When you decide to go for a run, you may still want to concealed carry. However, that begs the question — how? Running or doing anything active might prevent you from wearing a belt and holster, but you want your firearm to stay put while on the move. Plus, you don’t want to worry so much about your gun that you can’t enjoy your workout. Fortunately, there are various ways of safely concealed carrying while running, while still getting great exercise.
At Colorado Handgun Safety, we’re dedicated to educating gun owners so they can keep themselves and others safe. Let’s review some ways to conceal carry while running, so you can feel protected and secure on your jog.
Concealed Carrying Without a Belt
Tighten your shoelaces, put on your favorite playlist, and hit the ground running! Here are some concealed carry options to keep your handgun safe and within easy reach while on the go:
1. Belly band holsters
Belly band holsters work similarly to a belt, except the gun can sit in various positions — from the waist to the upper abdomen to either side of the body. It just depends on the type of belly band you choose.
Belly band holsters are a great option because they fit nicely under athletic clothing and won’t slow down your pace. If you choose this option, pick a belly band made using comfortable materials. You want it to be secure but don’t want it to restrict your movement or restrain you while trying to work out.
2. Fanny packs and belt bags
Not only are fanny packs (or what young people call them now — belt bags) on trend again, but they offer a great way to conceal carry on the go. They come in various colors, sizes, and patterns, making them stylish and able to hold small to medium firearms. It’s a true win-win!
Fanny packs allow you to keep your handgun close, but you shouldn’t pick just any fanny pack on the market. There should be a designated compartment for your gun so that you can access it quickly if you need to.
3. Ankle holsters
Ankle holsters are an option, but they aren’t very effective. If you want to use ankle holsters, you should wear pants, which aren’t always preferred running attire. Additionally, having your handgun by your feet isn’t practical for easy access. Plus, the extra weight on your ankles can negatively impact your running. Ankle holsters are a decent backup plan but aren’t sufficient as a go-to choice.
4. Chest packs
Chest packs work well and feature a comfortable shoulder strap that secures over the shoulder, chest, or back. These bags offer easy access to your gun and shouldn’t impede your workout. We think they’re worth giving a try!
5. Pocket holsters
Pocket holsters are popular, but are they practical for running? The answer is that it depends! Choose the proper pistol for these types of holsters and ensure it’s snug and secure. Also, some athletic wear is loose and thin, so make sure the material is strong enough to hold the weight of the gun and pocket holster.
Be Prepared To Try a Few Options
The best way to conceal carry while running looks different for everyone, and you may have to trade in some level of comfort to do it effectively. If one option doesn’t work for you, try something different. You can always call Colorado Handgun Safety for tips on finding your ideal concealed-carrying method. We’re happy to walk you through some options.
Tips for Running While Concealed Carrying
Whether you’re an experienced gun owner or new to the concealed-carrying world, it’s vital to understand the safety measures to take while running with a concealed weapon. Here are some tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings – This may seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating as much as possible. Staying alert is vital while running. Avoid zoning out so you can grab your firearm quickly if a threat approaches.
- Don’t sweat it – Workouts make you sweaty, and sweat contains ammonia, urea, salts, and lactic acid that can damage your gun over time. Keep your handgun clean and as far away from excess moisture as possible.
- Become a gun expert – There’s never too much learning to do when educating yourself about your firearm. If you’ve had your weapon for a while and need a refresher course, or you’re new to owning a handgun and want to make sure all your bases are covered, consider signing up for a class with Colorado Handgun Safety. We offer various courses taught by certified instructors with years of firearm experience.
Colorado Handgun Safety Is Your Local Concealed Carrying While Running Expert
Concealed carrying while running is easy and can help give you peace of mind when working out outdoors. Whether you opt for a fanny pack or a pocket holster, your comfort and ease of access to your handgun should be your priorities. Try a few different options to determine what’s best for your needs.
In the meantime, get all your questions answered by Colorado Handgun Safety. Our expert instructors will ensure you get all the information you need to use your handgun efficiently, whether out for a run, pumping iron at the gym, or anywhere else. Our comprehensive classes cover everything from concealed carry to the bare basics. No matter what you want to learn, you can count on Colorado Handgun Safety to have the perfect class.
For more information about us or to sign up for a class, contact Colorado Handgun Safety today. We look forward to seeing you on the running trail!