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Old 09-22-2019, 07:41 PM
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I'm looking for a "fanny pack" styled holster that I can use to carry my SR22 while hiking. I saw a couple on Amazon including this one ( https://www.amazon.com/5-11-Tactical...dp/B002MTIQRG/ ). Anyone else out there using one and have some feedback or recommendations?
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:03 AM
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Sorry, I cannot comment on that particular pack, but I can say that most packs are pure junk, the material is way too thin, the teeny zippers fail, etc. i have been carrying daily for three decades in Tommys Gunpack Pro packs and even those fail (the honking big YKK zippers give out, not the stitching or material.)

Unfortunately a lifetime warranty doesn’t include zipper failure and Tommys went out of business in 2016. I bought two more brand new packs at $120 each and they will probably last me until I no longer can hold a pistol.... There are still some of their standard grade packs, size Large, available on eBay for $99. That will fit a full sized semi auto, and if there is nothing in the outer pocket you can get even a Super Redhawk Alaskan in there You won’t find a better made one, but there will be no follow up customer service.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SALE-Americ...D/272231242351

I wear mine in front, swiveled 30 degrees to the left so the weight is on my hip. It doesn’t bob around when walking and it is super easy to acess in a car. Good luck on your search, if you don’t go with a Tommys, buy the toughest one you can find and do not plan on it being very durable. Look for a padded cover over the gun so it will not print through the fabric. Any pack that relies on elasticized bands to hold your gun like that 5.11 one will eventually fail due to stretching. Plus it is can be very hard to reholster your pistol. Look for very heavy thread and double stitching and assume that any $35 pack will not meet many of these requirements. LOL....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oi7xpQ9HpLM

Have you considered a holster? I would get a Simply Rugged Cuda (starts at $80). It can be worn IWB, OWB or crossdraw, which is super for driving a car or UTV. These are a great choice for field carry.

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Old 09-23-2019, 04:12 PM
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How about just wearing a regular fanny pack big enough for your SR22. I carry a Ruger LC9 in a nylon Case Logic Walkman case either hung on my belt or on the cross strap of my pack while hiking. It's not fancy but I've used it for over 20 years and it works. I also wear it while riding my bicycle hundreds of mile a week. Like I said, it has worked for over 20 years. It's been through some tough treatment including hundreds of miles on the hiking trails and at least two bike crashes and come through unscathed.

The family went through the Walkman phase and I kept the cases. We then got into the Discman disc players. I sometimes use a Case Logic Discman case which is larger and has a belt. It will hold an SR22 but I generally carry, my wallet, phone, knife, flashlight, pistol and a couple mags. I wear it on the local walking trail and while out and about when wearing running shorts without pockets. It is basically a fanny pack. IMO you don't have to worry about printing. No one pays attention to fanny packs anymore.

Bottom line, Do you really need fast draw capability for a 22 trail gun? I don't think you need a dedicated fanny pack holster just a fanny pack, unless you plan on wrestling bears.

The walkman case has two main pockets. It holds a compact 9mm, extra mag, ID and phone.Too small for an SR22 however.



The Discman case has three main pockets and two small pouches on the belt. It will hold an SR22, extra mags, wallet, phone, flashlight, keys, folding knife and some other stuff. Maybe look around at garage sales for old fanny packs. Sometimes good enough is good enough. Don't overthink this.



If you want something a little more masculine/tactical, how about something like this...Apparently they call them "waist packs" now.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tactical-Wa....c100005.m1851



There are different sized and cheaper ones on ebay as well.

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Old 09-23-2019, 05:17 PM
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@John - I'll be using this mostly for hiking (like Mac66).

@Mac66 - Great idea. Here I am looking for a pistol holster that looks and functions like a fanny pack, why not just get a fanny pack (and spend a heck of a lot less)? I'll do a bit more shopping, I'm sure I'll find something!
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@Mac66 - Great idea. Here I am looking for a pistol holster that looks and functions like a fanny pack, why not just get a fanny pack (and spend a heck of a lot less)? I'll do a bit more shopping, I'm sure I'll find something!
What makes a fanny pack a gun-totin' fanny pack is usually the slab of velcro (aka hook-and-loop fastener) fastened inside the pack with a (usually) soft holster with a slab of velcro attached to it so the gun stays in one place and properly oriented for access. DIY is certainly possible.

In addition to the velcro deal, what sets my carry purse aside from other purses is that the gun is in a separate pocket with a separate zipper, allowing access to the contents of the purse without revealing the gun and access to the gun without having to sort through all the other ... er... stuff in the purse.

Just thoughts to consider if going DIY.

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If you want something a little more masculine/tactical, how about something like this...Apparently they call them "waist packs" now.
Elsewhere in the English-speaking world "fanny" is not a synonym for "butt" and is a word not used in polite company.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:52 PM
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If you want something a little more masculine/tactical, how about something like this...Apparently they call them "waist packs" now.

SNIP

There are different sized and cheaper ones on ebay as well.
There are CHEAPER ones available? Those are $15 shipped direct from China. I love how the flashlight is just tucked under the floppy bungee cord, and the RayBan copy is hanging there...l. LOL, what a hoot, thank you, I needed that.

Please, somebody buy one and start a new thread about it.

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There are CHEAPER ones available? Those are $15 shipped direct from China. I love how the flashlight is just tucked under the floppy bungee cord. LOL, what a hoot, thank you, I needed that.

Please, somebody buy one and start a new thread about it.

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I bought a similar one for a project. Problem I have found is they are smaller than they appear. The one I bought had a bottle carrier. Took me two weeks to find a bottle that fits,
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What makes a fanny pack a gun-totin' fanny pack is usually the slab of velcro (aka hook-and-loop fastener) fastened inside the pack with a (usually) soft holster with a slab of velcro attached to it so the gun stays in one place and properly oriented for access. DIY is certainly possible.

In addition to the velcro deal, what sets my carry purse aside from other purses is that the gun is in a separate pocket with a separate zipper, allowing access to the contents of the purse without revealing the gun and access to the gun without having to sort through all the other ... er... stuff in the purse.

Just thoughts to consider if going DIY.



Elsewhere in the English-speaking world "fanny" is not a synonym for "butt" and is a word not used in polite company.
A dedicated holster pack is admittedly better (at 10X the price?) but you are not likely to be quick drawing your SR22 while out on the trail. A waist/fanny pack is simply a way to conveniently carry a pistol. I keep my gun in a pocket by itself and all the other stuff in the other pockets so there is no digging around for stuff.

I've toyed around with keeping my gun in a holster, usually a nylon holster, inside the pack to keep it from shifting around and for better protection. I've also toyed with the idea of sewing a holster or velcro inside the pack. In the end I decided to just keep it simple and went back to just carrying the gun in the pack by itself. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

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