Carry Methods for Joggers?


January 1, 2003, 03:15 PM
After taking up jogging and dropping about 20 unwanted pounds, I have fallen victim to the holiday weight gain and need to get back to jogging.

I have a valid CCW and would like to carry at least a P32 when I jog. Any tips on carry options?

I don't want the gun to jostle up and down too much, so I'm not sure about a fanny pack. Perhaps if I could find one small enough, it would be okay for the pistol and a house key.

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January 1, 2003, 03:25 PM
I use a small fanny pack!

Mossy Bloke
January 1, 2003, 04:22 PM
It's perfect for what you're describing. My wife carries a P32 everywhere with one. It's like the kidney belts you see the guys wearing in Home Depot. Elastic and closes with velcro. You can have your gun in front or behind, wear a tshirt and shorts and nobody would ever know. You can present it instantly also, if you don't tuck your shirt in.

January 1, 2003, 05:06 PM
I run with my P32 clipped to my running shorts. I use the KelTec clip, put the pistol IWB, and cinch the drawstring just a bit tighter than usual (not uncomfortably so). It rides at 4:30-5:00 and the clip is on the left side of the gun (I am right-handed). Even after 5-6 miles, it is still comfortable.

4v50 Gary
January 1, 2003, 05:27 PM
Sports style fanny pack that has those exterior water bottles. You can stash a .38 snubbie in those and won't look out of place. BTW, I use a fanny pack when I'm on the bicycle. Jogging is for pedestrians.

January 1, 2003, 05:38 PM
Fanny packs are the solution if you want anything more than a Keltec P32 sized weapon. Just make sure that you either purchase one designed for a handgun or sew a retention lining, holster or velcro straps to stabalize the weapon. A cheap Uncle Mikes soft holster will work well sewn in a fanny pack.

Also, don't be tempted by the Kramer T Shirt holsters for jogging. Unless the fit is perfectly snug you will end up pretty miserable from your weapon bouncing around. It may work initially, but as you lose weight and inches the shirt will become loose. Not to mention you will have a fit trying to get to your weapon.

Good Shooting

January 1, 2003, 05:41 PM
I think there is a holster out there called a belly band...that should work..

January 1, 2003, 05:49 PM
Any of the afore mentioned would probably work. What about Thunderwear, that may work too.

January 1, 2003, 05:52 PM
Get a Camelbak ( of some sort.
Great products, and some have room for small extras, keys, wallet, gun, etc. :)
And, when you are out running, you should drink frequently to avoid getting dehydrated. If you keep your fluids topped off you can run for longer and loose more weight.

Mark Benningfield
January 1, 2003, 09:53 PM
Hello All.

I'm warning you, don't believe what they say about running. Healthy diet and exercise will KILL you.:D Man, I don't even run to the bathroom! Let's see, I can have tasteless food and exhaustion, or fried chicken and Lazy-Boy. Hmmmm... let me at that chicken!!:p

January 1, 2003, 10:22 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.

Mark, I hope you're kidding. A healthy diet doesn't necessarily mean that you give up taste. And exercise makes so much more of your life better. I feel sharper mentally when I'm exercising, and this improved mental acumen translates into better performance in so many areas of life.

My uncle is about to have to undergo a triple bypass next week? Why? Because he ate whatever he wanted, didn't get enough exercise, and was stubborn about going to the doctor. I sincerely hope and pray he comes through the surgery okay and that he changes his habits so that he'll be around a lot longer.

January 1, 2003, 11:01 PM
so what would you guys recommend for a 1911 full size or a Kimber pro carry? I ran a couple of times (yeah yeah, I need to run more) I was using a fanny pack and that thing just jumps around too much. I thought of getting a shoulder holster and wearing a joggin suit jacket over it, but that seems to me like it would bounce too much as well. As I don't have the resources to own a great big variety of guns, I just have my 2 .45's. Any suggestions?


January 1, 2003, 11:23 PM
I carry a KelTec P-11 with 13 rounds of +P+ 9mm in my waistband. I use the belt clip. I wear spandex compression shorts and running shorts over them (all these elastic waistbands are important to keep the gun in place). I put the gun into my shorts, held in place by the waistband of my underwear, and the waistband of my spandex shorts and the elastic or tie waistband of my running shorts.

The gun stays put, rock solid. I used to think this would only work for short runs, but I am up to 4 miles a day and it stays put perfectly. I have been doing this a while, so my skin is probably used to having the gun rub against it.
I also carry a Mad Dog fixed blade on my off side, and my cell phone. It sounds like a lot, but I got used to it.

I plan to be running 6-8 miles by the end of this month. For me, that is a lot. I am NOT a natural runner and I am a tall, big guy so it takes more for me to keep going than these scrawny gazelles I see bouncing down the road ;)

January 1, 2003, 11:34 PM
More thoughts on the different things Ihave tried:

I have an Active Body holster that I have used, and it works very well. But I prefer waistband carry anyway. (I will sell the like-new Active Body holster if anyone wants to buy it).

I also tried the fanny pack carry. It works too, but the fanny pack eventually fell apart from the bouncing, and it was a little annoying, tending to rack my hoodles every once in a while.

I have thought about graduating to a Camelbak but I have not tried it yet. I am sure it would carry everything, but be slow to access.

I have also pondered about how to carry something large like a 1911. The only setup I could think of that would keep it from bouncing too much, and hold up to the abuse, is a tactical chest/shoulder harness under a bulky shirt. It doesn't seem reasonable to me though.

If I wanted more firepower, I would carry a lightweight "ready gun" in my waistband (like a KelTec) and a larger gun in my Camelbak for sustained firepower.

For now, I am real happy with my KelTec P-11 in my waistband. It has been working for me for a couple years now.

As you can see, I have put a lot of thought into this because I insist on carrying weapons and communication while I am out running. I can't believe how many runners I know that go jogging off without a single thing on them, not even a cell phone. Most runners who CCW carry at most a KelTec P-32, so I fell I am doing real well with my P11 9mm.

I had a run-in with a guy the other day, and was very glad to be armed. Out on a run, you are pretty much on your own, so it is wise to be prepared.

January 1, 2003, 11:38 PM
Sometimes turning the fanny pack 180 degrees (so it really becomes a fanny pack ;) ) works pretty well. It cinches in the small of your back and your buttox helps keep it in place too.

January 1, 2003, 11:42 PM
Heck with running. Get a good mountain bike and hit the trails!:D

You can carry some serious defensive weaponry that way very comfortably. Plus you can get away from most pedestrian undesirables as well.

I can't run like I used to in the Army, in fact it was one of the things that contributed to my medical discharge. Some folks are built for running, some aren't. The much lowered impact of bicycling helps me.

Hmm...only 2 1911s to choose from? Either spend some money and get a lighter weapon or buy a bike.

Another option is to join a local gym and just use the treadmill.

Good Shooting

January 1, 2003, 11:50 PM
Thanks for the responses.

Red: As far as the bike goes, got it, only thing is I wonder where to carry a gun. I have the camel pack and again we have the size (of the gun) issue. I know I need to spend more money and get something that is lighter weight, but since I broke my clavicle on the mountain bike (yeah, I go all out on it too) I wonder what the damage would be with that big hunk of metal in the pac.

Bottom line is, I need to figure something useful out so I can get back in shape (holidays and the last year of near inactivity are killing me).

Going to try to find a smaller gun. Any good suggestions other than the afore mentioned KelTec's?


Mark Benningfield
January 1, 2003, 11:59 PM
Hello All.

Yeah, Guyon, I was kidding. :) I never did like running, though, too boring. I much prefer walking at my brisk pace. Workout takes longer, though. But, I get to pay more attention to the scenery. I usually walk after work, and downtown OKC where I work they are building new walking trails along the river. Problem is, I get off work at 10:30 pm, and the city fathers have decided to organize a Citizen's Patrol for the riverwalk. On paper it's a good idea, but in my experience, these folks usually wind up being JBT-type wannabes, so I expect a fair amount of initial friction between me and them. I never did take too kindly to being confronted just for walking down the street. :D

January 2, 2003, 12:24 AM
I've got 2 modes...when it's warmer, I use my Camelback. When it's cooler, I carry in the pocket of the jacket I wear. The gun I usually use is my Beretta Jetfire...very small & easy to conceal.

January 2, 2003, 12:48 AM
I don’t carry while I jog (well I carry a knife) but a good friend of mine carries his P32 clipped to his shorts much like a pocket knife. I haven’t asked him about it in some time so I’m not sure if he still does or not, but last time I asked him, he said it did a great job of keeping the gun there and that he hardly noticed it.

January 2, 2003, 11:29 AM
I have carried different guns jogging over the years all in the same non-gun fanny pack. I have carried all steel "J" frames, small 9's, and now a Smith 642. The guns get sweaty and it's nice to have a nylon pouch you can wash. I have never fired, but have had the living unnecessarilyrudelanguage unnecessarilyrudelanguage unnecessarilyrudelanguage unnecessarilyrudelanguage scared out of me more than once by chows or German shepards in the dark. I run in the morning. I draw by just keeping my trigger finger on the outside of the puch which I don't zip shut.
The pouch is the way to go and you don't need an expensive "gun" one as long as you pick the smallest one that will hold your gun.

January 2, 2003, 04:09 PM
I don't jog but I walk around the area where I live and at parks. I usually carry my North American derrenger with a grip holster, which has a strong clip, tucked in my waist band. I bet my small Glock will fit in one of those camelbacks and the water carries well too. Shouldn't get sweaty either.....chris3

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