Drawing a pistol while wearing a backpack

| March 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

People carry their handgun(s) in all sorts of positions. The most prevalent are “strong side” behind the hip (3 or 4 o’clock), appendix, and small of back. I know people who also carry a back up pistol in a shoulder holster and I’ve logged well over 8000 hours of “front of body” carry with a SmartCarry. Normally I don’t care where you carry, and I understand that different body types, pistols, carry equipment, and clothing choices make a big difference in carry position.

If you’re reading this article you’ve probably done thousands if not tens or hundreds of thousands of pistol draws.

If you’re a regular reader, you might carry a rifle, PDW, AR pistol or equivalent in a bag. You may have done a dozen or a a hundred or so bag draws.

Have you practiced drawing a pistol while carrying your EDC bag?

It might change your opinion on where you carry.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

2 Comments on "Drawing a pistol while wearing a backpack"

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  1. John says:


    I have found the same and this is yet another reason that I like AIWB.

    Real question though… I see the shirt, did you ever go to commercial dive school? Been almost 20 years since I wore a diving hat like that but those were good times!


  2. Michael says:

    If carrying a daypack by one strap while armed, I always carry it on my non-dominant shoulder to preclude the issues identified. That also prevents the bag from shifting and slipping on the shoulder during the drawstroke and interfering with my aim.

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