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Holster for hiking

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Carter, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. Carter

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    I'm looking for some good ideas for a holster while hiking. Im currently using a g code drop down for my glock, but it gets in the way when scrambling on rocks or minor climbing. I'm considering some type of chest holster, but thats a big price tag just to try. Plus, I'm not sure how the straps would feel with a pack on top. What would you guys suggest?
     
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    For my Taurus M44 6.5" I use an uncle Mike's vertical shoulder holster. I generally attach the off side snap to my belt but not the holster side. It doesn't interfere with my backpack belt or shoulder straps and is accessible.
     
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  5. Chuck R.

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    For the outdoors stuff, especially hiking with a pack that has a waist belt I really like my Hill People Gear Kit Bag:
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    I've got the Recon Bag pictured, very comfortable, holds pistol extra mag and some gear. Inside has Velcro for mounting a holster:

    https://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/tabid/762/CategoryID/1/Default.aspx

    I've had folks pass me on the trail and not have an idea I was carrying.

    Chuck
     
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  6. Carter

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    Right now the kenai chest holster seems promising, excepy for the price.

    Then there is the viking tactics chest holster which is only 89, but ugly as sin and a universal nylon.
    http://www.vikingtactics.com/product-p/vtac-bigrig-auto.htm

    Not worried about convealment. I mean, my current leg holster is pretty obvious haha.

    Those hill people gear options seem good though.
     
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  7. dwjwin50

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    A MOLLE vest works extremely well for hiking. Use it for holding a camera with the rifle loop and of course any MOLLE attachements that would conceal a handgun. With the MOLLE hippack, the combination makes a great compact day pack combination for mountain hiking and scrambling.

    http://ammocanman.com/complete-desert-basic-infantryman-assault-kit/
    Load-Bearing Vest: NSN: 8465-01-491-7440
    Wastepack: NSN: 8465-01-491-7445

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Molle-...155947?hash=item25ca14e12b:g:lJcAAOSwmLlYB96J
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOLLE-II-WA...820115?hash=item2370f2de13:g:8-4AAOSweWVXdHKN
     
  8. Armored farmer

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    20160907_083856.jpg this is a "Roy's Original" pancake. It offers good protection for the gun. Options of cross draw or Strongside. It is one of my favorite holsters.

    The problem is..... I'm not sure if they're still in business.
     
  9. Barry the Bear

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    Looks like one of Rob Leahys from simply rugged holsters.
     
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  10. Mainsail

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    For hiking and scrambling I use a Bianchi M12 military holster on the pack's hip belt.
     
  11. bangswitch

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    DSC09185.JPG You can buy repro military style M3 holsters for not a lot. They can be worn a couple of ways, one of which places the gun at the lower left of the abdomen, above the belt line (high cross-draw). I find it keeps it out of my way while scrambling, and the pack straps don't get in the way if I have one on. They will fit more than just the 1911, you may have to work the leather a bit. The one above is an original, not a repro.
     
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  12. redbone

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    Another vote for the Safepacker, I've used one for years. Also carry an OWB for around the campsite. With a day pack I usua)y just front pocket carry in a Mika holster.
     
  13. Redranger

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    9F3C19E7-A371-4FDD-B587-12AFE1770695.JPG Highly recommend http://www.simplyrugged.com/

    Lots of options based on carry style and gun. I've got several for different guns. Latest for my P220 10mm. Can be used strong side, cross draw, or cross chest with the optional chest rig.
     
  14. ROCK6

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    I've literally done hundreds of miles backpacking with an HPG Kit Bag/holster; this is my primary means of CCW when outdoors. I've also used a smaller one for trail running, I've mountain-biked with one, I've kayaked with one and I've done both bouldering and rappelling with one. I've forded rivers and waterways up to my waist which reinforces the need for a chest rig; however, I've also swam with one. There are some issues, and it takes practice to avoid any sweeping as you draw, but I've found drawing as fast as anything else outside of an OWB holster attached to my pack's waist belt. I've also found I can draw and do engagement drills with my hiking poles...an important aspect as we use hiking poles for many of our longer trips. The value of this system is that it can be used as a stand-alone yet still fully integrate with a backpack's suspension, harness and waist belt system. Heck, I've even slept with the Kit Bag on when in my hammock.

    Interestingly enough, the Kit Bag isn't really designed to use a separate holster, and it's prove both safe and stable. I do use a Vanguard trigger cover dummy-corded inside my Kit Bag as I've take a spill or two and have accidently flipped the wrong compartment open when fly fishing; just an added piece of securing my pistol.

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    We spend a lot of time backpacking and we have a lot invested; the HPG Kit Bags are by far my best investment when it comes to carrying on the trail or for other outdoor activities.

    ROCK6
     
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  15. Carter

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    Do the hpg bags cause any sore spots or chaffing with heavy sweating?
     
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    I know long distance hikers and backpackers that tried chest carry for cameras or other gear and most did not like it due to the heat. My back gets soaked even with 'breathing' backpacks so I need that open area on the front to keep from sweating out all my water. I tried a plain chest holster for my Ruger Alaskan and the constant thumping on my chest was annoying as well.

    The other issue with the HPG setup is that at the moment of obtaining your purchase on the grip of your gun, it's pointed at your off-side bicep. Their video used to show an awkward offside-elbow-high draw but I don't see it anymore. If you're confident that you will remember all that during a high-stress draw; it may work for you.

    All that said, Rock6 and others seem to like theirs, but for me I don't see any reason to bother with all that when the M12 holster works so well.
     
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    I like the chest rigs from 7x and Diamond D. Works fine with a backpack.
     
  18. ROCK6

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    This can be a problem and just about any chest rig (like this, not necessarily a holster) will trap heat. I was actually more concerned with perspiration affecting my handgun than discomfort, but this can be a problem for some. With that said, all our longer backpacking trips of multiple days are during the heat and humidity of Southeastern summers...it's just something you learn to tolerate (I'm not originally from GA) and deal with. As soon as it heats up, my whole upper body is soaked even with a vented frame backpack, so I've learned to tolerate the Kit Bag.

    The good news is that I wear my Kit Bag under my backpack's frame and suspension and never had any issues with chaffing. I would caution you to avoid over-weighing the Kit Bag, it balances nicely with a pack, but I try to keep weight to 3-4 four pounds maximum.

    There's no denying there is some inherent risk when drawing from the HPG Kit Bag. I've tried a couple methods, the easiest is to just swing your arm down to your waist and out of the line of the muzzle; however some drills don't always make this easy. The other "drawback" is that this is much like carrying concealed in that you need both hands to quickly deploy your handgun; much like pulling or sweeping your shirt back, you need your weak hand to rip the holster compartment open for quick access. Another reason I like the Vanguard trigger guards is that you obtain the same grip as an open holster (trigger finger straight and high on the frame) and pull the pistol from the trigger guard before getting your handgun lined up for an encounter. There's some debate on the design of the Kit Bag that concerns some...it's understandable, but there's a certain amount of risk carrying any firearm and there are some limitations when you choose to carry concealed. You can train to mitigate much of the risk just like any other system, but at the end of the day, you're the one that needs to make that decision.

    As Mainsail pointed out, it's not for everyone and doesn't work for everyone. An open holster on the hip belt would be the fastest, but I do agree with Mainsail that a covered holster like the M12 (or, the Kit Bag in my case) is really a good idea when hiking overgrown trails or rugged terrain. The covering keeps a lot of debris and mud out, not if but when, you take a spill with your pistol taking the brunt of the fall. For concealed carry, this has just worked best for me and the locations we do a lot of backpacking.

    ROCK6
     
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  19. Carter

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    Thanks for the info. Im going to either get the kanai chest holster or a hpg rig. What size would you recommend for a few snacks and a g19?

    Im in NC and sweat a lot on my own, so with the humidity it gets bad, but i deal with it. I usually go to linville gorge and have started scrambling and bush whacking, so up on my chest beats on my leg.

    The hpg also works for state parks where I cant open carry.
     
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    I got it switched over now so I have 2 mags on my right, and 1 gun on my left. I had it built for Glock 20s (10mm). Wasn't cheap though.

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  21. ROCK6

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    Ah, I'm jealous and have been trying to get my wife to do the Linville Gorge loop hike...it's on our shorter list. I would just get the regular sized Kit Bag and go from there. I am now backpacking with the "original" Snubby, which is a smaller version but really doesn't hold many of the Glock 19-sized compact pistols. It will house the sub-compacts just fine which is what I backpack with to cut weight. The regular Kit Bag will hold everything up to my Redhawk .44mag with 5.5" barrel.

    ROCK6
     
  22. Carter

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    Linville is awesome, but is rough going up and down. Totally worth it though.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  23. Phaedrus/69

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    Probably nothing is perfect but the HPG Kit Bag is pretty close. You do need to take care not to sweep yourself with the muzzle but it's fast and easy to draw from and very comfortable. I have two of them and normally wear one while camping or hiking. It's very comfortable and secure. In hot weather it will make you sweat a little but so will an IWB or belt holster in my experience. The regular KB is large enough for my full sized HK USP, spare mag, gloves, map, flashlight, knife, fire gear and few small odds and ends.
     
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    In Grizz Country I always choose the across the chest rig for my LAR .45 Win Mag. Belt holsters are often tore off and hard to reach when the bear is attacking. The chest rig is more accessible when being held down. I have never been attacked by a bear. I have talked to many who have survived attacks. Having a handgun and not being able to reach it is not the answer.
     

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    That looks like it could be the Miami Special that Don Johnson wished he had. Fine piece(s) of leather there. I actually have Galco's Miami Special, and I carry a G20 in it. Galco Miami Special holster 2.jpg
     

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