Where to carry a pistol when hiking

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My brother back east wants to carry his pistol when backpacking and is trying to identify a way to carry with easy access and not have the backpack interfere with it. Any ideas? I thought of a fanny pack worn in front but not much else. He must have it concealed per state law so it can't be exposed.
 
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why does he have to conceal it? that makes no sense. i guess with a pack, you would have to use some sort of fanny pack. I carry mine in a holster strapped to the front strap of my back pack, but its hardly concealed. Brian
 
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If it must be concealed a fanny pack on the waste or on the chest strap would probably be my preferred locations.
 
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I think the reason he doesn't want it exposed is due to hiking with his grandkids. Not sure if concealment in Missouri is a must.
The only thing I could think of was the fanny pack but thought others may have alternate ideas. definitely not in the back pants pocket - there's been folks shooting their leg somehow.
 
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It doesn't necessarily have to be a fanny pack, but any sort of bag/pack with loops. I imagine an old binocular case would work too.

And far be it for me to say so, but why not carry openly with the youngsters. That way they can see a responsible adult behaving responsibly with a gun, as opposed to what they see on TV or in the movies. Similarly it's never to early to start indoctrinating them with the safety rules, the biggest of which for kids is to not touch and find a responsible adult. :) Ok I'll get off my high horse now :).
 
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It doesn't necessarily have to be a fanny pack, but any sort of bag/pack with loops. I imagine an old binocular case would work too.

And far be it for me to say so, but why not carry openly with the youngsters. That way they can see a responsible adult behaving responsibly with a gun, as opposed to what they see on TV or in the movies. Similarly it's never to early to start indoctrinating them with the safety rules, the biggest of which for kids is to not touch and find a responsible adult. :) Ok I'll get off my high horse now :).

Very good point regarding indoctrinating kids with gun safety. I'll get more info from him.
 
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Actually, it depends on the size of the pistol. Is it a very large hog-leg, i.e., .44mag/357 mag,etc.? My wife uses a paddle holster to carry her light weight .38 when out walking. Stays close to the body and can be concealed with just a shirt, sweater, etc. I carry my 9mm sub compact in a concealable holster I ordered from Don Hume leathergoods in Oklahoma. Hard to tell I even have it on.
 
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when i carry, i don't conceal... but if i had to, i'll probably just stuff it in my jacket pocket. i dunno...
 
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Actually, it depends on the size of the pistol. Is it a very large hog-leg, i.e., .44mag/357 mag,etc.? My wife uses a paddle holster to carry her light weight .38 when out walking. Stays close to the body and can be concealed with just a shirt, sweater, etc. I carry my 9mm sub compact in a concealable holster I ordered from Don Hume leathergoods in Oklahoma. Hard to tell I even have it on.
I know it's a Glock and I think it's a 9 mm. Looked at the Hume site. Nice selection of holsters and very resonable prices.
 
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I carry my Beretta .40SW in a shoulder holster that fits under my fishing vest and allows access just above my waders. When I hike in the hills I carry in a military leg holster that protects it and allows quick easy access.
Only time I worry about the laws of concealment are when I hit the streets or out in public... other than that it is always open carry.

I use the same set up when I am up in Alaska fishing the rivers/lakes except I carry my .454 Casull.... but there I open carry everywhere when in the remote areas.
 
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So for me in Oregon, would there be an issue to open carry when fishing? What if I run across a Ranger or Wildlife Enforcement in the woods?
 
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So for me in Oregon, would there be an issue to open carry when fishing? What if I run across a Ranger or Wildlife Enforcement in the woods?

Depends on where you are and if you have CHL. being that Oregon is an open carry state the answer you'll be ok. but there are countys citys and towns that have there own laws about it that overrule the fed law.
 
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So for me in Oregon, would there be an issue to open carry when fishing? What if I run across a Ranger or Wildlife Enforcement in the woods?

Actually I can one up open carry if you are fishing, hunting, or going to your shooting range; check out ORS 166.260 2b

Edit: The law is quoted below and it looks like I was off by a number, it's actually 3b.
 
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So for me in Oregon, would there be an issue to open carry when fishing? What if I run across a Ranger or Wildlife Enforcement in the woods?

if you run across a ranger or any type of law enforcement, youll be in more trouble if its concealed, unless you have a concealed weapons permit. I just carry in the open. Brian
 
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Actually I can one up open carry if you are fishing, hunting, or going to your shooting range; check out ORS 166.260 2b

166.260 Persons not affected by ORS 166.250. (1) ORS 166.250 does not apply to or affect:

(a) Sheriffs, constables, marshals, parole and probation officers, police officers, whether active or honorably retired, or other duly appointed peace officers.

(b) Any person summoned by any such officer to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace, while said person so summoned is actually engaged in assisting the officer.

(c) The possession or transportation by any merchant of unloaded firearms as merchandise.

(d) Active or reserve members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps of the United States, or of the National Guard, when on duty.

(e) Organizations which are by law authorized to purchase or receive weapons described in ORS 166.250 from the United States, or from this state.

(f) Duly authorized military or civil organizations while parading, or the members thereof when going to and from the places of meeting of their organization.

(g) A corrections officer while transporting or accompanying an individual convicted of or arrested for an offense and confined in a place of incarceration or detention while outside the confines of the place of incarceration or detention.

(h) A person who is licensed under ORS 166.291 and 166.292 to carry a concealed handgun.

(2) It is an affirmative defense to a charge of violating ORS 166.250 (1)(c)(C) that the person has been granted relief from the disability under ORS 166.274.

(3) Except for persons who are otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under ORS 166.250 (1)(c) or 166.270, ORS 166.250 does not apply to or affect:

(a) Members of any club or organization, for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets upon the established target ranges, whether public or private, while such members are using any of the firearms referred to in ORS 166.250 upon such target ranges, or while going to and from such ranges.

(b) Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing, or while going to or returning from a hunting or fishing expedition.
(4) The exceptions listed in subsection (1)(b) to (h) of this section constitute affirmative defenses to a charge of violating ORS 166.250. [Amended by 1977 c.207 §1; 1991 c.67 §36; 1993 c.735 §1; 1995 c.670 §2; 1999 c.1040 §3; 2009 c.316 §2; 2009 c.499 §4]
 
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I'm just wondering where in Oregon people feel a need to carry a gun when hiking? Because I'll be sure to stay away from those areas.

Is it because of wildlife? Pot growers? I've nothing against guns or hunting, I've just never even considered carrying when I'm fishing or hiking, and I'm out in the wilderness probably more than 95% of people.
 
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I'm just wondering where in Oregon people feel a need to carry a gun when hiking? Because I'll be sure to stay away from those areas.

Is it because of wildlife? Pot growers? I've nothing against guns or hunting, I've just never even considered carrying when I'm fishing or hiking, and I'm out in the wilderness probably more than 95% of people.

My reason is mainly wildlife since I camp alone in wilderness areas. I've come upon cougars during hikes popping out from bushes.
I also have run across parties breaking into my truck and pilfering my camping gear...
 
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