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  • clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
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    I call it a satchel but people who dislike them call them a man purse. The jokes write themselves.

    I'll start off and say this method of carry is not for everyone. I'm not trying to convert anyone, just sharing my perspective/experience.

    I have been carrying for some time and a satchel is ONE of the ways I like to carry.

    My particular bag is a Maxpedition Versapack. I have owned several Versapacks and my current one is grey and black model. My son's have claimed my older bags as their own.

    If your not familiar with the bag just Google it. They have a hidden gun compartment that allows for you insert a holster. I wouldn't suggest using any bag that does not secure the weapon or fails to protect the trigger guard.

    Like the bag for several reasons:

    #1) I can easily carry extra items all in one place. I have the option to carry my keys, wallet, mini med kit, pepper spray, spare mags, knife, flashlight, water bottle, and whatever items I feel necessary. If it struck your fancy, you could carry grenades, C-4, night vision, gas mask, nunchucks, "lube", hemorrhoid cream, or a "6 sided throwing device".

    #2) Almost everyone who comments on the satchel thinks it's a camera bag, and I don't correct them. Rarely does anyone comment about it being a discreet gun bag, but it has happened a few times. It always leads to polite gun discussions.

    #3) It sits next to me when driving so I don't have to deal with holster discomfort or gun access when I'm behind the wheel. At the beginning of the day and the end of the day I don't have to handle the gun or unholster which reduces the chance of bad things happening. I don't take it off my person unless I'm home or in my vehicle. When it's off my person and out of my control the entire bag gets locked up.

    #4) I don't have to worry about accidentally exposing my handgun in "conceal only" states.

    #5) I have been searched a few times and the holster compartment is always overlooked. No, I'm not carrying in prohibited places.

    There are some negatives:

    #1) Drawing is slower. I usually unzip the gun access compartment when I'm in places that I feel faster access may be necessary. Even when the gun compartment is unzipped you can't see the gun unless someone is right over you.

    #2) Most trainers refuse to allow them to be utilized in training classes. Many ranges that allow holster draws don't allow shooters to draw from them. So finding a place to train and locating an instructor is a challenge.

    #3) It's extra weight to lug around. Those with neck or back issues may not do well with a bag.

    #4) Some say its a "shoot me first" item but I think the color of the bag and how it looks plays a large factor here. What you wear also palys a part in that too.

    #5) Some say it's a theft risk. Everything is a theft risk. Figure it out.

    #6) If you get kilt in da streetz wearing a man purse everyone will make fun of you.

    #7) If the bag clashes with your outfit, those with fashion sense may accost you.


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    Art3

    Eqinsu Ocha
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 30, 2015
    10,422
    Harford County
    Is there an additional name for that particular model of versipack? (like "Fatboy," or "thermite, "or "jumbo"). They seem to have a whole line of versipacks.
     

    Art3

    Eqinsu Ocha
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 30, 2015
    10,422
    Harford County
    Mine is the Jumbo Fatboy. It is probably overkill if you don't plan to carry extra stuff though.

    Thank you. I have kind of a thing for...uh..."satchels," but I can never seem to find the perfect fit for what I think I want to do with it. Now that carrying a gun is ANOTHER thing I can do with one...it's probably going to be even harder to find the perfect fit :rolleye12
     

    clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
    Thank you. I have kind of a thing for...uh..."satchels," but I can never seem to find the perfect fit for what I think I want to do with it. Now that carrying a gun is ANOTHER thing I can do with one...it's probably going to be even harder to find the perfect fit :rolleye12
    I understand your struggle my friend.

    I carry a lot in my bag that "I" consider essential. If you want a list I'll be happy to post it up but what I carry is definitely not for everyone.
     

    Art3

    Eqinsu Ocha
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 30, 2015
    10,422
    Harford County
    I understand your struggle my friend.

    I carry a lot in my bag that "I" consider essential. If you want a list I'll be happy to post it up but what I carry is definitely not for everyone.
    Sure.
    But this is a deep rabbit hole that I know better than to start down tonight. I'm forcing myself to stop looking and go bed now...before I get in trouble ;)
     

    clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
    Sure.
    But this is a deep rabbit hole that I know better than to start down tonight. I'm forcing myself to stop looking and go bed now...before I get in trouble ;)
    I know that feeling. Rest up.

    I'll message you with the list.
     
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    Mike_mds

    Member
    MDS Supporter
    Oct 11, 2020
    109
    Ceciltucky
    Are all you guys single? My wife roasts my chestnuts for anything resembling this…the word “murse” springs to mind. And my rabbit hole is off limits BTW.
     

    Inigoes

    Head'n for the hills
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 21, 2008
    46,444
    SoMD / West PA
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    I call it a satchel but people who dislike them call them a man purse. The jokes write themselves.

    I'll start off and say this method of carry is not for everyone. I'm not trying to convert anyone, just sharing my perspective/experience.

    I have been carrying for some time and a satchel is ONE of the ways I like to carry.

    My particular bag is a Maxpedition Versapack. I have owned several Versapacks and my current one is grey and black model. My son's have claimed my older bags as their own.

    If your not familiar with the bag just Google it. They have a hidden gun compartment that allows for you insert a holster. I wouldn't suggest using any bag that does not secure the weapon or fails to protect the trigger guard.

    Like the bag for several reasons:

    #1) I can easily carry extra items all in one place. I have the option to carry my keys, wallet, mini med kit, pepper spray, spare mags, knife, flashlight, water bottle, and whatever items I feel necessary. If it struck your fancy, you could carry grenades, C-4, night vision, gas mask, nunchucks, "lube", hemorrhoid cream, or a "6 sided throwing device".

    #2) Almost everyone who comments on the satchel thinks it's a camera bag, and I don't correct them. Rarely does anyone comment about it being a discreet gun bag, but it has happened a few times. It always leads to polite gun discussions.

    #3) It sits next to me when driving so I don't have to deal with holster discomfort or gun access when I'm behind the wheel. At the beginning of the day and the end of the day I don't have to handle the gun or unholster which reduces the chance of bad things happening. I don't take it off my person unless I'm home or in my vehicle. When it's off my person and out of my control the entire bag gets locked up.

    #4) I don't have to worry about accidentally exposing my handgun in "conceal only" states.

    #5) I have been searched a few times and the holster compartment is always overlooked. No, I'm not carrying in prohibited places.

    There are some negatives:

    #1) Drawing is slower. I usually unzip the gun access compartment when I'm in places that I feel faster access may be necessary. Even when the gun compartment is unzipped you can't see the gun unless someone is right over you.

    #2) Most trainers refuse to allow them to be utilized in training classes. Many ranges that allow holster draws don't allow shooters to draw from them. So finding a place to train and locating an instructor is a challenge.

    #3) It's extra weight to lug around. Those with neck or back issues may not do well with a bag.

    #4) Some say its a "shoot me first" item but I think the color of the bag and how it looks plays a large factor here. What you wear also palys a part in that too.

    #5) Some say it's a theft risk. Everything is a theft risk. Figure it out.

    #6) If you get kilt in da streetz wearing a man purse everyone will make fun of you.

    #7) If the bag clashes with your outfit, those with fashion sense may accost you.


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    Pro #6

    Doesn't drag your britches down to your knees!
     

    Brychan

    Active Member
    Apr 24, 2009
    8,001
    Baltimore
    Not a bad idea, as it is I carry a medium size surplus messenger bag with me when I leave the house anyway. It has my little portable nebulizer, and a few other things I don't want to put in my pocket. I could easily clip a holster in one of the inside pockets. No one has ever given it a second look.
     

    clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
    Are all you guys single? My wife roasts my chestnuts for anything resembling this…the word “murse” springs to mind. And my rabbit hole is off limits BTW.
    Married and 5 children. Her only beef with my bag is when it takes up space on the center console in the truck. She wants to put her purse there.

    My bag doubled as a diaper bag at one time as well and when we go on trips I change contents to better suit our travels.
     

    clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
    Not a bad idea, as it is I carry a medium size surplus messenger bag with me when I leave the house anyway. It has my little portable nebulizer, and a few other things I don't want to put in my pocket. I could easily clip a holster in one of the inside pockets. No one has ever given it a second look.
    You should post your findings. It may help others who carry the same equipment.
     

    babalou

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Aug 12, 2013
    13,487
    Monkey County
    I understand your struggle my friend.

    I carry a lot in my bag that "I" consider essential. If you want a list I'll be happy to post it up but what I carry is definitely not for everyone.
    haha I picture Mrs. Potatohead shoving tons of stuff into Mr. Potatohead- from Toy Story.

     

    clandestine

    Active Member
    Oct 13, 2008
    36,598
    that image there is a man purse, the other thing looks like a camera bag or small back pack-ish type thing. Technically I guess you could call a back pack a man purse....
    The bottom photo was just for laughs. That's my face on the actor from the movie "the hangover"
     

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