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Holsters and hip distribution packs?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Reno911, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Just curious what others are using on packs that have hip weight load/distribution straps. A few of my packs are equipped with heavy duty, padded straps that pretty much ruin any chance of a holster being used on the hip.

    I have two custom holsters made for one of the 3 packs I use. Looking to see how others get around this one.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Bought a badlands pack with a pistol holster in both sides of the belt.
     
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  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I rarely have a pack on anymore but back in my backpackin' days I wore a shoulder holster, under an unbuttoned shirt, under the pack!
    I also, often, used a pack with an outer map pocket behind my head! Held a six inch .357 perfectly!
     
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  4. markl32

    markl32 North Plains Member

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    Cordura "fanny pack" worn facing front over backpack hip belt. Never been made. Hiding in plain sight. Been doing it this way for over 15 years.
     
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  5. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I pretty much never wear hip holsters except IWB's for CC. I consider drop-legs even worse. Generally I wear an M3 style tanker/pilot holster if I'm hiking and carrying a pack, or if I'm out shooting/hunting I wear a plate carrier type rig that has a holster for my pistol.
     
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  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    By searching places like maxpedition and such, you will find lots of options to add a holster to your pack
    Should be lots of goodies out there. Most packs have some way to add pockets for most anything with molle
     
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  7. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    The only downside of this, is when you drop your pack, so too do you drop your gun.
     
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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's why you carry a rifle;).

    It's a decent point actually. I carry a leather belt holster for when I'm without the pack.
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    A extra hip holster doesn't weigh much for those times you drop your pack to take a shot hike.
     
  10. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    this works great, "fanny packs" made for hiking are popular and inconspicuous enough no one notices and the gun stays on your person if you have to drop your backpack.

    another option I want to try sometime is a front chest pack with built in holster, made by Hillpeoplegear.com. These are a little more obviouse though depending on which one you get.


    http://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/tabid/762/CategoryID/1/Default.aspx
     
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  11. djaziatic

    djaziatic Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Invictus Practical Holster Hangers. Can drop the holster a few inches from where the belts worn with different mounting setups. Or you can customize your own mounts.
     
  12. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered one of the Kenai Chest Holsters from GunfightersInc. While not really a good option if you're trying to conceal your pistol (a gun strapped to the center of your chest is kind of the opposite of inconspicuous), they are specifically designed to be worn with a backpack- won't get in the way of any of your straps. And they are a NW company, which I like! It seemed like the best option for me when I'm tromping through the bush. Should be here sometime next week, I'll let you know how I like it!
     
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  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Come on blackrider don't be like me,give us a link
     
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  14. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I found it,but it exhausted me:confused:
    Nice looking rig. Forgot to look at the price but I think the plastic (kydex) is a good idea out in the weather.
    My buddie up in sequim rednecked one like this together then remodeled it with paracord. Big difference is he made it so you can use multiple holsters with it instead of making it for one
     
  16. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Looks like you could buy other sized holsters and use one harness
     
  17. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that was one of the selling points for me- I actually ordered 2 different holsters with it, one for a revolver and one for a semi auto.
     
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  18. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm liking these. I'm debating if I could make something for less though.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    My friend made his from about 20 bucks worth of paracord and used holsters he already had.
    You can buy the strapping and the buckles. Then just find a sewing machine:eek:
     
  20. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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    The guy behind the counter at my Lgs suggested I just duct tape a holster to the shoulder strap on my backpack, which I thought was a good idea too. I wanted to treat myself to something nice though.:D