View Full Version : Looking for a Bag

05-02-2016, 09:02 AM
I'm looking for a good shoulder/messenger type bag for discreet PDW carry. I do a lot of traveling and lecturing so I'd like it to hold my laptop and maybe a projector as well.

Nothing that looks overtly tactical will be appropriate.
I see OST had the Rush X-Ray. Anyone using that one?
Any suggestions?


Jeromy Hasenkamp
05-02-2016, 09:43 AM
Dog Doc,

Check out the Vertx line of bags. They have a line of briefcases.

If you see one you like let me know as I am a Vertx Dealer and can get them for you.

This is my EDC bag.. it is the Transit sling. Their commuter sling might fit the bill. It is the next size up. I carry a fullsize laptop in it plus all the bells and whistles. Not sure how big your projector is but if smaller it will probably fit.


05-02-2016, 09:58 AM
Doc, Ive got more "purses" than two X-wives. I put them in two categories (bags and packs), then break them down into groups by size, because as we all know Size Matters.

For anything remotely "professional" as in when Im wearing a sport jacket or more, I insist on leather. I like laptop/messenger bags because the seem more "professional" than back packs; although Ive seen attorneys with back packs that look like they belong in middle school. Yeah I know nylon is the new leather and there are some fine nylon bags.

If Im headed to the mall, you may find me with a well worn canvas (leather bottom) back pack; but Im likely to be using only one strap. If Im out in the woods then its probably nylon and both straps are worn because theres other gear inside (this is the Land of Merry and the fairy princes and princesses would get upset if they saw my rifle).

That brings up another issue WHAT gun are you goona stuff inside? Ive got the Noveske back pack. Its LONG enuf' for a AR Pistol with a 10" barrel or a full size M4 in two parts. It doesnt scream gun but its longer than most day packs. Using a LawTac folder only solves the length issue and particularly in a LapTop bag it looks fat. I have gotten away with a buffer tube sticking out of a ag without anyone noticing; but it just felt weird. Whatever you choose it must be stiff enough to "support" the gun. Ive used various "stiffeners" from foam from a sleeping mat. As silly as it sounds, cutting boards work well.

I found a couple leather messenger bags on Amazon that fit my needs.

Ill try to post some pics as I unpack from the move.

05-02-2016, 10:15 AM
This one doesn't look bad at all...


05-02-2016, 11:08 AM
I use this:




05-02-2016, 06:50 PM
I second the vertx line. Ive had the edc satchel for a few years now and its holding up nicely. They all feature a dedicated weapons pocket, light interior color, any many other features. I also have the briefcase sized one for a little more room when i need it.

05-03-2016, 09:26 AM
Great advice here already ; as Edel wrote your environment / manner of dress may drive you towards certain materials and designs. Samsonite makes some good nylon laptop bags that are big and sturdy enough to carry an SBR AK47, laptop, power strip, accessories, and two spare 20 round mags.

Vertx is also great, my wife trains almost exclusively out of her Vertx Commuter sling bag. If you're going with something back-mounted instead of cross body, I highly recommend a sling instead of a traditional two-strap bag.

I highly recommend something with different zippered compartments, not just a divider. This was very helpful in working at several big name bank and retail giant HQs here in Minnesota. This will keep you from needing to worry about giving away your blaster while getting your laptop out.

I carried my projector in a separate bag. Trying to cram a firearm + computer + projector + mags and accessories may put you in a very large bag that you may not be willing to take with you.

Lastly, if you could provide dimensions of the things you want to carry it may help with more specific bag recommendations.

05-03-2016, 11:05 AM
When traveling, the most likely platforms are a Glock PDW or a 9" 300BLK Pistol with a Law Folder.

Brent Yamamoto
05-03-2016, 11:46 AM
I don't like supporting them because they are leftists, but the Timbuk2 bag I have is very good. I call it the hipster douchebag...HDB. Sounds like a disease. Anyway it fits up here in Seattle.

Whatever you get, you can contact SKT industries in Seattle to do some custom mods for it to aid concealment and function. He added a flap that not only conceals it while making it easy to access, but also gives the bag added support and allows for mag pouches etc. I believe I started a bag thread here somewhere with pictures. I'm at work or else I'd post the link.