Handling Your Bag In Public: Setting Your Bag Down

| August 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

I’ve been carrying a PDW or SBR in an everyday carry bag for about two and a half years. That’s a lot of time spent on public transit, walking downtown, going to malls, stores, movie theaters, coffee shops, trade shows, conferences, and other densely populated areas.

Over that period of time I’ve learned a few things about how to manage an EDC bag with a firearm in it in public, and I am going to share my experience with you in this new segment “Handling Your Bag In Public.

How you pack and set your bag down in public can draw or minimize attention to yourself.

A few points if you don’t have time to watch the video:

  • If the firearm is muzzle down (recommended), the bottom part of the bag will make the most noise if you set the bag down bottom first.
  • You can either set the bag down on the corner opposite the muzzle, or choose to set the bag down on the “front” side that faces away from you when you wear the bag.
  • If you choose to set the bag down on the “front,” you should use the straps of the bag as a handle, not any top-mounted grab handle.
  • You should pack shock- and noise-absorbing materials to help cushion any tools inside and soften any noise created by setting your bag down. My trauma kit does a good job at doing this.
  • Don’t set your bag down too gently, as that also draws attention.
  • Try not to set your bag down in an unusual way (e.g., cradling the bag with both hands and setting it down like there’s something fragile inside).


Do you have any other tips / practices when setting your bag down in public?

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 "Handling Your Bag In Public: Setting Your Bag Down"

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  1. CR Williams says:

    An excellent focus on one of the details that can trip up any carrier of a concealed weapon. We too often spend all of our time thinking of and working on larger things like what bag or what gun or what holster and in most cases rightly so. But once we’ve settled that we should, perhaps must, take some time to consider the small things. The way we handle ourselves carrying contains a number of potential ‘tells’ such as this covers that we need to pay attention to if we are to walk without trace through a world full of unarmed sheep with hoplophobes scattered randomly about.

  2. van der lin says:

    little things like this. they devil is always in the deatails as they say. I really do apprecaite you putting the time in w/ this shit man and sharing your experiences.

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