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Carry options for wheelchair

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cougfan2, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Well, I did myself a good one. Took a bad fall a couple of weeks ago. Just saw the specialist yesterday and he said I split the vicular bone in my left foot in half. They way it is broken, there is no way it will heal itself so I am looking at reconstructive surgery. The doctor said after the surgery that I can put no weight on it for 2 months so I am looking at either a wheelchair or walker for 2 mos.

    Anybody with experience with carry options in a wheelchair? About the only options I can think of are either a shoulder holster or fannypack holster.
     
  2. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    get one of those short shot guns coctailor has for sale
     
  3. rpatton

    rpatton Graham WA Member

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    Where I work, I get to see quite a few people in wheel chairs and I'm not sure why (perhaps hedging against their lack of mobility) but I have observed they carry a lot of "stuff" on and in their chairs so something to conceal a gun shouldn't be that hard to find. Your idea of a fannypack (I would have it sit directly in my lap but that would be my personal choice) sounds as good as anything.

    Oh, and I'm sorry that you're looking at time in a wheelchair, I hope I never have to and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery.
     
  4. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    if your going with a fanny pack might i suggest a Tommy fanny pack i have a medium it carries my glock 23 quite nicely good luck
     
  5. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, nitestocker. They Tommy pack looks pretty cool. I think I might like it better that the Bianchi bag I currently have. I may give it a try.
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, this was just one of those stupid accidents. We have a Dachshund puppy and he had done what puppies sometimes do and peed on the floor. I had fallen asleep watching an old movie. Woke up and noticed it was bed time. Got up to go upstairs and didn't see where the dog had peed on the hardwood floor. My left heel hit it and it slipped and buckled under itself bringing down all of my weight on it. I went down hard.

    My biggest problem now will be figuring out how to work. I am fortunate in that 95% of my work involves doing business over the phone or via e-mail, but the building I work in doesn't have easy access doors for the handicapped. I'm just glad it looks like it will only be for a couple of months.
     
  7. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    A belly band might work better than a fanny pack when using the restroom due to what your going to do with the fanny pack when nature calls.
     
  8. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Since he's not really mobile, I think that he can stay with a fanny pack and just augment his wardrobe with adult undergarments intended for trapping human excrement. Especially if he thinks he'll find himself in a combat situation while wheelchair-bound, those specialty undergarments will see plenty of use.
     
  9. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm. Might be an option. It just depends on the situation.
     
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  10. pinecenega

    pinecenega oregon coast New Member

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    How about an ankle holster on your good leg? Guess it depends on what you want to carry, and how fast you want access.
     
  11. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I normally like to carry my CBOB so I think a fanny pack might be the best option there. The other option is my SP101 3" and figure out some kind of crossdraw rig I could wear at say 10 or 11 O'clock.
     
  12. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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  13. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    No, that's about how I look now an hour after taking some Hydrocodone.
     
  14. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Tommy Fanny Pack.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Here's a post by Massad Ayoob about just that subject.

    Massad Ayoob
     
  16. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    My friend who is paralyzed from the chest down prefers the front pocket of a hoodie.
    It's every bit as easy and convenient as a fanny pack, without looking funny.

    If he's not wearing a hoodie, he either wears a shoulder holster or tucks a holster underneath his thigh.

    Right now he's working on a quick detach shooting bench for range trips.

    He's one of those no compromise people who doesnt let their disability stop them from doing things. He also offroads, competes in auto cross, and is currently building a turbo 240 for drifting.

    Pretty cool if you ask me.
     
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    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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  18. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting. I may have to check that out.
     
  19. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Gladstone, OR Member

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    Depending on your required attire, I've found OWB to be the easiest in a chair. IWB with a forward cant at 3-330 is a go also, but a short barrel is a plus for carry on the belt while using a chair. Appendix carry with a DAO gun or criossdraw OWB with anything also lend themselves to a seated position. I'd stay away from the fanny pack. Not easy to reach anything in front and low with a 1911 in your lap.
     
  20. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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    I agree with the crossdraw holster on the belt. Easy enough to cover with a shirt and very easy to draw from while seated. Also easier on the stomach because it won't be digging in when you move in the chair. Someone used to sell a crossdraw holster specifically for use while driving. As I recall it was a paddle or clip-on so the driver could quickly put it on and take it off. I think it was also marketed as good for prisoner transport because the firearm was not readily reachable from the passenger compartment. Anyone recall that holster or who made it? It might be a good alternative.