Incident while carrying concealed with a fanny pack.


SC Tiger

New member
This is something that happened to me about a year ago. I have an Uncle Mike's Fanny Pack holster for my PM9 and Smith 60 (same pack works for both). It was obvious to me what it was but I figured the non-gun enthusiast would not know what it was. One day I was wearing it while taking a walk around the neighborhood with the wife (I was wearing gym shorts so had no other way to carry). I stop to talk to a neighbor and somehow we got onto the topic of concealed carry (at this point I had not mentioned that I had the gun on me as we were still on the sidewalk, and I don't know that he even knew I had a CHL). He mentions carrying while in the yard and says "I need something to carry in while doing yard work, kind of like that thing you have there" and points to the fanny pack.

I guess those things aren't so discreet after all. Sometimes packs and bags like that aren't as discreet as we think they are.
 

Almost as soon as they came out they were obsolete. Nothing screams GUN more than a guy wearing a fanny pack these days IMO. I got one when they first appeared years ago and stopped using it after about a month. To me it just felt weird wearing a fanny pack.
 

CapGun

New member
I have to chime in with my $.02. I ordered two such type packs (Tommygun..still waiting for them).
First off for wife when out running this would be best. Mostly for 4 legged animals then 2 legged.
As for me when going to gym, easy to take off and leave in the car, or bike riding. I think this would be best.
If people can open carry then I think using a fanny pack is fine because in this case it's not about "surprise" or "stealth", it's about concealment and access.
It doesn't "print" and won't accidentally be exposed. No matter what the neighbor said to the OP short of "so you carry a gun in there" he still does not know what you have inside..... keys, small cam to snap his hot wife:wink: , just kidding. Whatever, same goes for anyone else. I know in PRMass just printing can get you arrested. So with the pack the gun is concealed!Nobody knows for sure, only your hairdresser! If anyone feels insecure because people might think you are living in the 80's or that they are thinking you have a gun you can, on occasion pull out a camera, sunglasses, wallet etc. now and then to distract the gun thought.
I do have to say if you can carry with no sign or hint of doing so, that would be the best way. By that I mean IWB, Pocket or shoulder carry. All in all I think waist pack has it's place and merit.
Thanks:yu:
 

bgbrown125

US Patriot
Not as apparent as you might think

The fanny pack is a viable method to carry in the summertime when excess clothing does not make sense.
I've worn one MANY times and have never had anyone mention it, point at it or anything. Maybe a fellow "gunner" might know what may be in there, but then that is only a guess, too.
Don't wear a "gun related" T-shirt if you want to remain anonymous.
The guy you spoke of in your yard did not know you were carrying. Put other items in the pack. Mine has pockets up front that can hold phone, glasses etc.
 

Mobuck

New member
In Colorado last summer, I'd guess roughly 1/3 of the touristy folks were carrying a fanny pack or larger camera case. More females than males but still, quite a few of all age groups. Actually, the brighter the color, the less likely someone will figure you're packing. I would call them a belt pack since no one was carrying them on their "fanny".
 

k45

New member
"Nothing screams "gun" as much as a fanny pack"

Or an untucked shirt tail ;-) Seriously, when in Walmart and I see someone with an untucked shirt tail, I wonder if they are carrying.

However we carry, we think it is obvious to everyone else. Yes, it might be noticed by a cop or another carrier, but most non gun people just do not notice....and so what if they do? As has been observed by many people who open carry, most people are totally oblivious to a fully exposed gun on a hip. Do you think those same people think "gun" when they see a fanny pack? I don't think so.
 

disneyr

New member
Funny, I made the same observation on another thread: "Nowadays IMHO a fanny pack screams "I have a gun in here!" Might as well open carry." I was responded to in essence that fanny packs are still in common style and are not commonly thought of as containing firearms. I didn't respond further not wanting to insult the responder or the fashion sense of the region in which he lives. :)

This thread proves my point. The last time I used a DeSantis Gunnysack was in Panama in 1993 when off duty. Now it just screams "I have a firearm in here!" Go in pocket carry with a pocket holster for discrete summer time carry.

Thread: http://www.usacarry.com/forums/concealed-carry-handgun-gear/17495-summer-coming-newb-needs-help.html
 

Ozarker

New member
In '05 I went on vacation with a RV. Being summer time I was dressed in T shirt and shorts with slash pockets in the front. Where do you carry all the stuff you have in front and back pockets? Well I got a fanny pack. Of course it also carries my weapon. When I returned home I kept the fanny pack. Carried it tonight. My story is all my pocket things are in the pack. That my legs get numb, etc. when I drive now with stuff in my back pocket. Thats all I say to anyone. My close friends knows what else is in that pack.

The others might think they know,but I don't confirm anything. Its none of their business.
 

CMNIII

New member
Interesting discussion, but, who cares. So somebody has the inkling you might be carrying. So what? Are you actually concerned with what they might think of you? What difference does it make? You don't act any differently when you carry (you don't, do you?) except, perhaps, with a bit more positive purpose so, what possible difference can it make?

On the other hand - I do still feel weird when I carry in the bank.

C. M. Novess III
Michigan CPL Certification Class : CCW Pistol Instruction : Concealed Carry Permit : NRA Instructor : Executive Firearm Training
 

SC Tiger

New member
Interesting discussion, but, who cares. So somebody has the inkling you might be carrying. So what? Are you actually concerned with what they might think of you? What difference does it make? You don't act any differently when you carry (you don't, do you?) except, perhaps, with a bit more positive purpose so, what possible difference can it make?

On the other hand - I do still feel weird when I carry in the bank.

C. M. Novess III
Michigan CPL Certification Class : CCW Pistol Instruction : Concealed Carry Permit : NRA Instructor : Executive Firearm Training

Good point but when I carry concealed, I don't want anyone to even suspect I am carrying. The pack makes it kind of stand out. Of course, I only use it when I have no other options (which is very rare). Honestly, mine is a really bad design for discretion. A better method would be to just take an off-the-shelf pack and sew a holster into it.
 

G50AE

Well-known member
Almost as soon as they came out they were obsolete. Nothing screams GUN more than a guy wearing a fanny pack these days IMO. I got one when they first appeared years ago and stopped using it after about a month. To me it just felt weird wearing a fanny pack.

I have to disagree on that one. I see people with fanny packs all the time when I go workout at the college rec center. People use them to carry their power bars, lifting straps, gloves, ID's, and MP3 players. They can't all be carrying firearms as it is illegal in the PRSC to carry a gun onto a college campus.
 
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JSDinTexas

Guest
Until I started carrying, I never thought a fanny pack had anything in it but the guy's wallet and keys. And I would bet that most people, particularly those who don't carry, have the same idea.

Also, I would bet at least some BGs seeing a man with a fanny pack will back off because they know what's in there.
 

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