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Any other runners: what do you carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Cump, Jul 24, 2022.

  1. Cump

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    If you are a runner, what do you carry, and how?

    More often than not, I have opted for a fixed blade. But I am trying to regularly carry a micro desert eagle in an open-top pouch on a runners belt, which seems to work pretty well. I prefer the weight and constriction at my hip rather than shoulders. I run 9-12 miles every other day. At that distance it is less appealing to trudge along with an uncomfortable option.

    The micro de fits well, and the pouch both keeps it mostly away from sweat and isn't visibly a holster unless up close. I can also draw relatively smoothly, and there is minimal bounce.

    The micro de is the micro I have -- though it brings some benefits. With its short barrel it fits both pouch and waistpack pockets better than an lcp. The nickel finish will also resist corrosion. The trigger has serrations and is DAO, which I think better for drawing and shooting with sweety hands. It shoots small for a small gun, though the trigger guard batters my middle finger.

    But it is a bit heavy for a pocket 380, and the shorter barrel makes the round even more anemic.

    Not completely satisfied, I would like to find a stable and secure way to run with my p365 that keeps it 1) accessible, 2) mostly away from sweat, and 3) concealed. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Also just interested to hear the compromises others have made ...
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  2. Corpral_Agarn

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    I carry a folder when I run.

    I tried one of those neoprene belly bands for a while but it was just sweaty and wasn't keeping the p239 from moving around uncomfortably.

    It might work with a j frame or a 365, idk

    I get the majority of my cardio from jiu jitsu these days
     
  3. dodo bird

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    First off good for you for being in such good shape. I am a mountain biker and use a Fanny pack. That probably won’t work for you. I looked at the micro desert eagle and it is 14oz empty. If you can get another pistol I would go with the keltec p32. It weighs 6.6oz empty. That weight reduction can really help.
     
  4. Cump

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    I have priced the p32. (Gone up recently.) And I might make the switch, though every time I have that cash on hand, I have bought ammo .

    Fanny packs arent completely out. I have one that the mde fits in a zippered pocket. The draw isnt horrible. That relatively slim pack doesn't carry water as well as the belt, though. But I bet there are better ...
     
  5. Cump

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    Yep not a fan of belly bands. The sweat guards dont stop sweat from above.
     
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    I know you said you prefer to carry on your waist, but this is what I’ve gone too for running. Mostly to get things off of my waist. I run down dirt roads in the woods in sparsely populated areas. Mine will hold a Glock G35, and I have pepper spray attached to the Molle loops. I also keep a CKRT knife attached to the loops. It’ll hold my phone and ID cards in case I get hurt along the way.
     
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    That’s a G45 in there at the moment, but you get the idea. I’m thinking about stuffing some gauze and stuff in there as well. Like dog bite first aid. In case the spray, pistol, and knife don’t work you know.
     
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    naa mini bugout 22lr in a fanny pack.
     

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  9. Blue Jays

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    This is a terrific thread combining lawful carry and physical fitness.
    What about a scandium/titanium S&W 340PD to radically reduce weight?
    While it has limited capacity you can likely outrun most attackers.
     
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  10. Cump

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    A chest rig may be what I go to for the 365. The extra room would be good for spray and a tourniquet. Most of my running is on trails where cougars actively hunt (thus the spray). I am of the philsophy that cougars and bears generally don't need to be shot.
     
  11. Varminterror

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    While cycling or running, I typically carry an LCP in a Nathan belt with a water bottle. I also have a Spi belt which carries the same, but it’s more obvious - the forms in the bottle belt do a better job concealing the shape of the pistol.

    I also have a small X-Lab Wingman I modified to fit into the bladder reservoir of my tri bike to hold an LCP or as big as an LC9, but I tend to prefer to have my carry on person.
     
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  12. Cump

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    Anyone have a good waist pack or chest rig that has a p365-sized pocket closed by velcro, instead of a zipper?
     
  13. MtnHiker

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    I used to run 40lbs ago...

    I ran for several decades carrying a gun and knife and sometimes a stick in hand.

    I switched my gear a few times but one thing stayed constant. I had a nylon belt about an inch wide that I could perfectly adjust that could sinch down real tight. My nylon holsters were all worn inside the belt outside shorts, tights or sweat pants with shirt coveinrg the FA Never could go inside pants due to sweat. By tightening the belt the gun was pressed close and did not bounce or slide.

    When done running I removed the fa from the holster each day. The holster got washed about once a month and i used paste wax on the firearm which was wiped down and wax reapplied frequently. I sweat alot so if I did not do this the firearm really suffered.
     
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  14. slicksleeve

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    Like any means of carry, it feels a little funny at first, especially running, but after a while you don’t really notice it. The company that sells it has several different models including some that look less “military.”
     
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  15. herrwalther

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    I carry a Walther PPS in a Pistol Wear One holster. Easily the best holster I have ever used for running while armed. Keeps the firearm completely dry from rain and sweat. And most importantly it doesn't bounce as I run. I like the One holster because it has a main compartment for the firearm and a side pouch for something small and thin. Like a folding knife, pepper spray, key fob, or spare magazine.

    https://www.pistolwear.com/pt-one-concealment-holster/
     
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    Looks good. This thread is working out, collecting some good options.
     
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    I am not a runner anymore, but a small fanny pack might be a place to carry a smaller gun. The Kel Tec P32 could just go in a small case and be held in the hand perhaps. If you wear cut off jeans or some more substantial shorts that have pockets (no gym shorts), the Kel Tec could go in a pocket holster.
     
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  18. Ethan Verity

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    Ruger LCP in a pocket.
     
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    I have considered a S&W 351PD in .22 WMR for this reason.

    But... even an extremely light gun is a severe hindrance in running. I don't even like carrying my cell phone when I run, and I will do distances up to a half marathon with literally just my running shorts, socks, and shoes. No phone, no headphones, nothing else. Because you notice weight down to the ounce.

    I really appreciate this thread because it seems there is very little overlap between people who run seriously and people who carry, so there is a total dearth of reasonable reviews of so-called 'athletic' or 'running' holsters and how they work out over speed and distance. I have tried belly bands, Thunderwear-type holsters, fanny packs, etc. and nothing seems to work for me. Either it bounces painfully and uncomfortably, or it's so tight that it's painful and uncomfortable. Meanwhile I see these reviews of such holsters where an OFWG (no offense to all the OFWGs, who make up a substantial majority of gun people) uses it to take a hike, horse, or ATV ride around his property in cargo shorts and sneakers and pronounces it just great for carry during physical activity. And I'm just thinking... yeah, that review has zero bearing on what it's like to run ten miles carrying a handgun.
     
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  21. Cump

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    Agreed. I don't think there is a perfect solution out there. No bulk. Negligible weight. No bounce. And the marketed solutions are often laughable, especially on Amazon.

    I am going to keep trying.
     
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    Looks like it might work for the micro eagle.
     
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    Don't run often, but when I did, an LCR 38 in a small fanny pack. It's also a place to put my cell phone and wallet.
     
  24. Blue Jays

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    There are potential options and accessories from The Wilderness at:
    https://www.thewilderness.com/safepacker-concealment-holster/

    These holsters are typically more suited to mountainbiking or motorcycling than running.
    Controlling firearm "bounce" while maintaining some level of comfort is indeed challenging.

    At some level of competition…the solution might simply be leaving firearm behind.
    Racing in a very popular half-marathon or marathon would be a typical example.
     
  25. ECVMatt

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    At this point in my life the only running I do is running from my past....just kidding around a bit. However, I walk 3 to 5 miles a day, so following with interest.

    Congrats to all of you who can still run; I loved it before the knees quit me.
     
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