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Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« on: May 25, 2011, 08:16:06 PM »
Since I just got my bike, I need to figure out how to carry while riding.

I have a shoulder rig for my 92FS, but even in an armored jacket, it prints. Giant bulge under my left arm that doesn't appear on the right. Also means I can't take off the jacket, or even unzip it at my destination.

My normal mode of carry is IWB with a P6. I have to shift the holster from my normal 4 o'clock to a 5 o'clock position to get on the bike. That's getting scary close to small-of-back, which seems like a really bad position if/when I dump the bike.

How do the other riders carry concealed on two wheels?
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 09:57:42 PM »
Serpa Blackhawk somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock.  I like retention and the position will change a bit depending on the length of the ride.
I was using a leather OWB for my Kimber, but I upgraded recently and went back to the BH.
Basically, anything OWB at that position.  I'm not overly concerned about printing as I almost always have a jacket on when riding.  Also, I ride a cruiser (Honda VTX1300) with a lower seat and a different angle for the back and legs.  I've not worn any IWB so I can't help there.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 11:50:25 AM »
I use to try and hide a compact 1911 IWB but that never seemed to work out. That was the reason I picked up a Kahr PM9 and carried that on the bike with the larger pistol in one of the storage compartments.

I had to be particularly careful to not "show" as Illinois is such an anti-gun State .

Now (as I am getting older) i carry the PM9 more and more just because it is so easy to hide. But I just ordered a P45 to see if that was as easily concealable. The PM45 is a handful when you touch off a round
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 02:27:15 PM »
I usually just put my 442 in a pocket on the jacket. The usual 4:30 position works ok for me on a sport bike with a Glock 22 IWB.

I know some guys put a gun in the tank bag, but if I get knocked off the bike there goes the gun.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 02:37:55 PM »
Thinking about it, I don't know if I've ever actually carried concealed while riding.

I like to carry OWB and I like to tuck my shirt in while on a bike (crack kills). My jacket usually covers the grip but the bottom half of the holster is still exposed.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 08:33:56 PM »
I sold my bike a few years ago, a 1976 Honda CB200T(i know not a big bike). But here in Vermont it is a mute point about how to carry. It's all allowed, But i use to carry in a OWB cross draw. It was easier to get too while riding.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011, 02:21:21 PM »
Like some of the other replies have stated, if I'm looking to carry something full-size, I usually do an OWB holster. If I'm wearing my jean jacket or a hoodie under my leather, that's usually enough to conceal a full-size OWB holster and pistol. However, I have a leather motorcycle jacket and vest that both have leather-lined "gun holster pockets" that let me carry comfortably anything mid-size and smaller. Never had a problem with either of them printing, and because it's heavy leather, it doesn't tend to sag on one side either.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 02:30:20 AM »
Not a motorcycle but I ride an ATV almost daily.  I carry in a serpa shoulder holster which tucks up quite high into the armpit.  I also tend to wear very loose and baggy clothing and I'm also larger framed than most so I can carry a full size pistol and not have an issue with printing.

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 03:20:11 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions.

I figured out that even when I get way down on the bike, the waist band on the armor jacket is strong enough to keep the gun covered. That jacket stays in place and the gun stays under it, even in a 3:30-4:00 position.

I also re-discovered a slash pocket on the jacket that I might try, but for the time being, Luke's Texas rig is doing just fine.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 06:39:15 PM »
Slash pockets scare me, unless they are specifically designed for carrying a weapon.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 06:55:59 PM »
Why?
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 07:18:33 PM »
Slash pockets scare me, unless they are specifically designed for carrying a weapon.

I generally use a pocket holster inside the slash pockets. It works really well.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2011, 09:14:31 PM »
Why?


Unsecured stuff falls out.  I don't like unsecured stuff on my ride.
Never used a pocket holster, personally, so that may correct the problem.
A run-of-the mill pocket isn't designed for any appreciable weight or retention (I can hear the cell phone clattering on the floor), much less cradling a pistol, securely.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2011, 09:41:48 PM »
On a motorcycle I prefer a shoulder holster.
But thats just me.

But then again, I carry a 1911.


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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2011, 10:22:52 PM »
The trouble I ran into with a shoulder holster is that armored jackets are designed to be tough to remove fast.

The zippers and buckles are *designed* to hold the jacket on when you crash. If someone could come up with some sort of quick release....
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2011, 04:22:30 PM »
I have a shoulder rig for my 92FS, but even in an armored jacket, it prints. Giant bulge under my left arm that doesn't appear on the right.

You answered your own shoulder holster question:  get another 92 and a double shoulder holster.  You will have to practice shooting with a pistol in each hand--in slow motion is best.
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2011, 01:57:16 PM »
I carry a 45 Kimber in my bike ... a 38 Spec ruger lightweight  in a ankle holster and a 380 S&W Bodyguard  in my pocket... all are loaded with hydra
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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2011, 03:25:07 PM »
Despite my Screenname, I don't (anymore) ride a V-Star, for the past four years I've been rolling around on a 2007 Harley Davidson StreetBob.

I carry a Commander Frame 1911 (Springfield Lightweight Champion Operator) the same on my bike as I do regularly, at 3 o'clock IWB, and a spare mag at 9 o'clock in a OWB mag carrier.

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2011, 07:47:59 PM »
When I ride, I usually am carrying my 1911 in a shoulder rig.  The problem with any other method is that my bike has a LOT of vibration and things tend to work their way out of places they're supposed to be in (like guns out of belt holsters).  The nature of riding a 55 year old bike.

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2011, 11:31:33 PM »
When I ride, I usually am carrying my 1911 in a shoulder rig.  The problem with any other method is that my bike has a LOT of vibration and things tend to work their way out of places they're supposed to be in (like guns out of belt holsters).  The nature of riding a 55 year old bike.Harley.

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2011, 02:52:45 AM »
Touché

(regardless, I'll never own another non-Harley - after having various makes over the years, I'm hooked. Of course, a modern model that I wouldn't have to kickstart wouldn't be too bad)

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2011, 04:28:11 PM »
got 2; the 80 shovel shakes like a blender on "chop and grate" but the '05 is nice and smooth. My usual carry is IWB either Sparks or Galco, but trying a new DeSantis Scorpian. I like it.
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2011, 04:14:02 PM »
You need to post a pic of your Shovel - I'd like to see it.  What model is your '05?  I'm hoping by the end of the year to pick up a new Street Glide, but I'm still somewhat undecided on the model. 

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« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2011, 12:07:59 AM »
You need to post a pic of your Shovel - I'd like to see it.  What model is your '05?  I'm hoping by the end of the year to pick up a new Street Glide, but I'm still somewhat undecided on the model. 

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Re: Concealed Carry on a Motorcycle
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011, 04:42:04 AM »
Very nice. Here's a shot of my baby:



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