Need a Quality Laptop Bag that allows storage for a pistol


January 21, 2008, 02:13 AM
Just picked up a Dell Vostro 1500 notebook computer & am now looking for a high quality messenger style bag to carry the computer & assorted junk in.

It will be used on the motorcycle so if at all possible it needs to be rain tight. Also needs to be something I can throw in the bus & not worry about it along with taking it to the other job & still have books/mags/stethoscope & other assorted crap without being to big.

Would also love to be able to carry a pistol in a concealed pocket inside the bag for those times I can't CCW on my person.

What brand of bag should I take a look at?????

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January 21, 2008, 02:28 AM
What could help with avoiding printing would be some stiff plates (like 0.040 aluminum?) to give the thing a form... Stitch a holster inside one of the openings.

January 21, 2008, 03:44 AM
Thrift stores.


January 21, 2008, 05:03 AM
Crumpler bags are nice but they aren't waterproof, just water "resistant." I have an older one, and it was fine for the purposes you mentioned. I don't know if I'd want to drag it through a rainstorm on a motorcycle unless I wrapped the laptop in plastic before I placed it in the bag (not a bad idea in any case). They're kind of trendy (made in .au or thereabouts), but they are a quality bag with lots of room for gear. I don't carry it to work anymore only because I don't have to bring the laptop to work. On trips I use a camera + laptop Lowepro bag.

January 21, 2008, 05:07 AM
when i want to prevent printing, i get a plastic folder or binder and cut out squares to place in the pockets. i try to find the thicker plastic folders.

ryan in maine
January 21, 2008, 07:47 AM
Why use a messenger-style bag on a motorcycle? It doesn't sound ideal to me, personally.

Would one of these work?

The North Face Ruckus (
The North Face Shifty (

lee n. field
January 21, 2008, 12:31 PM
Backpack? Springfield Armory market's one (XD Gear backpack ( I have no idea how good it is.

I'd be interested to see what you come up with. I haven't had super good luck with computer back packs yet.

January 21, 2008, 12:36 PM
Tom Bhin; they are the absolute s**t! Google them; they're online.

January 21, 2008, 01:32 PM

great gear, and a build you own bag service. hard to beat.

January 21, 2008, 01:40 PM
If waterproof-ness is a major concern take a look at Ortlieb. The Sling-It ( is probably the most traditionally messenger-ish, but they have plenty of other styles if that one doesn't work for you.

January 21, 2008, 01:50 PM

I have the padded pouch which fits into the padded portfolios I have the builders portfolio. They are are very nice combo, not cheap but nice. Lots of room even in the zippered pocket for a small holster.

January 21, 2008, 01:55 PM
This is what I use - It is not water proof but it is water resistant.

Prof. A. Wickwire
January 21, 2008, 01:59 PM
Does anyone know of a laptop bag with concealment options that more resembles a briefcase?



Prof. A. Wickwire

January 21, 2008, 02:47 PM
I picked up a swissgear laptop backpack at my local sams club. it was 40 dollars. It is holds all my gear well and would work well for riding a motorcycle.

January 21, 2008, 02:52 PM
I went with I believe a Tauras bag from Circuit City up here in MA.
Very nice bag last 2 years I have used it daily.

January 21, 2008, 03:27 PM
My wife carries one of these BBP Hampton bags. It seems pretty bullet proof.

I've also been told that bags from Tom Bihn [ ] are pretty good. And, made in the US to boot.


January 21, 2008, 03:57 PM
I use a spire laptop backpack. They also make messenger bags that I assume are just as durable.

I have only carried a pistol in it once, but it did not print. I have had mine for over 10 years using it daily and if I dusted it off you would believe me if I told you it was new, it is that durable. On any given day it has a laptop, paraphernalia for the laptop, a tool kit, a leather binder for notes, random pens and pencils, a full computer tool kit, set of full size head phones, Ipod, and a CD binder with room left over. I've never used it on a motorcycle, but do use it on a MTN bike all the time.

The other benefit is it does not look like a laptop bag with a Dell logo screaming "Steal Me! Steal me!".

January 21, 2008, 04:05 PM
In before the lock

January 21, 2008, 10:42 PM
Coronado Leather
I'm sure they have something or can make something for you.

January 21, 2008, 10:53 PM

January 21, 2008, 11:26 PM
Get a Targus bag. They come in all manner of styles including messinger bags.

I've been using them for 15 years in at least 10 countries, you see them everywhere and they come with a mess o' pockets.

January 22, 2008, 12:08 AM
Here's one that looks like a normal laptop bag, but has a zipper compartment with a holster:

January 22, 2008, 12:46 AM
Find a padded pouch that fits securely in your primary bag. By the correct Uncle Mike's neoprene holster (size & R/L (may be opposite of normal depending upon position in the bag, angle of draw, etc.)) for your pistol. Invert the padded pouch, stitch the holster down in 2-3 spots using heavy upholstery thread and awl (Speedy Stitchers rock!). Flip back into proper shape, and you're good to go.

I did this a few years ago with a 2nd hand waist-pack I used to carry my daughter's diapers and wipes in (a sippy cup in the exterior water-bottle sleeve made for a nice touch). ;)

January 22, 2008, 01:02 AM
The Horizontal Brain Cell ( from Tom Bihn looks like one heck of a bag to keep a laptop computer in.

I've been using a old 1st generation BlackHawk Phoenix Pack as my day to day pack, but it really stands out and draws attention to itself (I work in a hospital) from the liberal sheep. Really think a messenger-style bag would have better access to the gear within and would never be noticed by the sheep I work around.

Have been looking at the messenger bags & think a Horizontal Brain Cell would fit nicely inside one. Or even better possibly a or

January 22, 2008, 01:13 AM
Targus makes good bags, I have a backpack for my laptop that I've been using for about 4 years now, has held up very well.
Tucano is an italian company that makes some real nice ones as well, more for fashion than anything.

If you want to have a handgun in your laptop bag, your not going to find a laptop bag with a holster already built into it, although you can email targus and i would LOVE to hear what they say about that :D
Best bet is to pick a bag you like, with enough room for a holster and have it stiched in professionally or from someone who can do just as good a job.

Robert Hairless
January 22, 2008, 11:45 AM
Just a thought ....

Laptops and firearms attract bad people who want to take them away from you. So does expensive looking gear. When the contents of a container are valuable, make the container plain and/or shabby rather than stylish.

January 22, 2008, 11:49 AM
I wouldn't wear a messenger bag on a motorcycle, personally. If you go pavement surfing, that thing is gonna wrap itself around your neck!

Backpacks are a little better. Saddlebags would be ideal, if your bike can accomodate them.

Whatever you decide, you can customize any pocket big enough for your gun with foam and/or sheet plastic.

lee n. field
January 22, 2008, 12:09 PM
If you want to have a handgun in your laptop bag, your not going to find a laptop bag with a holster already built into it,

Dillon has one. (

although you can email targus and i would LOVE to hear what they say about that

Wouldn't hurt to ask.

January 22, 2008, 12:18 PM
I have this one.

It doesn't look like a computer bag and it's fairly compact. The padded laptop sleeve is right on your back and it'll still hold three or four text books in there too. There's a camera pocket that opens on the side toward your back just down from where the straps attach (hard to explain but in the other views it shows it) that's padded and just the right size for a gun if you choose.

January 22, 2008, 01:07 PM
I have a Swissgear laptop backpack that I use daily and like a great deal - I have a big pile of laptop bags I tried before that, too. :D

The Swissgear bag has a couple of interior pockets that are ideal for a Glock sized handgun and I frequently carried that way.

The other bag I use nearly daily is a Camelback Demon concealed Carry pack. Not a designated laptop bag, but very roomy and easy to add a padded sleeve, should be enough room for even a full size laptop. This one has a built in holster and hard plastic reinforced carry compartment at the base of the bag. I carry mine daily as an emergency bag for hiking/snowshoeing.

January 22, 2008, 07:58 PM

Look for their "Defender Attache". I haven't seen one of these so I can't vouch for their quality or utility.

January 22, 2008, 08:56 PM
+1 on the swiss gear backpacks, they are well padded and allow enough space for a good size sidearm. They are a little pricy, but they are well made.

January 23, 2008, 07:15 AM
Can't think of a particular bag, but check out some of the rubberized swiss army surplus items. They have good hardware and as cheap as they are your ought to be able to buy two or more to replace if/as they wear out.

March 10, 2008, 11:55 AM
Thanks for all the ideas, still looking for a great bag that protects the laptop and has enough storage when on the motorcycle.

I do have some bungees and have been known to bungee cord the current backpack to the motorcycle & I'm sure thats would work with messenger bags.

March 10, 2008, 12:04 PM
If you don't have to put on the "executive" image (ie. fancy leather case), get a backpack for the laptop. I got mine at Micro Center for about $20. It looks like a regular "student" backpack, but has a special padded compartment sized just perfect for a laptop. It sure beats carrying an increasingly heavy bag around by hand all the time and is less likely to get set down and left somewhere.

I used to work as an "emergency" computer tech for a large nationwide chain and traveled by air just about everywhere, at least two flights per week. That's a lot of walking around the airport. The backpack was a real lifesaver over the regular laptop bag. Keeping your hands free is a big bonus.

I can't say as far as a holster though. Personally, I'm not a fan of off-body carry. Too much chance of getting lost or stolen.

March 10, 2008, 12:30 PM
Chrome Bags Kremlin might be too big but take a look, you could always go down a couple sizes:

The bags are double layer, canvas on top of pvc tarping. Once you throw the flip over it's waterproof as a messenger bag gets. In addition to the main chest strap it has a secondary strap that goes under the opposite arm to stabilize the top of the bag and a waist strap to stabilize the bottom. Very secure and stabile whether riding or walking. Two internal divisions, plus a bunch of pockets under the flap. The zippered pocket swallows an XD9 4" no problem. It's just not a dedicated laptop bag so you've need to throw your laptop in a sleeve.

March 10, 2008, 12:32 PM
Or you could just get the best bag and then wrap the contents in a water tight plastic bag.

March 10, 2008, 12:32 PM
+1 on the Taurus bag. I had one for years and I carried everything from 380's to a 454 if I'm going to the range.

March 10, 2008, 03:09 PM
Check out I've had a couple of their bags and have been VERY impressed.

March 10, 2008, 05:36 PM
Wow, lots of great choices in this post; many I had never heard of. Just adding a suggestion as I am a motorcycle rider myself. If you want a bag that doubles as a tank bag, and has a helmet carrier Icon makes the Urban Tank Bag.
This way you could ride with it either on the tank or on yor back. It is water resistant, not waterproof though. Yet I'm sure with some sort of waterproofing spray and/or some creative shopping bagging it would do fine in the rain. I like the helmet carrier as it would leave my hands free when wearing it on my back or my shooting hand free when carrying it in my alernate hand. Oh yeah and also has a clear map pocket, like a standard tank bag that you may find useful.

March 11, 2008, 10:33 PM
Another vote for this briefcase/laptop case with hidden zippered compartment with a holster. I carry my laptop daily in it along with some papers. When I need a safe place to put my pistols it is very discrete and doesn't print at all. Made of very high quality leather too.

March 11, 2008, 11:15 PM
A backpack also provides some spine protection, a factor to consider if you ride a lot.

SEMO Shooter
March 12, 2008, 04:14 PM
I have a Vostro 1500 and it is wide enough that it won't fit in a lot of the cases that I looked at. I wanted a bag big enough for it and related items. At Staples I bought a Heritage model 826563 leather case for about $100. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but it has a pocket large enough for a decent sized pistol. I usually carry my Kimber Ultra Aegis II.

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