Making Riding With A Concealed Gun Safe Easy
The warm seasons are prime for motorcycle riding and club get togethers. There’s nothing better than getting out on the open road, either with a partner or by yourself, and just letting the road take you to wherever you want to go. The only thing that could make your riding experience a little uncomfortable is carrying around a concealed weapon without the proper holster. You don’t want it shoved against your hip or digging into your leg the entire time you’re riding, do you? My bet is not. So, here’s how you can make your ride more comfortable if you carry a concealed weapon.
Methods Of Carrying
You may see on some television shows that riders either keep their guns in the back of their pants or in a holster under their vest that wraps around their shoulder. These seem great, but not practical in my opinion. I mean, who wants to carry a gun in the back of their pants? That just seems rather uncomfortable.
Most riders are as caution as possible when they are out riding. They may choose to wear safety gear such as a jacket with road rash padding and a durable helmet. Many jackets that you see have a gun pocket for a compact pistol or a revolver. Rather than just sticking the gun in your pocket, a holster for inside of the pocket would be ideal. It should protect the trigger housing group of the gun, which is really important for riders who carry with it loaded.
Inside The Waistband
These are ideal for carrying your concealed weapon, but aren’t always great for rides across certain border lines. Certain areas have laws against brandishing, which is essentially showing that you have a gun. The best way to do this is to ask a friend to see if they notice your weapon while you’re in the saddle. If they can’t, you’re good to go. These waistband holsters should have good retention on the weapon, meaning it should help keep it in place if you hit any bumps in the road.
As much as I hate these, they seem to be quite popular, so I won’t leave them out. They come in two styles; horizontal and vertical. The horizontal ones work well but they allow the gun to face backwards and they may scare someone behind you once you take your jacket off. Also, if you’re a smaller person, it won’t do a good job of concealing a larger weapon.
The other huge drawback is that it’s pointed at your left brachial artery when you remove it from the holster. You should be properly trained not to do that.
Vertical holsters are a better option because you can carry a larger handgun under a jacket without it being noticed, legally of course.
If you want to store your gun on your bike rather than on your person, there are quite a few methods you can use for this.
The tank bag is a convenient place to store your gun inside of a holster while you’re riding. The main thing that you need to be aware of is that when you dismount, make sure nobody is looking. It’s also best to park away from people. You can then grab your gun from the bag and attach it to your body. Once you’re done doing what you need to do, place it back in the bag and roll out.
The fanny pack is a great option for those who want to carry a larger gun around with them with more ammunition. If you don’t want people to know you’re wearing the ever so fancy fanny pack, wear a vest or jacket to help camouflage it. A great advantage of these are that they can be easily taken off and put on and the entire thing can be placed in the tank bag if you have one.
Carrying a gun while you’re riding isn’t always easy, especially if you’re riding over border lines. It’s highly advised that you follow all of the laws and regulations of each area that you’re going through to ensure there are so bumps in the road along the way. When choosing the holster or storage you want, make sure it’s right for your riding style, body type, and your bike.