For those that use a PFD & carry on the water, my solution

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by ronin11, Apr 15, 2018 at 6:21 PM.

  1. ronin11

    ronin11 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    I am an avid freshwater kayaker (sometimes in salty in and around Sarasota Bay, but mostly later afternoon & early evenings in the Everglades. If you've ever been there as it's getting dark, you will come across a sub-section of humanity that you didn't know existed. I always carry there and this is a Concealed Carry solution that works for me.

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    This is my kayaking/fishing vest (and a pic of a Cardinal 4 for those that remember quality Swiss made spinning reels). The center compartment/pouch unzips (for me right to left with my left hand. The 'flap' falls forward (the is a white 'shelf' inside for fly-tying, changing plugs, spinners, etc).
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    Once the flap falls under it's own weight, I can reach up with my right hand and grab the grip of the .38 special. The holster is a LEFT handed IWB and the metal clip on the IWB slides into slot #2 of the 3 slots, making very easy access to the handgun.

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    this shows the 'back' of the holster where the clip is...This set-up will work with just about and small (either revolver or SA/DA or DA semi).
     
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  2. FWoo45

    FWoo45 The whole world is about three drinks behind. Supporting Addict

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  3. ronin11

    ronin11 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    I'm gettin' there, not much of a typist, Woo, lol.
     
  4. azguy1911

    azguy1911 Collection Complete Supporting Addict

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    I like it, a revolver is a great idea for that application. I would have chose a G43 but I get ya.

    Fish safe !
     
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  5. FWoo45

    FWoo45 The whole world is about three drinks behind. Supporting Addict

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    Sweet set up. I like it. Thanks for posting.
     
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  6. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    Crafty. I carried a Glock 19 in a small Otter Box I secured to the inside of my kayak just forward of the seat. It was pretty quick to access while in the kayak, but not all that quick when porting, etc... I spent most of my time on the St. Johns up north of you. I worried more about snakes then 2-legged predators, but I also avoided most of the popular party spots where trouble tended to brew.

    Now that I live in CO, the water moves a lot faster. I haven't really found a good secure way to carry that is also easy to access. I tend to throw it in the dry box and lash it down pretty good, so there's no accessing it on the river in the moment. Yours looks like a pretty decent solution, though.
     
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  7. Mistman

    Mistman Active Member

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    Nice old Cardinal. I traded one for a BBR in '06 about 20 years ago, the guy REALLY wanted it.
     
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  8. ronin11

    ronin11 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mistman: Those that want 'em, are very anxious to get their hands on them.

    I have 3 Cardinal 4's and 1 Cardinal 7. All 4 still run like the day they were made.
     
  9. Mistman

    Mistman Active Member

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    The one I traded was a 4, I have a few of the newer 3's and a 4 but they aren't at all the same as the originals.
     
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  10. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 3, 2015
    used to boat on LI Sound. thought about carrying BUT I realized ALL of my boating is done in NT+Y..their gun laws are worse than CT(if you can believe it)

    those days are gone--sadly I am land bound
     
  11. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    Makes your screen name a little ironic, eh?
    Corpsman? If so, thanks for all the ibuprophen!
     
  12. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    wish I could say "You are welcome" I did not serve--except in the VA as a resident--Man I miss the days of serving our Vets

    thanks for your service though

    and yeah the screen name may be changed soon.
     
  13. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    No need to change it; "landdoc" just wouldn't have the same ring to it. Thanks for looking after me and my peers.
     

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