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#1 TheGDog

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 04:07 PM

Quick question to compare notes here.

For my revolver I have a Center-chest rig. Works great for that because its heavy and keeps it off my hip.

But I've begun taking a sub-compact pistol with me on some outings, depending on the area visited.

I'm assuming they don't make a Center-chest for sub-compacts/compacts, so I wanted to ask around and see what kind of solutions those who might also be carrying a sub-compact (or compact) pistols are using in the field with their packs.  

I've been carrying it in a zippered pocket that's attached on the hip belt of the pack inside a DeSantis pocket holster.

When I take the pack off, if I'm going to venture away from it, I unzip and put it in my pants pocket.  It's an "Ok" solution, but I don't like how inside the pocket it can rotate just enough to be less-than quick to extract in a draw.  

So I was wondering if there is maybe an OWB holster out there that can clip onto the pack's hip belt... and then just as easily be re-clipped OWB onto your pants once you've removed your pack? (there's MOLLE tabs available on the hip belt.  I feel certain there is and that somebody probably has good recommendations for one from their time in the field?

Pistol happens to be a Sig P238.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:54 PM

This is easy. I struggle into some extra shrunken tighty-whities, and jam my revolver into the waist band. It really stays in there. Problem solved.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:19 PM

Thigh holster... that way my gun stays with me whenever I take my pack off... Ed F

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 11:39 AM

This is easy. I struggle into some extra shrunken tighty-whities, and jam my revolver into the waist band. It really stays in there. Problem solved.



I have some 'extra shrunken tighty-whities' too.


Not sure how they shrunk since I only wash them in cold water.....
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

Is this while rifle hunting in California?  


Give me a bow, a topo and two weeks and I guarantee I kill two weeks!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:01 PM

Is this while rifle hunting in California?  

Wouldn't that be illegal?



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:03 PM

I know its illegal while bow hunting in ca


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:26 PM

 

Is this while rifle hunting in California?  

Wouldn't that be illegal?

 

 

No, but doesn't make sense to me if that is the case.  I get why folks hunting AK or other places with big bears with a bow carry a handgun for bear medicine, or a shotgun as a backup for walking the alders but why you would carry a smaller less capable weapon for "when and if" is beyond me.


Give me a bow, a topo and two weeks and I guarantee I kill two weeks!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

 

 

Is this while rifle hunting in California?  

Wouldn't that be illegal?

 

 

No, but doesn't make sense to me if that is the case.  I get why folks hunting AK or other places with big bears with a bow carry a handgun for bear medicine, or a shotgun as a backup for walking the alders but why you would carry a smaller less capable weapon for "when and if" is beyond me.

 

There is the bobcat threat.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:15 PM

 

 

Is this while rifle hunting in California?  

Wouldn't that be illegal?

 

 

No, but doesn't make sense to me if that is the case.  I get why folks hunting AK or other places with big bears with a bow carry a handgun for bear medicine, or a shotgun as a backup for walking the alders but why you would carry a smaller less capable weapon for "when and if" is beyond me.

 

 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:01 PM

Yeah So Cal's bobcats are no joke! 



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:09 PM

Well... in the line of thinking I had on the issue... first of all. I'm almost always going out solo, and I've learned first hand just how dangerous that can be, like when I had the slip-and-fall that shattered my left wrist. Would make firing a rifle MORE than a bit tricky.  Agreed?

And I'm much less experienced than you guys, so I'm much more apprehensive about it anyway with my OCD tendencies.

Secondly... the original scenario I imagined that gave me concern... came from my first kill which occurred in the PM... was that I'd be all bloody, cutting up a kill in the pitch black of night under a head-lamp (which I was)... with the pack and rifle off to one side.  And if *I* was an ambush predator... I thought to myself that'd be a perfect two-fer... rush the dude when he's all hunched-over a kill fussing with it.  I figured if you're always strapped... then even if a cat manages to sneak up on ya (and my hearing IS a bit compromised in one ear, I don't hear the treble frequencies very good at all), and they are just freakin' silent as heck anyway) to sink his fangs into the back of your neck and clamp on ya... you'd still be able to reach for your holster with a free-hand and shove that into his body somewhere by feel and let him have a round or two without even needing to see him. Couldn't do that with a rifle in that scenario.

It just depends. Sometimes if I'm going to be carrying a lot of weight on a long harder pack-in... such as extra water with me to stash out there... I've opted for just rifle and BearSpray.  But there are situations where the BearSpray would suck... like you're in your tent... and some critter comes too close to your tent for your comfort. With the spray... its likely you couldn't risk discharging it or you'd screw yourself over with some of it getting caught in there with you in that confined space.  And for me its a 1-man tent so realistically I might not be able to whip a rifle around in there onto target in such a scenario, but a little pistol? No problem. Right?

And hey... I know to a lot of you guys this all sounds way overly cautious, indeed it is... but it's like.. I only have 1 kid... and I had to wait 38 long@$$ years before he was even born... so I'll be darned if anything is gonna stop me from seeing that boy grow-up. I've got way too much to teach him and not enough time to do it in as it is. 

And with the Lehigh Penetrators... at self-defense distances, I feel pretty confident I could take-out a cat, or make a black bear change their mind about wanting to "take it there" after a few rounds. And I think loaded with a 7-rd mag it was like just over 16oz. As opposed to the 34oz of my .357 Ruger Security Six.

Now don't get me wrong, when I go out intending to look for a black bear in General Season, it's gonna be the .357.  But for D15 and all those damn MtnLions (which I personally have laid eyes on and thus now know about their numbers in that area), I can drop it down a notch and just go with the smaller pistol and save some weight that I can use to haul more water into that heat instead, And carry a 2nd mag on my person too.

Still makes me nervous as hell thinking about this upcoming Bear Archery Season. But those are the rules, so BearSpray only and a fixed blade on the hip. Ugh.


Edited by TheGDog, 08 August 2017 - 03:13 PM.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:40 PM

Still makes me nervous as hell thinking about this upcoming Bear Archery Season. But those are the rules, so BearSpray only and a fixed blade on the hip. Ugh.


Sounds fun. I wouldnt worry about a hand gun, they aren't grizzlies for godsake. And Mtn Lions, really? I haven't heard of a lion ever attacking a hunter while processing a kill, but maybe it has happened.

You aren't the only guy around here who hunts solo too, lots of us do.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:58 PM

Scares the bujesus outta me thinking about what's really going on in the woods... I'm too much of a pussy to hunt solo, always in groups. Ed F







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