Sling Backpacks are cheap and tactical

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by sausn2002, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    I came to this conclusion. Sling Backpacks are tactical, good for concealed carry, and are not expensive (about $20).

    Why settle for the expensive packs like Maxpedition when you can get a simple pack for cheaper. You can slip the pack from behind you to the front and take a concealed weapon out for defense. It's highly discreet, because just about anybody would have a backpack (like students). You can keep waters and stuff in it, and it's fairly light weight. It's good for anything but extreme outdoorsy stuff. It's perhaps good for hiking situations.

    I'm not trying to promote to buy this, but I'm saying that I was excited to find out how tactical this is without paying out of the pocket too much for it.

    I was actually really wondering what everybody else thought? I'd love to hear what ya'll suggestions are.:cool:

    I noticed that in the new upcoming video game, "Splinter Cell: Conviction" that the character Sam Fisher uses a sling backpack.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Yes, but it would be difficult to get to it in a pinch. Too slow. :)
     

  3. hogger129

    hogger129 New Member

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    Agreed. I would think one would be able to draw a sidearm more quickly from the side or back out of a holster than a backpack.

    What about a cross-draw holster? I think they also call it a hogleg.
     
  4. Jess

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    I was looking at one the other day, I might have to pick one up. For me its not always practical to carry on my person based on where I am or the activity that I'm doing. the backpack would make it easier to lock in the car w/o drawing attention too. While drawing from a holster would certainly be faster I think you would just need to change your defensive stradegy
     
  5. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    That's what I mean. It's good for the situations where you may not be comfortable or able to have a holster.

    I understand what everyone else is saying about a sling backpack being slower to draw a weapon from, but I'm aware of this. Sometimes if you are close and personal with people you don't know, people may still be able to see that you have something under your shirt (especially for the slimmer people like myself). And for hiking, you may not want to have that gun pressing into you while concealed, and/or be sweating all over your gun (no matter what you think, if you sweat enough, eventually you will soak that area, and even though it's good to have it for safety's sake, you still may not want to be very uncomfortable, especially if you are wondering around hours on end).

    It's just a suggestion and I really appreciate the opinions, guys. They are all very true opinions on this.;)
     
  6. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Anyone actually have experience using these Sling Backpacks in this way? If so, what's the best layout of one of these (way it's designed/setup)?

    I prefer refering to the everyday/student use Sling Bags that are like around $20 to $30, not the expensive ones like Maxpedition which is already geared towards people with personal firearms/extreme outdooring.
     
  7. ccr203

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    One of the concerns with that type of concealment vs. having your weapon holstered on your person, is if some thief decides that they need your bag,backpack, concealed carry bag/purse, more than you do. If they get it, now the bonus reward for them is your loaded weapon. This presents several different problems for you, not to mention if your weapons permit requires you to carry a specific weapon, as some states require. This I realize is a "what if" situation, but just a consideration if you plan to employ this type of concealment.
    I would like to add if you are going to leave a weapon in a vehicle, investing in a lock box for the vehicle to secure it. For the same reasons stated above.

    Just some food for thought.

    Stay safe.

    Chris
     
  8. mpd8488

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    You've actually piqued my interest with this idea. As a student carrying concealed can be especially tricky because if by some chance somebody spots the imprint of your firearm, people will freak out (I do go to school in Virginia after all). I ride a bike several miles to campus everyday so heavy clothing isn't really an option while it's still so damn hot out.

    Here it isn't illegal for me to carry concealed on campus, but I would get thrown out of school and the campus police would arrest me (even if it's a false arrest). I've known people to get called into the dean for having a pocket knife fall out of their pocket. Having it in a backpack is better than not having it at all despite the drawbacks.


    Besides, who the hell would expect somebody carrying a man purse to be packing?
     
  9. Dillinger

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    I have two sling packs that I have carried for years now. They are a great everyday camoflauge, especially for packing.

    HOWEVER:

    CHECK THE LAWS IN YOUR AREA, THIS MAY NOT BE LEGAL!!
    The nice thing about a backpack that has only one sling is that with just a shrug of your shoulder, the pack slides down to your wrist and your other hand can be opening the zipper.

    I am left handed, but I shoot right handed ( I got lucky and had a father with foresight ). So, I carry my bag on my right shoulder. If I need in it, it slips down to my right hand, I lower the bag to the table/bench/ground as my left hand unzips and my right hand is instantly inside searching for what I want.

    Now, in the event of an emergency, I would say I can go from inconspicious to armed and ready in about 3-5 seconds, which unless I am the target of the threat, gives me PLENTY of time....

    I love the backpack carry option. I have used it for years, all over the country and I have never once been stopped, questioned or even had any indication that anyone was the wiser to what my little black backpack was toting around. :D

    JD​
     
  10. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Sweet! Dillinger, I think you hit it right on the money. Well, I bought one today, and say that it is quite awesome. Great idea! Knowing someone else put it to the test already gives me more confidence about my idea. Thanks!
     
  11. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    I live in Virginia too. I thought the gun laws were that you can't bring guns on school property. Are some places not like that? Just wondering. If you know more, then tell me.
     
  12. Gojubrian

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    Could you post a picture or link showing the type of "sling backpack" you are talking about? I was thinking about a regular backpack before that goes on your back. I think you are talking about the kind with one shoulder strap.

    :confused:
     
  13. sausn2002

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    Yes, I am talking about the one with only one shoulder strap, dubbed the sling pack.

    sling backpack - Google Images

    ^this link will show several examples.
     
  14. mpd8488

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    I'm talking about public universities. K-12 schools are entirely different. As for Universities, as publicly funded institutions preemption prohibits any laws barring law abiding citizens from legally carrying on public university property. However in a statement the commonwealth's attorney released a few years ago he stated that under Virginia law universities have the right to prohibit students, faculty, and staff from carrying weapons on campus. They can throw you out of school for it, but carrying on campus does not violate any state laws.

    Here's the pdf of the Attorney General's statement on the issue.
    http://www.vaag.com/OPINIONS/2006opns/05-078.pdf

    As far as I know that's the most up to date statement on the issue, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  15. sausn2002

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    Let me make sure I understand this. Virginia law doesn't really make it so you can't have a concealed firearm for self defense on school property, but as some universities/other are private property, the universities/other have a right to say that they prohibit concealed firearms on their property.

    See, I thought that Virginia State law was that you can have a concealed firearm, but it can't leave your car and can't come out of concealment on school property.

    Please someone clear this all up.
     
  16. mpd8488

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    I'm not talking about K-12 schools. That is an entirely different matter. Additionally private universities can (University of Richmond for instance) do whatever they want when it comes to banning anybody from carrying.

    Public Universities, however, cannot stop a person who is legally carrying a weapon unless they are a student or staff member. That means that I could carry on Viginit Tech's, VCU's, JMU's, and UVA's campuses with no repercussions, but if I carry on William and Mary's campus (where I go to school) I can be expelled (but not charged with any crime).

    Virginia law grants public universities a great deal of power when it comes to making rules and regulation for students, faculty, and staff. That authority, however, does not extend to all citizens who happen to be on the campus of a public university.
     
  17. sausn2002

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    That all makes a heck of alot of sense. Only problem is that if a school you're attending allows concealed weapons, they sure wouldn't let you know out in the open, at least I assume. I sound wimpy saying this, but I sure don't want to have to go in the school office, and ask them if you can carry concealed weapons in their school, lol.:eek: I'm sure with today's school shootings, that would seem to be a bad idea.
     
  18. mpd8488

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    Every public university in the commonwealth bans the carrying of any weapons whatsoever. I think there may be a handful of private colleges and maybe even one VCCS community college that allows it. But as for public universities, if an administrator or an RA decides that that 3 inch pocket knife you always have clipped in your front pocket is a weapon you'll have a nice little chat with the dean.

    Hence the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus movement. I thought about starting a chapter here but they have strict rules on statements you can make to the public regarding concealed carry. Basically I wouldn't be able to also advocate open carry if I was doing something in connection with SCCC.
     
  19. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Well, that's just great. Now I can look forward to getting my butt shot because I can't do anything about it if some moron comes in with a gun with negative ideas. If they won't let people bring self-defense weapons in, I highly hope they decide to spend extra money on cops or private contractors to check people for weapons when coming in, and if something goes down, they have a unit ready to go to eliminate threats. <without being able to bring my own protections, implemented security personnel with flexibility is the only way I'd feel safe, and being in the military, going through some checkpoints wouldn't bother me none.
     
  20. unknownhero82

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    yeah drawing from a holster might be faster...but most times when you go to draw from a holster...concealed or not it because apparent what you;re doing....where as in my opinion if i'm in a situation where someone has a gun be it a store being robbed or whatever...i think having a messenger bag would give the element of surprise...but that's just my opinion