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If you carry when you ride, how do you do it?

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Not sure if this is in the proper section. If not maybe a moderator can move it.

I want to establish a method of concealed carry when I ride. I was wondering what everyone did to support that. My carry weapon is a Glock 23.
 
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I have carried 4 o'clock iwb but that worries me if I ever came off the bike. My preference is shoulder harness under the jacket but then you are stuck wearing your jacket wherever you are going. One of the undershirts with the pockets makes a lot of sense. I just don't want the gun coming loose or causing other issues if I come off the bike.
 
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I have carried 4 o'clock iwb but that worries me if I ever came off the bike. My preference is shoulder harness under the jacket but then you are stuck wearing your jacket wherever you are going. One of the undershirts with the pockets makes a lot of sense. I just don't want the gun coming loose or causing other issues if I come off the bike.
I had one tip-over while carrying and basically rolled off the right side of the bike onto the gun, which kinda sucked- felt like someone had sucker-punched me in the kidney for a few days. The gun itself took no damage as the holster, shirt, jeans, and riding vest protected it well.
 
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Appendix carry or in tank bag. Gun goes back on upon arrival. Sometimes, especially when going to gym, in a maxpedition bag slung across body. It just depends on my attire, how far I am going, and my plans for the ride.
 
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Always in trunk or saddle bag as the need to engage while riding would be a very rare occurrence I believe. I don't think there is a situation while riding I couldn't ride my way out of. Secondly as was mentioned before I don't think there is any space on my person that weapon wouldn't cause injury falling on it.
 
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The same as when I'm not riding.

We all really should remove the gun because it's a painful thing to fall on, but convenience beats safety sometimes. A friend recently went down on his bike and was carrying a Glock AIWB. No major trauma due to the gun/holster, just some wicked bruising.
 

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I have carried 4 o'clock iwb but that worries me if I ever came off the bike. My preference is shoulder harness under the jacket but then you are stuck wearing your jacket wherever you are going. One of the undershirts with the pockets makes a lot of sense. I just don't want the gun coming loose or causing other issues if I come off the bike.
On the shoulder holster, do you prefer a horizontal or vertical carry?
 
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I spent 200 bucks on a holster but I’m happy with it , front right pocket in the vest has a built in holster along with 4 more pockets for whatever I can stuff in them , one for my PLB another for my glasses so I can see the gps . Water bladder in the back and a pocket big enough to carry my I pad so I can get nice pictures . KLIM Arsenal ventilated riding vest . Fits under my jacket for cool riding or over my armour for well ventilated summer riding . It took me a year to spring for the expense of it but I’m well pleased with it . Only problum was it cost me another 300 bucks to buy a smaller pistol . The first day I rode I had a Springfield XD40 in it and a had a very soar shoulder after a hundred miles or so off road . The S&W MP40 is a perfect balance for my water bladder .
 
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On the shoulder holster, do you prefer a horizontal or vertical carry?
I prefer horizontal but it depends on the size of your firearm. Full size has to point down to prevent printing unless your a bigger fellow.
 
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Depending on what I am carrying, either a vertical carry shoulder holster or in the Napoleon pocket of my jacket
 
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For short rides I have a small LCP II in the front lower jacket pocket. It doesn't come out quickly, but I have it more for if I get stranded somewhere or heaven forbid if I ever get knocked off my bike and get seperated from it I don't have to get back to the motorcycle to retrieve it. On a trip where I'll be gone for days I take a larger pistol and regular holster in the luggage for when I'm out and around later.
 
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Depending on what I am carrying, either a vertical carry shoulder holster or in the Napoleon pocket of my jacket
To quote myself, I usually carry either my Beretta 92F or Walther PPK/S in .380 ACP.
 

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I don't know how you guys can carry any of the larger framed guns concealed. I am a jeans and t-shirt person, pretty much 99% of the time. I don't have room to hide much. A Sig .380 fits in my rear hip pocket, but other than that, I can't carry any of my larger pistols. I'd like to be able to carry my full size Beretta PX-4. IWB isn't really gonna work for me. I need a flush OWB holster that maybe holds it right over my back right pocket. Most of the OWB holsters I have seen make the gun stick out wayyy to far for my liking. I don't want little old ladies at church freaking because they see a gun bulging under my shirt.

On the bike, the .380 goes in a thigh pocket of my riding pants. Not super fast access though. I don't put it in my luggage because I don't want to have to transfer it from the luggage to me every time I walk away from the bike and I am not comfy leaving it on the bike.
 

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Here's a previous thread where it was discussed that might also have some helpful ideas.
 

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No skinny jeans or hipster clothes is one way to do it. :lol2:
Well... I don't do skinny jeans or tight shirts :eek2: But, I also don't do baggy pants. I wear straight cut Wrangler jeans with solid color cotton tees. I am not really a vest person either, so the tacti-cool vests aren't really a thing for me. For church though, I may need to look into some kind of sport coat to cover an OWB holster. I am part of our security team and I really want to carry a full size rather than the pocket .380.
 
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The type of holster makes a big difference too. A pancake holster will ride high and tight. Good for concealment, the wearer just has to find the optimum spot so the grip sticks out the least. More comfortable than in IWB, but the draw may be harder. Most duty holsters are intended for open carry so they may sit away from the body and add quite a bit of profile. Hard to conceal without a cover garment heavier than a shirt.

I also appendix carry IWB which I find very easy to conceal with just an untucked shirt. Dark shirts conceal better than lighter colors. Shirts with patterns conceal better than solids (same principle as camo, break up the outline).
 
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Well... I don't do skinny jeans or tight shirts :eek2: But, I also don't do baggy pants. I wear straight cut Wrangler jeans with solid color cotton tees. I am not really a vest person either, so the tacti-cool vests aren't really a thing for me. For church though, I may need to look into some kind of sport coat to cover an OWB holster. I am part of our security team and I really want to carry a full size rather than the pocket .380.
I usually do a Makarov tucked into the back of my pants with a polo shirt loose over it in church. It is easy to sit on without being uncomfortable and is easy to access. I have a left hand IWB holster that I tuck it into there and it’s a bit like a bass ackward cross draw rig.


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I carry a S&W 642 Airweight 38 special in my tank bag while riding, and in my jacket or pant pocket while off the bike at stops. When off for a long while, I carry in my street pants pocked or inside waist band.

I prefer the easy access in the tank bag while riding over any other place. Absolutely don't want a gun on me in the event of a crash.

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I carry a S&W 642 Airweight 38 special in my tank bag while riding, and in my jacket or pant pocket while off the bike at stops. When off for a long while, I carry in my street pants pocked or inside waist band.

I prefer the easy access in the tank bag while riding over any other place. Absolutely don't want a gun on me in the event of a crash.

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PS: Prefer a revolver for everyday motorcycle carry because I'm not gentle on the bike or where I ride. Things get dirty and the gun gets moved around a lot in it. I carry a Glock 27 when in the truck.

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.....For church though, I may need to look into some kind of sport coat to cover an OWB holster. I am part of our security team and I really want to carry a full size rather than the pocket .380.
That works. M&P 9C in a Concealment Solutions Cobra or Cobra compact and an extra mag, you'll never see it.
 
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Well... I don't do skinny jeans or tight shirts :eek2: But, I also don't do baggy pants. I wear straight cut Wrangler jeans with solid color cotton tees. I am not really a vest person either, so the tacti-cool vests aren't really a thing for me. For church though, I may need to look into some kind of sport coat to cover an OWB holster. I am part of our security team and I really want to carry a full size rather than the pocket .380.
Have you considered a sig p365? 12+1 in a Tucker.
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I was looking for one that I won't have to thread the belt through and saw this one,


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It can go IWB, OWB, it can thread the belt through or use clips. I might just spring for one of these and see how it goes.
 
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I was looking for one that I won't have to thread the belt through.
I understand that. I've actually only worn the tucker around the house to break it in. It does have good retention. But because it has to be threaded through I carry in a garrett hybrid iwb because it's easy to put on and take off.
 
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With jeans, 380 in the back pocket. Motoport riding pants, LC9 Ruger in side pocket. Always have e 45 ACP in the tank bag. Works for me
 
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Well... I don't do skinny jeans or tight shirts :eek2: But, I also don't do baggy pants. I wear straight cut Wrangler jeans with solid color cotton tees. I am not really a vest person either, so the tacti-cool vests aren't really a thing for me. For church though, I may need to look into some kind of sport coat to cover an OWB holster. I am part of our security team and I really want to carry a full size rather than the pocket .380.
I dress much the same way and carry my Walther PPS in 9mm that gives me 6 in the gun and 7 in my back up mag. That's enough to give the little old ladies time at church to pull out the big Canons. I always carry at 4 o'clock inside the waste band. A good tshirt or button up cover well. I use a 12 dollar Allen slide holster. It works both iwb and owb
 
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On the bike I usually do a pocket holster in my jacket left side, off the bike I usually do IWB on the right side.
I'm confident that it would hurt a lot to land on in the event of an accident, but that may be the least of my worries.
 

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I dress much the same way and carry my Walther PPS in 9mm that gives me 6 in the gun and 7 in my back up mag. That's enough to give the little old ladies time at church to pull out the big Canons. I always carry at 4 o'clock inside the waste band. A good tshirt or button up cover well. I use a 12 dollar Allen slide holster. It works both iwb and owb
I've got that same Walther in the LE version with the phosphorescent sights. It came with a 6, 7, and 8 round mag. Love the 1" width and the trigger. Great carry gun.
 
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I've got that same Walther in the LE version with the phosphorescent sights. It came with a 6, 7, and 8 round mag. Love the 1" width and the trigger. Great carry gun.
It's the only "compact" I have shot that handles like a full size. I absolutely love it.
 
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It's the only "compact" I have shot that handles like a full size. I absolutely love it.
I haven’t carried in a bike in a long time. When I did I was young and dumb. I carried a Glock 22 with a ClipDraw. It’s just a piece of spring steel that runs along the side of the slide and clips to your pants. I’d never use one now, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else to. It did, however, prove to be more secure than you would think. I hit some gravel in a curve and low sided my SV1000 at about 35 mph. I tumbled down the street like a log and that Glock didn’t budge.
 
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