Best way to carry a pistol wile hiking

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.
Any place during Salmon season. For some unknown reason, Salmon seem to bring out the worst in people. Keep in mind, concealed carry does not imply one is looking for trouble. Only being prepared. Having said that, there ain't no fish, or fishing hole worthy of a gunfight. But, when it comes down to druggies, I would rather put my faith in fire power over pepper spray.


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I have no comment on whether to carry or not or how to best carry a gun but I have said and will continue to state that if you are afraid of getting into some sort of close quarter shoot out with druggies or dope growers then you should be packing all the firepower you legally can. Which in my opinion would be a short barreled, 6 or more shot, 12 gauge shotgun loaded up with the buck shot of your choice. I prefer #4. I also suggest bringing some friends armed in a similar fashion. After a fire fight no one cares what caliber or type of weapon was used. The only thing that matters is who lived.


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You're right Kerry, but as I've aged I've gotten more into ultra-light hiking and backpacking. The shotgun and bandoliers are better suited to jungle patrol in Vietnam than as added carrying weight when hiking and fishing. As another poster mentioned, that's why the venerable and pocketable 38 revolver remains popular. I'm perplexed that pot growers would shoot at hikers and fishermen, since that's not a good way for the growers to remain unnoticed. Seriously, what's a hiker or fishermen going to do besides grab a couple of flowers off the plants as a take-home souvenier for later use. Hardly worth a firefight for either party. Sure is strange, that's for sure, but I find myself increasingly sympathetic to the topic of carrying for self defense. A negative commentary on the state of our society I suspect.

Might want to check out Wilderness Tactical Safepacker. Never used one but it is more discreet than a regular holster and could possible be hooked to the belt of your pack.
Thanks kal that's more along the lines of what i am looking for, i also recently found this,781,34.htm that i could put a camera in too. ill have to give it some thought as to what one i will get.


The Great Sage
From RCW 9.41.050 - "Carrying firearms": "Washington is an open carry state for firearms . . . In this law, mere possession of an openly-carried handgun in an exposed holster, for instance, is legal except where it is specifically illegalized. . . . because open carry in Washington is presumptively legal, articulation of malicious intent must include something beyond mere open possession."

That being said, I carry a copy of this RCW with me at all times, in the event ill-informed LE or concerned citizens voice a concern. Other than those rights granted by the Second Amendment and the laws of the State of Washington, I DON'T need the approval or permission from other citizens to carry a firearm in the legal manner of my choosing. I DO have the responsibility to use every firearm in a safe & prudent manner, however. There is a heavy responsibility that comes with carrying any firearm, but it isn't that of not offending others who may not be so inclined.

You might add a copy of section 8 of RCW 9.41.060 which states that if you have a fishing license and are either fishing or traveling to or from fishing you do not need a Concealed Pistol License to carry a concealed handgun.
(8) Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;
The Washington state constitution says in part:
SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired,
This is especially so for the unfounded fears of someone who attempts to demand you appease their phobia but does not have the right to impair your ability to defend yourself.

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
Hikepat, I suppose I should apologize for the relative heavy handedness of this response, but I'm completely unconcerned about other people being "uneasy" about the exercise of my civil rights, and am not required to carry in such a way that it doesn't offend their sensibilities. I've used my firearms five times in California to defend life and home, and am not usually without at least a pistol. That fact was one of the principal reasons why I relocated when I retired. It's a sad statement that we've allowed our once safe forests to be overtaken by garbage, and an even sadder statement that the authorities can't seem to be able to stop it. I'm one of those people who's not about to surrender my freedom to the criminal element. Criminals are what body bags are for.

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
I saw it too, Rialto; funny as hell!! Then there's the bunch-usually bangers-who think it's cool to carry in the belt, with the muzzle pointed at the minerals...kind of a delayed Darwinian selection. But I digress.... For grouse tomorrow, I'll have my usual scattergun, plus my Sig tucked into it's holster on my belt, since there's plenty of bears around here, and the possibility of a wounded elk not wanting to share the forest. You never know! But no druggies-we already shot `em all during turkey season.:clown:
I generally carry my Walther PPK in an inside the waist band holster. I'm thinking I need to upgrade my hardware.

Only started to carry after meeting some interesting folks on the trails. As I'm pushing farther off the main thorough fare I'm thinking the PPK is not enough.

I carry SPF 30+ for the sun, Bear spray for animals, and the PPK for others.

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