What Concealed Carry Bag is Right for You?

a man draws a concealed carry weapon from his sling bag.

You took the required steps to get a concealed carry permit, researched your preferred firearm, and now it’s time to decide how you want to carry it. Concealed carry clothing can be expensive and stocking up on a variety of styles can add up quickly. Choosing a concealed carry bag could be the way to go if you want to keep your firearm with you at all times, without having to purchase a complete tactical wardrobe. 

Concealed Carry Bag Features

You probably have several old bags or backpacks lying around here, there, in the closet, under the bed. But is one of those the right bag for concealed carry? Perhaps. But there are also several features you should consider before deciding on the best bag to conceal carry for you. Read on for our top characteristics for consideration when choosing the ultimate concealed carry bag

Construction and Materials

Using a bag to carry your firearm is no trivial matter and that should be reflected in the construction of the bag you choose. 

Look for a bag that’s made of nylon or polyester. These materials help give your bag its durability, as well as its water-resistant qualities. Ensuring your weapon is protected from the elements will help keep rust at bay and ensure that it’s always operating properly. 

Bag Size

What kind of gun do you carry? Is it small or something on the larger side? Choose a bag that can easily fit your firearm and other items you usually carry. In other words, determine your needs and pick the right size bag to fit those needs, not the other way around. 

Style and Appearance

Some people are backpack people. Others may prefer a sleek messenger bag or small crossbody to tote their EDC items and electronics. You want to select a bag that you feel comfortable wearing, as well as one that is simple in design and appearance so that others won’t wonder what you’re hiding in there. If you carry a bag to work in your everyday life, consider an option that condenses it all down into one. 

A Low-Vis bag is specifically designed for concealment and to be discreet. It’s usually black, tan, or brown and features CCW compartments, as well as MOLLE compatibility, quick-release shoulder straps, and water-resistant construction. 

Compartment Space and Storage

Consider what items you generally carry with you when you use a bag. For example, if you travel frequently with a laptop, then a messenger bag or bag designed specifically with laptop storage in mind may be your best bet. If you tend to carry more tactical gear for hunting or hiking trips, including extra ammo and magazines, then a larger backpack or gun case may be more suited for you. 

Concealed Carry Accessibility 

What good is your CCW if you can’t access it quickly and easily when you need to? One of the most important features of a good, concealed carry bag is the ability to know where your firearm is in the bag and be able to draw it quickly. Some bags even come with specific CCW pockets, so you know where your weapon is always, making drawing it if needed, second nature. 

Concealed Carry Sling Bag

5.11’s UCR Sling Pack 14L is built from rugged, 1050D nylon so it’s tough and durable, able to withstand wear and tear. This right-handed bag is perfect for smaller firearms. Interior pockets with bungee retention allow you to organize your most important EDC items. 

The main compartment of the UCR Sling Pack is fully padded and has two adjustable/removable dividers so you can customize it to fit your needs. For further customization, the front, laser-cut MOLLE platform with loop allows for a variety of options. 

The customizable pull-out ID panel is ideal for keeping your photo ID and concealed carry permit easily accessible.

Bags Built for CCW from 5.11 Tactical

5.11 Tactical is an innovative leader in the tactical game, and you can depend on us to keep you and your concealed weapon safe and ready for any situation.

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