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Old February 5, 2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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CCW fanny pack

I am looking for a CCW fanny pack for biking and canoeing when the weather warms up. Any advice on manufacturers to seek out or avoid?
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Old February 5, 2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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the Galco Escort has put up many years of hiking mt biking abuse from me and still going...
lightweight, cheap, strong... pick 2
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Old February 5, 2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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Living in the tropics makes the waist-pack a reasonable alternative to IWB carry since many of the tourists also use waist-packs. I get mine from in Texas. Click on their "pistol pack" icon and you should see their selection in multiple colors and sizes of nylon and leather. Good luck.

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Old February 7, 2015, 10:53 AM   #4
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I’ve been pretty happy with the 5.11 Select Carry Pistol Pouch. I generally carry a S&W J-Frame, Photo ID, Weapons License and car keys. The bag is designed to be quick opening and seems of good quality.
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Old February 7, 2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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I have been pretty happy with this one from TDI.

Amazon has it cheaper btw.

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Old February 9, 2015, 03:48 PM   #6
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I have a camelbak goblin. I like it a lot and doesn't scream CCW; instead it looks like the water pack it is intended to be

It's out of production so tracking one down may be a bit difficult.
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Old February 10, 2015, 11:07 AM   #7
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Good Fanny Pack Alternative

I had been thinking about a Sneaky Pete for years...this winter I was in Ft. Lauderdale and wanted some carry method for the beach. I bought a fanny pack from Wilson Leather and it was terrific. It carried my Sig, sun glasses, and my wallet....worked for me.
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Old February 12, 2015, 02:13 AM   #8
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guy with a gun

I see a male with a fanny pack, anywhere but on a trail, and it says to me...."guy with a gun". No matter who makes it, or what color .
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Old February 12, 2015, 03:03 PM   #9
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I really like my 5.11 Carry pouch for hiking, not much experience with biking though.
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Old February 13, 2015, 07:22 PM   #10
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I see a male with a fanny pack, anywhere but on a trail, and it says to me...."guy with a gun". No matter who makes it, or what color

I agree, with the two exceptions being Gay or a tourist. To my knowledge Galco came up with the first fanny back holster and it had two distinctively colored stripes. They then published full page ads in Guns & Ammo saying how discreet they were.

IMO it's a good concept that's been over done.
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Old February 14, 2015, 02:47 AM   #11
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I have set up fanny packs for folks I got mine a the GoodWill store. I used an inexpensive IWB or OWB holster and bolted it inside the fanny pack in one pocket so the gun and reloads would be seperate.
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Old February 14, 2015, 08:00 PM   #12
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Comments about fanny-pack carry...

- Screams of a gun, unless you're female.
- Awkward to get to, especially if it isn't a perfect fit for the gun. Lots of flopping around and can get caught on the inside velcro attachments.
- It's akin to purse carrying (i.e. one of the first things the BG goes after).

Only fanny-pack carry when you have no options. If you are legally carrying, you always have better options than fanny-pack carry. Yes, I have fanny-pack carried on a few occasion. It didn't work for me.
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Old February 16, 2015, 01:23 PM   #13
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My wife uses a DeSantis Gunny Sack (which is a fanny pack) for her LC9. It is pretty quick to get access, not as fast as an open top belt slide holster, but just as fast as a IWB holster with a tucked-in blouse.
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Old February 16, 2015, 06:02 PM   #14
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I have a waist pack from REI I sometimes use while backpacking. I wear it in the front, like a fanny pack of sorts. Its not meant as a gun bag, but it has two large pockets, one in front of the other, and the one in the back is where I keep my pistol. Snacks, compass, gps, etc, go in the front.

More often than not, when backpacking, I usually just wear my normal holster, as I do when canoeing and kayaking. I wear a kayak vest in both, and they ride high, so it doesnt interfere with the holster/gun. I also wear a lanyard when on the water.

I dont know if I'd trust the fanny pack in the water if I fell out of the boat.
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Old February 18, 2015, 10:43 PM   #15
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I'd totally forgotten about the subject of lanyards. Thank you for reminding me.
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Old February 21, 2015, 12:39 PM   #16
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I have a hiker Fannypack that holds a water bottle on each side...
it screams Yuppie Hiker with Granola Bars I dress accordingly

Funny part, I actually walked thru Disney security wearing it, had my keys in the front pouch,
opened the front for them, pulled out the keys, and they let me thru...
security never bothered to check the rear section, fortunately!
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