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Best Concealed Carry Backpack of 2021

There are many instances when you might not want to carry your firearm in a holster around your waist or shoulder. Using a concealed carry backpack is the best option to do so comfortably while ensuring quick and easy access to your gun.

This list includes the best backpacks and sling bags for most needs. Most are so versatile that they can double as a daypack too.

All of them are extremely practical for most uses, including carrying some electronic devices such as laptops or tablets, water bottles, and other personal items and gear.

Their modern and, in some cases, urban design made them perfect to carry your firearm fully concealed with total discretion.

Best Concealed Carry Backpacks

Maxpedition Gear Entity 27 CCW

Maxpedition Entity 27 CCW-Enabled Laptop Backpack 27L for Covert Concealed Carry, Charcoal

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Made of top quality nylon, the Entity 27 by Maxpedition is an ergonomic backpack with padded shoulder straps and quick release buckles.

There is a dedicated locking and padded compartment, which can hold a 17-inch laptop. The main compartment is also lockable and has Drawbridge straps for additional security.

The front exterior has tuckable magnetic wings for quick temporary closing of the main compartment.

The dual access rear CCW compartment is fully loop-lined, and a double-sided hook security lockout strip is included. Dual side ports are perfect for headphones, charger cables, etc.

A rear trolley handle pass-through allows for off body carrying while traveling. There is also a removable waist belt with quick release buckles.

The Entity 27 is a low profile look backpack for discreet carry, yet extremely stylish.

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack

5.11 Tactical COVRT18 Covert Military Backpack, Large Assault Rucksack Pack, Style 56961,...

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The COVRT18 is a full-featured covert military tactical backpack with roomy main and secondary storage areas, including an ambidextrous side-entry back-up belt system compartment.

It also has a roll-down assault compartment that can house a full sized firearm. The accessory straps at the shoulder integrate with other 5.11 tactical gear. It features reinforced grab handle, a padded internal laptop sleeve, sunglass pocket and a flip-down ID panel.

The great exterior comfort features like an adjustable sternum strap, comfortable compression straps and yoke-style shoulder straps are all made from durable, water-resistant 500D nylon with YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware.

The COVERT18 backpack can be used as a multipurpose pack, survival bug out bag, range or hunting bag, army or military backpack, sling bag, hiking rucksack, or as an everyday heavy-duty backpack.

American Rebel Tactical Concealed Carry Backpack

Tactical Concealed Carry Durable Backpack - Medium Grey/Black Freedom Bag for Every Day Use -...

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This backpack by American Rebel is one the top bags for securely concealing your handgun. It features a protection pocket accessible on each side to give quick and easy access to both left and right-handed shooters.

This sandwich-method pocket holds your handgun in your preferred position as effective as a holster and it can be accessed quickly and safely.

The interior pocket includes a 15-inch laptop slot, so you are able to carry your laptop separately from your concealed carry firearm, keeping your handgun out of sight as needed.

It also features a zippered compartment with elastic secured pockets to carry magazines and other tactical equipment. It features pockets for your sunglasses, wallet, and other valuables.

Available in six different colors, it has been built of high-quality durable materials and is water resistant.

Maxpedition Unisex Riftcore Concealed Carry Backpack

Maxpedition Riftcore Backpack, Black

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The Riftcore Backpack is an ergonomic pack with quick release yoke-style straps. It is has two locations for CCW placement, including a fully loop-lined rear compartment with two-way access.

The middle compartment has a full clamshell opening and comes with multiple loop-lined adjustable straps that can be repositioned to make organizing and locating contents much easier.

The semi-rigid fleece-lined EVA pocket on the front of the pack is ideal for storing sunglasses, electronics, and other valuables. The hydration reservoir can double as a laptop sleeve and it fits a 13-inch laptop.

In three different colors, the Riftcore is a very versatile backpack that can be use as your everyday backpack as well as traveling and other outdoor activities.

Cannae Pro Gear Legion Day Pack

Cannae Pro Gear Legion Day Pack EDC Tactical Backpack Bug Out Bag Black CPG-BP-LEG-M-B

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The Legion Day Backpack meets the highest standards of Cannae Pro Gear, and has been designed and engineered to cater for you everyday needs.

Ergonomically built to provide maximum comfort while carrying a light to heavy loads, the Legion offers exceptional features and maximum durability. Made of 500D Corudura Nylon with strong Duraflex buckles and reliable YKK zippers.

The unique single zip body offers full or vertical access to its interior, capable of fitting a laptop or tablet. The back zippered compartment can carry a 2-Liter Hydration Bladder and is Concealed Carry Capable.

It has two internal tie-down straps, four exterior heavy duty D-Rings, four exterior compression and tie down straps, and two quick access side pockets for water bottle, magazines, etc.

An extremely practical backpack available in four different designs, that at the same time, is one of the best concealed carry backpacks on the market.

Tactical Tailor Concealed Carry Sling Bag

Tactical Tailor Concealed Carry Sling Bag, Black/Charcoal

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This gorgeous looking sling bag is a very discreet option for your sidearm. There are three compartments, each quite roomy and featuring a Velcro loop lining.

The front compartment, which includes a removable organizer, is perfect for magazines, knife, flashlight and other small gear or personal items.

The central compartment is good for holding a pair of little zippered organizers and has a Velcro side where you could attach additional gear pockets and pouches.

It won’t fit a laptop, but it could hold a small tablet. The discreet third compartment is for your sidearm. The sling configuration makes rotating it to access your weapon fast and easy.

The stitching is excellent, and the materials are sturdy. This bag is made of nylon with padded mesh back and shoulder strap, and good quality metal zippers.

Tru-Spec Circadian Backpack

Tru-Spec Backpack, blk Circadian, Black, One Size

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This mid-range backpack made 100% of Nylon has external universal straps for optional pouches and inside divider organizer compartments.

The main compartment is pretty well laid out for stowing stuff like extra clothes, toiletries or other bulky items. It also has a slot to hold your hydration system that you can feed through one of the three holes in the top of the backpack.

The bottom zippered pouch is perfect for quick access to commonly used items like phone chargers, headphones, etc.

The side pouches are particularly handy for water bottles, gloves, and other small personal items. There is a second compartment designed for pens, notepads, and small electronics.

Finally, the conceal carry pouch in the lower back is meant for compact or sub-compact weapons. The backpack is heavily padded and adjustable via removable shoulder and sternum straps.

Outlaw II Tactical Gear Slinger Sling Pack

3V Gear Outlaw - Gear Slinger Shoulder Sling Pack (Black)

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The Outlaw II is a military-style shoulder bag that lives up to the rugged capabilities of all 3V Gear bags and backpacks as well as being an excellent everyday carry bag.

It is big enough to hold small laptops and iPad size devices. There are many internal zippered compartments that make organizing easy and fast. Simply sling the Outlaw from your back to your chest to access via the side-oriented compartments all your neatly organized gear.

Built from heavy-duty 600D PVC-backed polyester with rust resistant nylon zippers, this pack can handle the rigors of your commute or mission without a hitch.

When carrying a large load, the extra stabilizer strap will transform the Outlaw into a hauler just as steady and stable as any backpack.

Featuring three intelligently sized storage compartments (with built-in organizers), hydration and concealed carry (CCW) compatible pocket, and sling style design allows for full range of motion whether shouldering a weapon or scrambling up a rugged slope.

TravTac Stage I Small Premium EDC Tactical Sling Pack

TravTac Stage I Small Premium Everyday Carry Tactical Sling Bag 900D (Black 2.0) - Includes...

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This small sling bag is an everyday carry ideal for organizing and keeping all your gear accessible.

Its versatile military style design is heavy on utility and can be used as a shoulder bag, a chest pouch, a back pouch or just a hand carry. It has three zippered compartments with molded zipper pulls, as well as multiple dividers for easy organization.

Its rugged premium built from Upgraded 900D fabric its lightweight and very durable. It features a thickly padded back pocket well suited for concealed carry. The shoulder strap is fully detachable and adjustable.

In all, a great everyday carry for both indoors and outdoors, including traveling, camping, hiking, hunting, sports, and urban exploring. And it fits a small tablet too. Available in five different colors.

Weanas Tactical Sling Backpack

Weanas Tactical Sling Bag Pack Military Rover Shoulder Sling Backpack Molle Assault Range Bag with 4...

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This very affordable sling backpack is big enough for carrying an 9.7 iPad, glasses, small notepad, keys, wallet, mobile phone, flashlight, water bottle, snack bars etc.

It has two zippered compartments at the front with a middle compartment. The back pouch with a snap allows concealed carry and quick access in the emergency situation.

Four tactical multipurpose small D-Rings help you carrying your small add-on items. The Molle attachment on the outside is very versatile, as you are able to add on a medical kit and a few other things without taking away from any of the space inside the bag itself.

The backpack is made of waterproof 600D Nylon material. It comes with a hand carry strap and adjustable shoulder strap, and it offers three carrying options: as a shoulder bag, as a chest or back sling bag, and as hand carry bag.

Its well-organized items placement will serve you in many different usage scenarios, from everyday use, stroll, camping, hiking, to trip and travel.

A great option for a very decent price. Available in three colors.

Barbarians Tactical Sling Bag Pack with Pistol Holster

Barbarians Tactical Sling Bag Pack with Pistol Holster, Military Shoulder Bag Satchel, Range Bag...

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This handy and functional sling bag can be used as a range bag, as a tactical shoulder bag, or as a daypack.

It is made from high-density 600D fabric, which makes the bag solid and water-resistant. It features one main compartment with a zipper pocket that can fit a tablet, two front and one side pockets for personal items and small gear, and one pistol compartment.

There is also a pistol holster with Velcro for fixing the pistol. Equipped with padded and solid shoulder strap, this sling bag is comfortable to carry and it can be easily adjusted.

The Barbarians sling bag is a versatile option for camping, hiking, trekking, hunting, and even leisure, while at the same time being an excellent backpack with a concealed holster.

Lovollect Tactical Sling Backpack

Tactical Sling Bag Backpack Military Rover Small Molle EDC Crossbody Shoulder Bag for Men

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This very practical sling backpack has adjustable and comfortable single shoulder strap as well as two smaller straps to help reduce the sway of the bag while moving as small military rover shoulder sling backpack.

It has multiple internal pockets and four external compartments, two front zippered pocket, one main zippered pocket, one padded back pocket, compact enough to carry iPad 9.7, notepad, goggles, book, keys, wallet, cell phone, flashlight, gloves, water bottle, chargers etc on a daily basis.

This tactical sling backpack has a concealed back compartment with Velcro that can be used as a pistol sling range bag for 1-2 handguns. This makes it an excellent choice for a backpack with a handgun compartment.

The Lovollect sling bag is made from upgraded 600D polyester fabric, which is lightweight, water-resistant and very durable. It offers a double zip closure, padded heavy-duty handle, and upgraded stitching.


5 Best Concealed Carry Backpacks for EDC – Compared and Reviewed

The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun. I love winter because I can answer that rule in spades. With a sizeable jacket, I can conceal my largest carry pistol (or two) with no chance of printing. Fast forward a few months and summer takes over and options shrink dramatically.

A good portion of carrying concealed is being comfortable with the process. If you aren’t comfortable (physically or mentally) then you fidget and check constantly. Eventually, someone picks up on it. As your wardrobe shrinks so does your comfort. The next link to fail is concealability.

My summer wardrobe used to include cargo shorts and a fine (if I do say so myself) collection of Hawaiian shirts. They were perfect. Lightweight and lose fitting they were comfortable. The visually busy pattern broke up any outline of my firearm. Recent politicization of these has led me to change my selection. It is time to switch things up a little bit.

When going for the ultimate in concealability it is often best to look outside the box. Properly selected and outfitted, a concealed carry backpack is one of the best ways to travel with a firearm. With room to spare backpacks have the ability to hide even the most recognizable firearm outline.

At the same time, they do this in comfort. In time, you may even find a backpack becomes your primary carry method. This is not a bad thing either. Consider the pace and tenor of world events.

The ability to carry, or more importantly carry a backup gun, is looking more and more appealing each day. With that sober comment, let’s look at some of the best concealed carry backpacks on the market today, which include packs such as the Maxpedition Entity 21, VERTX Ready Pack, Eberlestock S27 Little Trick, 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack, and Elite Survival Systems Stealth SBR.

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What Makes a Good Concealed Carry Backpack?

When considering what is the best, we must first establish the comparison criteria. What is it that makes one bag better than the next? Here are a few key features to consider.

Safe and Accessible

The first two parameters are a tie. Your bag must be safe and accessible.

I define safety as the bag’s capability to hold the firearm securely. The concealment compartment must remain closed until positive action by you opens it. For the firearm itself, safety starts with a quality holster. Bolstered by mounting points within the bag, the gun must never move and the trigger must be protected. Retention should be an option as well

The two most popular options are hook and loop panels and molle.

Hook and loop panels provide a large mounting surface. This Velcro panel requires a mated holster (or mounting straps). The bags with hook and loop usually provide a generic “one size fits most” holster.

They may also sell a holster at an additional cost. Holsters are normally outfitted with extra retention points (e.g. thumb strap, snap, or other devices). This secure combination ensures the pistol stays where you put it.

With the hook and loop option, you can also use a pistol-specific holster. You may have to get creative with the mounts. In my sling-back style bag, I’ve used an 8” x 8” hook panel to cover the entire holster. A little creative cutting around the grip and I manufactured a complete mounting solution.

Bags with molle panels allow you to mount any molle compatible holster within the bag. The advantage here is that you can use a holster specifically made for your pistol. There is satisfaction and reassurance that comes with a familiar system. With molle panels, you can also mount any one of the hundreds of available magazine pouch options in your bag.

Accessibility comes into play when you need to deploy your firearm. You must be able to get to it with ease and without issue. A sticky zipper or pull tab that is too small may be the difference between life and death.

A quality bag will include a sizeable zipper or a hook and loop tab. Be sure to exercise the mechanism at speed to build confidence that it will open every time without issue. Practice, practice, practice. When you’re done, practice some more.

Second, on the accessibility list, is the position of the pouch. If it tucked in the side, you must rotate the bag to your chest. If it is in one of the main compartments, you may need to remove the bag completely for access.


Next, the bag must be gray and I’m not talking about the color. This is not the use case for a military bag that is all ‘molle-d’ out. Add in a unit, blood type, and morale patches and you are asking for attention. Then again, in the right setting, it may fit right in.

You want to blend in with your concealed carry bag. Leave the operator bag for when you need to project a commanding presence to those around you. For now, go gray and adapt to your environment.

Look for the bag to merge with a familiar style. Business, hiking, or school, all make good camouflage for your bag. It’s all well and good to have the internal compartments loaded with molle and tactical goodies. Keep the outside plain.

So, what do you look for when you want a backpack that fits better into the gray man philosophy? What types of features does a person focus on when looking for a gray man backpack? Check out this article for a detailed explanation.


Like a holster, if it isn’t comfortable, you won’t wear it (or carry it)!

The good news is that this pack should be fairly light. You don’t want to treat this bag like your Bug Out Bag (BOB). Don’t stuff it full of everything needed for an extended evacuation. Keep it minimal. Gun. Ammo. Trauma kit/medical kit. Necessities.

First, the bag should fit. Where size options exist, avoid smaller packs that may not suitable for your frame. Look for adjustable shoulder straps and load straps. Load straps connect the straps to the top of the bag. Sternum straps and hip belts are nice, but they will interfere with access in most scenarios.

All straps (shoulder and hip if included) should be padded to help with a load over extended durations. The insides of shoulder pads and the back panel may also be ventilated and moisture-wicking to provide additional comfort. Options include mesh fabric that will reduce hot spots and sweating as well as padded air channels.

Quality and Durability

Quality should be obvious in the bag. It should use high-quality fabrics including Cordura, Kodra, or high-denier nylon (500 or 1000).

Look at the durability of the stitching. Especially for the shoulder straps as they take the most abuse.

Finally, look at the zippers. YKK makes premium zippers that are bound to last a long time! There is nothing more frustrating than a blown or jammed zipper. At the first signs of failure sent the bag back for replacement. Another option is to take it to a seamstress. They should be able to replace it at a minimal charge.

What are the Best Concealed Carry Backpacks for EDC?

Before we get into the meat of this article, let’s see how these packs compare to one another in terms of specs.

Maxpedition Entity 21VERTX Ready PackEberlestock S27 Little Trick5.11 Tactical COVRT 18Elite Survival Systems Stealth SBR
Weight2.65 lbs.3.10 lbs.3.56 lbs.3.0 lbs.2.9 lbs.
Material500-Denier Kodra™ fabric500 Denier Cordura Nylon1000 Denier nylon500D and 420D nylon500 Denier nylon
Street Price$126.19$128.16$199.00$129.99$159.96

Maxpedition Entity 21

Maxpedition has been known for its quality bags since 2003. With a full line of bags, they provide everything from pocket organizers to 35-liter packs.

The Maxpedition Entity 21 is a school/professional appearing bag. It has none of the traditional military looks or feels usually associated with Maxpedition. The Entity 21 is a smaller member of the Entity line with a capacity of 21 liters. The other Entity bags include capacities of 16, 23, and 27-liters.

Made from 500-Denier Kodra. It is water-resistant with double-stitched shoulder strap attachment points and YKK zippers. There are ample side pockets for accessories and a water bottle. The two main compartments are sizeable and designed to hold a laptop or tablet.

The shoulder pads can be connected with an adjustable sternum strap. There is also an integrated hip belt. Again, I don’t recommend using these as they may interfere with quick access to the firearm.

The back of the pack includes a large pocket lined with large Velcro panels for holster mounting. The dual-access (left and right side) concealment compartment opens via a zipper with a large pull tab.

As stated, a holster mounts inside the concealment compartment to the large hook and loop panels. The large panel provides infinite orientation options. Quick access to the concealment pocket requires pulling the bag forward.

This requires one shoulder strap to be off the shoulder. Therefore, carrying the bag with a single strap is best for quick access to the holster.

Personal Experience

The zippered CCW compartment is a little slower to get into due to the extra step of unzipping. This is only an issue if time is of the essence. There is a large panel of loop velcro which provides ample space to mount velcro backed pouches and holsters.

The Entity 21 has an overall smaller profile, which is to be expected due to its advertised size. It does hug tighter to the body and has a smaller overall presence, which I like.

With a laptop, firearm, magazine, multitool, and fire-starting pouch in the top zippered pouch at the back of the pack, I could feel the lump of my fire pouch on my back, which was uncomfortable. However, this was easily remedied by relocating the pouch to a different location.

Overall, I like the subdued look of this pouch and the overall size. It may be a hair small, but it forced me to cut out some unnecessary items. I will say, the shoulder straps were slightly uncomfortable for my size and frame (6’2″, 185 lbs.). I can’t identify the particular reason why, but again, this may not be the case for other users.

VERTX Ready Pack

The Vertex Ready Pack is another well-built pack designed to look like a business or school backpack. To extend the Grey Man look the Vertex Ready Bag is available in a multitude of colors.

The 20-liter capacity is appropriate to fit a 15” laptop as well as all your other EDC needs. For flexibility, the front panel of the bag folds into the bag to expose a series of molle straps for additional external points.

The foam back panel is mesh coated and its design allows for airflow for added comfort. The side pouch is large enough to fit most water bottles. The shoulder straps have an integrated sternum strap. The integrated hip belt tucks away when not in use.

As a bonus, the main compartment of the bag fits a ballistic panel. This beefs up the bag with an additional level of protection.

You access the concealment compartment via an oversized pull strap. A quick yank on the strap opens the large Velcro lined pocket. Holsters and mag pouches can be mounted with a variety of Velcro straps. The pull strap makes access easy in times of stress. It’s easily the length of a hand so no fishing around to find it.

As with the other bags of this style, the bag must either be worn with one strap. Otherwise, you must practice bypassing one strap to be able to spin the bag around forward.

Personal Experience

I find the Ready Pack offers a pretty comfortable carry. The straps a little stuff, but they do break in somewhat over time. With the Hardwire Bulletproof insert inside, the pack stiffens up a lot. In that area, you will have to make the decision of whether the tradeoff is worth it or not. For me, I like the extra assurance.

Eberlestock S27 Little Trick

Eberlestock is known for its American made tactical innovation. A supplier for adventure, military, and law enforcement. The innovative Little Trick is no exception in innovation.

The 18-liter expandable pack is made from 1000 denier waterproof nylon. The result is a hard-wearing water-resistant bag. The appearance is of a small hiking backpack with no overt signs of your defensive contents.

The two main front compartments are large and have ample organizational features. The exterior side compartments are relegated to concealed carry with zippered openings. Like the other bags, swing this one to your front to grab your pistol.

The main ingenuity of the Little Trick is its large main compartment. While you can fit a handgun or several for that matter, it expands to accommodate an AR pistol or possibly an AR with a folding stock. The bottom of the main compartment unzips to expand to fit the length of a larger gun.

Personal Experience

I found this pack to be really comfortable. It is small and compact with nice padding and a well ventilated back panel. I like the organization, which is often hit or miss with some packs.

I found it hard to use the holster compartment via pass-through openings on both sides of the pack. They are rather small and it was somewhat hard to get my hand in there to access the handgun with any sort of speed.

There is also no apparent way to mount a holster in the pass-through compartment that will secure the weapon. It basically has a sewn slot on each side where the barrel/slide of the handgun rests.

The velcro in the main compartment is not sufficient enough for my velcro VERTX holster to be held securely. The molle webbing would need to be used for secure holstering, which would be more than adequate, and the route I would take.

The rifle compartment is too short for my 10″ SBR (28″ OAL), but again, an AR pistol or AR with a folding stock would do the “Trick”…see what I did there?

Overall, this would make a pretty awesome EDC pack, but I would not use it for concealed carry applications as a primary function.

5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack

Almost every person I have ever worked with or know to be into shooting or tactical “gear” has a piece or has had a piece, of 5.11 gear in their closet, car, or on their person. 5.11 has been around for a long time and they put out a lot of equipment for both tactical and daily living. The COVRT 18 concealed carry backpack is one of those offerings.

This sizeable 30-liter pack mimics most college or day packs. Utility is expanded with several external pouches and pockets. Dual mesh side bags hold your water bottle of choice and the main compartment holds a 17” laptop or a water bladder if you so choose.

This pack is made with water-resistant 500-Denier nylon it is available in four colors. The look and appearance of the COVRT 18 would be most at home on a short hike.

While you can secure a pistol in the main compartment, the bag is designed to conceal a pistol in the larger of the two front pockets. With a Velcro panel and several molle attachments, the compartment is sized to hold a medium pistol and possibly a spare magazine.

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Being on the front of the pack, access to the Roll-Down Assault Compartment (RAC) is best when the pack is fully off your body. Access is achieved if one shoulder strap is used; however, the compartment is still on the front of the bag rather than on the side with most of the other packs.

Personal Experience

This pack carries really well and the organization is top notch. It definitely has a gray man look to it, which helps with the overall presentation.

Accessing a firearm would be somewhat slow, due to the mechanics of everything involved. However, utilizing a pack for carrying a firearm will hardly ever be as fast as a traditional holster and presentation. The zippers are smooth and there were no issues with the zipper movement. I would leave the 2 compression straps unclipped to speed up access a bit.

I like how deep the water bottle pockets are, which was definitely the best out of the bunch. The “lined” sunglass pocket was a nice touch as well. It would be useful for sunglasses, cell phones, or anything else needing a little extra abrasion resistance.

Overall, this is a good pack and works well in most scenarios.

Elite Survival Systems Stealth SBR

Adding a little something extra to the mix is the Elite Survival Systems Stealth SBR bag. This one is different from the rest of the group in that it is explicitly designed to carry a little more firepower than your normal handgun.

Designed to carry a Short-Barreled Rifle (SBR), this bag looks perfectly at home on an urban business commute despite its lethal content. The 500-Denier heather gray fabric looks as far from the military as you can get.

The Stealth SBR comes with an integrated belt and well-padded shoulder straps. The shoulder straps include a sternum strap and the back panel is constructed from moisture-wicking fabric.

The bag can be carried by both the shoulder straps as well as two side handles. The handles allow the bag to be carried like a messenger bag or briefcase.

The upper front pocket is sized as an administrative pouch holding pens, pencils, and a small notebook. The lower pouch fits several rifle magazines.

The main compartment fits a compact rifle or a full-sized carbine broken into an upper and lower. However, in the photo below you can see how it scales against an SBR with an overall length of 28″. There are a lot of options in terms of firearms that would fit just fine, but some SBR’s won’t make the cut.

The back panel of this section is Velcro and the pack comes with a mounting “spine.” The mount has Velcro straps securing any size SBR. The top, bottom, and sides are all padded to break up any potential outline of the concealed firearm.

Keep in mind, this is not a quick access bag. This may be a drawback for someone wanting “quick” access, but what it lacks in accessibility it makes up for in firepower!

Personal Experience

This is a well-made pack with a lot of open real estate for you to customize how you see fit. There are tons of loop velcro and strips of molle to aid in customization. It also has a nice subdued look that won’t draw a lot of attention.

However, this model was the least practical as it related to carrying a concealed handgun. Keep in mind, this is not entirely fair, because it is not designed to carry a handgun and is focused on larger firearms. That is part of the dilemma.

As far as larger platforms are concerned, it’s good to go, which is its designed purpose. For those looking for a pack with the features it entails, don’t hesitate to pick it up.

The quality seems to be spot on, the zippers and access point worked without a hitch, and it carried well for it’s size. If it fits what you’re looking for, give it a shot.

How to Use a Concealed Carry Backpack?

So how do you use your new concealed carry backpack? This will be a little more complex than your average OWB holster.

Carrying your firearm off-body comes with a new set of concerns. The first is access. You have probably practiced your holstered draw thousands of times. To be proficient with a bag you must draw from it just as often. Practice with it until you are proficient and then add stress. Lots of stress.

Recognize that you will never out-draw a holstered gun with a bag. Therefore, you need to re-establish your concept of threats. The Tueller drill was not designed around carrying in a backpack.

Finally, we carry backpacks and we put them down. It’s one thing to leave a laptop behind. It’s a whole other thing to leave behind a firearm. Keep it on your person at all times!


Have a gun. If it isn’t on your hip then have it on your shoulder. Trusting a regular backpack to the task is foolhardy at best and dangerous at worst. An unsecured firearm in a bag can be a risk to retrieve in the best of times, forget about in times of stress.

A concealed carry bag designed specifically to protect a firearm is not a nicety, it’s a requirement! It secures your firearm within the bag. Hides your firearm from the outside world. It provides rapid access to your firearm when needed.

The proper use of a concealed carry backpack puts your handgun or carbine right where you want it, right when you need it. Add one of these packs to your collection of methods to satisfy rule number one of gunfighting.

Stay tuned for a detailed review of each of these packs in the future.

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Best Concealed Carry Backpacks of 2020

Many states allow you to carry a concealed weapon; the problem most people face is where to carry their concealed weapon.

To help combat this problem several companies have created concealed carry backpacks for a range of tactical weapons.

In the beginning, concealed carry bags were often marketed towards women, but with how popular they became they were soon marketed to both men and women.

The key is finding the best concealed carry backpack for your needs.

Why you need a Concealed Carry Backpack?

One question that many people ask is why you need a concealed carry backpack.

Having a concealed carry backpack provides the wearer with a handful of benefits. Some of these benefits are on the obvious side, while others not so obvious.

The basic idea behind a concealed carry backpack is to make carrying a concealed weapon as easy and hassle-free as possible. The trick is finding the best concealed carry backpack to fit your needs.

The most obvious benefit to a concealed carry backpack is they allow you to carry your concealed weapon in a place other than a belt or shoulder holster.

Some people prefer the quick and easy access that these holsters provide, but they are not always the ideal choice for carrying a concealed weapon.

While you might think that using a backpack for a concealed carry option would prevent you from accessing your weapon quickly in an emergency that is one of the backpacks of less obvious benefits.

With a concealed carry backpack you can easily reach your weapon without any kind of hassle or discomfort.

Best Concealed Backpacks in Market Today

Here is a quick table with the most important decision making aspects for concealed backpacks.

ModelMaterialWeapon#ConcealedOur RatingCheck Price

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack (Olive Drab)

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What to Keep in Mind While Choosing

Regardless of the bag, you are looking out even the best-concealed carry backpack is going to have some issues.

As a consumer, you need to be fully aware of these issues and how they might affect you. One of the biggest issues with these backpacks is safety.

The best-concealed carry backpack is going to feature a holster for your firearm that will cover the trigger and the trigger guard.

Concealed carry bags should be kept with you at all times, so you need one that is going to be comfortable to wear.

Try wearing the backpack in different positions and practice drawing your weapon, unloaded if it is a firearm. The more you practice the more effective you will be at protecting yourself from an assault.

Buying Guide – Choosing the Best-Concealed Carry Backpack

1. why you need

Good quality concealed carry backpack is going to be a bit more functional than your ordinary run of the mill options.

In general, there are a handful of features that concealed carry backpacks should have that ordinary backpacks won’t.

Their features are:

  • Hidden compartments for concealing tactical weapons
  • Water resistant materials
  • Lightweight but spacious
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods of time

One of the things you have to ask yourself is which of these features matter the most when choosing a suitable concealed carry backpack.

Being that your main purpose for choosing the backpack is for concealing a tactical weapon the most important features to look for are going to be tactical in nature.

Number one on that list should be a concealed carry compartment.

Concealed carry backpack will feature a variety of small and hidden compartments, with one of them being a dedicated compartment for your knife or firearm.

These hidden compartments also need to be easy to access. If you are ever in a situation that requires you to draw your concealed weapon you want to be able to do so quickly and easily. In emergencies, time is of the essence.

4 things to consider when choosing a concealed carry backpack

While the concealed carry compartment is the most important feature of a concealed carry backpack it is not the only feature you need to look out for.

Here are four important things to look out for when selecting a concealed carry backpack.


The concealed carry backpack needs to be versatile enough to be used as an everyday backpack.

At the same time, it needs to be equipped with the tactical features you need.

These tactical features will allow you to conceal your tactical weapon of choice, but will also accommodate other accessories and gear.


You need to select a back[pack that is going to match your dressing style.

If you regularly dress in business attire you don’t want a backpack that looks like a school or hiking backpack.

You need to pick out a concealed carry backpack that is going to allow you to blend into your surrounds rather than stand out.

No matter what backpack you select make sure your firearm and spare magazines are not exposed to view, they need to be out of sight until you actually need them.


Your concealed carry backpack needs to securely hold your tactical weapon and any extra magazines, but it should also offer easy access to your weapon.

Look for bags that offer a dedicated pull handle rather than zippers. And most importantly practice drawing from your bag just like you would from your holster.


When looking for a concealed carry backpack you need to find one that is made to fit the tactical weapons that you plan to carry.

You also need to look at how well it can accommodate your spare magazines or other tactical gear that you plan to carry with you.

The exact space you need will really depend on what your main purpose is for the backpack. If you are a college student you want to look for a concealed carry backpack that offers a dedicated laptop sleeve.

Hikers will need something large enough to accommodate some extra tactical gear along with a change of clothes or two.

Concealed Carry Sling Backpack

One of the first things that you need to recognize with a concealed carry sling backpack is how it is meant to be carried.

The sling-style backpack is not meant to be carried on one shoulder, although many people do opt to carry the bag this way. Sling backpacks, including concealed carry ones, are meant to be carried across the chest.

Carrying the bag across the chest not only provides quick and easy access to your concealed weapon and other gear, but it also goes a long way in preventing shoulder and neck problems.

When looking at concealed carry sling backpacks you want to look closely at a few different factors.

The first thing you want to look at is whether the bag has enough space to fit your preferred firearm; some backpacks work better with certain sized firearms than others.

You also want to look at how quick and efficient the access is to not only your concealed weapon but the internal storage area.

A concealed carry sling backpack will offer a left or right-hand version.

Concealed Carry Laptop Backpack

The biggest reason people opt for a concealed carry laptop backpack is that they need to be able to carry both their laptop and their concealed weapon with them.

The problem though is finding a backpack that is worthy and able to carry and protect both of these important items.

Luckily, there are a few things that you can keep in mind to ensure you find the best backpack for your needs.

The one thing that you need to remember when choosing a concealed carry laptop backpack is that it is supposed to simplify your life not to make things more complicated.

You want a backpack that is strong enough to support carrying around both items.

It also needs to be well-made, poorly made backpacks are more prone to ripping and tearing increasing the odds of something falling out and breaking.

The backpack needs to be easy to use and offer enough room to fit everything that you will need for the day. Most importantly the backpack needs to be comfortable to carry for extended periods of time.

Concealed Carry Rifle Backpack

When people think of concealed carry backpacks they think of a backpack that can easily conceal a handgun.

The truth of the matter is though many people prefer long guns to short guns, so they are faced with the question of how to discreetly carry their rifles.

Rifle owners need to find some way to blend in the fact that they are carrying around a long gun.

The good news is that many backpack manufacturers now offer concealed carry rifle backpacks that allow you to hide your rifle in plain sight.

These backpacks look like ordinary backpacks but will not only carry your long gun but will provide you with convenient access to it.

The types of concealed carry rifle backpack you opt for while vary greatly depending on what kind of long gun you are carrying.

For example, some bags are designed to carry an M4 but the stock has to be collapsed. Other bags are designed to carry a disassembled AR.

Even better is the backpacks that have the ability to carry fully assembled rifles, but they often have length requirements in place.

Concealed Pistol Backpack

With a pistol backpack, concealed carry takes on a whole new meaning.

Most people when they think of concealed carry only think of carrying a pistol in a shoulder or belt holster.

This option allows the person to keep their concealed weapon on their person at all times. Shoulder and belt holsters might seem like a great option, but they aren’t as convenient as a concealed carry backpack.

One of the best things about using a concealed carry backpack is that it provides a safer and in many people’s opinions a better way to carry your firearm.

With a concealed carry backpack you are not limited to just carrying your firearm you can also easily carry around spare ammunition.

The backpack keeps your firearm within easy reach, plus it provides you with a hassle-free option.

With backpacks you won’t run into the problem of it being too bulky or clumsy to use nor will you have to worry if you are able to properly conceal your weapon as you do with a holster.

Review of Best Concealed Backpacks

Here are reviews of some of the best-concealed backpacks available in the market today.

Red Rock Sling Pack Review

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack (Olive Drab)

If you are looking for a sling-style backpack that is also affordable, look no further than the Red Rock Sling Pack.

With the Red Rock pack, the main purpose of this lightweight bag is to conceal your weapon rather than use it as a go bag.

The lightweight and small backpack is the ideal size and weight for those going on quick trips, such as a mountain bike ride or even a motorcycle ride. There are numerous styles to choose from.

The Red Rock Sling Pack is made in the United States from a 600D polyester material. The polyester material is durable enough to withstand daily use.

The sling strap is padded for comfort and the one sling-style strap makes the backpack easier to deal with.

The sling-style design doesn’t make you feel like you are fumbling around to reach your weapon as it offers an ambidextrous design.

The Red Rock Sling Pack offers four main compartments, including a concealed carry pocket on the back panel that fits a pistol.

The concealed carry pocket offers a snap closure for quick and convenient access. The other main compartments provide enough storage space for light travelers.

Key Pros and cons based on customer reviews


  • Snap closure concealed carry pocket
  • Numerous storage compartments
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable shoulder strap
  • Numerous styles to choose from

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Explorer Tactical Gun Concealment Backpack Review

Explorer Tactical Backpack, 20-Inch

For those of you who are looking for a gun-friendly concealed carry backpack, your best option is the Explorer Tactical Gun Concealment Backpack.

In fact, this is probably one of the most gun-friendly backpacks that you will find on the market.

The Explorer Tactical Gun Concealment Backpack features two holster-style compartments on each side of the bag that are ideal for handguns.

But, the tactical backpack doesn’t stop there, as it offers several other concealed compartments that you can use for concealing guns as well.

One thing that you will notice is that the backpack is a bit bulkier than other concealed carry backpacks, but that is mainly because of how gun friendly the backpack is.

The backpack features a ton of different zippers and compartments that can be used for storing and carrying a variety of gear.

The tactical nature of the Explorer Tactical Gun Concealment Backpack makes it a great choice for a go bag, as well as a concealed carry bag.

The backpack is made from 600D Polyester, so it is built to last. The well-made backpack is also weather-resistant, so no need to worry about rain, dirt, and grime getting inside the pack and destroying your stuff.

The pack offers a hydration compartment, as well as four side pockets. The top and front pockets of this backpack offer full Velcro coverage for quick access to your secured items.

Key Pros and cons based on customer reviews


  • Hydration compartment
  • Weather-resistant
  • Can carry multiple handguns
  • Side pockets
  • Molle strap front

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5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Backpack Review

5.11 Tactical COVRT18 Covert Military Backpack, Large Assault Rucksack Pack, Style 56961, Green/Brown

For those of you who are looking for something that you can trust, look no further than the 5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Backpack.

Like all 5.11 Outdoor products, the COVRT18 is built and designed for those who always want to perform at their best.

The backpack, like many other 5.11 products uses high-quality fabrics to offer wearers superior functionality along with a durable design that can withstand the elements, so you know it will function in the real world.

One of the greatest things about this tactical backpack is the fact that it offers an ambidextrous side-entry TacTec system compartment.

The COVRT18 might look like an ordinary backpack, as it is fully designed to be subtle and inconspicuous, but looks are deceiving in this case.

The COVRT18 is a full-sized covert backpack that offers superior efficiency and tactical utility no matter the environment.

The COVRT18 features a Roll Down Assault Compartment that can easily house a full-sized firearm.

The CONVRT18 offers QuickTact accessory straps at the shoulder of the backpack to allow the pack to be used with other 5.11 gear.

Other features include a reinforced grab handle, padded internal dedicated laptop sleeve, a flip-down ID panel, and a sunglasses pocket.

The yoke-style shoulder straps pair with comfortable compression straps, and an adjustable sternum strap for comfortable carrying all day long.

Key Pros and cons based on customer reviews


  • Quality design
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Multiple compartments
  • Water-resistant
  • Side mesh pockets


  • Open grommets on bottom of the bag

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G4Free Outdoor Tactical Backpack Review

G4Free Outdoor Tactical Backpack,Military Sport Pack Shoulder Backpack

If you are looking for a sling-style concealed carry backpack that can be used for a variety of tasks, look no further than the G4Free Outdoor Tactical Backpack.

One of the greatest things about this handy and convenient backpack is that it can be used as a first aid kit, diaper bag, an EDC slingback, and of course a concealed carry sling pack.

The small and lightweight sling backpack offers multiple internal pockets for superior organization. The exterior of the backpack offers 3 compartments.

Including a zippered front pocket, the main zipper pocket, and a padded back pocket.

The G4Free Outdoor Tactical Backpack offers a durable design. It is made from an upgraded 600D polyester fabric, which is not only lightweight but extremely durable. The pockets feature double zipper closures for added security.

The heavy duty handle is padded and features upgraded stitching to ensure it can withstand being used as a daily bag. The adjustable shoulder strap can be clipped on either side for an ambidextrous design to work with your body shape.

The back pocket offers a Velcro closure to secure the strap for when you want to carry the bag by hand.

Key Pros and cons based on customer reviews


  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple compartments
  • Numerous carrying options

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3V Gear Tactical Pack with Shoulder Sling Review

3V Gear Posse - EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack

3V Gear brings you top-quality bags, backpacks (tactical and Molle), etc. directly to ensure that you get the best pricing – no middlemen or distributor whatsoever.

The company also offers a lifetime warranty, allowing customers to buy their products with confidence.

This shoulder pack is the perfect choice for carrying your firearm around safely and conveniently. The 600D polyester construction and double-stitched seams are responsible for its durability and weather-resistance ability.

Compact, yet the pack has enough space for your essentials such as a pistol, flashlight, etc. It includes multiple internal and external concealed pockets that allow for easy organization and accessibility.

The posse has a right amount of padding at appropriate places (the straps, handle and back panel), which ensures the wearer’s comfort all distance long.

This multifunctional pack can also be used while traveling, camping, and more.


  • Lightweight
  • Has plenty of pockets
  • Padded straps and back panel
  • Sturdy
  • Solid construction


  • It is a little bit small
  • The side bottle pouches can’t hold a big water bottle

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Vertx EDC Gamut Bag Review

Vertx EDC Gamut Backpack - Black

Vertx is one of the brands of Fechheimer that was established in 1842.

The American company is a leading manufacturer of tactical garments and concealed carry-on bags and backpacks that are used in many countries worldwide .

This heavy-duty backpack from Vertx provides quick access and discreet storage for your concealed firearms.

With a 28-liter capacity, it is sized to fit a 15-inch laptop plus a full-sized handgun. The pack has a host of zippered pockets, allowing you to organize your gear easily.

One of these is the external pockets for grab-and-go items, such as a water bottle, flashlight, etc.

For all-day comfort and traveling ease, the pack comes with a mesh back panel that ensures maximum ventilation and an attachment to rolling (wheeled) luggage.

The wide shoulder straps are also padded to make the bag comfortable on the body as you move from deserts to jungles.


  • It is spacious
  • Has several pockets
  • Well-made
  • Lightweight
  • Padded shoulder straps


  • Small bottle compartments

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Seibertron Tactical Sling Pack Review

Seibertron Tactical Outlaw Sling Pack Molle Multifunctional Day Bag Black

Founded in 2011, Seibertron is a doyen in the outdoor gear world. The company has an extensive line of stylish, functional backpacks, bags, gloves, outdoor clothing and accessories that are available at give-away prices .

The Seibertron tactical sling pack is the non-bulky, lightweight option for carrying and organizing your gear. It is made with a 900D polyester fabric known for its optimal durability.

The bag has a generous number of pockets and dividers, enabling you to organize your essentials.

It also features adjustable, detachable straps which ensure that it is comfortable on the body throughout the journey.
Unlike packs with general zippers, this one secures your stuff with anti-wear SBS zippers.

The sling pack has three carry options (via the sling, handle, etc.) to provide ease of traveling while fitting the body snugly.


  • It is sturdily built
  • Has a lot of pockets
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Multiple carry options
  • Good quality zippers


  • The straps could use more padding

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Roma F.C Waterproof Tactical Concealed Backpack Review

Waterproof Concealed Carry Tactical Assault Molle Backpack w/ Holster Every Day Carry

Roma Leathers has been manufacturing and selling concealment bags for more than 25 years. The company’s large portfolio includes briefcases, organizer, gun cases, packs, travel bags, and many more .

Roma F.C. brings you this durable backpack with a Velcro holster for extra security. It is constructed with tough nylon material which makes it water resistant – so it keeps your gear dry even if all the clouds rained out.

This multi-pocketed backpack is also equipped with MOLLE loops which provide enough space and easy access to firearms.

The good amount of padding on the back panel and shoulder straps help minimize stress, keeping the wearer comfortable all through the journey.

Its removable waist and chest straps provide support, ensuring a snug, comfy fit.


  • Cushioned straps
  • It has many pockets
  • Waterproof material
  • Solid construction
  • Compact

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Blackhawk Diversion Carry Backpack Review

BLACKHAWK Diversion Carry Backp 2T Rngr Grn/Cyt Tn

The desire of a Navy SEAL, whose pack failed while navigating a minefield in 1990, to produce reliable, top-grade gear gave birth to the now popular brand, Blackhawk.

The company has a large collection of products, including backpacks, belts, gloves, cap, etc .

Carry your firearm in style with this rugged backpack from BLACKHAWK. 500-denier polyester fabric construction gives your gear enough protection from weather elements. Speaking of storage, this pack has it all.

It features a large front pocket for quick grab items, not to mention several additional small pockets. It also has a main compartment where you can store your essentials, separating them with the padded dividers.

One more thing you will love about this backpack is the hidden compartment that is sized to hold a pistol.

It comes with wide, padded shoulder straps that you can easily adjust and D-rings and loops for attaching bedrolls and other stuff.


  • Has enough padding
  • Comes with several lockable pockets
  • Sturdy construction
  • Lightweight
  • Good quality fabric


  • Could use more compartments
  • Not very easy to draw out a handgun while the pack is still on

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What makes a backpack anti-theft?

There are a lot of features that adhere to the anti-theft property of a bag. Secret pockets, slash-proof fabric, locking zippers, sturdy zippers, concealability and water-resistance are some of the basic features of an anti-theft backpack. When you are hiking alone or travelling in an unknown country, having an anti-theft backpack could help prevent pickpocketing.

What concealed carry safety conditions should I keep in mind while hiking with a firearm?

You should take extra precautions to ensure maximum safety for you and the nearby people when you are carrying a firearm in your concealed backpack. The weapon must be stored in such a way that it poses no threat to the owner and the surrounding people. You must be able to access the firearm in a matter of seconds and should make sure it is kept dry and out of the reach of the elements of nature.

When to choose a single strap concealed backpack?

When you plan to travel light and need a bag that can conceal just as easily, a single strap backpack maybe your best option. Look for the ones that have the best shoulder straps since the entire weight of the bag relies on it. It is a great option for hiking in challenging areas where carrying a heavy-duty backpack is cumbersome. If you are going to invest in a single-strap backpack look for the ones that optimize space usage.

Do I need holsters if I am carrying a concealed backpack?

When you are carrying holsters on you, you need to wear bulky clothing to hide the obvious weapons. However, if there is already a concealed backpack on you, carrying holsters prove to be extra baggage. Moreover, holsters are difficult to hide with plain clothing whereas a concealed backpack does not require you to put on any specific kind of clothing.

What are the cons of a concealed backpack carry?

Carrying a concealed backpack does not come with many cons. The disadvantages are related more with the situations that arise out of concealed backpack carry. Bags and purses are easy targets for predators; hence, they are an obvious threat. You are more likely to forget that you have firearms inside your backpack before entering a hospitable zone. In the case of holsters, forgetting to remove your firearm almost never occurs.


If you want to practice conceal carry the one thing you are going to need is a place to carry your concealed weapon.

Shoulder or belt holsters are always a great carry option, but a concealed carry backpack offers you even more freedom.

The best-concealed carry backpack provides you with easy and quick access to your weapon whenever it is needed.

Size, style, accessories, and versatility are the four most important things to keep in mind when choosing a concealed carry backpack.

Here is the list of top-rated concealed backpacks again for you, use the links to check out specs, reviews, and price on Amazon –

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The 10 Best Concealed Carry Backpacks

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You don’t have to be in law enforcement to carry a concealed weapon. You can be a hunter or a sports marksman, or it can also be safety reasons. Whatever the reason, you need a safe and convenient way to carry it around. You probably may have seen people, especially in the movies, tuck their firearm in their hip. This is unsafe and uncomfortable especially when you have to sit down. However, there are a number of ways that you can get around this very issue and among them is getting a carry backpack.


Our Top-rated Concealed Carry Backpack

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack (Black)

There are so many bags you can choose to take care of your everyday carry needs. However, if you have concealed weapon, you need a specialized pack for your day-to-day carry needs and to accommodate your gun. Something like Camelbak urban assault concealed bag comes to mind.

From our review, the best concealed carry backpack has to be Condor 3-Day Assault Pack. It has several compartments to help organize your items and with straps to make sure that they don’t keep jumping around inside.

This 1000-denier nylon pack will easily take the abuse of everyday use and still protect your items from harsh weather conditions. It is water resistant especially in those times that it may decide to rain. The pack has wide straps and foam padded back for easy carrying and comfort.

Top 10 best rated concealed carry backpack reviews

A backpack is your best companion and goes wherever you go at all times. If you are a gun person, then you need a backpack that will more than support having a gun along.

The following is a review of the best concealed carry backpacks on the market:

1. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack

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This carry backpack is among the best you will find in the market. And at 5.5 X 11.5 X 8, the bag is compact and lightweight – it weighs only 1.6 pounds. The Red Rock Outdoor is the best if there is some necessary tactical gear you need to transport from one place to the other. When it comes to durability, this bag is the real deal. It is constructed from 600 denier polyester – sturdy and durable material. This carry backpack can therefore easily take the harshest of outdoor environments pretty easily. Another good thing about denier polyester is its waterproofing capability. Should the weather decide to give you a surprise, then your items in the bag are safe.

The product also has molle webbing for more storage compartments. You can append extra pouches to the bag and be on your way – it depends on the items you need often. You can have a knife pouch or even a pistol pouch on the bag for more convenience. There are numerous compartments on this bag to help organize your stuff. It has two zippered compartments, one zippered pouch on the inside, and two other ordinary pouches. There is also a snap closure for added storage and convenience. The backpack can hold anything on your phone, charger, and iPad – be connected on the go. The ambidextrous strap this carry backpack has makes it easy to carry. This feature allows you to comfortably lay the bag on either side of your shoulder – it can either be left or right. For more great products like this, check out our guide to the best sling backpacks.


  • The backpack is compact and lightweight
  • Easy to carry
  • The bag is waterproof
  • Numerous compartments to help organize your bag
  • Constructed from the durable and rugged 600 denier polyester
  • Molle webbing for more storage space
  • Ambidextrous strap for easier haulage


  • Not fully water resistant
  • Molle may come off over time

2. 3V Gear Outlaw Urban Sling Pack 

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The mention of the term 3V gear arouses a sense of ruggedness and quality. This bag lives up to its reputation and is easily among the best concealed carry backpacks. The construction of this product is 600D PVC nylon – durable. This means that you will have this bag around for some time. With double-stitched seams and rust-resistant zipper pulls, this pack can easily withstand the rigors of everyday use. The product being para-cord threaded means that it produces a minimal sound. This backpack manufacturer has a considerable faith in their product demonstrated by the lifetime warranty it comes along with. It is not many products in the market that carry similar attractive terms.

In terms of size, this bag is sufficiently small to hold specific items like an iPad and a small laptop.  The zippered pockets this item comes with make organization pretty easy. In total, there are four pockets. Among these pockets is water bottle pouch to keep you hydrated while you are on the move. With an adjustable and padded shoulder strap, this backpack is quite comfortable to have on your back for an extended period. It also allows you quick access to your items that you never have to remove the bag. All need to do is swing it to your chest and get whatever things you require.


  • Made from the durable 600D PVC nylon
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Adequate size to hold a small laptop and an iPad
  • Several zippered pockets for more natural organization
  • Quick and easy access
  • Comfortable


  • The Velcro placement is not the best
  • Left-handed people may have trouble using this pack

3. Condor 3-Day Assault Pack

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When it comes to backpacks, the Condor brand is among the top. Their primary focus has always been affordable quality products, and this pack is adequate proof of that. The bag can be a fitting selection for most of your needs, and it comes at an attractive price. This product has a heavy-duty construction that ensures its durability.  And for its price, this backpack has more features than bags of similar price. With 1000-denier construction, this bag may be among the most rugged packing a water resistant capability. It has a total of seven compartments that will help in your organization of the backpack. At 3,038 cubic inches, the main compartment is big enough for most of your everyday carry.

The good thing about this item’s main compartment is that it comes with tie-downs to keep your things securely in place. Chances of finding your ammunition in the lunchbox are therefore minimal. You would want a comfortable bag to match the big storage space, and this Condor bag does not disappoint. It has wide shoulder straps and a foam pack at the back allowing adequate airflow to prevent sweating. The backpack also has a hip belt to help when carrying the bag from one place to the other – it takes some of the weight off your shoulders and back. Additional features include the grommet. This feature is a kind of drainage feature to guide the water out should a mishap occur. The chances of sitting water that would ruin your items are thus minimal. And you can use it as a tactical backpack.


  • Heavy-duty constriction
  • Attractive design
  • Durable product
  • Water resistant
  • Have seven compartments for easier organization
  • Tie down straps in the main compartment
  • Has a hip belt
  • The grommet feature for adequate drainage


  • The zipper pull tabs are low quality
  • Maybe too tall for some people

4. Explorer Tactical Gun Concealment Backpack

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If you are a backpacking enthusiast, then this bag comes off as one of the best concealed carry backpacks you will find out there. The first thing you will notice on coming across this pack is the numerous compartments and pockets. For the gadget lovers, there is an easy access iPad pocket, a laptop compartment, four side pockets, six zipper pockets, and an enlarged iPhone pocket. In addition to the mentioned, the bag comes with extra military-style pockets at the front. Some of them covered with Velcro. Furthermore, this is one of the few backpacks boasting dedicate gun pockets. At the waist, you will find gun pouches. There is also a gun compartment inside – talk of a genuinely tactical bag!

This carry backpack is not short of straps, and it is all for to your benefit. It has a Molle- compatible webbing system and padded shoulder straps. At the bottom, you will find other shoulder straps that will accommodate extra pockets for more storage. These straps can sometimes seem many, but they are there to make your use of the bag convenient and easy. This is a high-grade 600D X 600D polyester product which means that you may not need to worry about quality issues. The stitching is exceptional, and the straps are high quality – what more could you be looking for? Our handy guide to the best hunting backpacks features more great products like this.


  • A very durable product
  • Many pockets to help you with the organization
  • Easy to carry
  • Numerous top quality straps
  • Hydration ready
  • Versatile


  • It is not comfortable for some users for riding low on the back.

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5.  Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

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Whether you are in law enforcement, a hiker, or military personnel, this bag may be the best concealed carry backpack for your needs. This product is similar to others such as Blackhawk diversion carry backpack, but this comes off as a better option for several reasons.

This bag incorporates the sling style mode of carrying that has its own advantages. First is the ease of access to your items that you acquire by just swinging it forward.  This feature comes in handy when you need to quick access to your items. Most importantly, this style is quite important when it comes to balancing the body – you need this especially when traveling for long distances.

At three pounds, this backpack is lightweight. It will still feel lightweight even after packing it with all the items you need. The one-strap design it comes with distributes all the weight adequately to make it easy for you. The product is purely the indestructible nylon polymers material. This means that it can easily take any beating and maintain its shape for an extended period. The inner and the outer parts of the backpack highlight an almost perfect craftsmanship.


  • Easy to carry
  • Made from a durable material
  • Has a feature for carrying concealed weapons
  • High weight distribution
  • Hydration feature


  • Not the most appropriate for those suffering from shoulder pains

6.  G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack

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One of the highlight features of this bag is the ID storage system – you will not find this in many bags. This feature helps you find anything without much ado and quickly. The backpack has one of the perfect sizes for easier carrying. It can also incorporate all the items you consider necessary for everyday use – let not the seemingly small size fool you. This backpack has a quality stitching to ensure that the bag does not come apart after months of use. Come to think of it; this is typically the primary goal of tactical backpacks. Anything less should not carry the tag ‘tactical.’

The bag comes with different compartments to ensure that your stuff is not getting mixed up.  No one wants to find food on their weapon or your iPhone in your lunchbox. There is a specific compartment for the writing materials and another for holsters and gloves. There is a separate gun compartment to ensure that it is in a safe place. For the ammo, there is a top storage compartment and other for items such as the earplugs and cleaning gear. Even though tactical backpacks should be sturdy to withstand constant abuse, they should also be quite comfortable. The shoulder straps have an excellent design making them suitable.


  • A quality backpack
  • Durable construction – high denier nylon
  • Attractive
  • Easy to carry – not too big
  • Comfortable
  • Different compartments for easy organization
  • Comes with a rain cover
  • A lot if the molle webbing


  • The color may fade over time
  • Maybe bulky for some people
  • The shoulder strap may be too small

7.  5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack

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This is probably one of the most interesting bags based on features.  Even though these elements may be well hidden, they make this bag to be among the best. With a well-organized main compartment, this bag helps keep all your items neat and without any problems. There is a padded laptop screen in addition to mesh pockets for better organization of your gear. The zippers are durable and sturdy to easily take constant use. The zipper system is quite efficient and will go all the down for easier access.

The inside of the main compartment is water repellent material to ensure the safety and proper condition of your items. There are also drainage grommets for when the water find their way inside. This bag also has a water bladder pocket with tube routing and dual zippers. This inside of this section is quite rigid to ensure that nothing inside will puncture it. And at the top of the bag is sunglasses pocket. The sunglasses pocket has fleece cloth microfiber lining for the protection of your lens. Compared with other tactical bags in the same category, the pocket of this product is quite enormous. For your concealed weapon, there is a ‘middle flow-through compartment’ that can adequately hold a carry holster.

There is also a standard front compartment with webbing allowing you to use it as you wish.  Others include an admin pocket and two other small pockets for more of your stuff. As you will realize, the quality and make of the shoulder straps on tactical backpacks is critical. It does not matter how much good of a quality a bag is. As long as it lacks a stable suspension, it is nothing. You cannot say the same about 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack as the strap is high quality. They are highly adjustable to fit your individual preferences. They are padded and wide with underside mesh lining for enhanced breathability – talk about comfort when carrying this bag.


  • This one of the most durable tactical backpacks
  • Easy to carry
  • Durable construction
  • Wide and padded shoulder strap for comfort when carrying the bag
  • Many compartments for easier organization


  • The zippers may not be the best

8.  3V Gear Posse Tactical Sling Pack for EDC

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This is one bag made for the desert and jungle. It is all rugged 600 Denier PVC to take the various beating of constant use. If you are a hunter, your bag must have the ability to withstand repeated use and weather. The bag has a number of compartments to help in the organization of your items. There is a divider in the front pocket where you can keep your favorite magazine. This pouch has a drainage grommet for those unexpected wet moments – this can quickly save your items from getting soggy with liquids, the horror. There is also the front slip pocket, easy to access.

With a back and front divider, the main compartment has conveniently zippered pouches where you can keep your keys. There is also a rear pocket for more choice. The shoulder strap is ambidextrous making easy for anyone to carry. To make the bag easy to carry around, the strap and back have a good padding for comfort. And what’s more, the bag is lightweight which make it so much easier to pack it with items and move along.


  • Durable material – 600 Denier PVC
  • Padded and ambidextrous shoulder strap
  • Several compartments to aid in the organization
  • Grommet drainage
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged zippers that are also easy to use


  • The outside section reserved for a handgun is not large enough.

9. Condor Ambidextrous Sling Bag

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The thing attractive thing about this bag is its design. It has a great color and looks stylish enough for any occasion – it does not matter whether you are hunting or going to a seminar. The design will also allow you to carry all the necessary things you consider essential.

This product has three sections with a number of organizers to help with organizing everything. To make it easy for everyone to carry, this bag has an ambidextrous strap. Furthermore, the sling bag comes with a molle panel where you can have additional pockets to your preference and convenience. The main compartment has a hydration feature and a sizeable mesh pocket. The second one has four mesh zipper pockets. It has an ambidextrous strap for more comfortable carrying – you can carry it on either side of your shoulder.


  • The bag has an attractive design
  • It is easy to carry
  • Ambidextrous sling bag
  • Has a molle panel for additional pockets
  • A good capacity of 26 liters


  • The quality of internal zippers and straps is wanting
  • Not the best for heavy-duty use

10.  Purse King Magnum Concealed Carry Handbag

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This is one gun purse for the ladies that come in several attractive colors. It demonstrates that Purse King is a top bag designer quite easily by its attractive features. This bag is vegan leather – stain-free and easy to clean. It is ideal for a variety of activities such as shopping, concerts, and getaways. With this handbag, you can easily take the handgun with you wherever you are going. To help with organizing your items, this bag has several pockets.

The bag has a cell phone pouch and other slots for the credit cards. There is a center top pocket with a pouch and zip pocket. The side zip pocket where you can have your weapon is easy to use – you can draw your handgun at short notice. However, if you are in the market for a rugged tactical bag, then this should not be your first choice. There are better more sizeable bags suited for such activities as hunting.


  • Attractive design for the ladies
  • Comes in several colors
  • Easy to carry
  • Lightweight and soft
  • Unique and functional magnum structure
  • Suitable for a variety of places
  • You can carry the bag across the body or on the shoulder
  • Can hold any size of the gun
  • The gun does not require a holster
  • An attractive denim


  • Does not have a holster for the gun
  • Not the best if left-handed
  • Cannot hold larger phones or tablet
  • Maybe too small for some people

Why should you use a concealed carry backpack than other methods of carrying?

The most common method of carrying firearms is through a holster. However, using a holster can seem very obvious, and that may prove unsafe. Many people don’t actually know that there are other ways of carrying a concealed weapon and that includes using a carry backpack. Using the best concealed carry backpack has several advantages. If you have been using holsters, then you know how uncomfortable it can be having a piece of metal just down on your skin. It can literally cause pain, especially when making certain kinds of movement.

For some people, the piece of metal pressing on their skin can irritate. It can be a source of an allergic reaction, and this is never the ultimate goal. The good thing about carrying backpacks is that they allow you to move easily while keeping the weapon away from your skin. Holsters can attract unwanted attention, and that is not what you want.  It is always better when some people have no idea whether you are carrying one or not. The best concealed carry backpack provides the convenience and the privacy you need when carrying a firearm.

A good concealed carry backpack will allow you to be flexible in terms of wardrobe. You may notice that many law enforcement officers are always wearing a jacket to hide their weapon. Basically, there is nothing wrong with that, but you can imagine how uncomfortable that is mainly in sweltering weather conditions. With a concealed carry sling backpack, you can you can wear anything that you feel is comfortable. After all, your gun is in the bag.

A concealed carry backpack is a nice complement to one of the best range bag backpacks. They each serve a different purpose with one holding all the gear for a nice day at the range and the other one serving more of a day to day support of your ability to carry effectively.

You may be thinking that a backpack with handgun compartment is more expensive than standard sling backpacks and would instead go the cheap way. However, that would be a bad idea in every sense. Ordinary packs don’t have individual sections for holding the firearm to prevent it from bouncing around when moving from one place to the other. You know how unsafe that can be for you and those around you. Choose the right bag designed for the right job, and you will not have to deal with a risk hazard.

Concealed carry backpack

What to Look For when buying a Top Rated Concealed Carry Backpack:

The Size of your Weapon: the main reason for purchasing that backpack is so that you can carry your concealed weapon. It would not be of any use if a particular concealed carry backpack cannot hold the gun that you have. Maybe the gun slots are too small or too big. Whatever the case, it is vital to ensure that you get the right backpack for your firearm – this may require you to have the proper measurements of your gun.

How often you plan on having your gun: if it were up to you, you would carry your gun wherever you go. There are some places that weapons are not allowed and may need to live at home. However, if you are will be having your gun at all times, and there are no restrictions, then you may need something comfortable to carry for a long time. Padded backs and shoulders come to mind in such a case. Comfort for everyday use is the key here.

The capacity to fit your everyday use: everyone has several things they consider as necessary for everyday use. In such a case, it is crucial that you determine how much you are going to carry on an almost daily basis. Some people may need a flashlight, optics, stationery, a knife and extra mags among others. It depends on the number of accessories required to fulfill your needs. If you are planning on having numerous accessories, then you may need a bigger bag. There is no use in having a bag that will prove too small to fit everything.

Additional room for other stuff: depending on preference, you may go for a concealed carry laptop backpack if are the kind of person that needs to use the device often. In addition to the everyday items that you need, you may find that you need extra room for other stuff. For example, an additional room for a notebook, snacks, clothes, and water – it depends on the activity you will be involved in on a daily basis. One of the best concealed carry purse options may also be best for you.

Durability and quality: there is no use going for cheap products only to have them disintegrate and find yourself going back to the store. The gun spaces must be of quality fabric to withstand everyday use. Also, make sure that you go for a bag such as the Camelbak concealed carry backpack that will prove durable and worth every cent you spend on it.

Wrapping up

Of course, there are many ways that you can carry a gun, but the backpack is the most appropriate and convenient. The bag allows you the freedom to wear anything you want while not interfering with the ability to reach your firearm at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, it has adequate space to carry other stuff that you may need on a daily basis, and others that you feel should be in the bag. From the above concealed carry backpack review, the best concealed carry backpack has to be Condor 3-Day Assault Pack. It is big enough for all your stuff and the foam padded back is a source of great comfort.

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Best Concealed Carry Backpack in 2020

Last Updated: September 20, 2021

If you’re a gun owner then you’ll know that most people carry their gun in a holster but is that the best way? If you don’t need instant access to your gun then maybe a holster isn’t the best way to go and perhaps a concealed carry backpack might suit you better. Holsters are quite visible to people around you and the feel of metal touching your skin isn’t very nice either. It can actually rub you so hard that it forms a wound.

A concealed carry backpack will not only be useful just as a survival backpack but also as a comfortable way to store your weapon safely, securely, and secretly while still having quick access to it. Concealed carry backpacks allow you to move quickly and normally without any rubbing plus you’ll no longer receive any odd looks from people around you who aren’t gun enthusiasts.

Our Top Picks

There are a lot of backpacks with a handgun compartment on the market and it can be a little hard to find one that suits your everyday needs. We have taken a broad range of some of the best concealed carry backpacks around and compared them in this review, we hope you find it useful.

Best Concealed Carry Backpacks

3V Gear Outlaw Gear Slinger

3V Gear Outlaw - Gear Slinger Shoulder Sling Pack

The 3V Gear Outlaw Gear Slinger is a multi-purpose bag that’s great for just about anything, whether it’s hiking through the mountains or your commute to work.

The backpack is made from 600D PVC-backed polyester which is pretty heavy duty. The seams are double-stitched and the zippers have an anti-rust coating. These materials combined to make this bag water-resistant, tear-resistant, and therefore very durable, you should expect this bag to last a long time.

In terms of organization, this backpack has it nailed. With 4 pockets and two water bottle holders, you’ll struggle not to keep things where they ought to be. The main compartment has a laptop sleeve plus numerous other zipper pockets inside.

The two front pockets also open up to give you specific slots for your phone, Ipad, pens, and more. The outside is also covered in MOLLE webbing so you can attach any extra in the field.

The concealed carry compartment is along the back of the bag, making for quick access and also doubles up as a hydration pack compartment for when you’re not carrying. There’s a velcro field inside the pocket too so you can attach a velcro holster.

The bag is a sling pack, so it only has one strap but it’s still comfortable. The strap is well padded and the sling design makes it easy to turn the bag around and access things quickly. It’s designed for right-handers more than lefties but a lefty would get used to it.

Overall a very functional backpack with a handgun compartment that’s been well thought out.


  • Durable
  • Velcro field for attaching velcro holster
  • Water-resistant
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Good size
  • A good amount of pockets
  • Comfortable

Product Information

  • 15L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • Lifetime warranty


Explorer Tactical Backpack

Explorer Tactical Backpack, 20-Inch

At a size of 40L, the Explorer Tactical Backpack is a little big for commuting but perfect for anyone who likes to spend a lot of time in the outdoors camping, hunting, fishing, or hiking.

The first thing you’ll notice is the camo print the backpack comes in, ideal for tactical or hunting days where you need to stay out of sight. The next thing you’ll spot is the huge number of pockets this backpack has.

The backpack features 6 front pockets, 4 side pockets, the main compartment, and two small pockets on the straps. The main compartment has ample space and is fitted with a laptop and tablet sleeve plus an organizational panel for pens and the like.

There are three concealed carry compartments, two sit on the waist straps for quick access and one doubles up as the laptop sleeve/hydration pack compartment, I guess the manufacturer thought if you’re out in the field, you might not bring your laptop with you, and fair enough. It’s accessible from the top of the main compartment and from a zipper on the side for quick access.

Being made from 600D polyester, the backpack is also water-resistant and durable. If you’re into the outdoors and having multiple compartments for a handgun, then this is a backpack to seriously consider.


  • Durable
  • Lots of pockets
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Perfect camping size
  • Versatile


  • Rides low
  • Looks very tactical

Product Information

  • 40L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack (Black, 3038-Cubic Inch)

The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is exactly what it sounds like. With a volume of 50L, this backpack can take you on long adventures into the unknown.

It’s made for high-density polyester to resist rips, scuffs and make it water-resistant. If there are some light showers around, you can be sure your stuff isn’t going to get wet. Adding to this, there is a built-in grommet that helps channel any water that might get in the bag away, to avoid it touching any important items.

The main compartment is very spacious and has numerous pockets and tie-downs to keep everything organized and together. The long front pocket has a triple-slot pouch to carry your laptop, iPad, and any documents all at once while making them easily accessible too.

The gun compartment is located along the back and is accessed with a two-way zipper. This keeps your gun safe, secure, hidden, and quickly accessible in a time of need.

The backpack is covered in MOLLE webbing and velcro to attach any extras you may need. And the padded back, shoulder straps, and hip straps make it easy to carry. The only real downside is that the zippers aren’t the best and can fail easily.


  • Water-resistant
  • Lots of pockets
  • Looks good
  • Attractive design
  • Durable product
  • Drainage


  • Zippers can fail
  • Looks tactical

Product Information

  • 50L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Best Of The Best

Maxpedition Entity 27

Maxpedition Entity 27 CCW-Enabled Laptop Backpack 27L for Covert Concealed Carry, Charcoal

The Maxpedition Entity 27 is one of the best looking backpacks in the review. The sleek look and design make this an ideal commuting backpack that couldn’t look further from being thought of as tactical.

The smooth look makes the fact that it’s a backpack with a gun compartment very unobvious and will ensure that no one knows you’re carrying it.

The backpack is made from 100% nylon making it durable but not water-resistant. There are a lot of storage options inside the 4 pockets, each one having an array of slots and mesh zippered pockets.

The gun compartment is located along the back and can be accessed from both sides. This means whether you’re right or left-handed, you can get to it with your strong hand. It also features a Security Lockout Strip to keep your weapon secure.

The main compartment is also lockable and tuckable magnetic wings for quick temporary opening and closing. Inside the main compartment, you’ll find a laptop sleeve, two mesh zippers, two side pockets, and ample space for a few days worth of clothes.

The side zipper pockets are great for, pens, cards, chargers, and the like while the two water bottle pockets are big enough for most bottles to fit snuggly inside.

Overall this is an awesome concealed carry backpack without looking like one. It’s perfect for everyday commutes and weekends away.


  • Durable
  • Attractive
  • Great price
  • A good number of compartments
  • Comfortable
  • Doesn't look tactical


  • Slim side pockets
  • Expensive
  • Not water-resistant

Product Information

  • 27L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Not water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Best Day Pack

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack (Coyote)

The Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack is the smallest concealed carry backpack in the review. At 9L it’s ideal for short day trips where you want to carry your gun.

It’s also the first waterproof backpack in the review thanks to the combined use of PVC and 600D polyester. You’ll find this bag very durable and it’ll keep up with the wear and tear of everyday life.

The concealed gun compartment is found along the back and is accessed through a button clip. There is a velcro pad built-in, making it perfect for attaching a velcro holster. While the button access makes it quick to get in there, it doesn’t keep it too secure.

The main compartment has a laptop and an iPad sleeve while the 3 outer pockets are great for organizing all those little extras. The bag is ambidextrous so you can swap the strap from shoulder to shoulder to keep you comfortable while on the move.

The outside is covered in MOLLE so you can add any extras you need but the MOLLE webbing has been known to come off after a while.

Overall this is an awesome day concealed carry backpack.


  • Light
  • Compact
  • Ambidextrous strap
  • Waterproof
  • Comfy to carry
  • Good compartments
  • Durable

Product Information

  • 9L
  • Tablet sleeve
  • Waterproof
  • No warranty info


Best Range Backpack

M-Tac Tactical Bag

M-Tac Tactical Bag Shoulder Chest Pack with Sling for Concealed Carry of Handgun (Grey Melange)

The most inviting feature about the M-Tac Tactical Bag is that it doesn’t look tactical at all. You’ll blend right into any environment and no one will be the wiser that you’re actually wearing a concealed carry backpack.

The backpack is very small. The main compartment is the gun compartment while the small extra pockets are great for an extra mag, a few bullets, and storing cards, keys, and phones.

While it’s not the best bag for a trip to most places, it’s pretty ideal as a range bag or an extra bag to carry along with your main bag.

The bag is made from 600D polyester and covered with PVC to ensure that it is water-repellent to keep your gun safe. It’s also exceptionally durable thanks to the high D count.

Overall an awesome range bag but it’s too small to be of much use elsewhere.


  • Not tactical looking
  • Attractive
  • Light & compact
  • Durable
  • Great price


  • Conceal carry only
  • Strap isn't padded

Product Information

  • 5L
  • No laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack

G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack, Black, Large

If you’re looking for a concealed carry backpack that’s sole purpose is carrying and organizing multiple weapons, then the G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack is it.

The base features 3 separate removable pistol storage cases each with space for 1 pistol and 4 magazines. This makes carrying multiple weapons safely, securely, and undercover as easy as pie. To top this, there are labeled pockets for earplugs, shooting safety glasses, shooting targets, ear muffs, tools, and more. You’ll be able to find a locate all your gear quickly and easily.

The backpack has a honeycomb structure to keep it rigid, YKK lockable zippers, and is made from Teflon coated 1000D polyester, about as durable and water-resistant as it gets.

There are two pockets on the front for any extras, one. of which folds out to make a work surface. There is also some space for normal things like a change of clothes in the top main compartment.

Overall it’s the perfect multi-weapon concealed carry backpack but it’s not much use if you just want to go trekking with your gun.


  • ID storage system
  • Rain cover included
  • MOLLE webbing
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good size
  • Great compartmentalization


  • Color fades
  • Bulky
  • Expensive

Product Information

  • 50L
  • No laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger, Black

The Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger concealed carry backpack is a great day pack for venturing into the outdoors with your weapon. It could also be used for commutes to the office but it does look a little too tactical for that.

The single sling design makes for quick access to every part of this durable, water-resistant bag. It has been made to wear over your left shoulder for quick access for right-handers so if you’re a lefty, bear this in mind.

The bag has an easy access gun compartment at the back while the main compartment has a laptop sleeve and enough space for lunch and a change of clothes. There are two front pockets to store smaller items plus a handy water bottle pocket on the side.

The outside is covered in MOLLE for any extras and the single strap design is padded, supportive, and made to keep you comfortable, even on long hikes.

Overall a very rugged and durable backpack with a gun compartment but for its size, it’s a little expensive.


  • Quick access
  • Durable
  • Good storage options
  • MOLLE webbing
  • Hydration compatible


  • Small
  • Not the best for left-handed people
  • Very tactical looking
  • Expensive

Product Information

  • 15L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Condor Ambidextrous Sling Bag

Condor Ambidextrous Sling Bag (Black)

The Condor Ambidextrous Sling Bag is a simple concealed carry backpack that isn’t trying to be anything else.

The bag features a large main compartment with a hydration slot, spacious enough for all your daily outdoor needs. There is no laptop sleeve, as this is a true outdoor bag, but one would fit inside easily. There are two more pockets on the front, one with an organization panel for your phone, keys, and cards.

The gun compartment is located behind the back panel and is easily accessed from one side. This keeps it out of sight, safe, and secure.

The backpack is made from nylon, making it less durable than most in the review and it may wear out quite quickly with heavy use. It is also not water-resistant.

It’s comfortable to carry, has a great price, and would be good as a day bag with a size of 26L, but it’s not the best quality out there.


  • Comfortable
  • Ambidextrous
  • Good price


  • Straps and zippers not the best
  • Not very durable

Product Information

  • 26L
  • No Laptop sleeve (one would fit fine though)
  • Not water-resistant
  • No warranty info


Best Allrounder

511Tactical Military Backpack

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack, Large Assault Rucksack Pack, Style 56961

The 511 Tactical Military Backpack is probably one of the most organized backpacks with a gun compartment you can find. It has a well-thought-out storage area for most things you could think out while having an easy access gun compartment.

The bag is made from durable and water-resistant 500D nylon to keep your things safe and dry. It’ll bode well against any environment you choose to take it into. There are 6 compartments to store everything it and the size of 30L is perfect for short camping trips and days in the outdoors.

There are a TacTec System compatible hidden pistol pocket and a roll-down assault compartment to help you carry your gun and ammo in a concealed manner while also being able to access it very quickly.

The main compart has a built-in padded laptop sleeve, secure hydration bladder slot plus two spacious compartments for storing clothes. At the top, you’ll find a soft, microfiber-lined sunglasses compartment and there is also an admin pocket plus two smaller pockets for all those little extras.

If you’re looking for a top-end, concealed carry backpack that can do it all, this might be it.


  • TacTec System
  • Roll-down assault compartment
  • Very durable
  • Drainage
  • Versatile
  • Nice size
  • Comfortable straps
  • Lots of pockets


  • The zippers may not be the best
  • Expensive

Product Information

  • 30L
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Water-resistant
  • No warranty info


What To Look For

Weapon Size

The whole idea behind a concealed carry backpack is that it can hold your weapon secretly and securely. Having a backpack with a gun compartment that your weapon doesn’t inside would be a bit of a tragedy. Make sure you measure your gun and then check the dimensions of the gun compartment on the backpack you choose.

All the backpacks in the review are made for carrying handguns, but if you have a long magnum, it might not fit.

It’s also a backpack

Although it can hold your gun, the backpack you choose should still be of value in other ways. There is a range of backpacks in the review that suits commuting to work, day trips, urban walks, and long camping trips. Make sure the backpack fits what you do most with your gun, whether is just carrying it for security, going to the range, or hunt in the mountains.

Blending In

Some of the backpacks in the review are very tactical and when worn, you may as well say, ‘I’m holding a gun’. This is totally fine in the outdoors but when walking around the city, it doesn’t go down so well. Choose your camouflage wisely for the environment you’ll be carrying your gun in most.


The material your bag is made from will determine its durability and level of water resistance. The backpacks in the review are all made from quality nylon and polyester but not all are water-resistant or as durable as each other. Ensure you pick a bag that has the right quality material for your everyday use.


A good range of compartments helps you keep things organized and this key in any emergency/self-defense situation. When reacting quickly, you’re often not as composed as usual, and having everything you need in its proper place will help massively.

Our Favorites

Here are our top choices from the review.

The best of the best is the Maxpedition Entity 27  This concealed carry backpack has an awesome style combined with the perfect amount of space and storage options. It’s well laid out, durably made, and will be an asset to everyday living with a handgun.

The best day pack is the Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack. This small, nifty sling pack is perfect for trips to the range of days out where you’ll want to carry your gun. It has slots for your laptop, iPad, and more plus its ambidextrous design will keep you comfortable all day.

The best range backpack is the M-Tac Tactical Bag. It’s the perfect size to carry everything you need for the range discretely plus your wallet, keys, and phone.

The best allrounder from the review is the 511 Tactical Military Backpack. It’s exceptionally well made, has a compartment for everything, and it’s the perfect size for a camping trip, day out, or commute.

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack, Large Assault Rucksack Pack, Style 56961
5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack, Large Assault Rucksack Pack, Style 56961
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Our Top Pick

Top pick concealed carry backpack 5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert BackpackConcealed carry backpacks come in many different styles, so it’s hard to choose just one.

However, the 5.11 Tactical COVRT18 is a strong contender.

It’s discreet, has enough carrying capacity for most people, and conceals pistols well.

The biggest downside is that you have to remove one shoulder strap to draw the gun, a con not shared by sling packs or messenger bags!

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Table of Contents

So, you want to carry a concealed handgun.

You have your gun.

You’ve taken the concealed carry course and received your license.

But, for whatever reason, you want to carry the gun off your body.

There are legitimate reasons for off-body carry, which I’ll cover later.

Just like carrying your gun in a holster, off-body carry is safest when you have the right equipment.

Sure, you can drop your gun into any ol’ pocket in your ratty ol’ backpack, but…

  • Will it be secure?
  • Will something catch the trigger? (The same problem as with cheap holsters[1])
  • Can you get to it quickly?

Choose a good concealed carry backpack or concealed carry purse and these fears will wash away.

So, what are your options?

The Best Concealed Carry Backpacks

Best Budget Concealed Carry Backpack

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack Black best budget concealed carry backpack
  • Colors: Black, Coyote, Coyote w/ OD Webbing, Dark Earth, Navy, Olive Drab, OD w/ Red Stitching, Tornado, Tornado w/ Black Webbing, Tornado w/ Royal Blue Stitching, Woodland Digital
  • Style: Sling Pack
  • Volume: 9 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 8″ W x 12″ H x 6″ D
  • Material: 600D Polyester

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Red Rock Outdoor Gear is a budget brand, but their “budget” means “cheap to buy,” not “cheaply made.”

Concealed carry backpacks have to be durable and well-made. So, all of the backpacks on this list cost $100 or more.

Except for the Rover, which is less than a third that price.

The Rover is a small crossbody sling pack with a very modest 9 liter capacity in its four compartments.

You can expand the storage capacity by taking advantage of the MOLLE webbing on the outside.

A single large strap comes off the top of the pack over either of your shoulders and attaches around your waist with adjustable straps.

As for concealed carry, the backside of the bag has a button-closed padded pouch that opens at the top.Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling cheap CCW Pack with MOLLE

It’s lined with soft Velcro so you can stick in a holster. That may not be necessary, depending on the size of your gun.

However, larger guns will poke out the top.

The inside has elastic sections that can hold pens, flashlights, and spare magazines.

A larger, 12-liter version is available for only a few dollars more if you want to carry more gear with you.

  • Can hold lots of gear despite the small form factor, making it a good EDC backpack
  • Great value
  • Many color choices

  • Full-size guns will break concealment
  • Not as durable as the other backpacks on this list
  • Will not be able to hold a laptop (iPads should be good, though)

If you have a small budget, want to carry a small amount of gear, and want to conceal a small gun, then the Rover sling pack by Red Rock Outdoor Gear is the choice for you.

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Upgrade Pick

Vertx EDC Commuter Bag

Vertx EDC Commuter Bag Upgrade choice concealed pistol backpack
  • Colors: Black, Black with Red Trim, Smoke Gray
  • Style: Sling Pack
  • Volume: 23 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 13″ W x 20″ H x 6″ D
  • Material: Nylon

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Vertx’s EDC Commuter bag is a uniquely-designed crossbody sling pack that’s perfect for use as an EDC CCW bag or as a Get Home Bag.

It’s a sling bag but, unlike many, has a non-ambidextrous strap. The strap goes over your left shoulder.

Though the design is not ambidextrous it’s still quite usable by left or right-handed people.

There’s no MOLLE on the outside, no “tactical” embellishments, nothing to let others know that this is a concealed carry backpack.

(I lied. There’s MOLLE, but it’s hidden by a flap!)

So, using this bag lets you keep a low profile while sporting the tools you need to win a firearm engagement.

That’s because the bag’s backside has padding, mesh for comfort, and slits for you to slip your hand into to pull out your pistol. From either side.

That internal pocket is Velcro-lined so you can position a holster perfect for your preferred drawing angle.

Also, there’s a pocket designed to carry a ballistic armor panel.Vertx EDC Commuter Bag rapid quick easy draw sling pack

Drawing your gun is even easier than expected because the strap design lets you transition the bag from your back to your front in a moment.

However, that’s also a weakness.

The mesh which lines the entire backside is slippery to facilitate this movement, which can cause the back to slide around.

Also, the various compartments and admin pouches all require unzipping to get at.

Getting at your gun is easy but you have to make several movements to get to your notebook.

  • Armor insert capable
  • Covert design
  • Fast draw
  • No Velcro or zippers to alert your assailant when you’re drawing your gun

  • No exterior pockets for minor items such as change
  • Slippery bag backside can cause the pack to slide around

The Vertx EDC Commuter bag looks like a sling pack for somebody on their way to work at a casual office but is really an armed and armored professional backpack.

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Best EDC Concealed Carry Backpack

5.11 Tactical COVRT18

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Backpack for every day use and concealed carry
  • Colors: Asphalt/Black, Black, Foliage, Ice, Storm
  • Style: Everyday Backpack
  • Volume: 30 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 19″ W x 12.25″ H x 9″ D
  • Material: 500D and 420D Nylon

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5.11 Tactical has a bunch of different backpacks available, all designed for similar purposes.

Their COVRT18 is probably your best choice when you want an everyday bag that looks at home on the campus or in the workplace.

Despite these civilized looks, the COVRT18 is ready to spring into action.

As you’d expect, it has a concealed carry compartment that can hold a full-size handgun.

There’s more, though.

The COVRT also has a “Roll-Down Assault Compartment” with MOLLE and attachments to secure a rifle, a flip-down ID panel, and even a quick-access flex cuff channel for restraining a subject or bringing excitement to your bedroom.

The TacTec System-compatible CCW pocket is open at either end and has a Velcro patch.

It’s supposed to integrate with 5.11’s concealed carry system but I’ve had better luck using third-party holsters.5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Backpack rapid deployment of gun

I’ll touch on that later.

The bag itself is well-designed.

There are drainage holes, two external water pockets, a padded 15″ laptop sleeve, and even a fleece-lined sunglass pocket.

You also get a sternum strap and compression straps to hold the gear tight to your body, good for hiking and running.

  • Can conceal a full-sized firearm
  • Comfortable to use and carry
  • Properly designed for both casual EDC use and for emergency responders
  • Very covert design

  • The carry handle can push into your neck
  • The TacTec System isn’t the best in my experience

5.11 Tactical’s COVRT18 pack looks and functions just like a good school backpack while being able to hide a bevy of tactical items. Drawing is a little slow, though.

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Best Concealed Carry Assault Pack

5.11 Tactical RUSH12

5.11 RUSH12 Tactical Backpack Assault Pack with MOLLE
  • Colors: Black, Double Tap, Multicam, Sandstone
  • Style: Assault Pack
  • Volume: 24 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 11″ W x 18″ H x 8.25″ D
  • Material: 1050D Nylon

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On the other hand, if you don’t mind looking quite tactical as you head about town, the RUSH series is a great choice for you.

Especially the RUSH12. Though the RUSH24 is also a good choice, it’s more of a bug out bag than an EDC backpack due to its massive 37-liter capacity.

The RUSH24 may be better if you need to carry multiple textbooks. If that’s not you

The RUSH12 can hold a “modest” 24 liters in the 16 compartments.Can you conceal pistol in 5.11 RUSH12 Tactical Backpack

Those compartments include a large main compartment, a smaller front pocket, and a hydration compartment on the backside.

There’s no dedicated concealed carry pocket but the hydration pocket works well enough for that purpose, especially if you sew in some Velcro.

There is a rifle sleeve for when you want to take this CCW backpack hunting.

For city use, the RUSH12 is a classic of college campuses. It can carry all you need unless you need to lug half a dozen textbooks with you at once (some reviewers have carried five!).

  • Durable enough for daily use, year after year
  • Enough MOLLE to expand the backpack for tactical use
  • Well sized for most people (Large-framed folk and people who need to carry lots of stuff should get the RUSH24)

  • No Velcro in CCW-capable pocket
  • Not stealthy

The 5.11 Tactical RUSH12 is a great EDC backpack that carries what you need for your day-to-day life along with supplies to get home, and can conceal a pistol.

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Best Covert “Gray Man” Backpack

Maxpedition Entity 16

Maxpedition Entity 16 CCW-Enabled EDC Sling Pack 16L for Covert Concealed Carry
  • Colors: Heather Gray
  • Style: Sling Pack
  • Volume: 16 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 10″ W x 17″ H x 8″ D
  • Material: 500D Nylon/Polyester Heathered Fabric

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You may know of the “gray man” concept[2].

It’s the idea that you should be as neutral-looking and forgettable as possible so if “stuff” hits the fan then none of it will get on you.

The Maxpedition Entity 16 is perfect for people who want to follow that ideology.

It’s a heather gray sling backpack that’s handsome but forgettable-looking, perfect for office environments.

All of the external pockets smoothly match the bag’s lines and curves. They’re easy to use without bulging out.

Gray Man Carry Grey Concealed Pistol Maxpedition Entity 16There’s one shoulder strap with an ambidextrous design. Two smaller waist straps hold the bag tight when you need it to stay in place.

This sling-style is quick to rotate into position so you can draw your pistol from the large CCW pocket.

That pocket has zippers on either side and is completely lined in Velcro so you can attach a holster, magazine holders, and whatever else you want inside.

There’s also Velcro in the main compartment for adding pouches, if you’d like.

  • Classic, handsome, and forgettable design
  • Easy access to the CCW compartment
  • Full Velcro lining in gun compartment

  • CCW pocket may not fit full-size pistols
  • Not designed to carry a laptop
  • Using some of the pockets interferes with using other pockets
  • Water pocket holders are only good for small water bottles

The Maxpedition Entity 16 is a smaller (but not tiny!) sling pack that’s a bit form-over-function. However, this form may be your function, so it’s still a good choice for carrying a pistol as covertly as possible.

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Best CCW Hiking Backpack

Maxpedition Falcon III

Maxpedition Falcon III Backpack for hiking with concealed handgun
  • Colors: Black, Khaki, Wolf Gray
  • Style: Assault Pack
  • Volume: 35 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 10″ W x 18″ H x 12″ D
  • Material: 1050D Nylon

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On the other hand, the Maxpedition Falcon III is good for carrying lots of gear comfortably at the expense of looking like a tactical backpack.

If this is what you want then it’s a good, durable pack, well suited for outdoor use.

It’s good for the city, sure, but folks may spot you as one of those gun-lovin’ types.

Like any good assault pack or 3-day bag, this CCW backpack can carry enough gear to sustain you for multiple days of hiking.

Compression straps help to hold your equipment close to your body, but the lack of a frame and deep design can make this a bit awkward.

It can be used as a bugout bag, a go-bag, a Get Home Bag, or as an EDC bag, depending on what you’re looking for.

The large handgun compartment has ambidextrous access via two zippers.

They’re lockable, too, which can ease your mind if you need to leave your bag for a moment.

The pocket is also large enough for full-sized pistols.

Plus, there’s enough MOLLE to further expand the capacity or add ammo pouches.

  • Can carry 3 days worth of gear
  • Large gun compartment

  • Heavy gear can distort the bag’s shape
  • Not covert

The Maxpedition Falcon III is a 3-day pack that’s very versatile and can conceal large handguns. However, wearing it may oust you as the tactical type.

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Best CCW Messenger Bag

5.11 Tactical RUSH Delivery LIMA

5.11 RUSH Delivery LIMA Tactical Messenger Bag Medium for concealed carry
  • Colors: Black, Double Tap, OD Trail, Sandstone
  • Style: Messenger Bag
  • Volume: 12 Liters
  • External Dimensions: 17″ W x 11″ H x 4″ D
  • Material: 1050D Nylon

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I know, I know, a messenger bag isn’t technically a backpack.

However, many people prefer to use messenger bags as their EDC bags.

Myself included.

In fact, the RUSH Delivery LIMA is my EDC CCW bag of choice!

It has a main compartment, front admin panel, 17″ laptop sleeve, and a CCW pouch as wide as the bag is.

The straps are adjustable on both ends and there’s a waist strap for holding the bag tight when you need it to not flop around.

I have medical supplies throughout the admin pocket (knowing how to stop bleeding is a very important skill, after all) and have the CCW pocket set up for a handgun.

I can conceal a Glock G40 in that thing!

…with a third-party holster, because the TacTec System didn’t work properly for me.

Also, while the bag can carry my 17″ laptop with no problem, it chokes when trying to carry much more than that.

That’s because there are too many pockets inside the main compartment, and they’re not as well designed as they should be.

Lack of storage in 5.11 RUSH Delivery LIMA CCW EDC Messenger BagInstead of expanding outward, loading up the pockets causes the bag to bulge in the middle, both inward and outward.

Plus, the laptop sleeve/pocket is both well-padded and bulks up the main compartment.

In order to fit everything, I have to put my laptop outside the laptop pocket and put bulkier items (such as headphones) into the laptop pouch!

Despite this, the LIMA is a tough sonnuva that’s comfortable to use.

  • Can carry any handgun up to Draco AK pistol
  • Tough construction with high-quality hardware and well-designed straps

  • CCW pocket has a small patch of Velcro despite being huge
  • Too many pockets, all made with very-thick fabric, resulting in less interior space than you’d expect

I love my 5.11 Tactical RUSH Delivery LIMA. However, it’s designed to carry lots of small gear instead of moderate amounts of bulky gear, and using pockets robs others of usable volume.

It’s still a good EDC laptop and concealed pistol bag. The MIKE is a 13″ laptop option and the XRAY exists if you want to carry textbook-sized items as well.

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What to Look for in a Concealed Carry Backpack

If you want to carry off-body then you want a durable, smartly designed backpack, sling pack, or messenger bag.What to look for in a concealed carry backpack how to choose

This doesn’t necessarily mean you want a bag that’s designed to store as much crap as possible, but rather, a bag that will give you quick access to your firearm when you need it.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to get both.

Regardless, part of carrying a weapon is doing so as safely and effectively as possible.

This means giving preference to a bag’s CCW ability over other factors, excepting durability.

Concealed Carry Compartment

A concealed carry backpack must either have a dedicated CCW pocket or a pocket that works well as one.

These compartments have to do three things:

  1. Allow you to easily access your gun
  2. Hold your pistol stable
  3. Conceal your pistol

Let’s look at those in detail.


CCW bag considerations access storage concealment stability

The idea of access is simple.

Can you get to your gun at a moment’s notice?

The main problem with a backpack is that the two shoulder straps can make it slow to get into your pack’s CCW compartment.

This is why crossbody sling bags are so popular for concealed carry backpacks.

You won’t have to slide off a shoulder strap. Just rotate the bag, reach in, and draw out your gun.

The bag will still need some way to keep the entrance closed. This can be a button, zipper, Velcro, or tight slit.

No matter the method, you should be able to have ambidextrous access to your gun, in case one hand is tied up.


You don’t want your gun sliding around inside your bag.

If your gun isn’t stable in the CCW pocket then it may not be where you expect when you need to use it, which can cost you precious seconds.

HAZARD 4 Stick-up Modular Velcro Universal Pistol to improve CCW backpackEven worse, fabric or a projection can catch in the trigger of a loose gun, causing a negligent discharge!

Always use a holster, even when your gun is in a bag.

Most CCW backpacks will include a Velcro patch to which you can attach a Velcro holster.

If not, then use a pocket holster such as a Sticky Holster (which appeared on my list of the best holsters!)

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Lastly, your gun needs to be hidden in your bag.

Otherwise, you’re open carrying, not carrying concealed!

Most concealed carry backpacks will put the concealed carry pocket between the bag and you, which helps concealment.

You may need to use a short pistol or a thin pistol for maximum concealment, though, especially if you need to put the bag down someplace where the backside is visible.

Internal holsters which obscure your pistol’s shape can help, too.

Storage Space

What's important when choosing a concealed carry backpack durabilityOf secondary consideration is how much the bag carries, but it’s still an important consideration.

Just like how the best self-defense gun is the one you’ll carry with you, a bag that won’t carry what you want to carry is worthless.

Everyone has different EDC needs.

For example, I often work on my 17″ laptop when I’m out, so I can’t get away with Red Rock Outdoor Gear’s Rover.

There were years past when I carried only a little bit of stuff with me. That bag would have been the perfect choice then.

Also, remember that a too-large bag can be almost as annoying as a too-small bag.

If it gets in the way all the time, you won’t want to carry it anywhere.

Bag Style

Bag style is half personal preference and half quick-draw consideration.

Many people prefer two shoulder straps for comfort.

That’s well and good because two straps help distribute the bag’s weight, though it’ll slow down your draw.

You’ll have to decide which bag style will work best for you by yourself…

…preferably based on personal experiences!


Don’t cheap out here.

This backpack will carry not only your gear but also your gun.

Do you really want a bag that’ll lose a shoulder strap after a couple of months?

That CCW backpack is a liability, not a good choice.

Should You Carry Your Gun in a Bag?Should you carry a gun off body in a backpack pros cons advice

Now, for a controversial question:

Is off-body carry wise?

Personally, I’m fine with off-body carry, but I don’t do it blindly.

If I’m not 100% sure that I can maintain control over my bag throughout my entire day then I don’t do off-body carry.

Here are some pros and cons to help you decide if off-body carry is for you.


  • It’s easier to conceal a handgun off-body
  • Off-body carry is more comfortable
  • Sweat can’t rust a gun in a bag[3]
  • Tight-fitting or summer clothes won’t prevent you from carrying
  • You’ll be able to carry a larger pistol and more ammunition
  • You can shoot from your bag if necessary


  • Forgetting your bag (and pistol) is a possibility
  • Your gun will be more susceptible to thieves
  • You won’t be able to draw your gun as quickly


Off-body carry won’t be for everyone.

But if you do, then you want to have the right bag.

When in doubt, a high-quality concealed carry sling pack is a one-size-fits-most choice.

They offer ambidextrous access to your gun more quickly than traditional backpacks allow.

As for me, I’m happy with my 5.11 Tactical RUSH Delivery LIMA…

…even if I wish they had designed some of the pockets to expand outward rather than bulge inward!


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What To Look For in a Concealed Carry Backpack

Finding a Concealed carry backpack can be a real struggle. There are so many backpacks on the market today. Backpacks range in price, size, features and more. I have a passion for concealed carry gear and have put together this guide to help you better understand what to look for in a concealed carry backpack.

Five Things to Look for in a Concealed Carry Backpack

  • Easy accessibility to the firearm
  • Velcro accessories for the holster
  • Discreet looking/style
  • Build Quality
  • Comfortable

Best Concealed Carry Backpacks


Top Pick
Vertx EDC Transit Sling Bag, Black
Runner Up
3V Gear Posse - EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack
Most Discreet
Maxpedition Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L...


Vertx EDC Transit Sling Bag, Black

3V Gear Posse - EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack

Maxpedition Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L...

Top Pick


Vertx EDC Transit Sling Bag, Black


Vertx EDC Transit Sling Bag, Black

Runner Up


3V Gear Posse - EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack


3V Gear Posse - EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack

Most Discreet


Maxpedition Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L...


Maxpedition Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L...

  1. Vertx EDC Gamut Bag
  2. 3V Gear Posse – EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack
  3. 5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack
  4. Waterproof Concealed Carry Tactical Assault Molle Backpack w/ Holster
  5. Cannae Pro Gear Legion Day Pack
  6. 3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Assault Backpack
  7. Maxpedition Gear Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L for Covert Concealed Carry

The below are the top rated conceal carry backpacks on the market.  These backpacks are reviewed and recommended based on accessibility, accessories, look, quality, and comfort.

Vertx EDC Gamut Bag

Some backpacks are made so that you can carry your weapon inside, while others are made particularly for that function. This backpack was MADE for concealed carry. Discreet looking, comfy, as well as most notably … provides quick access to weapon

  • The Vertex backpack features easy and fast access to concealed gear.

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3V Gear Posse – EDC Tactical Shoulder Sling Pack

This is yet one more fantastic alternative to splurge on as it has more features than most bags all in one. The quality and build of this backpack is built to last, making it the ultimate backpack for rough terrain whether you are in the jungle, dessert or just want a durable backpack. Checkout concealed carry clothing for the summer.

This backpack has many pockets for a variety of ways to conceal items. weighing around 1.6 pounds, the 3V Equipment Posse Tactile bag is just one of the most recommended backpacks in today’s market.

You can Find reviews on Amazon for this Backpack here…

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack

With over 400 reviews, one of the top rated conceal carry bags on amazon. The Covert 18 is a bigger, versatile backpack that is great for conceal carry. This backpack is built to last in almost any environment.

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Waterproof Concealed Carry Tactical Assault Molle Backpack w/ Holster

Your heard it right, WATERPROOF! four out of 5 stars with just over 80 reviews, This concealed carry backpack includes a Velcro holster as well as nylon instead of the the typical polyester which makes it water proof.

Built to last in extreme climatic conditions without worrying about ruining your backpack. Encompassing molle loops it provides adequate space to put the guns and also make it easily available. the padded shoulder straps eradicate the extra pressure to the shoulders.

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Cannae Pro Gear Legion Day Pack

The Myriad Day Pack from Cannae is one of the most comfy choices on the listing. While it may look a little bit a lot more tactical, it still fits in at the workplace . One of my favored features is the remarkably long lasting rubberized leading handle.

With just over 50 reviews, this concealed carry bag has 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Assault Backpack

If you are on a budget and looking for a less expensive back pack that is stealthy and has a simple backpack design… then this choice from 3V Gear is for you. Simple, practical, and also long lasting, this backpack will can be found in well under the prices of the above backpacks.

Check out reviews and more details on Amazon here…

Maxpedition Gear Entity 21 CCW-Enabled EDC Backpack 21L for Covert Concealed Carry

If you are looking for a conceal carry bag with a little more style, this is your best option.  This conceal carry backpack allows for conceal carrying in style and comfort.  Easy access side pockets, main compartment has drawbridge straps for additional security and a loop lined wall for hook back accessories.

In addition rear CCW compartment (a double-sided security lockout strip is included).

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