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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6 Responses to “Concealed Carry Options for a Motorcycle”
  1. Bruce Wapen

    I put my gun in a tank bag with access to the gun from the left so that I can keep my right hand on the throttle and brake controls. This requires practicing one-handed, weak hand shooting if you are right-handed, but that is less of a problem than losing throttle and front brake input because you now have a gun in your right hand.

    • barry

      Thanks yes I have obtained a crossdraw holster for left handers (even though I am right handed) and I always have a session at the end of my range time where I shoot off handed.

  2. William Murmann

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


    • Customer Service

      Hello William,

      If someone carries cross-draw on a daily basis then it should work while on a motorcycle if the riding position doesn’t prevent it. The reason it wasn’t specifically mentioned was that it’s not a recommended carry position when compared to appendix or strong side carry. It lacks efficiency in the draw stroke and provides no additional benefits that aren’t present in the appendix or strong side carry positions.


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  3. 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

  4. 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.