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    Carrying a pistol?

    I have not found a satisfactory way to carry a pistol while backpacking yet. I have been using a North Face and a Kelty pack thus far and have an Eberlestock JP9 on the way. I am considering trying the "large padded accessory pouch", but quick access might be an issue.

    Thigh rig maybe?

    What kind of setups or holsters do you run to carry a defensive pistol while backpacking?
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    Personally what I have found works well for me is to carry on my hip, I just where my belt a little loose so my pistol sits a little low as to not get in the way of my waist belt on my pack.

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    I used a Crooked Horn Outfitters pack for many years because it had a strap over the belt that was intended for accessories, but worked great for a holster. A couple of years ago, I bought a Badlands pack, but it did not have that feature, so I adapted a clip on holster to fit through one of the accessory slots on the belt. You can also adapt a holster for carrying a large pistol to center chest carry, by clipping it to your pack straps.
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    I guess I'm pretty old fashioned as I use a GI web belt with a canteen and carry my S & W 686 4" cross draw on the belt. I also use the new suspenders they issue now. GI web belt is all I have ever used in over 60 years of tramping the country.
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    I am going to a hip holster as well. My buddy uses one and swears by it. With a badlands pack the waist carry doesn't work.
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    Well, I have just discovered that Blackhawk makes a platform that will screw right on to my existing holster and clip on the Molle webbing on the waistband of the pack. All that and it's only $17.

    I am gonna give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckink65284 View Post
    I have not found a satisfactory way to carry a pistol while backpacking yet. I have been using a North Face and a Kelty pack thus far and have an Eberlestock JP9 on the way. I am considering trying the "large padded accessory pouch", but quick access might be an issue.

    Thigh rig maybe?

    What kind of setups or holsters do you run to carry a defensive pistol while backpacking?
    I've got a drop-leg (thigh) holster, it takes some getting used to, but I can leave it on at all times without having to on/off with a belt, etc.

    I got mine from High Speed Gear (highspeedgearinc.com), but a bunch of different companies make them.
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    I meant thigh holster in my post not hip holster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by In God We Trust View Post
    I meant thigh holster in my post not hip holster!
    Roger that.

    I suppose a thigh rig makes the most sense. If I adapt my holster with a Molle attachment, where will my pistol be when I am sitting in camp sucking down dinner? Perhaps the best bet would be to have a system that is independent of the pack, yet does not interfere with it.

    Good grief, so much gear to buy. It never ends...

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    Look up diamond d custom leather they have what is called guide mode

 

 

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