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    Concealed carry on a motorcycle?

    I was wondering how you hard core riders carry concealed? I am doing a lot of riding this summer and we have several events with OMC's in the area. I want to carry either my Glock 19 or a Kahr PM9. I have tried my inside the pants holtsters and they are not comfy after a couple hundred miles.
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    Shoulder rig inside of your riding jacket, or else a paddle holster, with a T-shirt long enough to reasonably conceal it.
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    I use a pancake holster with thumb break under my riding jacket. It's black leather and my jacket is black/gray/white. Riding jackets are usually cut with a drop-tail so they are actually great for concealment. If for some reason it did pull up, then it's not likely it would be instantly recognized as a holster.

    Just keep in mind that while on the bike you have a MUCH greater chance of being in a MV accident than you are to get into a shooting. A pistol on your body can cause LOTS of damage when you go skipping across the pavement. Depending on the activities you will be partaking in, keeping a pistol in a magnetic tank bag may be a better option. When you get off the bike, just pull off the tank bag and take it with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSD Frank View Post
    Shoulder rig inside of your riding jacket, or else a paddle holster, with a T-shirt long enough to reasonably conceal it.
    A t-shirt won't conceal anything. If it's tight it will print perfectly. If it's loose it will be flapping in the breeze showing whatever you have at your waist. I will refrain from commenting on the intelligence of riding with only a t-shirt. I will only say that a t-shirt rarely remains on your body when you stop sliding.
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    I wear a long sleeve shirt with the tails out under a leather vest. Belt holster strong side, shirt covers it and vest holds the shirt in place
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog F4i View Post
    INEVER EVER carry SOB on a bike. That is a recipe for a life in a wheelchair.
    What is "carrying SOB"??
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSD Frank View Post
    What is "carrying SOB"??
    "Small of Back" You know, those annoying, uncomfortable holsters everyone buys at least one of before realizing what a piece of crap it is and then regulating it to that box of holsters in the closet you will never use....
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    Ah... Okay. Thanks. I've never carried that way. Ever. I really like my Galco shoulder rig, if I'm riding. Any other time, a paddle holster does just fine.
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    I recently purchased the Ruger LCP 380, specifically for this purpose. Once it gets to 85-90+ degrees, its a bummer to have to wear more than a tee shirt. The LCP for me is the answer. I've carried j-frames and a walter PPK in the past, when the heat and my 1911 wouldn't cut it. I have several 25 claiber pistols, but IMHO, .25 is too small for a defensive gun. 380 is the minimum for me.

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    It's 90+ degrees here with heavy humidity. I rarely wear more than a t-shirt and cargo shorts when I am not working. My Commander still goes everywhere I go.

    It's all about holster, belt, and making sure your waist diameter stays smaller than your chest. It makes it a lot easier to carry without printing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog F4i View Post
    It's 90+ degrees here with heavy humidity. I rarely wear more than a t-shirt and cargo shorts when I am not working. My Commander still goes everywhere I go.

    It's all about holster, belt, and making sure your waist diameter stays smaller than your chest. It makes it a lot easier to carry without printing.
    Right on. I can wear a T-shirt, not tucked in, and carry without printing, no problem.
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    Thanks guys. I will try a paddle holster. I carry a kel-tec .380 in my vest pocket also, but it felt a little inadequate when a group of 6 banditos pulled into the gas station I was at last summer. My bike is a LE edition, so if anyone knows about Harleys, they know its a cop bike. The next one wont be a LE version so that will take care of some of the problems. If any of you are Blue Knights, I will see you in Montana this summer.
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    They sell vests that have the "inside holster/pocket"
    LCP would be good, as its so tiny it can fit in your jeans front or back pocket
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    Inside hidden pocket on my vest, had a custom leather holster sewn into each side. One side can hold my 38 snubbie, other side the glock 23 whichever I choose to carry.

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    On a semi related note, I ride 60 to 70 miles each week on my bicycle, and I carry a Ruger LCP using an IWB holster by Don Hume. It's a molded leather with a very strong belt clip, and it works great. If I carried anything bigger, especially a Glock 19, I'd consider a crossdraw holster of some sort.

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    Blackdog- Shirts only fly up on crotch rockets like you ride! I can sit on my shirt tails, keeping them in place. Of course, I RARELY ride without my jacket, so that's not really an issue...

    I always ride with an IWB holster. Not sure what the big deal is. I carried IWB on rides where my backside gave out, but I never suffered any fatigue from my form of carry.
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    Another option is to carry in a tank bag. The firearm is accessible to you from a riding position, you just have to remember to take the tank bag with you.
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    The tank bag option seems like a pretty good compromise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog F4i View Post
    It's 90+ degrees here with heavy humidity. I rarely wear more than a t-shirt and cargo shorts when I am not working. My Commander still goes everywhere I go.

    It's all about holster, belt, and making sure your waist diameter stays smaller than your chest. It makes it a lot easier to carry without printing.

    You ride that way?

    I use a fanny pack, or strong side OWB. My jacket is a 3/4 length jacket so covers it very well. The only time I ride without a jacket is at work.

    The problem with a shoulder rig, is that the gun would act as a fulcrum on which your humerus would break in a crash. I would imagine anyway. I figure that the hip girdle is pretty damn strong, so it will take a bigger hit than my arm or ribs. Plus, I don't see you hitting the ground waist first. So much of the energy will be on other body parts. I have crashed my work bike on my strong side. No issue with body damage.

    One other thing is retention. Don't use a cheapo kydex holster with no retention device. You don't want your gun going sliding down the road without you. Which is one reason I would not prefer a tank bag. In a crash, I would rather the EMT's find it on me and call a cop to secure it, rather than the tow truck driver find it when he rifles through my stuff.

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    This is just me but I wouldn't carry concealed while riding. If I have an accident I hope I survive but chances are that gun will go flying somewhere. At least in a car it will generally stay in the car.
    I would keep a gun holster style bag, many available, that I can secure to the bike.
    I do have one bag that was designed for running with a gun. Its positions on your chest with straps that go around your shoulders and then one more strap around the middle of your back. Kind of like a reverse back pack. Its flat with a wallet pouch in front. The whole bag opens up to a hidden gun holster by pulling on one corner to peel back the velcro compartment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGG View Post
    You ride that way?
    Never.

    My minimum gear for a ride is an armored jacket, jeans, boots, gloves and helmet.

    Yes, even on the hottest days. If its too hot for gear, it's too hot to ride. I have helped pick up too many piles of hamburger after an inattentive driver cut off a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog F4i View Post
    Never.

    I have helped pick up too many piles of hamburger after an inattentive driver cut off a bike.
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    Here in GA where it's lawful to carry a weapon in your vehicle without a concealed carry permit, would the same law be put into effect on a motorcycle? I'm in the process of getting a concealed carry permit, but it hasn't come in yet (my friend's took 6 months). I have to go through some fairly rough neighborhoods on the way to and from work, so I would feel a lot safer.

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    Usually I pocket carry but occasionally I carry IWB. On long rides I've only pocket carried. I have carried OWB but only when it's cold and I have a big jacket on. For IWB I've used a Crossbreed and an Ace Case. The Ace is cheap but my love handle makes a descent retention device. I never was comfortable with OWB on my bike. No matter what holster I tried, I was never sure of it staying with me if my bike stopped and I didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSD Frank View Post
    The tank bag option seems like a pretty good compromise.
    The tank bags are nice. A buddy of mine has one and it works out pretty well. If you leave your bike for any extended time you can pack your regular holster and transition the gun. Otherwise you can just grab the bag and carry it with you. This is what my buddy does... if we stop for chow he'll just grab the bag and toss it in his helmet and carry both inside.

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