Best Sling Bags

Sling bags are concealed carry bags that are supposed to be able to give the person who wants to carry concealed weapons an option to carry other items with them, within a bag.

In this article, we compiled the list of top sling bags and the qualities that make them ideal. But first let us understand how sling bags function.

Our Top Picks for Concealed Carry Holsters

ProductFeatureFeature
5.11 Tactical Backpack – Rush 24 2.0Glove friendly zippers.Tactical sling bag.
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SOG Ninja Tactical Daypack BackpackVelcro pistol holster.Water resistance.
3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Assault BackpackVelcro pistol holster.Compression straps.
First Tactical Crosshatch Sling Backpack.Tactical sling bagHiking and showboating sling bags.
HEX Ranger Camera Mini Sling BagCivilian sling bag EDC sling bag.

How to Use a Sling Bag

One of the biggest patronizes of sling bags are from military customers that love transitioning to more of a covert reconnaissance and a covert operation mode in non-permissive environments. So sling bags are tactical bags as well. Because they are mostly needed by Military personnel, they are made from the finest military-grade materials.

A sling bag usually has various storage options. Some are designed to make them blend into a more outdoorsy look based on the different fabrics used. The zippers are usually YKK, or in some cases, flatlock cord zippers.

The best sling bags usually have a storage area, and in the storage area, an organizer with loops on the inside, and elastic that you could put magazines, knives, medical supplies, or anything that you can think that will be useful for tactical situations.

Then there are zippered pockets for documents, IDs, wallets, or any other item that you would have secured in that type of pocket. Another feature of sling bags is the elastic loops on the front, so you can place pans, Kym lights, tourniquets, or whatever you might want to carry in the bag as well. Everything you want to carry will be secured inside of that bag using hooks and loops.

The most important feature, we are concerned about, the holster should be a good fit for a wide range of firearms. The holster should be velcro, and highly adjustable for the width and the length of major combat pistols.

The holster should have what we call a "break-free securing strap" on the inside. How this works is that you know in a high-stress situation, all you would do is grasp the weapon firmly, tug on it and it would come right on out of the pouch.

The best sling bags will offer services to both people that are left-hand dominant and right-hand dominant. So whichever zipper you are not utilizing to get your pistol out, you can lock it down.

Sling bags are also ideal for civilians that mostly find themselves in dynamic situations like riding a bicycle, climbing a ladder, snowboarding, hiking, or whatever kind of activity will make you shake your torso. For these activities, the bag would not slide around in front of you, so this allows you to secure your firearms at the back until you need them.

Most sling bags are not designed for quick dynamics, such that you can get your gun out and shoot.

Also, they are not the everyday package you can carry your weapon in at the mall, to the library, or the gym. Sling bags are great for guys who might wear pants in the hot weather, which is not conducive to inside the waistband holster.

5.11 Tactical Backpack – Rush 24 2.0 – Military Molle Pack, CCW and Laptop Compartment, 37 Liter, Medium, Style 

This is a high-performance tactical go bag with room for your guns and every other important weapon. It gives you plenty of room for gear and accessories while offering extensive modular storage expandability that allows you to determine how your kit should be organized.

The ambidextrous padded strap is fully adjustable while a comms pocket at the shoulder provides pass-through access for headphones. A covert pocket at the rear is a tactic system compatible and large enough for a sidearm.

There's an internal water bottle pocket that includes a pass-through port for easy hydration. The interior storage area provides ample space and a variety of admin pockets for optimal organization.

There is extensive molle slick stick compatible web lining around the exterior that allows you to build your storage structure from the ground up when you need to expand your storage compatibility for longer operations.

This sling bag comes equipped with the 511 tier system allowing you to integrate with other rush series bags. Then there is the fleece-lined sunglass pocket where you can keep your glasses, a sturdy grab-and-go handle, and comfortable compression straps.

The YKK self-healing zippers are glove-friendly, there is a hook and loop flag patch for added customization.

Pros

  • Fits a wide range of pistols perfectly.
  • Glove friendly zippers.
  • Conceals guns discreetly without leaving a print.
  • Made from highly durable materials that will not wear off easily.
  • Extra compartment pouch for additional accessories and weapons that might come in handy.
  • Great tactical sling bag.
  • Ideal for right and left handed users.

Cons

  • Heavy sling bag even without accessories.
  • Not suitable for civilians.

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SOG Ninja Tactical Daypack Backpack, Olive Drab Green, One Size

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SOG Ninja Tactical Daypack Backpack, Olive Drab Green, One Size
  • Water repellent backpack great for daily commute, travel, and hiking; modular design with large main compartment, front zippered pocket, and more
  • Carries comfortably on your shoulders with yoke-style adjustable, padded straps and adjustable sternum slider; contoured foam back with multiple air channels
  • Tactical features include MOLLE webbing for attaching a variety of optional accessories; tubing port for accessing hydration bladder pocket (reservoir sold separately)
  • Hook-and-loop are on front of pack for attaching a flag patch; stretchy side pouch fits most water bottles

On the front of this pack here we have a laser-cut Hypalon molly field for attaching accessories, maybe a medkit. The main body construction on the pack is a 500d nylon with a polyurethane coating that provides a little water resistance and good durability for your firearms and weapons. The front of the pack has a quick access storage pouch, a mesh pouch, which is good for energy bars or maybe your USB cables and power cables.

It has some pockets for a notebook, flashlight pens, and pencils. Big loop zipper can be opened with a gloved hand or your fingers. On the top of the pack is the impact-resistant molded shell. This is a very nice feature with dual zippers open up on the inside. It can be used for eyeglasses or fragile item storage, so if you do end up dropping the pack or falling, it is not going to get damaged.

The bag has some more storage pockets for pens and battery flashlights. On the main compartment, there is full access that opens up some more storage compartments.

On the top of the pack is zippered secure storage with a key ring lanyard and this is perfect for wallet keys and other things that you want to keep secure but you need to have access to occasionally.

The bag has a nice carry grab handle on the side and zippered access to a laptop compartment. You can either do top-down access or bottom-up because there are two zippers there. It is a pass-through, so they have the same zippered access on the opposite side to get through to the laptop.

There is a velcro loop field perfect for storing a soft-sided pistol holster for a concealed carry. Turning around to the back you have a padded shoulder sling quick shoulder as well as a waist strap with a quick disconnect to cure it down. So if you are moving fast the bag does not move around on you.

Pros

  • Fits a wide range of pistols perfectly.
  • Water resistance feature for firearms storage.
  • Conceals guns discreetly without leaving a print.
  • Made from highly durable materials that will not wear off easily.
  • Extra compartment pouch for additional accessories and weapons that might come in handy.
  • Great military sling bag.
  • Great outdoors and hiking sling bag.
  • Velcro strap to conceal carry guns.
  • Ambidextrous design.

Cons

  • Not a great choice for Everyday carry.
  • Too many features to be an inconspicuous sling bag.

3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Assault Backpack

3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Assault Backpack
  • TACTICAL ASSAULT BACKPACK RUCKSACK CAPACITY: Large 1628 cubic inches of storage for tons of gear for any mission, operation, or day trip; not to mention that you can use it for hiking, travel or bug out preparedness bag.
  • EASY TO USE: The large self-healing zippers give easy access. The clam-shell wide opening system allows simple entry to various compartments and sub-compartments.
  • HEAVY DUTY: Made with 600 D PVC backed nylon which gives the large backpack some rigidity, makes it weather resistant, and super rugged
  • ATTACHMENT READY: The Velox II take into account that each adventure is different and will require different gear being MOLLE compatible for pouches and attachments. Additionally, it is hydration bladder ready!
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: 3V Gear is so confident in our gear the you will receive a lifetime warranty for any possible mishap.

The crosshatch sling packs a little bit of velcro up front and a simple drop pocket perfect for gloves. It comes with modular compression straps, these are easy to move around and place where you need to on the bag.

Other important features for concealed carry include an organizer small gear (medium-sized), gear larger kit, a zipper secure pocket, key fob, and a removable key fob.

The bottom of the bag is left open so you can use it for storage as you move to the top of the bag. On the top of the pocket is an area for six-inch velcro name tape. On the side of the pack, there are two rows of platforms perfect for slim pouches.

As you get to the side there is a back sleeve zipper with a bungee loop for locking and it is a great place, as you rotate this bag around your chest, to keep your pistol in a velcro holster.

As you get to the main compartment. the zippers open up fully for that 190 degrees opening on the lid. You have two vertical zippers so that left-handed or right-handed users can easily access the bag for firearms.

Pros

  • Compression straps to easily move it around.
  • Velcro holsters for pistols.
  • Conceals guns discreetly without leaving a print.
  • Made from highly durable materials that will not wear off easily.
  • Extra compartment pouch for additional accessories and weapons that might come in handy.
  • Great tactical sling bag for the military.
  • Ideal for right and left handed users.

Cons

  • Not a great choice for Everyday carry.
  • Too many features to be an inconspicuous sling bag.
  • Not suitable for civilians.

First Tactical Crosshatch Sling Backpack 19L, Military-Grade, Tactical Shoulder Sling Go Bag for Men and Women

First Tactical Crosshatch Sling Backpack 19L, Military-Grade, Tactical Shoulder Sling Go Bag for Men and Women
  • FEATURES: The Crosshatch tactical sling bag for men and women is ergonomic and comfortable for balanced left or right cross-body carrying. This military sling has multiple pockets for superior organization and functionality
  • DIMENSIONS: The Crosshatch has a main compartment that measures 9" L x 17.5" w x 6" D/22.9cm L x 44.5cm H x 15.2cm D. Its capacity is 1165 cubic inches/19.1 liters and it weighs 2.45 lbs/1.1 kg which make it spacious enough to carry all your equipment and at the same time small enough to be easily carried around
  • MATERIALS: Made of 1000D water resistant Nylon helps keep what you’re carrying dry under tough weather conditions. We also used YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware to ensure long-lasting quality
  • CUSTOMIZE: Crosshatch comes with a main compartment, 4 external and 3 internal pockets allowing you to better organize your space. It also comes with a hook/loop interior organization platform and repositionable compression straps so that you can customize according to your needs and use it in different situations. The compression straps can be repositioned or even removed and kept aside for future heavy loads
  • VERSATILE USE: With its superior organizational features, our functional Crosshatch sling backpack is an essential part of your tactical gear. Its ample space allows you to bring all your essentials during half-day trips or EDC. Includes multi-tool backboard

At the back of the bag is the velcro panel perfect for velcros pouches. On the bottom of the bag are two layers of fabric which is also a pocket. The velcro opening is perfect for a rain fly or an extra layer of foam depending on the contents you are using.

Then there are small loops for sleeping bag rolls on the back of the bag, high grade aerospace or mesh with closed-cell foam, a single strap with 12-millimeter closed-cell foam dual density.

This strap can be rotated from left or right and the crossbody strap can also be positioned left or right-handed with other packs.

If the buckle, unfortunately, breaks, it is not an issue, you can take the compression strap off and put it through the loop and you are ready to rock and roll again.

It has a reinforced two-inch webbing hole handle reinforced with plastic on the side that makes it a comfortable handle. Then there is a small tunnel for an optional waist strap. The backboard can be used as a snow shovel, a paddle, and also as compression wrap. As you pull the compression straps off, they can be used in any of these holes over any damaged limb.

Pros

  • Rotatable compression straps.
  • Velcro holsters for pistols.
  • Great hiking and showboating sling bag
  • Made from highly durable materials that will not wear off easily.
  • Extra compartment pouch for additional accessories and weapons that might come in handy.
  • Great tactical sling bag for the military.
  • Great anti theft features.

Cons

  • Not the lightest sling bag
  • Not a great choice for Everyday carry.

HEX Ranger Camera Mini Sling Bag

HEX Ranger Camera Mini Sling, Lightweight Water Resistant Mirrorless Camera Sling with YKK Zippers, Interior Dividers, Adjustable Load Straps & More, Glacier Camo
  • Perfect for your Mirrorless camera or small essentials. Fits DJI Mavic mini drone.
  • A front access organizer allows you to easily store and grab your essentials on the go. Side adjustable load straps ensure a comfortable carry all day. A fuax-fur lined front phone/sunglasses pocket protects your valuables.
  • Dimensions: 5.5" H x 10.5" W x 3" D Weight: 0.8 lbs Capacity: 2.5L - Perfect for mirrorless cameras or smaller essentials
  • Adjustable bottom carry straps allow for carrying a tripod. YKK zippers with metal pulls allow for consistent and easy opening. A fuax-fur lined tablet pocket protects your tablet or phone.
  • At HEX, we are all about creativity and expression. In fact, our motto is "Equip The Creators." We are always looking to make people's lives better by focusing attention on often overlooked details or needs. We make awesome products for everything that you need in your daily creative life.

This is ideal for the urban traveler its size is and just the right organization makes it great as a personal item when you are traveling. it is adept at carrying your day-to-day essentials

The organization in the main compartment works well for your typical accessories like a wallet power bank, wireless earbuds and keys. And the scratch-free pocket on the front of the sling is great to have for sunglasses.

It is nice to have a dedicated spot for them without having to carry a bulky case. It is a comfortable carry overall but we have found that the strap can creep up close to your neck with prolonged use especially if the sling is filled up pretty heavily. It is a small nitpick but something to note for people that need a little bit more room.

Pros

  • Great everyday sling bag for concealed carry.
  • Compartments with organization to hide accessories.
  • Scratch free pocket.
  • Lightweight and mobile sling bag.
  • Made from highly durable materials that will not wear off easily.
  • Civilian sling bag.
  • Ideal for right and left handed users.

Cons

  • Poor tactical sling bag.
  • Not a great option for law enforcement and military.
  • Not ideal for a large firearm.

Conclusion

Civilians are advised to always go for sling bags that are not as complex or designed for military purposes. This will allow them to handle better, and be able to withdraw a firearm when they need to.

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