American Rifleman - December 2013 - 68

OFF-BODY CARRY

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BRIEFCASES
Suitable for users in nearly any
walk of life, shoulder bags offer
enough space to accommodate
daily essentials and a format that
easily handles even larger defensive handguns. Examples include:
(1.) the affordable leather Gun
Tote'n Mamas Men's Concealed
Carry Briefcase with zipper-access
to an included Velcro-secured
holster; (2.) the Blackhawk Covert
Carry Messenger Bag, which features a padded laptop compartment inside, a waist stabilization
strap for cycling and a hook-andloop-fastened body-side panel
that accommodates optional,
modular holsters and magazine
pouches; and (3.) the Blackhawk
Advanced Tactical Briefcase,
which features compartments
capable of housing a handgun
and accessible by an external
body-side zipper.

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ECEMBER

2013

AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

There are times, places, user
groups, and activities where modern and functional discreet packs
offer the only effective means for
carrying or transporting a firearm. When instructing concealed
carry classes, one example I
point to is the use of small, simple
pouches for bicycling or motorcycling. While hardcore cyclists
might make better use of a holster
slipped into one of the zippered
compartments their tight-fitting
garments often contain, the great
number of casual or averageattired street riders peddling
around America these days would
be better-served by a conveniently
sized, well-positioned, stable and
readily accessible waist pack. One
that is comfortable and as unobtrusive as possible will still allow the
gun to be drawn with relative ease.
The same thing is true for motorcyclists. I always rode with a heavy
vest or jacket that had a strong-side,
external slash pocket with a secure
but easily opened hook-and-loop
closure, which allowed easy access
to an immovable holster and small

revolver inside the pocket. Many
people, though, dress far more
casually. A modern, non-contrasting
pack or pouch might not only work
better with those clothes but might
also ease mounting and dismounting the bike. While carrying a gun
and other valuables, such a bag
might also attract less attention
when momentarily stepping away
from the bike to eat, stretch out or
go to the restroom.
I think waist packs also have a
real advantage for certain vacationers. Consider the activities you
might find yourself doing when the
family heads off for a week of carbased sightseeing. How many times
might you (sometimes in a single
day) be in and out of the car or
changing clothes to suit the climate
and activity. Also in the course of
that single day, you're likely to be
sitting as much as standing: perhaps confined behind the wheel of
a car or by a booth in a diner.
Are you going to change your
holster every time the conditions
change? I doubt it. And while
paddle holsters are versatile; and


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