Concealed carry is hard enough. Unless you dress in winter clothes all the time, out-of-body carrying may become necessary at some point in your life and concealed carrying inside a bag or fanny pack is one of the best things you can do to stay armed while keeping a low profile. Today we’re going to go over a few methods of out-of-body carrying as well as the type of gear you’ll need to keep your firearm hidden but also accessible and in a safe condition.
Off-body carry bags
There are several different types of bags you can use for out-of-body transport. However, my favorite must be concealed inside a fanny pack. The fanny pack may be a relic of the 80s and 90s, but I still think it holds up today and anyone born before the 2000s won’t notice someone wearing a fanny pack in the place of the audience.
With a fanny pack, you have almost direct access to your firearm with usually only a Velcro or zippered flap to keep the weapon hidden and although this is less optimal than having your gun on your hip, I still feel like it gives you quick access to the gun should the need arise. Unlike uncomfortable and stiff CCW gun belts, a fanny pack stays comfortable and doesn’t require pants with large belt loops to wear.
The backpack is less optimal than a fanny pack. My main issue with concealed carry inside a backpack is the backpack’s propensity to usually be left on the floor or somewhere where it won’t be accessible to you right away. Not only can your firearm be stolen this way, but it also increases your response time to threats. However, it has some advantages.
The first major benefit a backpack would give you is the ability to carry more weapons and ammo. For example, a standard-sized backpack like the Gray Man Tactical Stealth 20L can hold an MP5 pistol or even something like a Glock 17 with a Flux Raider chassis. These options increase the amount of force you can use in an emergency, and the backpack also gives you access to more non-gun and ammo gear like first aid kits and radios.
For women, a handbag can probably be the most discreet carrying option available to you if you do it right. Although I have had the annoyance of seeing the insides of some women’s handbags which are filled to the brim with all sorts of disorganized items, there are dedicated concealed handbags that have a separate and concealed compartment intended to carry a small handgun. With this option, a well-dressed woman in a figure-hugging dress can still pack the heat with her handbag while still maintaining a feminine presence under the public’s nose. Custom leather holsters sell a very good range of CCW purses and a versatile G100 pistol rig perfect for the job.
Equipment you’ll need for concealed carry inside a bag
Just because you’re hidden inside a bag doesn’t mean you should just throw a gun in there and forget about it. It helps to always have a sturdy, reliable way to cover your firearm’s trigger so it doesn’t inadvertently discharge. This is probably the greatest risk of carrying a gun concealed inside a bag without something. To cover the trigger as there is the possibility of other objects getting into the trigger guard and triggering the gun.
For example, revolvers generally do not have manual safeties. And therefore a concealed holster can be thrown inside one of the bag options above. To make it much safer while still giving you quick access to the gun. Some of the bags above will also have dedicated internal pockets that will do this job for you. This method of concealed revolver holster for carrying inside. A bag is essential if you are carrying a double or single-action revolver. Even if the risk of the gun going off is minimal. The same goes for safe action pistols like the Glock 19, Glock 17, Smith. And Wesson M&P series as well as Taurus percussion pistols.
A method for securing said case inside the bag
Although there are a few methods to secure a case inside a bag. One of my favorites is bags that already do this for you. For backpacks, I choose the Rigid MOLLE Panel system where you may affix a holster immediately to the panel. This keeps your firearm in a consistent place and will keep the holster inside the bag as you fire it.
For purses and fanny packs I would recommend a bag or fanny pack. That has an interior material that can be used with Velcro hooks so you. Can apply the Velcro to your case to keep it secure and again in the same place. So it doesn’t change orientation or move with your other items inside the bag or purse.
One of my favorite concealed pistols. The SIG Sauer P365 is often carried in a dedicated P365 concealed holster inside my range bag. Which is attached to its own set of loops. That I have sewn to allow it to stay on. in place while I fire the gun. Most CCW gun holsters will have hooked ends on their clips. Allowing you to attach the holster to an interior strap the. Same way you would attach one to a gun belt for CCW.
Carrying concealed inside a bag is not my preferred method of transportation. I would much rather wear it with a proper 1911 shoulder holster or my preferred method a belly band. If you want to try the belly band method which is much more versatile than wearing a belt. You can check out the Falco Holsters Belly Band B105. It has a Kydex holster which makes it safer to carry with the breathable elastic band. If it came down to this and none of these options were available to me. The above methods and equipment would be how I would conceal carrying inside a pack.