In today’s world, runners must consider concealed carry as part of their running routine. Neighborhoods and parks are becoming more and more dangerous, and we must always be prepared.
So, how can you safely protect yourself from the ill intention of others especially if the only times you have a chance to go for a run is early in the morning or late at night?
Going out and running typically leaves you exposed and running around with a full-length rifle is obviously not a valid option. You need something smaller and concealed.
This article will talk through the viability of being able to carry a pistol comfortably and easily depending on where you live and your lifestyle.
Things To Consider For Concealed Carry Running And Jogging
According to a Runners World survey, only 1%-2% of runners claim to carry a gun while they run. This may be due to a lack of comfort that can come from running with a heavy gun.
You will certainly want a small compact gun for running and jogging. Below we give three tips on what to consider when choosing how to carry while out for your morning exercise.
In most situations, the weight of your weapon of choice is not of high importance. When running or jogging, however, it should be one of the first things you consider. Think about it: everything you wear or take with you when running is lightweight including your clothes, headphones, and phone or keys.
Why shouldn’t your weapon also be lightweight? Not only will this keep from adding strain to you as you run, but it will also make it easier to secure the weapon and keep it from bouncing around as you move.
Keep it Tight
Most holsters already do this, but you will want to ensure that whatever type of holster you purchase snugly fits your weapon. Carrying your weapon closely to you will ensure no accidents occur and the weapon does not fall from its place.
Plus, keeping it from bouncing around will make it feel lighter than if it were constantly moving. This will also lessen your mental load of worrying where the trigger is, where the muzzle is, and if you remembered to turn on the safety.
Train with your Carry Gun
Just like your daily carry gun, it is extremely important that you train with your firearm that you carry while exercising.
Every time you go to the range, be sure to take your firearm you run with along to get some extra practice.
Training and practice should be common occurrences for all gun owners. Be sure to find some quality trainers and practice facilities near your home and visit often.
Concealed Carry Methods For Running and Jogging
There are many carry options for runners and joggers. Below are a few of the popular ways many people are choosing to carry their firearms while out on a run.
Check out our article on the Best Holsters for Concealed Carry.
Standard holsters may be the best choice for you to carry your pistol. If you are using a weapon that is not too heavy (which should be the case if you are planning to carry it while running), you will be able to use a standard holster with a clip that goes onto the inside of your workout pants. You can play around with where on your waistband you wear the clip.
Keep in mind that it may be different depending on the way your pants are made, as each waistband will give differently in each spot of the fabric. It may take a time or two for you to figure out what works best for you in a particular pair of pants or while carrying a particular weapon.
Do not get discouraged if the first way you carry does not seem to work while running. You will be able to figure out a way that works for you!
Discrete Chest Rigs Under a Jacket
Chest rigs can be an even better option depending on your environment. If you live in an area where you may become prey to larger animals, or if you prefer a larger weapon, running with it clipped to your waistband may not be an option. In this case, a chest rig may be your best option.
Chest rigs make it easy to run with a large revolver or even with a full-size duty gun. This may be your best option if you are living in bear country. One of the biggest pros of a chest rig is that it centers the weight on your chest, helping you keep your center of gravity. It also makes it easy for you to carry other things for longer distances.
Chest rigs are certainly different than the typical holster and it will take some getting used to before you can reliably draw your weapon against a predator. Practice makes perfect, so do not let a new hurdle discourage you from continuing to try a chest rig.
Belly bands are particularly popular among women, but there is no reason that only women can use them. They are easy to wear and hold your weapon snugly against your body, keeping it secure and well concealed. A pro for belly bands is that they are not too expensive, coming in under $30.
A negative, though, is that you will want to wash them regularly, and they do best if they are hand washed. If you are planning to use a belly band on a daily run, you may want to buy two or three so that you do not have to wash it every day before your run.
They could be used multiple times in a row, but they tend to generate heat around the area you wear them, causing you to sweat a little more. This may discourage you from reusing them before washing them.
Fanny packs are reasonable options for you to carry your weapon and any other item you are wanting to keep with you during your run. A potential issue is finding one that will fit snugly against you during your run, but this just may take a little extra time at the store for you to find what you need.
Fanny packs are becoming increasingly popular again, so you will also be in style while safely concealing your weapon during your run.
Gun Suggestions for Running and Jogging
Obviously for running or jogging you are going to want a small, compact pistol. Below are just a few of the popular options runners have told us they love to carry. Check them out yourself, or ask some of your running buddies to give you their favorites.
This is a small, super popular carry gun that can be used while running or even for every day carry. If you are going to take it out while running/jogging I would recommend this version over the X or XL as it will keep it lighter and smaller.
Nothing like having at least 10+1 rounds on you at all times!
This smaller .380 ACP pistol offered by Glock is great for reliability, as well as the ability to add almost any accessory.
Small, compact, and reliable. This is a great option for any exercise carry.
Ruger LCP Max
Ruger makes reliable and popular guns, and they are well known for their LCP series. Any of the LCPs will work for running or jogging, find one that works for you and make sure you carry it every time you go for your run.
Smith & Wesson 642
The Smith & Wesson 642 is the perfect revolver for compact, lightweight carry. You also have the advantage of a “hammerless” revolver. This means less snag and less poking into the body.
This is for someone who wants to carry a revolver, but understands that you need a light and concealable gun for running and jogging.
Like we said, these are just a few suggestions. Be sure to select a firearm that you can run with comfortably, or you may have second thoughts about bringing it along for your next run.
No matter what option you choose to go with when conceal carrying while going for a run, you will be able to feel both comfortable and safe on your route. There is no need to create extra fuss or worry when there are many affordable options on the market.
Some may work better for you than others, but there is for sure an option that will hold your weapon of choice snugly and safely against you.
If you do not want to spend extra money to have an extra holster specifically for running, you can purchase one to use during your run and during daily use.
No matter your choice, rest in the fact that you will be prepared and ready to protect yourself and anyone you may be running with in the event of an emergency. Happy running!
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