HOW TO CARRY
Now that you have picked the firearm to carry, how do you carry it? There are many opinions about the best way to carry. Here are a few:
Let me start off by saying that if you put your sidearm in the bottom of your pack, you are already starting off wrong. That handgun will do you no good sitting there when that bear or boar is charging down upon you. You need to carry in such a fashion that you can quickly get to it if the need arises.
The holster you choose is a personal choice. I happen to wear my Springfield XD-S .45 ACP in a Blackhawk holster on my hip. My friend, Mark, carries his .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum in a shoulder holster and his .22 on his hip. Another popular method, especially with the larger guns, is in a chest-mounted holster. I personally don’t like these, but it is a matter of personal preference.
GW Editor Robb Manning is not fond of the shoulder holster rig, either, preferring to carry his sidearm in a leather Mernickle Holsters OWB worn on the hip. He has a good reason for doing so.
“I don’t like shoulder holsters, because if I am ever taken by surprise and am tackled and body to body, I can’t reach across my body to the holster.” He did go on to say, “However, during the winter, when its minus double digits and I have a lot of layers, my OWB isn’t accessible. In this case, I have a military-style shoulder holster I adjust so it centers on my chest.”
Whichever way you choose to carry your weapon, make sure you have the proper holster for your firearm. Practice wearing it and drawing your weapon from it.
Your sidearm will do you no good if you cannot get to it and draw it.