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    OC while working out?

    I will be moving into a new apartment complex soon one with a nice gym in it. I was wondering anyone ever OC while at the gym before? Any positive or negative experiences? Or is it even practical
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire suppressor View Post
    I will be moving into a new apartment complex soon one with a nice gym in it. I was wondering anyone ever OC while at the gym before? Any positive or negative experiences? Or is it even practical
    Not practical.

    Even CC'ing with one of those gay little fanny packs will get in the way.

    If you want to carry to the gym, I'd keep it in your gym bag.

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    It's a pain to carry while working out vigorously, but doabble. I've never open carried at the gym before, but have carried while jogging and doing outdoor workouts. Seems like carrying in the gym would be a huge hassle.

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    Its doable, but it takes quite a bit of planning around the holster or pack you use to hold the firearm and how its restrained to the body, not to mention quite a bit of patience to put up with the extra shifting weight.

    If I am doing a heavy workout like running, I don't bother, but with hiking or biking, I use a Safepacker from Wilderness Tactical Products.
    http://www.thewilderness.com/storepi...dex.php?p=home

    With the right holster and restraint, you can pretty much carry anywhere and in any situation as long as your willing to put up with the weight.

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    Just keep it in your gym bag. That's what I do.

    Having an OC piece is going to hang the wrong way off of you if you're on the bench, bash the crap out of your hip if you're jogging, and smack on every machine you sit on.

    If you're dead set on having a pistol within reach, I suggest getting one of those belly bands and getting something small, like an LCP... you could situate it in the center of your abdomen or something.

    Now, if it's outside exercise like hiking, I do that every time. Just get a tight holster (I prefer lv. 3 retention for heavy hiking) and maybe even a lanyard.
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    I don't really work out, though I should since I could stand gaining some weight. Anyone who's seen me knows this well!

    I did a 3 mile hike and camped overnight. I used an old military surplus drop leg holster to carry my 1911 when I had one and it worked fine. It was something I didn't mind getting dirty and it stayed out of the way of my backpack.

    For weightlifting, stair climbing, jumping jacks, etc. I wouldn't know since I haven't done any of that while carrying. Off person carry sounds like the most practical option since you won't have something flopping around on you.
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    I'm thinking I may just forgo carrying while at the gym I'm use to running with duty belts and packs so the weight isn't a problem for me but its sounding like to much of a hassle.

    @ FMCDH Thanks for sharing that link I have never seen that style holster before and really liked it. There had been a few times this last summer I altered by outdoors plans because I was concerned my black hawk holster would not had provided my XD with enough protection from the elements, water proof?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire suppressor View Post

    @ FMCDH Thanks for sharing that link I have never seen that style holster before and really liked it. There had been a few times this last summer I altered by outdoors plans because I was concerned my black hawk holster would not had provided my XD with enough protection from the elements, water proof?
    No, but water resistant to a point, and it fits well enough under a raincoat on a good stiff belt. You can also treat it with a water proofer from what I hear, and it works well enough, but I have never bothered with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killchain View Post
    Just keep it in your gym bag. That's what I do.

    Having an OC piece is going to hang the wrong way off of you if you're on the bench, bash the crap out of your hip if you're jogging, and smack on every machine you sit on.

    If you're dead set on having a pistol within reach, I suggest getting one of those belly bands and getting something small, like an LCP... you could situate it in the center of your abdomen or something.

    Now, if it's outside exercise like hiking, I do that every time. Just get a tight holster (I prefer lv. 3 retention for heavy hiking) and maybe even a lanyard.
    Carrying in a belly band, while working out, will work but it will also give you a real stinky "holster" and soaked pistol after a while. Be prepared to launder the belly band regularly and then strip and clean the firearm. Sweat contains lots of body oils and salt. Neither is great for a firearm unless it's cleaned after every workout.

    I'd just keep the firearm in the gym bag and have it close at hand.
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    Keltec .32 and a belly band...

    I used to run... and when I did I ran with my Keltec P32 and a belly band. It added a bit of extra weight and some extra sweaty areas but allowed me to do long runs along a trail armed.
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    Pfffft. Your XD is a survival weapon, a bit of water isn't going to do crap to it.

    I can vouch for that .


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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenIsFaster View Post
    Pfffft. Your XD is a survival weapon, a bit of water isn't going to do crap to it.

    I can vouch for that .
    For some of us, sweating on a pistol is more like an ocean wave and less like a rain sprinkle.

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    touche.....but im talkn about swimming with xdz in rivers....then firing off rounds in the forest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    I used to run... and when I did I ran with my Keltec P32 and a belly band. It added a bit of extra weight and some extra sweaty areas but allowed me to do long runs along a trail armed.
    Can you define long?...I'm asking because I'm also a runner, I'd contemplate the idea of caring while running but my experience while caring some other stuff i.e. wallet, cell phone or energy gels is not that great after, let's say 6 or 8 miles... Just curious

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    Quote Originally Posted by reillo584 View Post
    Can you define long?...I'm asking because I'm also a runner, I'd contemplate the idea of caring while running but my experience while caring some other stuff i.e. wallet, cell phone or energy gels is not that great after, let's say 6 or 8 miles... Just curious

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    26.2 miles.

    My regular runs (4 days a week) were in the 6 to 8 mile range. I did not carry water or gels. I drank well before hand and ate well. On longer runs 15-20 miles I would first drive the route and strategically place frozen/cold bottles of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    26.2 miles.
    Cool...I recently ran the Seattle Marathon. We need to talk man... I need more "caring while running" tips....LOL
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    I used to go on flak and gas mask runs all the time when I was in Washington. Most of the time they would be on base but if it happened to fall on a weekend, I would do a flak and gas run through University Place with a Glock 21 or CZ SP-01 in an M-16 magazine pouch (perfect holster for a full size pistol). A few funny looks but I am guessing that was primarely from the gas mask and flak jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sempercarry View Post
    A few funny looks but I am guessing that was primarely from the gas mask and flak jacket.
    There are some areas where this wouldn't even get a second glance. People would just look in the next day's newspaper expecting to read about some "armed police response" in their neighborhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevorthebusdriver View Post
    I only have one thought when I look at that thing...chafing.

    During low to medium tempo training with the proper clothing, ok...but I don't see that as being practical for running, biking or other "high sweat" activities.

    If you a soldier expected to suffer for a living, that's a different story.

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    I think I would feel a little weird keeping a loaded and cambered gun in a bag next to me and not on me.
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    LMAO!!! Why would you OC while working out in a gym? This is friggin ridiculous. Whats next? OC post while taking a dump?
    This is my safety

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    Quote Originally Posted by mparramore View Post
    LMAO!!! Why would you OC while working out in a gym? This is friggin ridiculous. Whats next? OC post while taking a dump?
    That one is easy, bro. You drop your piece in the crotch of your pants so when you go to reclaim trou, you don't forget it and the guy next to you doesn't make a grab for your gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mparramore View Post
    LMAO!!! Why would you OC while working out in a gym? This is friggin ridiculous. Whats next? OC post while taking a dump?
    You dont!?
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