For those of you who carry a handgun when wearing a full size pack, how do you carry it? I'm thinking about trying to attach a cross draw holster to the hip belt...I'm not sure how to attach it or even if this is the best place for it. Any suggestions?
I usually carry a little low and slung back like the Duke on the right hip. But if I have the pack or rifle ( I shoot left handed for rifle and right for pistol) I carry it more forward and cross draw from the left hip almost above my front pocket as I always carry the rifle in the right hand.
Now if this hasn't got you messed up nothing will!
bear season opens and I have my pack on again I might remember. Bears season is just around the corner. But if I remember correctly the hip belt was higher than the holster and I didn't have a problem. It is possible to holster the pistol on the pack itself if you have a frame. I have a clip on the top of mine that my rifle sling goes into to secure the rifle and a strap on the side to clamp around the pistol grip of the rifle stock.
Seems like Kifaru makes a holster that connects across the 2 shoulder straps.Perhaps that's worth a look.Years ago I had Lawrence put some D rings on a spring clip shoulder holster,to hang it on a packframe.You might be able to modify an existing spring clip shoulder holster.
I plan on experimenting with a home hade holster. A while back someone wrote an article on making a Tanker style chest holster in the Backwoodsman magazine. I have the leather and pattern cut. I just need to sew it together when I get some "free time." I think that this method of carry will be very efficient when encumbered with a pack.
I was thinking of attaching a fanny pack to the front of the hipbelt to completely conceal the handgun. There are many BP'ers out there that are very much anti-gun and are very uncomfortable around guns. I would rather they just didn't know I was carrying and not create a scene. I know there are concealments issues I'd have to address.
I just got a Uncle Mikes holster for my 6" Raging Bull. The holster rides low enough that it dosen't get in the way of my full size Pack. I also found that I could put holster onto lower pack straps that go around upper waist/stomach area to reduce extra weight on my belt, but it makes unholstering the gun a little slower.
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