When that beautiful weather hits, it’s time to go for a ride. A lot of motorcyclists are getting onto the roads this summer to soak up good weather and get a breeze going. Whether it’s time to set off on a long distance ride through the countryside or just a weekend getaway, there’s a few tips to keeping your weapon concealed while you’re on a motorcycle.
Carrying Concealed With A Passenger
So you’ve got a passenger? Good for you. When carrying concealed, the principles of firearm safety continue to apply. That means if you’ve got a shoulder holster and the person behind you is holding on tight, you maybe need to reconsider your carry options.
- Try a pocket holster for your jacket
Motorcyclists typically try to wear safety gear such as a jacket made out of durable material and a helmet. Many of those jackets have front pockets where a compact pistol or revolver could be easily stowed. If this is the course you want to take, it’s recommended you use a pocket holster as well. The rationale is that a good pocket holster should protect the trigger housing group of the firearm. This is especially important for riders that carry with a round in the chamber – which isn’t a terrible idea so long as your carry style safely accommodates it.
- Inside the waistband holsters
Inside the waistband holsters are usually the ideal way to transport a firearm in a concealed manner – but not all are great for motorcycle rides. In states where “printing” or “showing” can be considered brandishing, it’s generally advisable to ask a friend or relative if they can spot your concealed carry firearm while you’re in the saddle. If they can’t visibly see the firearm – you’re probably good to go. For states where it’s fine to either open carry or open carry with a concealed carry permit, it really doesn’t matter as much. If you do go IWB, make sure the holster you choose has great retention on the weapon – that will help keep it in place if you hit any unexpected bumps along the road.
There’s nothing wrong with a shoulder holster to hold your concealed carry handgun during a motorcycle ride. And IWB or OWB could work just fine as well. When you’re out there on your own or riding in a pack, the biggest considerations are:
- Muzzle Awareness – is it pointing somewhere it shouldn’t?
- Retention – is the weapon secure in its holster?
- Concealment – is it adequately concealed?
If you find a system that works for you while riding your motorcycle – and it follows those previously mentioned ideas – then you’re probably doing just fine. It’s always advisable for you to keep your firearm on you and not stow it in a saddle bag or other external case. The rationale is as simple: if you need to bail – where do you want your firearm to go?
Locked Gun Case For Motorcycles
Sometimes you just need to store your firearm! And for those moments, having a locking case that can be attached to your motorcycle can be handy. There is still the risk of theft but ultimately, it acts as a temporary lock box to store your firearm. The biggest drawbacks from this include maintaining custody over the firearm, the key (if applicable) and firearm readiness. What use is a firearm if it’s not ready?
Have you found any techniques that work well while you’re carrying a concealed firearm on your motorcycle? Tell us about it in the comments section below.