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How To Run [Or Jog] While Concealed Carrying

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How do you protect yourself while jogging? We cover the why and then drill down into various ways to carry a gun while on a run.
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    Are you a runner (or any other outdoor athlete) who often hits dirt trails or paved city streets at odd hours? 

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    We like to keep fit around here…

    Does your training take you through secluded areas where you could come face to face with vicious dogs, angry bears, or human predators? 

    Whether you’re worried about how to protect yourself on an early morning run or you’re just looking for practical (and comfortable) ways to exercise your 2A rights while you exercise your body, you’ve come to the right place. 

    Trail Cam Bears
    Bears…noooo thank you.

    We’re going to go over some tried and true tips for gun owners with active lifestyles. 

    Table of Contents


    Why You Should Carry on Your Runs

    You don’t have to look hard to find examples of joggers being assaulted.

    Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find pages of scary stories of people who were attacked on their runs. 

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    And it’s not just masked robbers or violent rapists either.

    In 2018, an Oklahoma woman was mauled to death by a pack of weiner dogs. That is NOT the way you want to leave this world. 


    Runners are at a major disadvantage when attacked (whether by humans or weiner dogs) because we’ve already expended a bunch of energy.

    And while adrenaline can help us regain some of that energy in a hurry, a firearm can be a handy equalizer when facing a dangerous threat.

    Why a Traditional Holster (Probably) Won’t Work

    It may be tempting to throw on your favorite IWB holster before you hit the track, but this can create a serious problem.

    Most running shorts are made with stretchy, breathable fabric and feature elastic waistbands.

    Concealment Express G19 AIWB Exposed
    Elastic doesn’t offer the same advantages that belt loops do.

    Even a lightweight micro pistol can pull your pants down around your ankles before you even make it around the corner. 

    Besides being pantsed by your holster, there is another reason to reconsider using your EDC holster when you go for a run.

    Most cardiovascular activities require a lot of hip movement. Even if you aren’t out dancing the samba, running with extra weight on one hip can throw a serious hitch in your stride. 

    zumba kid
    Same, same.

    One potential solution is to remove some of your ammo.

    While this will definitely decrease the amount of weight on your hip, it can seriously handicap you in a self-defense situation.  

    Mec-Gar 1911 Magazine Feed Lips
    You can reduce the number of rounds you carry, but that might not be the best option.

    Traditional ankle holsters present the same unbalance issues.

    Carrying extra weight on the ankles, even if it’s only a few ounces, can be a workout in itself.

    Womens Concealed Ankle Holster
    Extra weight can throw you off.

    However, when you’re trying to run with only one ankle weighted down, that’s a clumsy disaster waiting to happen.

    And if you’re anything like me, you’re plenty clumsy without any extra help.  

    It’s also kind of hard to draw from an ankle holster when you’re running. And we won’t even get into the impossibility of concealing ankle carry when you’re wearing running shorts.

    Brownells Daily Defense Ankle CCW
    Can’t really run like this…

    Using a Pack While You’re Packing

    Some serious runners swear by using a waist or chest pack when they carry a firearm. Although this is a pretty popular carry method, it does create some major concerns. 

    Fanny sack

    No attacker is going to wait while you fumble around with zippers and flaps in an attempt to draw your weapon. 

    fumbling for keys
    “Give me a second! I have to remember which zipper it is!”

    If this is your only option, a waist or chest pack is definitely better than leaving your weapon at home.

    Wanna choose this carry method? Then be sure to practice drawing your weapon until you can do it seamlessly. 

    Fanny Packs

    If you aren’t afraid of looking like a nerd for wearing a fanny pack, they can be one viable option for your runs.

    I hear they are making a major comeback in the fashion world.

    So long as you aren’t wearing sandals and socks on your run, the cool kids probably might not make fun of you. (No guarantees.)

    bad fanny pack
    We had to see this–so do you.

    It can be tempting to dig an old fanny pack out of the back of the closet. You know? The one that was super cool back in the 90s? (Okay. We admit they were never cool.) 

    Although we don’t recommend it, we know there are some runners who use them.

    If you’re tempted, just be sure to use a pocket holster or some other trigger guard. Throwing a firearm into any purse, bag, or fanny pack is just a bad idea. 

    Spiritus Fanny Sack with Inserts
    Dedicated inserts or holsters are a big plus.

    Of course, people do it. But there are plenty of people who also drive around without a seatbelt. We don’t condone either one. 

    Chest Packs

    Want to get the weight of your pistol up off that hip area?

    A sling or chest pack allows you to carry your gun up high where it is less tiring and easily accessible. 

    Hill People Gear Kit Bag
    Hill People Gear Kit Bag

    A sling like this one from M-Tac works well. It has a comfortable shoulder strap that lets you sling the pack over your shoulder, across your chest, or on your back.  

    What do we love most?

    The hot-pull strap lets you rip open the pack for instant access to your weapon — no fumbling with straps, snaps, or zippers on this baby.

    We also love the Snubby Kit Bag from Hill People Gear. It’s small, so there’s only room for a compact pistol, but it’s perfect for shorter runs.

    The weight is so evenly distributed that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it at all.

    This one can bounce around a bit, so you’ll want the extra stabilizer strap so you don’t get pummeled with your bag. 

    This one isn’t a great option for bustier ladies. Sorry, gals. 

    Keeping It Hidden

    The options we’ve mentioned so far have one very glaring drawback. They broadcast to everyone that you’re carrying a weapon.

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    Gun…what gun? Ohhh that one.

    If you prefer to be more discreet, we have a few other ideas up our sleeve. Er…I mean up our shirt.

    Part belly band, part fanny pack, the Pistol Wear PT-ONE Concealment Holster holds your weapon tight against your body so it doesn’t bounce or print when you’re running. 

    It also features a rigid outer wall that protects your weapon from the outside and a perspiration barrier to protect it from yucky sweat on the other side.

    Speaking of belly bands…

    Belly Bands

    Built for easy wear under lightweight clothing, belly band holsters are a popular choice for people with active lifestyles.

    There are a bunch of different styles to choose from. They range from super basic to fairly complex. 

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    Brave Response Belly Band Holster

    One major benefit of a belly band holster is that it can securely hold a variety of handguns. This means you won’t have to find a model sized to your specific handgun.

    One of our favorites is the ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster. Unlike some cheaper bands, this one features a hard plastic trigger cover and a metal snap retention snap. 

    Glock in a bellyband, ready to run!

    It’s also made of comfortable, breathable neoprene, so it won’t pinch your skin like elastic bands do. 

    Beware of cheap belly bands. The edges on sub-quality bands can roll down around the edges when you’re wearing them, which is really uncomfortable.

    Womens Concealed Belly Band
    Can Can Concealment Hig Hugger

    Splurge a few extra bucks on a quality band, and you won’t have to worry about this problem.

    Concealment Clothing

    Concealment shorts are another common option for runners. They fit just like compression shorts and can be worn right under your running shorts or sweatpants.

    You can easily carry your pistol, and your running buddies will be none the wiser. 

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    Concealment shorts also work for dresses.

    Concealment shorts also do a lovely job of lifting the bum (in case that’s something that makes you happy). 

    The holster portion is made from surgical-grade elastic and is stitched into real athletic compression shorts.

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    Also worth mentioning…companies like Alexo Athletica also make concealment clothing for active lifestyles.

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    You can read our full review of the Alexo Athletica line here.

    Beware of Gimmicks

    Gun owners who conceal carry are a rapidly growing demographic. And every time the news reports a story of a jogger that has been attacked, the numbers grow larger. 

    Manufacturers like to make money, so there are a ton of newfangled products aimed at athletic gun owners. They pop up on the market with frightening regularity.

    Magazine Bayonet
    I mean… someone made this.

    Although many of these new products claim to be the next best thing for runners with firearms, many haven’t been tested for safety. 

    Any product you use to carry your weapon while you’re running should have two very important features:

    • It should adequately protect your weapon’s trigger guard.
    • It should have adequate weapon retention.

    If it doesn’t have both of these features, it just isn’t safe to risk using it on your evening run.

    Running into woods

    Practical Tips for Running While Carrying a Firearm

    If you’re new to running or to concealed carry, combining the two may seem tricky. It really isn’t all that hard once you get the hang of it.

    Here are a few things every concealed carry runner should know. 

    Pay Attention

    It’s easy to have a false sense of security when you’re carrying a firearm. While they can be highly effective for self-defense, a firearm doesn’t make you invincible. 

    When you are running, you still need to pay attention to your surroundings, especially when you’re carrying a handgun.

    head on swivel
    Keep that head on swivel

    Don’t use headphones or anything else that could reduce your situational awareness.

    If a threat presents itself, you still need enough time and distance to react and draw your weapon. 

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    You need time to draw, so be alert!

    Although it’s easy to zone out on a good run, a dangerous threat will have a hard time taking you unaware if you’re alert and undistracted.

    It could buy you at least a few valuable seconds for you to react and access your weapon. 

    Dealing With Sweat

    It’s no secret that running makes you sweat.

    As runners, we’re pretty familiar with what excessive sweat can do to our clothes and running shoes. (Hint: It isn’t pleasant.)


    That same ammonia, dirt, and bacteria that make our athletic clothes so gross can also have a negative effect on our firearms.

    Although you may not notice it at first, repeated exposure to sweat can wreak havoc on external bluing and internal steel components. 

    oiled patch
    You’re going to want to clean your gun.

    Many holsters, especially those designed for runners, are designed to keep body sweat away from your weapon.

    However, you should still clean your firearm regularly to make sure it stays in good working order.

    The solvent in standard gun oil should take care of most of the mineral residue left behind by a good sweaty workout.

    If you are one of those people who sweat excessively, you may want to give your sidearm a quick wipe down with a lightly oiled cloth after each run. 

    Be Proficient

    Proficiency with your weapon is an important part of responsible gun ownership. The fanciest, most expensive firearm won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use it. 

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    Hit the range and practice!

    Most gun owners understand that they need the ability to put rounds on target quickly and accurately.

    However, proficiency also extends to your holster.

    Glock G43X Concealed Draw

    Spend time practicing your draw until you smooth out all the wrinkles. Then practice it some more until you can do it in your sleep if you have to.

    Muscle memory is a valuable tool when rational thought goes flying out the window. 

    Final Thoughts

    How you choose to carry your firearm when you run is a highly personal decision. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. 

    Rocky running

    You have to find what works best for you and find a balance of comfort, access, and weapon security that satisfies you.  

    What is your favorite way to carry when you’re running? Let us know in the comments. If you’re a jogger of the feminine persuasion, you can find some great carry options for both running and EDC at the Best Way to Concealed Carry for Women.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      A. Davis

      Sweat is the main reason I wouldn't use my EDC holster when running. Generally I leave the firearm at home and just use a fixed blade stowed horizontally in the small of my back (the CQB Tool from Spartan Blades is my go-to but a Marlin Spike from Toor can be very effective too). Just be careful of the laws... not all concealed permits cover all weapons... for example in FL its a concealed weapon permit... you can conceal any weapon you can legally own. But in NC its a concealed pistol permit so it doesn't cover concealing a dagger. And when it comes to reciprocity, its usually the "law of the least" that applies so just cause you have your FL concealed weapon permit doesn't mean it covers concealing a dagger if you're on a jog while vacationing in NC. That said, if I do carry when running... I find the most comfortable and least sweaty place is the small of my back. Its a bit harder to get to, but it bounces around a lot less. Also, no one would do an ankle holster when running... unless its on the outside of the leg cause if on the inside it will get bumped by your other ankle. Plus it would only work with leggings or long running pants if you want to conceal it. One of other thought... there are similar challenges when backpacking... most backpack hip pads are not conducive to concealed carry leaving you with the best option being to put it on your pack... but then you're unarmed when you drop your pack. The chest rigs from Hill People Gear or Eberlestock are good for this (I've used bino packs for a firearm) but they also lead to lots of chest sweat. Honestly have never found the perfect solution for being concealed when backpacking... a leg drop holster works well with backpacking but not if wanting to keep it concealed.

      February 28, 2024 5:52 pm
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      The PHLster Enigma is the way.

      March 26, 2023 2:54 am
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      How do you guys keep missing this?

      March 4, 2023 10:40 pm
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      Miraph J

      I struggled to find a setup that works for me. Apparently my sweat is more corrosive than xenomorph blood and within 6 weeks I began rusting up 2 different guns despite cleaning and oiling the surfaces regularly. What solved that problem for me was moving to an all-stainless Ruger SP101 that I can just wipe down with an gun-oily rag after each session. Been a few years now and no rust to be found on the firearm.

      The other thing I do is combine the Pistol Wear PT-One belly-band listed in the article with a CrossBreed modular holster on the inside of the PT-One. The PT-One is ok but I didn't like the trigger being uncovered and how the gun can move around inside its pouch. The inside of the PT-One is loop-side velcro material , and the CrossBreed holster is moulded kydex with a hook-side velcro backing. By installing the CrossBreed MH inside the PT-One's pouch I feel it is very secure, doesn't move around, and the trigger is covered with hard kydex. The CrossBreed MH is part of their Modular Belly Band system, which I tried but felt the band was too narrow and uncomfortable. They sell the individual parts of the MBB system and I find that by buying just the holsters standalone, I can then install them in other gear like the PT-One, or inside a sling bag for safe storage of a handgun.

      March 4, 2023 8:28 am
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        Try using some ACF50 on your weapon. It's designed to stop salt corrosion on vehicles, but used on the exterior of your firearm it is fantastic. Alot of wildfowlers use it.

        May 16, 2023 10:21 am
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      Julio Barreto Jr

      Have you tried the Arrowhead tactical sweats? They work great for me!

      March 1, 2023 9:54 pm
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      What're your thoughts on the philster enigma for running?

      March 1, 2023 1:52 pm
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      John Donofrio

      Everyone you pictured is skinny. What about us hefty folks?

      March 1, 2023 12:23 pm
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      I was extremely hesitant due to the price, but I went with a Phlster Enigma and I has been fabulous for my Glock 43x. I wear it mainly with running shorts or joggers and keep the grip of the gun a little lower in the waistband than I normally would (in order to keep it from printing on my t-shirt). I would rather sacrifice a little bit of draw time than need to buy a smaller gun. I’ve considered getting a Discreet Carry clip to secure it to the front of my shorts, but just haven’t done it. I also have a Viktos CCW sling that I take whenever I go out for the day and feel like I may need some extra equipment, it allows me to carry a lot of stuff in a compact sling.

      May 31, 2022 5:59 pm
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      Blake Seaman

      Phlster Enigma all the way; I've tried several of the methods suggested in the article and the Enigma blows them out of the water.

      December 18, 2021 12:44 pm
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      I've tried several different solution for carrying while jogging.

      The best solution I have found is the Undertech Undercover Concealment Men's Shorts modified a little with suspenders (thanks to my wife) just to be sure. Works great, at least for me. I'd imagine it would work with the women version too.

      I tried a belly band setup and it was almost OK but when jogging it tended sometimes to want to be a belt and kept slipping down a little and that irritated the heck out of me.

      December 14, 2021 1:20 pm
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      PHLSTER Enigma works best, does not rely on a belt nor does it even need to be attached to your shorts/pants. I'm surprised that this article did not mention it.

      December 14, 2021 4:51 am
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      Something I’ve been testing out recently is using a Velcro lined belly band (comfort tac is the one I used) and a Velcro line shooting competition belt. I like that I still get to use the same gun and holster that I wear all day. Adding the belt to the belly band minimized the bounce and drift I experienced when I was using just the gun pocket that was built into the belly band.

      April 10, 2021 11:24 pm
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      There’s some great points in here that I’ll definitely use in the future but I would like to add some of my experiences. I carried a Diamondback DB9 with a small clip that’s made by techna clip. I’ve ran miles and miles with that thing and it worked wonders in just basketball shorts and It’s because it keep the weight low. Drawing is slightly more cumbersome but I’m not worried at all during my run no matter how fast I’m running that it’s going to fall out. I’ve ran with lots of styles of holsters and my personal recommendation is find a holster that keeps the weight below the belt or shorts string for the best security.

      December 27, 2020 6:25 pm
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      Yo what are your guys’ thoughts on minimalist trigger-guard style holsters? Just the trigger guard cover and belt clip.

      December 5, 2020 9:49 am
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      Robb Wannenburg

      I carry a G42 and a spare mag. Barely feel it. I wear my 1.75 wilderness belt under my running shorts and use my desantis holster that has Yoga mat glued and trimmed to the outline of the holster. Works great.

      July 5, 2020 3:02 pm
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      When I’m running around with gym shorts, I’m usually carrying in my 5.11 Micro Fanny with a G26 inside it. One spare mag, small razor, and a small flashlight.

      July 2, 2020 2:30 pm
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