Best fanny pack

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by styledata, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. styledata

    styledata New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Hello all! Does anyone have any recommendations for a good concealed carry fanny pack that will hold my P3AT with an ArmaLaser installed? First hand experience would be great.
    Thank you!
  2. BillinPittsburgh

    BillinPittsburgh New Member

    May 25, 2008
    The size of a P3AT is almost wasted by carrying it in a fanny pack. I only use a fanny pack while running, and for that I use a small Tommy's Gun Pack to hold my Glock 26. The small size is close in size to a conventional fanny pack.

    If you want something more discreet, Coronado Leather makes the best designed fanny packs I have ever seen. The smallest size Original Stealthpack is close in size and shape to a conventional fanny pack.

  3. billjohnso20

    billjohnso20 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Fanny packs mark you as carrying a gun. They fool no one. If you don't believe me, put one on and walk in a gun shop. You'll be asked immediately if you have a gun in it.

    I have a buddy who owns a gun shop. He was telling me a guy walked in wearing one. The first question out of his mouth was, "What gun are you carrying in that thing?" Fortunately for that guy, my buddy doesn't care if people carry in his shop. I know of no other LGS like that.

    IMO, a fanny pack makes you a target.
  4. kbizzle

    kbizzle New Member

    Oct 21, 2008

    fanny pack, blah blah blah.  i still don't understand why a gun store OF ALL PLACES would care if a law-abiding citizen is legally carrying concealed in their place of business.
  5. billjohnso20

    billjohnso20 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Because an armed robber would do the same thing.

    It wouldn't be the brightest move but it has happened a few times. A shop I dealt with for years in my home state of Bama had it happen to them---twice! Both idiots crapped in their pants when the entire staff drew down on them. There were customers in the shop both times. The owner made the call to ban CC in his shop so that no law abiding folks would be mistaken for would-be robbers. His fear that an innocent customer might end up dead by mistake is a valid fear.

    I've been in MO now for 28 months. There's a shop in Liberty that moved from Kearney for the same reason I'm told. I was told a very similar story to the one above. They too adopted a no CC at all policy and they left Kearney because of it as well. At least that's the story I was told.

    Bottom line, if the owner of a LGS says I can't bring a loaded, concealed gun in his or her shop, I'm not going to do it. It is their business and the law says they can do that. Getting banned from a LGS isn't worth the risk. Besides, I don't want to be mis-identified by the good guys and wind up dead on their shop floor.
  6. jimwiggs

    jimwiggs Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Cocoa, FL
    My wife has a Blackhawk fanny pack made for pistol carry.

    She uses it occasionally when other carry methods are not practical. I think she got the med size which accommodates a P3 with armolaser and other things :-/ a woman may carry.

    I don't know where you are located, she bought hers at B & H Gun Rack in Merritt Island, if you are in Central FL, you can stop by
    B & H and try one for size.
  7. neknraw

    neknraw New Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    +1 on the fanny pack marking one as carrying a gun. I was in Chicago in 1992 for an American Legion Convention where President Bush (Senior) and candidate Clinton were scheduled to speak. The hotel was crawling with advance Secret Service and most were wearing fanny packs. I asked one young man if he was packing a 9mm or a .45 pointing to his fanny pack and he was shocked that I knew he had a gun and even more that he was SS. I guess they were trying ot appear as tourists...didn't work. The next day, none of the agents were wearing fanny packs anymore. Interesting
  8. Ka6otm

    Ka6otm New Member

    Sep 12, 2007
    I won't go into the ramifications of carrying a fanny pack, and I don't personally carry that way, but I know people who use these:

    Very nice, high quality and the people give outstanding service.
  9. styledata

    styledata New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Funny, I never really thought of carrying a fanny pack as marking you for having a concealed weapon. I live in Asheville, NC, and pretty much everyone I know carries a fanny pack and they sure don't have guns in them. Anyhow, I decided to go with the Coronado one (thanks for the tip from the earlier poster) and found a new one eBay for $45. So I will try that out. I'm in a bit of a transition as to how to carry these days. I used to carry simply in the pockets of my pants, which were roomy. Well, I lost a LOT of weight, and I don't wanna wear big pants and shirts anymore! I want to wear pants and jeans that fit and  tuck in my blouses again! Female vanity I guess. So I have not been carrying much for a couple of months and I am not comfortable with that. I'm hoping the fanny pack will help. I would be interested in hearing from other women how they manage to carry and still wear fitting clothing.
  10. jfl

    jfl New Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    I have heard that many, many times.
    So does OC; not legal in Florida, but mandatory in Virginia if you go in a restaurant.

    I have never seen, yet, a documented case where it actually happened.

    BG look for an easy prey, not a fight.

    Yeah, I agree, in our 2A community, we know. So what ?
    I wear a fanny pack when I am ridind the Harley; been stopped a few times by LEO; even though I don't have to in Florida, I always inform them, by courtesy, that I am carrying my Glock - it has always helped me !
    The first question they ask is "Where is it ?"; I point to the fanny pack and more than once, they looked surprised...

    The sheeple naaw !!! Maybe because South Florida is a place where tourists abound.

    I find it very convenient when I have to disarm, like going to the Post Office; riding a motorcycle, it is not easy to draw discreetly from a holster and put the Glock in a saddlebag. Removing a FP is a lot more natural.

    My $.02

    Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year !!!
  11. BillinPittsburgh

    BillinPittsburgh New Member

    May 25, 2008
    My concealed carry gun lived in a fanny pack every summer from 1996 until 2004. During that time, only a very small number of people asked if there was a gun in my fanny pack and every single one of them knew prior to asking that question that I carried.
    I have never, ever had any gun store owners or employees voice any suspicion that my fanny pack held a gun. The idea that wearing a fanny pack will tell people you are carrying is nonsense. A small minority of knowledgeable people will know, and that is it. That same knowledgeable minority might just as easily spot the end of the grip bulging in your waistband, or the gun-shaped bulge in your pocket.

    The real disadvantages of a fanny pack are:

    1) It requires a 2-hand draw.

    2) It could itself become the target of theft by someone who thinks it contains your wallet. Drawing quickly and discreetly from the fanny pack in that situation will be very difficult at best and impossible at worst.

    Even so, a fanny pack remains the only good way I have found to be armed while running or lifting weights at a gym.

    Regarding gun stores that ban concealed carry, as much as the idea irritates me and provides ammo for those who would ban guns, I do see their perspective. Unfortunately too many gun owners are not educated in carry etiquette. Gun store owners have told me of having customers walk into their stores and pull guns that they wanted the store owner/gunsmith to work on, only to have the store owner draw his own gun because he didn't know if he was facing a customer or a robber.
  12. Robert357

    Robert357 Active Member

    May 11, 2009
    WA, the State
    Personally, I like the P3-AT for pocket carry.  If you don't have a pocket (pants or jacket) because you are wearing say bicyle shorts, then I would opt for one of the two water bottle fanny packs.  The traditional fanny pack that I have screams out CONCEALED CARRY, while the double water bottle fanny packs just look like you are into hydration. (I haven't used this, but am posting it as an example of what I am talking about. Check out the size of the pocket, but a P#AT with a laser should fit in most of them.)

    You can find the two-water-bottle packs at most discount sporting goods stores.  They are popular enough that it doesn't scream out concealed carry if you are doing something that is strenous exercised based like hiking, walking, running, bicyling, skating, etc.  
  13. billjohnso20

    billjohnso20 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Whatever carry method you go with is your choice. My wife stopped using a fanny pack 1o years ago for the reasons I have stated above. She is one who dresses in a very attractive and professional way much of the time. Her choice is a Galco purse. They are high quality purses and 90% of women carry a purse so it doesn't stand out. This along with her self-defense training makes her a deadly weapon. Though I always worry to some degree, I know she is a bag guy's worse nightmare. Good luck and be safe out there.
  14. BillinPittsburgh

    BillinPittsburgh New Member

    May 25, 2008
    Regarding carry methods for ladies, I strongly encourage spending some time reading here:

    You will find a wide variety of solutions that have worked for various people. Purses - both specific models and advantages and disadvantages in general - are discussed extensively, as well as other carry methods.

    The big advantage of the P3AT is that it can be carried on one's person when something larger is unworkable. Aside from pocket carry (my favorite way to carry this gun), consider the following:

    1) A lady can wear an untucked shirt when one would look sloppy on a man.

    2) A lady can leave a jacket on when a man would not typically do so.

    3) Even tight, form-fitting clothing has gaps in which a gun can be hidden.

    Some ideas to get you started:

    Ladyfist holsters:

    C-Rusty Sherrick Lady's holsters

    Kramer IWB Sheepskin Clip

    Belly bands (although the one shown is too big for a P3AT)

    Compression shorts with built in holster:

    Bra holster & thigh holster

    Concealed carry outerwear, fanny packs, and purses

    If you go with a purse, get one with a locking zipper, and keep the key on your person. Lock the gun compartment if you must ever leave the purse outside of your control (which should happen as rarely as possible).
  15. james__12345

    james__12345 New Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Every gun store I've been in around here has been fine with carrying in the store. Our state law allows ANY business to post a no guns sign on the door to restrict permit holders from carrying. None of the shops I've been in around here choose to make that posting. However the people working at all of them just about always seem have a large pistol in very plain sight on their person. I guess they feel that is enough to deter people.
  16. 00buckshot

    00buckshot New Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Yep, the owner of any private property can ban firearms from that location, no matter what, no matter where.   I went to a gun show today, (rocking a fanny pack) and got more than the usual questioning about having any guns, all guns must be checked and strapped up per the Show insurance company.  The fanny pack was a dead giveaway.  But I know the rule, left the P3AT out in the car.

    The one time I do wear a fanny pack for carry is when I walk for exercise.  Run your iPod headphone cables into the fanny pack, and it’s anyone’s guess what you have in the pack.  
  17. Guambodian

    Guambodian New Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    I saw something at the last gunshow I went to that seemed ok. It was like a combination hidden holster/ fanny pack. It was called Thunderwear. I tried one (owned by a friend) and it was able to hold my Glock 17 and my P3AT concealed with just my jeans and a T-shirt.

  18. styledata

    styledata New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Okay, dumb questions but I can't help it! I got the Coronado bag, The quality is very good, thought it is even smaller than I expected. However, how does the darn thing work?? The back, conceal pocket has zippers and a couple of 'pull tabs'. Are you supposed to zip it and then pull on the tab to make the zipper open? If that's the case, I'm not impressed. It takes a lot of effort and time to do it that way. Am I missing something? I hope so!
  19. Spikejerk

    Spikejerk New Member

  20. BillinPittsburgh

    BillinPittsburgh New Member

    May 25, 2008
    When the pack is new, the leather is a bit stiff.  Opening the pack will get easier with time and practice.

    The best way I have found to open the pack is to pull the tab primarily outward, away from your body, and only slightly in the direction to open the pack.

    Another option is to leave about a 3/4" gap between the zippers at the corner of the pack near the tab.  To open the pack, stick your weak side thumb in the gap, grab the leather of the pack, and pull outward.

    At least at first, it also helps if you wear a belt and use the belt loop.

    I think over time you will find that you made a very good choice in the Coronado Leather pack. I wore mine for several years, and this pack was NEVER spotted by anyone as a gun pack.