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    Holster for Backpacking

    I'm planning on doing some backpacking up North this year. I haven't backpacked in an area with dangerous wildlife before, so I've always just pocket carried a small gun. Now that I'm going to be in a slightly more risky situation, I'd like to carry at least a .357 revolver while backpacking. What holster do you all find comfortable while carrying a backpack? I typically backpack fairly light and carry a 45 liter pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmr13 View Post
    With replies as good as the one below, it's amazing that I didn't learn more from the thread.

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    i use a holster
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    Hill People Gear | Real use gear for backcountry travelers

    I didn't like the price at first but for me this is the best answer to the question at hand. So far I have used mine on a couple of 6 milers with just my hydration pack and plan to use it this fall in Gatlinburg with our baby in an osprey poco child carrier pending test runs.

    So far it's awesome, comfortable, fairly quick to draw with practice, and I like having some things on my front I can get to as well.

    I tried a gp100 in it but my glock 20 was more comfy/less bulky and easier to draw, not to mention 16 rds of .357 like power vs 6.

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    Since you're using a 45 L pack, it would seem you are concerned with weight. Just as you carefully regulate how many OZ of gear you carry, the OZ of your gun will also matter.


    Are you willing to OC while hiking, or do you need to conceal? If you can OC, I actually prefer a hip holster that hangs down a bit. Think of the old leather holsters they used for revolvers or such. That way it keeps it below your hip and out of the way of your waist strap on your pack. Alternately, you can hip carry by simply putting the holster on your waist strap, but then if you drop your pack, you'll have to change it up to get the gun back on your person.

    If you CC, the Hill People gear is probably your best bet, although a cheaper option is a 357 in a square pocket holster in a cargo pocket. (Plus then you look really stylish with your cargo shorts.)
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    Third vote for the Hill People Gear kit bag. I love mine. It's exactly what you want.
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    Hiking in bear country? I recommend a holster made from something natural, like skirt steak... and perhaps a matching scarf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chezuki View Post
    Hiking in bear country? I recommend a holster made from something natural, like skirt steak... and perhaps a matching scarf.
    Great idea. That would make a perfect gift...for my buddies.
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    I use one the older 5.11 chest rigs with a couple misc MOLLE pouches. One pouch for my G27/reload, one for my ten essentials, and filed knife in the middle. Fits perfectly between the straps of a Osprey Aether pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsx1043 View Post
    I use one the older 5.11 chest rigs with a couple misc MOLLE pouches. One pouch for my G27/reload, one for my ten essentials, and filed knife in the middle. Fits perfectly between the straps of a Osprey Aether pack.
    Does the "shoulder strap on shoulder strap" wear on you at all? I like the idea but that's my biggest concern.

    I go hiking out west in some far reach places, so this is a helpful topic for me.

    Here's something I just found: Maxpedition Thermite Versipack

    It clips around your waist like a belt (I wonder if you could use it as your belt), but the pack drops below your waistline. It would rest below your pack's hip belt and the leg strap would keep it in place.

    Rubbing issues might still be the belt (although I typically wear a belt with no issues of pack rub) and the leg strap.

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