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Old September 15, 2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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Hip holsters & proper backpack fit

Seeking advice on those who carry a handgun while backpacking/hiking regarding their choice of hip holster. This also touches on the subject of how to properly fit a backpack. This is not meant to be a discussion of should one or shouldn’t one carry.

So I’m looking for a holster while wearing my backpack. My concern is that with those hip pads, it might interfere with a standard belt holster. I looked and looked for something that might work and found a Drop and Offset holster by Blade Tech on-line. I received it in the mail the same week I got my Eberlestock Dragonfly backpack.

Retrieving the gun from the holster felt clumsy, though it’s adjustable and I’m going to try different settings. I think it would feel much better held tight against my hip. Also, the Eberlestock hip pads really aren’t all that poofy and it looks like a regular holster might work. I DO NOT want a holster on the pack itself, I want to be able to take the pack off but keep the gun on me.

It also got me thinking if I’m not wearing my pack like I should. I put about 80 pounds in it and strapped it on as it came out of the box. I understand how the weight should fit on your hips, but the way I have it, the hip pads were covering my belt. My friend tells me that that is too low. For him, his might touch the top of his belt or not at all. He’s done a bunch of backpacking so he’ll help me fit the pack.

So for those who pack a handgun on their hip, what hip holster do you recommend? My gun is a S&W 629 Mountain Gun. Thanks for the feedback.

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Old September 15, 2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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Chest holsters are popular with backpackers up here.
Something like one of these:
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Old September 16, 2010, 07:49 PM   #3
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What about a lower slung tactical or as some call them leg holster? It should miss your pack altogether and its naturally at palm level while walking ready to draw. I imagine it could be cumbersome for heavy brush and they do seem unjustly pricey. It should fit the need. I am in the market for one myself.
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Old September 16, 2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Xshooter –

Thought about that, but have been advised by numerous sources against it. Too much weight swinging around on the thigh while hiking long distances.

I’ve been adjusting the Blade-Tech Drop and Offset holster tonight and I’ve gotten it to ride fairly tight against my right hip and works with my pack. I do not like all the noise it creates drawing it out. I don’t need to mimic Doc Holiday, but as long as I have clear access to the gun and can pull it out without drawing too much attention, that’s what I’m looking for. So I guess I’m looking at some kind of open leather holster.

You know, I’ve brought this question up on a few other sites and even in the past. Many swear by a chest holster. I initially shy away from that because I’ll be carrying a pack and want to leave the option open for binoculars. But maybe I should look into that option more. Would certainly be better if wearing it fishing.

I’m pretty sure I’m sending the Blade-Tech holster back, anybody with advice/experience, I’d like to hear from you. Thank you.
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