May 28, 2008, 10:36 AM
Anybody have one, use one, etc?
What do you think?
It looks like it could fill a niche quite nicely, that of a good concealable holster while running around in the park, hiling trail, camping, etc.
Any feedback would be welcome.
May 28, 2008, 12:41 PM
Michael Baine the host of Down Range TV and Shooting Gallery on outdoor network (as well as his podcast called Downrange radio) swears by his safepacker for carrying his LCP. I have not tried one out yet but I do respect his opinion.
May 29, 2008, 08:49 AM
I have long used a Commander-sized Safepacker to carry everything from a Commander, of course, and a P229 on the large side to an SP101 snubby on the small side. This has worked very well when worn on the belt, or on a shoulder strap.
More recently, I added a Government +1", which I have used to carry a P229 up to a 5.5" sixgun. This one is just a bit large on the belt, but still works OK; I normally use a shoulder strap or just hand-carry it. FWIW, even this larger one, on a strap or hand-carried, looks right at home in the big city. People carry planners and electronic gadgets inside similar-looking cases and bags. IMHO, the Safepacker is far more discreet that a "fanny" pack.
OTOH, the Safepacker was originally designed to be compatible with backpacks and climbing equipment, and still has that capability. My first Safepacker has been used in some really rough conditions, and has faded a bit, and needs now velcro, so I am about to order a couple more of them. I ordered that first one when I last carried a Commander, which means in the early 1990's at the newest.
As usual with off-body carry, I will add the disclaimer/caution that the container, with the weapon itself, can become the target of an opportunistic or planned snatch attempt. Attentiveness is the first line of defense, a plans to deal with such an occasion a necessity, and other weapon options a very good idea. I see the Safepacker as an excellent way to carry a real fighting handgun, while I carry smaller weapon(s) concealed on my person. Actually, smaller is not only option; I now routinely carry two SIG P229s, one in the Safepacker, one concealed in a conventional holster.
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