Hiking Holster

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by colmustard, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    I am looking for suggestions for a good hiking holster. I will be doing a 14 mile hike and it will be in black bear country. I will either bring a 1911 in .45 or a FNP in .45. So what are some good choices?

    I thought drop leg for the FNP or maybe get one of the leather tanker style issue 1911 holsters. I need to be able to have a light pack and my camel back on also.

    I would love to have one of the guides choice holsters http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php but the wait time is too long.
     
  2. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    This sounds like a perfect excuse to buy a new .44 Mag and one of those handy chest holsters.


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  3. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    That would be nice, but I do not have the funds as of now :( so I must make due. Years past on hikes I have used a maxpedition monsoon gearslinger with the holster that is built into it. But the pack is a little heavy for how long the hike is and because it slings it will not be comfortable with my camelback.
     
  4. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    The safe packer looks interesting. I want to go as light as possible or I would take my maxpedition.
     
  5. John_Deer

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    I do not like the tactical holsters that drop down on my thigh. To get the holster tight enough not to bother me it would be like a tourniquet.
     
  6. St8LineGunsmith

    St8LineGunsmith New Member

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    The most comfortable is going to be across the shoulder rig like the guide holsters you mentioned.
     
  7. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I commonly hike that far and always just use a standard hip holster. Though I often carry a lighter pistol.
     
  8. JimRau

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    When I am using my back pack I use a X-draw holster as the grips on the gun does not hit my back pack which makes it easer to access/draw than my normal 'strong side' hip holster which results in the grips making contact with the lower part of my pack frame.:)
     
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  10. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    I have one of those green holsters SSGN_Doc and yes they are nice, but I am just worried about it being a little annoying on the hip the while time chugging through the Appalachians. But I may end up going with hip carry.
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

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    They make drop leg and shoulder harness kits for them. I just found that it stays put pretty well and fits for several pistols.
     
  12. nelsonorway1978

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    Blackhawk makes good polymer holsters. They are lightweight. I'd look into kydex makers. Kydex holsters are very light and have no break in period, and no wearing out, like leather would have. Available in IWB, OWB, drop leg or whatever you want. 14 miles is a long way, so you want your set up to be light
     
  13. sdiver35

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    I had the same need last week and went with the Maxpedition JK-1 for a Glock 29 carrying Buffalo Bore 220gr hard cast. We hiked 11.5 miles and it worked great on my packs waistband.
     
  14. Rick1967

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    I have carried a Thompson contender in I chest holster with a heavy pack on my back. Carried it for about 5 hours in heavy brush.
     
  15. JTJ

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    In bear country you want a chest holster and very quick access. No flaps to impede the draw but it should have at least a thumb break for retention. If the bear manages to get on you chances are you wont be able to draw from a hip holster. One more reason why revolvers were preferred. You can fire a revolver with the muzzle in contact. You probably wont have any problems with black bears as long as you dont do something stupid. These were precautions used in big bear country.
     
  16. AR10

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    Watch a couple nutnfancy videos on youtube

    That will show you the best place to carry and a good choice of type of holster.

    However, if you want to get back alive, there are things you should do to increase your odds.

    Glock 20 with serious ammo.

    Go with other people. Never let another in the group out of sight. Never. Not to dump, nap, sleep, wash, period.

    Go with a personal transponder fastened to you. Imperitive.

    In the last 100 years, thousands of people in national parks and woodland trails go missing without a trace.

    Missing 411 Documentary http://youtu.be/J7jDy_rwFls
     
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  17. John_Deer

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    I have a holster similar to Blackhawk to carry my revolver/s. It rides a little lower off the belt and it has six ammo loops that are very handy. I would tie a rope on a 45acp so I could swing it around and hit the bear in the head with it. You could carry two 45 acp's to make a bolo to trip the bear.
     
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