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Motorcycle CCW Holster:

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dwLost, Nov 16, 2008.

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  1. dwLost

    dwLost Member

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    My brother and I do a lot of summer traveling on touring bikes, being from Milwaukee you can guess what we ride. Several times we ended up in less the desirable places to stay for the night. This fall we decided to get Utah CCW permits and plan to carry next time we’re on the road where it’s legal. Well now the conundrum is how to carry, a tank bag is out of the question, too easy to get left behind. Has anyone tried a SmartCarry or FIST INC #42 Driving Holster? Any other ideas would be appreciated, Thanks!
     
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    I wear riding jackets, and most of them have an inside pocket that is sized appropriately for a small semiauto. My Aerostich jacket has an outside left chest pocket that is well suited for a larger semi-auto.
     
  3. dwLost

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    Pockets are an option and an Aerostich jacket is on my Xmas wish list. I’ve heard of guys using shoulder holsters too but being a minimalist at heart I would like to keep it simple. I guess a jacket pocket is about as minimal as one can get, I was just wondering what other ideas are out there.
     
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    check out coronadoleather.com. they make some nice leather vests for concealed carry.
     
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  6. BlindJustice

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    Shoulder holster might be a better position for a
    hard metal object instead of an upper left chest
    pocket in case of crashing.

    Randall
     
  7. jocko

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    not from Milwaukee but have road HD motorcycles since the mid 60's. I carry a Kahr pm9 in my jeans front pocket with ease. when wearing a leather vest, It rides in my vest pocket. due to the lite weight ad size it is a no-brainer.

    If you carry something like the Ruger lcp, damn you can stick that baby anywhere.
     
  8. krs

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    Either a shoulder holster or a jacket pocket work better than belt carried holsters, IMO.

    When using a holster, first an IWB at my 1:00 for lefthand crossdraw where the gun kept moving upward from my movement and the bike's vibes, or later an OWB
    at my 8:00 for strongside behind hip draw the gun kept beating on me because of wind force or vibration - it got to really hurting sometimes.

    The best place is out of the wind loading for sure. My leather jacket had a pocket on the left side so I switched from a 1911 to a Makarov in that pocket for righthand draw as a compromise. I always wanted to get something custom made to holster inside my jacket but never did before I had to give up riding altogether.
     
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    I recently purchased a maxpedition versipack for this very purpose. It fits my p-228 and whatever else I need while out on the bike. I know it's considered off body carry, and not the quickest to draw... but I'm very impressed with the quality and overall utility of the bag. Better to have a gun, then not right? Plus you wear it, so when you get off the bike it comes with you unlike a tank bag or anything attached to the bike.

    YMMV.

    Mike
     
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    I have the tactical pocket T-shirt by 5.11. A super T-shirt with gun pockets on both sides. It must be worn under somthing for concealment, A vest works perfect or a sweatshirt. My PM9 rides in there with ease with the other side under arm pocket available for the spare magazine.. or a ruger lcp

    NRAstore com is where I got mine at. they are top quality and they do work great. read more with the description given..
     
  11. dwLost

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    Alaska is the next ride in spring so we won’t be carrying through Canada this year but sure would like something more then pepper spray or .380 for that trip; more like an S&W 500. Right now we have between us a P239 (9mm), BDA, PPK/s all will fit in a pocket of various sizes. I do like the Coronado vests and it makes for a good wind breaker when riding, hell I’d like a Coronado vest for casual wear, didn’t see that coming - this is nice stuff. I like the Versipac too but might be a bit to bulky on the outside. Good ideas here Thanks!
     
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    I'd just like all us fellow motorcyclists to know.

    I'm currently working on designs for concealed, and open carry while riding a motorcycle.

    They're little more than sketches at the moment, but if you'd like, you could PM me and I'll keep you posted on them.
     
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    FYI - I have almost a half a million miles on two wheels (commuting and rallying) and about half of that mileage was earned while wearing a 'Stitch Roadcrafter. I have subjected one of my Roadcrafters to, um, an unexpected high-speed abrasion test. The pistol in the outer front chest pocket was not an issue during this test. Unless you're hitting something hard with your chest, it's just not an issue (even when tumbling).

    More to the point, if you're impacting anything hard with your chest sufficient to worry about having something hard in the pocket, you really are in trouble regardless of what you have/don't have in the front pockets.

    SOB holsters and hip holsters and thigh pocket holsters would worry me much more.
     
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    No different from my normal carry, IWB behind the point of the hip.
     
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    Given the seating position on most "standard" or sport bikes, I've got to believe those would be terribly uncomfortable.
     
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    I just carry mine at 4 o'clock IWB in an Uncle Mike's while riding. It is comfortable, out of the way, yet easily accessible with either hand. I am assuming that my piece will be toast if I take a spill, but then again I think I will have bigger worries if that happens.
     
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    Cut off Levi jacket. I carry a S&W Mod.642 in the inside pocket. Ride hard my friend and stay safe.
     
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    If you end up with a belt holster or IWB holster you might want to consider some kind of lanyard, just to be safe.
     
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    I had a little trouble with a dog in the back of a pickup and went through this process as well. The best I could do was a snubbie (or other non-huge pistol) in a Desantis pocket holster in the cargo pocket on my right leg. I could reach it riding or sitting at a light, and if the wind blows my shirt halfway up my back (I don't ride baggers) then I haven't been outed. It's also very comfortable. Good luck and keep the rubber side down.
     
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    Drawing and firing from a moving vehicle, at least here in Va, is asking for a boat-load of problems.

    Another option for carrying on the bike is the Galco Escort waist pack. Very comfy, quick access (when off the bike), and you dont have to worry about getting outed. I like mine, as do others I ride with. I also have riding friends that pocket carry, which I may do next.

    Or you can just open carry and be done with it (providing your state allows it).
     
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    I guess at this point I’m looking at what ever works, mostly kept in a pocket for easy access, doesn’t bind and goes where you go. I was thinking I was missing something because there doesn’t seem to be any consensus on “this is what you have to have” everyone seems to do it differently. A lot of good ideas here but the pocket of a jacket or the stand by IWB seem to be what’s working.
     
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    When on my bike, I carry a PCR 9mm
    in a HBE holster (OWB) on a lanyard, the PCR has a lanyard loop on the butt of the gun-nice setup.
    Floydster
     
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    Inside the waist band on most bikes is a mistake.Get an old fashioned motorcycle jacket,they have an inside the left breast pocket perfect for a .380 or similar sized gun.
     
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    "Alaska is the next ride in spring so we won’t be carrying through Canada this year but sure would like something more then pepper spray"

    Well you can skip the Canada trek... I really don't think you want to ride through upper western BC in the spring. -Really.

    Ride through Washington, which is an 'open carry' state that also honors many other states CCW's, then mail your hand gun from Bellingham to Alaska. Which, I believe is an open carry/CCW state that honors other state CCW's.

    Might be worth looking into.

    I don't have experience with the holsters or jacket you mention, but I do have an SP101 in a spring type shoulder rig that I hardly know is even there when I ride. Otherwise it's a 1911 on my hip in a HOYT OWB with snap over the top, cocked and locked.

    -Steve
     
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    dw... come to the Wisconsin BACA Holiday Party, and you can take a closer look at a Coronado vest: that's what my colors are on. I'll PM you the details

    I've heard a LOT of people talk about drawing and firing while on a bike. But you have THE best self defense tool already in your right hand: it's called "the throttle"... ;)
     
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