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    Quote Originally Posted by waddy:228938
    Although it is perfectly legal to open carry in Colorado, I dislike backpacking with a visible handgun as just the sight of a gun sends the bedwetters into a frenzy. I simply don't wish to end up in that type of discussion. My newest "solution" is one of the Ribz packs. It is actually not too bad a way to pack, as it keeps my pistol right in front of my chest where it is very handy yet does not intefere with anything else. The downside is the zipper and opening are both a little small, making for a somewhat slow and cumbersome draw. Has anyone come up with a better solution?
    I live in colorado and I open carry a lot in the mountains. Most people don't care. I've run into boulder hippies that want to challange me, ask me why I need a gun. I just tell them to protect myself from nutty hikers. That usually runs them off.

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    I OC in the city with nobody crying. So if I go backpacking/camping it will be OC. I know I will be targeted first by BG. (sarcasm off) ******* the liberals! They can call MWAG on me all day long. I have a Kel-Tec PF9 that has a belt clip that can slide right onto my hip belt adjuster.

  4. I backpack a lot. I have a ULA pack with 6*6*2 inch pockets on the hipbelt. I carry a Glock 26 in the right pocket and a 15 round spare mag in the other. I carry concealed because I don't want any potential bad guys to know what I have. It is legal to open carry here in the Smokies but the liberals do call the Park Service and report."man with a gun."

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug865 View Post
    I backpack a lot. I have a ULA pack with 6*6*2 inch pockets on the hipbelt. I carry a Glock 26 in the right pocket and a 15 round spare mag in the other. I carry concealed because I don't want any potential bad guys to know what I have. It is legal to open carry here in the Smokies but the liberals do call the Park Service and report."man with a gun."
    All the more reason to OC.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by localgirl View Post
    Thigh holster. Not too concerned about humans, mostly want to stop a grizzly bear from chewing on my extremities. I don't pay much mind to what the locals think. You can even be a tree-hugging, granola-eating, peacenik flower child in North Idaho, but if you're gun squeamish, you're in the wrong state.
    I'm beginning to think I need to give the thigh holster another look. That puts the gun down out of the way of all the B.S. and paraphanelia hanging on and around my pack. In your experience (or anyone elses for that matter), does the gun tend to hang up in brush when it is down on your thigh? I would also appreciate any recommendations for a "perfect" thigh holster. One last thought, as far as the "locals" and what they think, where I mostly hike, I AM the local

    Thanks again for all the thoughts and suggestions, this has turned into an interesting thread.
    Last edited by waddy; 09-14-2011 at 09:20 AM. Reason: formatting

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    I have had both the thigh and hip holsters get caught on a bush...it happens if you are walking through dense forestry. No avoiding that unless you avoid bushes all together.

    I find blackhawk and Safariland thing holsters to work the best for me. Hard plastic platform that forms to the leg. They distribute the weight better, and don't ride up as much. They are a bit more expensive. All the nylon thigh holsters I've tried did not work.

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    I'm not sure what brand mine is. Whatever they had in stock at the local Army Surplus. It's nylon, but has the belt loop, plus a pretty wide lower strap, so I can snug it in, so I haven't experienced too much snagging. I'm also carrying a .380, and depending on my hiking partner, carrying something much larger, to provide backup!

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    Well another way you could carry, Is chest carry. The holster rides up across your chest, That way it stay's relatively out of the way. Now i'm not sure what you are carrying for a side arm, But maybe you can find a BIANCHI chest adapter for the UM84/M12 holster system. It is ment for most large semi's, But really designed for the 92FS. I have one, and have been able to carry my 1911's, SIG P229 and the 92 FS with no problems, and it didn't interfere with my pack straps or chest strap. YMMV with your pack.

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    I have a High Sierra pouch that holds two 1 litre water bottles, is rust and silver in color and doesn't give the tree huggers any idea that it can hold a full-size auto and four extra magazines. True you have to unzip to draw, but I figure a worst case scenario will be that I will be drawing the gun when I am asked for my wallet and am supposed to be pulling something out.
    Edmund Burke: “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” – 1784 speech. Taken from Founding Fathers Notes. "The unarmed man is not just defenseless -- he is also contemptible." Machiavelli

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1911a1lvr View Post
    Well another way you could carry, Is chest carry. The holster rides up across your chest, That way it stay's relatively out of the way. Now i'm not sure what you are carrying for a side arm, But maybe you can find a BIANCHI chest adapter for the UM84/M12 holster system. It is ment for most large semi's, But really designed for the 92FS. I have one, and have been able to carry my 1911's, SIG P229 and the 92 FS with no problems, and it didn't interfere with my pack straps or chest strap. YMMV with your pack.
    Chest rig's are nice too. I will agree with that. The only problem I have had with chest rigs is when I am backpacking and not hiking. When I backpack I have other straps across my chest to help with the weight of the pack. If you are going on a day hike, and have a light backpack on, and an open chest, then chest carry would be awesome too.

    Edit: I do not have a molle system on the front chest part of my pack. I would think if your pack was set up more like a military set up, with a full molle system front (attached to your pack or if you wear some kind of vest under the pack), you could put a chest rig really easily on that. But then, if you take your pack off, your defense is taken off too. There is always a way to get it to work, I can see chest carry working really well. I have all ready invested in thigh carry, and that is what I have chosen for now :)

    Quote Originally Posted by TekGreg View Post
    I have a High Sierra pouch that holds two 1 litre water bottles, is rust and silver in color and doesn't give the tree huggers any idea that it can hold a full-size auto and four extra magazines. True you have to unzip to draw, but I figure a worst case scenario will be that I will be drawing the gun when I am asked for my wallet and am supposed to be pulling something out.
    I don't know where you live or where you hike, so don't take this offensively, but that is not close to the worst case scenario out in the woods. Humans are fast...animals are faster. Worse case scenario is your dead before you know it...close second is the cat is biting your reactive arm by the time you can draw your firearm.

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