Motorcycle Gun Holster

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Motorcycle Gun Holster

A motorcycle gun holster is a type of holster specifically designed to be worn while operating a motorcycle. Motorcycle gun holsters are typically mounted to the motorcycle itself and can be easily accessed by the rider. These holsters typically attach to the motorcycle’s frame or other parts and allow the rider to securely carry a handgun while riding.

Motorcycles and guns

Motorcycles and guns

Carrying while riding is a lifestyle choice chosen by many and is way of show casing their second amendment rights guaranteed under the constitution. The design of motorcycle gun holsters vary but are generally meant to be durable and able to withstand the rigors of motorcycle riding.

 

Is it legal to carry a motorcycle gun holster ?

The legality of carrying a motorcycle gun holster can vary depending on the state that you live in. In general, the laws regarding carrying firearms, including those on motorcycles, are determined by state and local governments.

Some states have laws that specifically address carrying firearms on motorcycles, while others do not. In some states, it may be legal to carry a firearm on a motorcycle with a valid permit, while in other states it may be illegal to carry a firearm on any vehicle, including motorcycles. Some states require the firearm to be unloaded and locked in a gun container with a lock. It’s important to check your state and local laws regarding carrying firearms and specifically on motorcycles, as well as other specific regulations, before deciding to use a motorcycle gun holster.

It’s also important to note that even if it is legal to carry a firearm on a motorcycle in a certain state, it may be illegal to carry the firearm in certain areas within that state, such as school zones, federal buildings, and other restricted areas. It is highly recommend to consult with your local law enforcement or a lawyer to make sure you understand and abide by all the laws and regulations that apply to carrying firearms while operating a motorcycle.

Open carry refers to the practice of carrying a firearm in plain view, rather than concealed on one’s person or in a bag or holster. The legality of open carry can vary by location and by the type of firearm being carried. It’s also important to consider that open carrying firearms can have some practical limitations, as some people may feel uneasy or intimidated in the presence of an openly carried firearm. Additionally, open carrying can attract unwanted attention and may also invite criminal activity towards the person carrying the firearm. Therefore, it’s important to consider personal safety and potential negative impact on the community when carrying a firearm in the open.

 

Types of motorcycle gun holster:

There are a variety of different types of motorcycle gun holsters available on the market. Each type of holster may have unique features and designs based on the specific needs and preferences of the rider. Some of the types of holsters include:

Frame mounted motorcycle gun holsters

Frame mounted motorcycle gun holsters

  1. Frame mounted holsters: These holsters attach to the frame of the motorcycle and are typically made of durable materials such as leather, metal or plastic. They often feature a locking mechanism to secure the firearm stays in place and doesn’t move while riding. They are typically designed to be mounted on the downtubes, top tubes, or other parts of the frame. These holsters tend to be more bulky and not as discreet as other types.
  2. Tank mounted holsters: These holsters attach to the gas tank of the motorcycle and can be mounted on either side of the tank. They are typically made of durable materials such as leather or nylon and are designed to securely hold the firearm while riding. Bigger holsters with heavier guns also put a considerable amount of weight on the tank, which could affect the balance and stability of the motorcycle.
Tank & seat mounted motorcycle gun holsters (Picture Courtesy the manly club)

Tank & seat mounted motorcycle gun holsters

3. Seat holsters: These holsters are designed to be mounted on the seat of the motorcycle and typically feature a strap or other securing mechanism to keep the firearm in place.

Saddlebag holster

Saddlebag holster

4. Saddlebag holsters: These holsters attach to the motorcycle’s saddlebags and are designed to hold the firearm in a vertical position. They can be made of various materials such as leather, nylon, and even ballistic nylon. Saddlebag holsters are often used to transport larger firearms, but they are generally not considered as easy to access as other types of holsters.

5. Handlebar holsters: These holsters are designed to be mounted on the handlebars of the motorcycle, and typically feature a quick-release mechanism for easy access to the firearm. They tend to be small and discreet, but they could affect the rider’s ability to control the handlebars and stability.

6. Backpack holsters: These holsters attaches to a backpack that the rider would wear while on the motorcycle, this could be a great option for those who prefer to have their firearm on their person and not on the motorcycle. Backpack holsters are designed to be worn on your back, they can be attached to a backpack that the rider would wear while on the motorcycle. They can come in different designs

It is important to note here that the most common types of motorcycle gun holsters are frame-mounted holsters, tank-mounted holsters and saddlebag holsters.

 

Advantages of using a motorcycle holster:

 

  1. Personal Protection: Having a handgun within easy reach while on a motorcycle can provide a sense of security for the rider.
  2. Quick Access: A motorcycle gun holster allows the rider to quickly access their firearm in case of an emergency.
  3. Convenience: A motorcycle gun holster allows the rider to carry their firearm while on the motorcycle, eliminating the need to leave it behind or store it elsewhere.
  4. Comfort: To put it simply, a holster attached to your motorcycle will be a lot more comfortable than appendix carrying on a long drive.
  5. Safety of the Firearm: The chances of your gun falling off in a OWB holster on your motorcycle is much greater especially at higher speeds. In the event that it does fall off, your gun would be scratched, damaged and may even accidentally discharge. On the other hand using a motorcycle gun holster such as a frame or tank mounted holster reduces the risk. It is recommended to use holsters with higher retention levels such as level III or IV for additional security.

 

Disadvantages of using a motorcycle holster:

 

  1. Safety Risks: Carrying a firearm while operating a motorcycle can be dangerous. If not properly secured, the firearm may become dislodged and fall to the ground, or the rider may accidentally discharge the weapon. A loaded firearm kept in a bike’s saddles bags are not as secure as a car’s trunk since they are easier to break into.
  2. Stability Issues: The weight and positioning of the firearm (especially heavier and bigger guns) may affect the stability of the motorcycle, especially during sharp turns or sudden maneuvers.
  3. Legal Restrictions: Depending on the location, carrying a firearm on a motorcycle may be illegal or subject to strict regulations. It’s important to be aware of and comply with local laws and regulations regarding firearms.
  4. Interference: A firearm holster may interfere with the rider’s ability to operate the motorcycle.
  5. Weather conditions: It could be difficult to protect your firearm in bad weather or if it’s raining, and holsters designed for motorcycles may not be as secure as those designed for use while on foot.

 

Who should use motorcycle holsters ?

 

Whether or not to use a motorcycle gun holster is a personal decision and will depend on the specific needs and circumstances of the rider. In general, individuals who may benefit from using a motorcycle gun holster include:

  1. Riders who are concerned about personal protection while on a motorcycle: Having a handgun within easy reach while riding can provide a sense of security for some riders.
  2. Riders who frequently travel in areas with high crime rates: Carrying a firearm while on a motorcycle can provide an added level of protection in these areas.
  3. Riders who are legally allowed to carry a firearm: In some locations, it is legal to carry a firearm on a motorcycle with a valid permit, and individuals who are legally allowed to carry a firearm may choose to use a motorcycle gun holster.
  4. Riders in certain profession such as law enforcement, security, or other profession where carrying a firearm is necessary for their job.

When choosing a motorcycle gun holster, it’s important to consider the size and type of firearm you plan to carry, as well as the riding conditions and your own comfort level.

 

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