Tips For Carrying Concealed On A Motorcycle

When that beautiful weather hits, it’s time to go for a ride.  A lot of motorcyclists are getting onto the roads this summer to soak up good weather and get a breeze going.  Whether it’s time to set off on a long distance ride through the countryside or just a weekend getaway, there’s a few tips to keeping your weapon concealed while you’re on a motorcycle.

Carrying Concealed With A Passenger

So you’ve got a passenger?  Good for you.  When carrying concealed, the principles of firearm safety continue to apply.  That means if you’ve got a shoulder holster and the person behind you is holding on tight, you maybe need to reconsider your carry options.

  • Try a pocket holster for your jacket

Motorcyclists typically try to wear safety gear such as a jacket made out of durable material and a helmet.  Many of those jackets have front pockets where a compact pistol or revolver could be easily stowed.  If this is the course you want to take, it’s recommended you use a pocket holster as well.  The rationale is that a good pocket holster should protect the trigger housing group of the firearm.  This is especially important for riders that carry with a round in the chamber – which isn’t a terrible idea so long as your carry style safely accommodates it.

  • Inside the waistband holsters

Inside the waistband holsters are usually the ideal way to transport a firearm in a concealed manner – but not all are great for motorcycle rides.  In states where “printing” or “showing” can be considered brandishing, it’s generally advisable to ask a friend or relative if they can spot your concealed carry firearm while you’re in the saddle.  If they can’t visibly see the firearm – you’re probably good to go.  For states where it’s fine to either open carry or open carry with a concealed carry permit, it really doesn’t matter as much.  If you do go IWB, make sure the holster you choose has great retention on the weapon – that will help keep it in place if you hit any unexpected bumps along the road.

Riding Solo

There’s nothing wrong with a shoulder holster to hold your concealed carry handgun during a motorcycle ride.  And IWB or OWB could work just fine as well.  When you’re out there on your own or riding in a pack, the biggest considerations are:

  • Muzzle Awareness – is it pointing somewhere it shouldn’t?
  • Retention – is the weapon secure in its holster?
  • Concealment – is it adequately concealed?

If you find a system that works for you while riding your motorcycle – and it follows those previously mentioned ideas – then you’re probably doing just fine.  It’s always advisable for you to keep your firearm on you and not stow it in a saddle bag or other external case.  The rationale is as simple: if you need to bail – where do you want your firearm to go?

Locked Gun Case For Motorcycles

Sometimes you just need to store your firearm!  And for those moments, having a locking case that can be attached to your motorcycle can be handy.  There is still the risk of theft but ultimately, it acts as a temporary lock box to store your firearm.  The biggest drawbacks from this include maintaining custody over the firearm, the key (if applicable) and firearm readiness.  What use is a firearm if it’s not ready?

Have you found any techniques that work well while you’re carrying a concealed firearm on your motorcycle?  Tell us about it in the comments section below.

About James England

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently an advocate for veterans and constitutional carry in the State of New Hampshire. His daily carry is the Glock 19 Gen 4 in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0.