Deryck Poole

Concealed Carry Options for a Motorcycle

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Deryck Poole of Echo-5 Training Group talks about concealed carry options while riding a motorcycle. In his opinion, people put too much emphasis on the differences between carrying while on a motorcycle as opposed to a car, but the two really aren’t that different.

But there are a few differences, and they are in how you carry your gun. Because of the design of motorcycles, your seated position may not be the same as it is in a car. If you’re leaning forward on a bike and carry appendix style, this may not work.

Let’s look at some concealed carry options and a few things you may need to worry about when riding a motorcycle.

Tactile Feedback

If your carry position when on a motorcycle is not the same as your usual everyday carry position, make sure you do something that gives you tactile feedback to tell you this is different. Wearing a leather vest or jacket when riding is a good example. Among other reasons to wear a vest or jacket while riding, when wearing it, you know that if you have to draw your gun, you’re not going to draw it from its usual spot.

Concealed Carry Options

Where can you carry your defensive firearm while riding a motorcycle? There are a few options. One is a fanny pack. Some are designed specifically for concealed carry and will cover the trigger guard while the gun is inside it.

Another is a shoulder holster. This gets the gun up above the waistline, and leaning over at an extreme angle is no problem.


Do you wear gloves while riding? Fingerless gloves, full gloves, or heavy ones during inclement weather? With some gloves, you won’t be able to get your finger inside the trigger well of the gun. This means the first part of your handgun presentation needs to be taking the glove off, then reaching for the gun. Remember to include this in your handgun training and practice.

Open Carry

If you’re riding and carrying openly in the middle of nowhere, no problem. But Deryck believes that we bikers already have a stigma attached to us and we don’t want to feed into the negative perception people have of us as being intimidating and not wanting to follow the rules and laws of society. Carry concealed!

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11 Responses to “Concealed Carry Options for a Motorcycle”

  1. Keith

    This is a silly video and does nothing to better the culture ofCanda?

  2. DAVID

    A chest holster, such as Alien Gear's Cloak Chest Holster, has always been my go to off the waist band holster. For winter sports when I am wearing a jacket it is ideal. With a zipped or snapped bike vest it should serve very well.

  3. Ray

    Really, my reply needs a moderator. LOL, Freedom of speech guys. Agree or not

  4. Ray

    Sorry, I was going to respond to this, however change of plans somewhat. Actually to many variables to cover in a brief time. First reply mimics pretty much my opinion and for much the same reason. I would probably opt to have firearm on my person with the tank mount for re-holster, but that could just be preference. Yes, left hand for all when actually moving, yes, one hand left hand practice for that. Prolly would never happen, but “Murphy” is alive and well. For the shirt open guy, carrying is a style change, button the shirt or wear a sleeveless underneath. My $.02

  5. Renee

    James Yeager reviews a"Danny pack/hip bag"from the 2020 shot show that's seems very user friendly with an added draw assist that cents the grip up for faster positive 100% grip on the draw than fumbling with reaching on and trying to clear the opening without snags or having to re acquire a full 100%positive group. Is on his YouTube channel. Check it out.

  6. spencer

    I have been looking for better ways to carry on the bike. I do not alwys wear an extra garment and shirt does fly up. Thinking of left hand pull, and possible fanny pack to put into backpack when off bike. Wearing coat easy fix when not so hot outside. looking for a good fanny pack ???

  7. david9

    Excellent video for us riders!! I personally use the fanny pack you demonstrated. I wear it all the time when I'm riding. When riding, I can swing it around to my back, so I can lean over and it is inside the fanny pack hidden all the time, whether the fanny pack is covered by my jacket or not . When I stop, I just swing it around to the front where a fanny pack goes. I can also leave it on my standard holster side. I've practiced drawing from those positions as well. The fanny pack also allows me to carry 2 extra magazines, which is also great!! I also have a 511 backpack that has a holster section, which also works well and I've practiced drawing from that as well. Either way it goes with my everywhere I go!!

  8. david9

    I use the fanny pack and love that the trigger is covered and that I can carry a couple extra mags! Very easy to draw and have access to the mags.

  9. barry

    Liked the recent article about concealed carry options fora motorcycle, but I have never seen anyone discuss the problem of Right handed riders v/s deployment and shooting the weapon? and wheel guns v/s semi auto on M/C. The throttle is on the right side so drawing and using your right hand makes you take your hand off the throttle, thats the 1st problem, the the 2nd problem God forbid a malfunction and have to rack the slide? I was at a rest stop last month and a fellow rider says he carries a wheel gun on the bike due to just that very problem? food for thought? I have never seen or heard anyone adders this issue and there are thousands upon thousands of concealed riders. Thanks

  10. William Murmann

    What about using a cross-draw holster while on your bike? --Bill

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