Best way to carry a pistol wile hiking

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.

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
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! :)
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?
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.
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.

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#9 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. 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.


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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.
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.


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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.

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
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.


The Great Sage
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"

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