lot of experiences with Bagmaster Pistol Packs and let me share that with you just for information purposes.

I often carry concealed in a pistol pack and have modified it as per the accompanyng picture



I have attached a shoulder carry strap to 3" split rings which, in turn, attach to the bag's belt loops. Note that the bag also has a metal clip which affords another way of carrying the bag. Thus I can carry this bag over the shoulder, on my belt, or combination of both if I choose.

The pistol pack is the large model and I carry it a full size 1911 with two extra mags and I still have room to carry extra "stuff" too. It affords me a safe, secure, and flexible way to carry and I have grown to like this combo a lot.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
911 Posts
Have you tried to sling the Safepacker? Thats the way I use it every day and it works like a charm. I agree that I wouldn't use it as a belt holster, unless I was going climbing, running or in a bicycle.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
I need to stick with a waist pack because I am also generally carrying a small backpack or hydration pack for other items and water. I have an older Bianchi ranger model waist pack but it is just slightly too small for this gun. The pack catches on the gun butt while opening. For obvious reasons I need quick deployment for two and four legged critters and don't want any hang ups with opening the pack.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
50,597 Posts
Fanny packs certainly have their place...if you need to use one, I wouldn't hesitate to do what works for YOU.:hand10::yup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
I use a waistpack when I run/jog. Its not made by a gun co, I got it
from wal-mart so it doesnt look like anything special. Thats just how I
use mine, do what works for you of course. Good luck.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,765 Posts
I don't have the Ka-Bar, but I have one from Hawkepak that's approximately the same. The only thing I dislike about it, is it feels like it sticks out real far, because the spare mags sit on top of the gun, when closed... I have a couple from Tommy's Gun Pack and they seem thinner. From the one's you mentioned, I would lean towards the Blackhawk. Here are some links:

Hawkepaks

Tommy's gun Pack

Bagmaster

This may be something that would interest you. It looks like it would be great for outdoors. It was recommended by a guy here who uses it, while riding his Harley. If you want one you'd better order quick, they've been sold out for a while:

SaberGear Thigh Pack

Here's a link to a thread about the thigh pack

SaberGear Thighpack Thread
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,231 Posts
Also look into some Maxpedition gear, they have a few with holster pockets.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
I have tried the Maxpedition packs and they are extremely difficult to get a gun in and out of for their cross shoulder packs. Their only waist pack is too small for a gun to fit in. Also the shoulder packs are difficult to use for hiking or backpacking with another pack for hydration and their packs don't have places for a water bladder.

I have ordered to try two items from the link below. I ordered the PT-One and the Trump Card. After I receive and trial I will report back. These look like a cross between a belly band and a waist pack. I have several Galco belly band holsters and they work great but not for carrying a larger firearm.


Pistol Wear - Holsters for Concealed Handguns
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,087 Posts
several of the name brand holster maker have them. i have had several over the years. they have their place. get the smallest one you can find and is easy to open. there are times that you will use it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
641 Posts
DAIRYCREEK where did you get the shoulder strap at. ?
I went to a local sporting goods store and picked up the component parts and assembled what you see in the picture. Very simple and inexpensive.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
460 Posts
Tommy's gun Pack as far as I am concerened, this is the pack to have. Large belt. No swinging para cord pulls to catch ones eye. Fast, good quality. An the large holds a large gun. How large? I have no problem carrying either of three large handguns.

http://www.tommysgunpack.com/

1. XD Tact 45
2. SA FS 1911 45
3. Para P14 Double stack 45

If I want I can carry a 38 or even the .22 derringer in it. :bigdeal::bigdeal::glueck13::tee:
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,084 Posts
I have tried the Maxpedition packs and they are extremely difficult to get a gun in and out of for their cross shoulder packs. Their only waist pack is too small for a gun to fit in. Also the shoulder packs are difficult to use for hiking or backpacking with another pack for hydration and their packs don't have places for a water bladder.

I have ordered to try two items from the link below. I ordered the PT-One and the Trump Card. After I receive and trial I will report back. These look like a cross between a belly band and a waist pack. I have several Galco belly band holsters and they work great but not for carrying a larger firearm.


Pistol Wear - Holsters for Concealed Handguns
JFred, I've been looking at the Maxpedition cross-shoulder. Can you tell me why it was difficult to draw from? Position? Gun pouch too small?

And also, do you think it could be worn comfortably on one shoulder? Like a shoulder bag? (Not across chest, just on the strong-hand shoulder).

Thanks.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,765 Posts
I have tried the Maxpedition packs and they are extremely difficult to get a gun in and out of for their cross shoulder packs. Their only waist pack is too small for a gun to fit in. Also the shoulder packs are difficult to use for hiking or backpacking with another pack for hydration and their packs don't have places for a water bladder.

I have ordered to try two items from the link below. I ordered the PT-One and the Trump Card. After I receive and trial I will report back. These look like a cross between a belly band and a waist pack. I have several Galco belly band holsters and they work great but not for carrying a larger firearm.


Pistol Wear - Holsters for Concealed Handguns
The pistol wear packs look interesting, but I would think they are more for CC, than for use out in the field...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
JFred, I've been looking at the Maxpedition cross-shoulder. Can you tell me why it was difficult to draw from? Position? Gun pouch too small?

And also, do you think it could be worn comfortably on one shoulder? Like a shoulder bag? (Not across chest, just on the strong-hand shoulder).

Thanks.
First they are very big and heavy duty material. Great in some respects bad in others. The universal holster is difficult to position in the designed area and properly hold the weapon. The draw is akward in that for a right hander the zipper pull is left to right to open the compartment. You either are crossing over with your left hand and then reaching in with the right or pulling left to right with your right hand and then reaching in. For me it was extremely slow and akward. Once the zipper is open the compartment is still closed and you have to force your hand through the heavy duty canvas material to get the gun. When extracting the firearm it hangs very easily on the pack material because you are pulling the gun out of a zippered pouch. I tried it for several days and returned it. Don't get me wrong you could drive a tank over these and not damage them they are well made just not very responsive to a threat you need to respond quickly to. They would not work well over one shoulder it would be too unsecure to try to manipulate and draw from. I'm sure they like most things work for some people just not for me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
The pistol wear packs look interesting, but I would think they are more for CC, than for use out in the field...
I too am concerned at how well they will work in the field but they are relatively inexpensive and worth a try. They may work real well for CC here in Florida though will shorts and a t-shirt. Not a waist pack not a belly band but the best of both worlds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Tommy's gun Pack as far as I am concerened, this is the pack to have. Large belt. No swinging para cord pulls to catch ones eye. Fast, good quality. An the large holds a large gun. How large? I have no problem carrying either of three large handguns.

http://www.tommysgunpack.com/

1. XD Tact 45
2. SA FS 1911 45
3. Para P14 Double stack 45

If I want I can carry a 38 or even the .22 derringer in it. :bigdeal::bigdeal::glueck13::tee:
I have seen some bad reports in other posts about very poor service when ordering. Did you experience any issues? Several days ago their domain website address was showing as expired. Appears to be working ok now though.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,046 Posts
While this is probably not what you are looking for, I found this new bag which is getting a lot of good reviews. It is a front pack worn around the ribcage. It is designed to be used for a wide range of outdoor activities. It can also be used in conjunction with a back back and helps redistribute the weight of a portion of your load to the front of the body to help off-set the weight and increase your stability when using a backpack.

I've been considering one of these for myself, and just trying to determine if I have a real use for it to fit my needs. But I always thought it would be a great place to keep a handgun close and readily accessible when hiking, backpacking or fishing.

You can get it here at RIBZ Front Pack.
 
1 - 20 of 49 Posts
Top