The problem I was faced with was being able to carry my Glock 23, in a manner I was comfortable with while wearing a backpack with a large padded waist belt. There were a few requirements that I wanted to meet.
- Quick Access
- Does not advertise "I have a gun"
The solution was a Maxpedition Medium Tactile Pocket
Maxpedition Medium TacTile Pocket
•Main compartment: 7" (H) x 6" (W) x 1.5" (D) with mesh divider, drainage grommet, paracord loop in front center
•Modular webbing: 3 rows x 4 channels in front; 3 rows x 1 channel on sides
•Attachment: 5" TacTie™ (sold separately)
•Other features: D-rings for optional shoulder strap
•Empty weight: 4.1oz
As seen in the above picture and stats the pocket comes with mesh divider, and an interior paracord loop. Both of these were removed to allow more room for my hand, and eliminate anything on the inside of the pocket hanging up on the trigger.
Also it comes with a two way zipper and has plastic D-Rings neer the zipper ends at the top of the pouch. I removed both of the stock cord pulls and the D-Ring toward the front of the pouch. I added an oversized zipper pull to one zipper. This will allow my flippers to grab the zipper pull and none of the other crap dangling off the top of the pouch.
The Glock rests inside the pocket with about a 1/2 inch to spare in both directions. It is a snug fit, so you have to draw with some intent to avoid any hangups.
I connected the pocket to the waist belt of my Kelty Redwing 50 with 4 Maxpedition Tac-Ties. Two wrap the entire belt and are woven through 1" adjustment strap on the outside of the belt, and the other two are woven just through the 1" adjustment belt. This is doing a great job of keeping the pocket from moving around on me.
With a little practice it is pretty quick and easy to draw from.