Best way to carry a pistol wile hiking

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by jhemphill, May 2, 2010.

  1. jhemphill New Member

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    i got a glock g20sf to take with me when i head up hiking ( way out in the woods, there's no point to taking it on busy hiking trails ). but i cant seem to figure out the best way to carry it in someplace accessible with a heavy backpack on because of the straps. anyone got any ideas or specific products that would work? thanks for any ideas that will help.
  2. Don Barton Member

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    You won't need it "way out in the woods" because there are no Starbucks there. So, leave it at home.
  3. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    A tactical holster on the leg? Probably just easier to carry a bear bell and a knife in your pocket, but I carry too and understand where you're coming from. You may need to find better trails with fewer tweakers! :)
  4. jhemphill New Member

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    i always have a knife and bear spray i just want to have the pistol with me in case a bear comes after me or my dog and wont back down after getting yelled at or maced.

    i was looking at leg holsters but i was thinking of something more subtle. i found some fanny pack ones but that would be annoying with the waist belt of a backpack. i was thinking of some kinda pouch type thing i could attach to a strap on my backpack. has anyone seen something like that?
  5. Jeff Coria Member

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    I carry a 1911 and have a galco holster called a Yak. It is a inside the belt holster, very simple secure and comfortable to sit down with. I also have a molded belt cc holster made by high noon with a tension screw. It's not a hastle while carrying a pack It might be an issue if you take a full load pack with the wast band in which case you can strap it to the pack. Both holsters conceal and carry very well. Good luck! Get a CC permit, it freaks people out less.
  6. speyfisher Active Member

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    Take the backpack and the Glock to a good gun store and see what you can come up with.
  7. Jeff Coria Member

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    +1 On that idea.
  8. Finfollower New Member

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    One of the easiest carry options I have used is simply a shoulder holster, and a concealed permit. It does not get in the way of straps, doens't excite other people in the area, and still provides reasonable access. Truthfully I prefer not to carry at all. A bear, or tweaker that doesn't react to bear spray is usually because of operator error. I taught my girlfriend how to use it effectively by also buying a can of inert pepper spray and letting her practice her shots. She got good enough with it, that I made sure to call and tell her when I was coming home late. Even secondary exposure to the spray will have an effect, and ideally give you a second chance at a direct exposure. Contact the company and get the details on what type of delivery the product performs. Each has its pro's and cons.
  9. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    http://www.gmstactical.com/blackhawk2.html I formerly used one of these types on one of my packs, it mounted to the waist belt and allowed comfortable carry and easy access.
    http://www.gmstactical.com/spge316motah.html I have used one of these on a variety of vest and pack options.

    If your not finding what you like that also fits your backpack, find a holster you like that can be customized to fit the pack or packs that you carry, that is if you really feel the need to have such a tool along for your protection. Best to you and your four legged friend.
  10. ribka Active Member

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    Could follow the first guy's advice and put a rainbow or celebrate diversity bumper sticker and patchouli oil on your back pack to keep you safe.


    I always carry mine back packing when hunting ( archery) and camping. I use a simple nylon fanny pack from REI and sew in two velcro straps inside to secure my revolver. Works for me and I carry above my waist cinch belt for back pack. Comfortable and easy to use and to access.

    Regarding bear spray. Good friend of mine and his grlfriend were killed in CA about 10 years ago while back packing in N CA. They were found in the botton of a small canyon a week after reported missing with two bullet holes in the back of their skulsl. Most likely stumbled on a pot grow. Every year people, men and women , are killed in the back country. Prefer to have protection, especially when have family members with me. Spray will only piss-off someone who is tweeking, intent on doing you harm. In addition, WT deer hunting in N ID last Nov. Had a pack of big wolves that followed me while still hunting a few miles off of the roads. One came within 20 ft and was aggressive. Yelled, threw sticks, no reaction. I ended up firing a few warning shots and they ran off a short ways but followed me back to my vehicle for over a mile. Have seen my fair share of bears and moutain lions while hiking and camping over the years to include grizzlies. Was never overly concerned. These wolves really made me nervous.

    Prefer a firearm over spray in these situations.
  11. jhemphill New Member

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    thanks for all the replies. i do have my CC permit and have shot a lot of guns i just have never really CC before. so it will be a different experience.
  12. yellowlab Active Member

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    Im with Mumbles, the Blackhawk Serpa has served me well and is a good holster with safety latch designed to secure the Glock and release efficiently and quickly.
  13. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    I use to carry to dispatch a grouse once in a while but it seems the opposite now. I think you can harvest said bird and collect the plums,LOL
  14. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I'm a big fan of shoulder rigs & tactical thigh holsters. Whatever you decide on, make sure it's readily accessible & practice drawing from it. Undesirable encounters aren't scheduled & threats, whether from man or beast don't wait for you to get ready.
  15. FE427TP The Great Sage

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    I'd also recommend the BlackHawk Serpa, it is a very safe holster but not as good for concealable carry. During the Winter I carry my .45 in a Serpa for most day to day stuff. During the summer I carry a 9mm in a Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC holster CompTac Minotaur MTAC which is extremely concealable you can tuck your shirt in around it and it seemingly disappears. Or I just stick a snub nose .357 Magnum in my pocket.

    The police are under no legal obligation to protect or save us. I'd much rather have the option of at least defending myself than roll over and let bad people harm me without a chance to fight back. Two winters ago a father and son came across a man snowshoeing in the woods near where I live, they beat him until they thought they had killed him left him for dead for the possessions in his pockets. It DOES happen and it CAN happen to any of us. As Col. Cooper said, "An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it"
  16. fredaevans Active Member

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    OK, OK ..... I've got to ask the obvious question as I'm a 'crochitie mood'...... where the hell are you hiking you think you need to be armed to the teeth? Hiking/camping in vacant lots in East LA, Detroit, parts of Washington DC I could understand (tongue in cheek here .. well, maybe not) but the 'where' still makes me wonder.
    fae
  17. Calvin1 Member

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    The fella with the crazy moniker posts what I imagine is some pretty good information for the guy who started this thread. It doesn't interest me, so I didn't read the whole bit. I'm just wondering if he has anything at all to say about Washington Fly fishing. His two posts to date are on some fairly strange subject matter.

    Just sayin'
  18. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Just sayin'
    I'm listening to you Calvin1, I read every word you say and think you are $$$ !
  19. FE427TP The Great Sage

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    ok I'll break it down more, 1st paragraph was for the Original Poster, the second was for the people who feel that there is never a reason to carry a gun. If the person I mention had one he could have defended himself more effectively from the people he tried to help who beat him and left him for dead in the snow. Oh yeah and for Freda, it happened on the Washougal river about 35-40 miles from Portland OR. We also have a big problem with drug labs in the hills around here and when driving my Land Cruiser on the logging roads it is very common to find stolen and burned/abandoned vehicles. Fly fishing is not my primary hobby so I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said better in those forums, but I do have information of benefit in this one so I contributed here. You guys sure have a way of making a new guy feel welcome around here... :hmmm: but that goes with being the new guy I suppose
  20. fredaevans Active Member

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    Interesting thought, but just one?

    "Oh yeah and for Freda, it happened on the Washougal river about 35-40 miles from Portland OR. We also have a big problem with drug labs in the hills around here and when driving my Land Cruiser on the logging roads it is very common to find stolen and burned/abandoned vehicles. "

    Might the fellow noted above 'be part of the problem?' There is such a problem potential in many areas (off river) if you're 'wandering the hills' above the Klamath river in Nor Cal. It is a good idea to stick to the river; do that and the probability of being bothered is close to zero. Wander around the hills looking for 'weed,' you could be in big trouble ... but you have to go look for it. (This area is the 'Mary Jane' growing capital of California.)

    Driving though the hills to access the river (Happy Camp and down) with rods on your car you won't get a second look. These people do not want to draw attention to themselves.

    And by your use of the word 'it' I assume this was a single incident. And thanks for the use of the word "Freda,'' only the guys on 'my' UK based boards call me that ... or did to date. Post on Boards across the Pond?

    fae