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Old 09-21-2009, 12:44 AM
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Default Conceal carry flask?

I was thinking about places to hide a conceal carry, to put a very small handgun (derringer/NAA mini sized) that wouldn't look conspicuous.

I had thought if there was a fake flask, a normal metal hip flask, this size...



...That had a false bottom that raised edges to hide it in and snap in place that held the weapon and maybe extra rounds. It would be safer than a concealment holster, which could potentially be shot THROUGH, as it won't shift and the interior is metal, and if it is found (police have a tendency to search people at random when they're pulled over locally), it'll just look like a flask, which isn't illegal. In fact, if it's empty, no one would even suspect it to hold anything other than liquor, so they wouldn't give it a second glance after shaking it our pouring it upside down produces no liquid.

It seemed like a neat little idea, and fairly simple. Has anyone ever seen one?
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:23 AM
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I bet this violates some kind of statute.

And hiding it from the police??? why?
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:36 AM
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I bet this violates some kind of statute.

And hiding it from the police??? why?
How so? A conceal carry is a conceal carry.

Even with the permit, you're likely to be on the ground and harassed for a considerable amount of time if they find a weapon in this area.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:38 AM
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It would be safer than a concealment holster, which could potentially be shot THROUGH, as it won't shift and the interior is metal, and if it is found (police have a tendency to search people at random when they're pulled over locally), it'll just look like a flask, which isn't illegal. In fact, if it's empty, no one would even suspect it to hold anything other than liquor, so they wouldn't give it a second glance after shaking it our pouring it upside down produces no liquid.
There are three potential problems I see with this idea...

(1.) I think of a flask as something that is HIGHLY likely to draw attention from police, whether they see you carrying it while walking, or if they spot it in your car. Since flasks are typically used to carry liquor, it's more likely that the officer will want to look at it. Flasks may not be illegal, but they are quite suspicious. I once had a cop who briefly questioned me over a plastic water bottle (of course, this is because I was on a university campus where people have tried to hide mixed drinks in water/soda bottles).

(2.) The gun would probably rattle around in the flask, which is sure to make any police officer suspicious. Of course, you could put foam or even paper towels inside to prevent this, but it might make it more difficult to draw the gun in a hurry.

(3.) Not sure how tough it would be, but I'm pretty sure most flasks can be penetrated fairly easily by almost any of the most common handgun calibers in the U.S. (.38, .357, 9mm, .40, .45). And of course, it goes without saying that a rifle of almost any caliber will also penetrate easily.

And personally, a Derringer isn't really my idea of a good conceal carry piece. I'd rather have something more like a sub-compact Glock, and I'm pretty sure that would be too big to fit in a flask by itself (let alone with an extra mag).

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Old 09-22-2009, 02:10 AM
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What if the person mugging you decides to try and take a swig of that flask?
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:14 PM
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If someone was robbing you, I doubt you could be like, "Hold on one second kind sir, I must take a swig from my flask!" before he either robbed you, stole your shiny and expensive looking flask, or just shot you.

And a derringer in short, sucks. You can barely fit them in your hand, and they put out less than powerful rounds. I wouldn't suggest carrying one unless it's a last defense backup gun.

I'm with Matt on this, something like a subcompact Glock or even a standard handgun usually tends to be the best carry gun, and as for being searched by the cops, if you're legally carrying, all you can do is bite the bullet and put up with their shit.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:13 PM
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Clap.
"Gimme all your flask!"
Yeah, I'm gonna have to say this sounds highly suspect.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:15 PM
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There are three potential problems I see with this idea...

(1.) I think of a flask as something that is HIGHLY likely to draw attention from police, whether they see you carrying it while walking, or if they spot it in your car. Since flasks are typically used to carry liquor, it's more likely that the officer will want to look at it. Flasks may not be illegal, but they are quite suspicious. I once had a cop who briefly questioned me over a plastic water bottle (of course, this is because I was on a university campus where people have tried to hide mixed drinks in water/soda bottles).

(2.) The gun would probably rattle around in the flask, which is sure to make any police officer suspicious. Of course, you could put foam or even paper towels inside to prevent this, but it might make it more difficult to draw the gun in a hurry.

(3.) Not sure how tough it would be, but I'm pretty sure most flasks can be penetrated fairly easily by almost any of the most common handgun calibers in the U.S. (.38, .357, 9mm, .40, .45). And of course, it goes without saying that a rifle of almost any caliber will also penetrate easily.

And personally, a Derringer isn't really my idea of a good conceal carry piece. I'd rather have something more like a sub-compact Glock, and I'm pretty sure that would be too big to fit in a flask by itself (let alone with an extra mag).
1. If it's empty when they screw off the top and tip it over, and I'm sober, who cares?

2. Foam fitting. When the bottom slides out, the foam would come out in one piece that you can quickly toss.

3. Not a .22. It's a lot heavier shielding than a leather holster.


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What if the person mugging you decides to try and take a swig of that flask?
And what if I'm in a gun fight and I expend two guns and need a third backup? Be realistic here. I doubt I'd ever use the damn thing in the first place, but it'd just be nice to have. Also, see question #1 above.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:15 PM
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Actually, I think this idea has some potential. It might make better *movie* kit than practical, though. Think about it. Trip the false bottom, the pocket pistol slides out (already attached to a Pocket Slipper LAM), you pull and fire. I can imagine how impressive that might look on screen, especially if a really good Hollywood armorer can rig it up as spring-loaded. The trick would be the placement of the gun - does it come out with the grip facing down, or left/right? Can the dimensions of the flask be retained and still fit the weapon snugly enough that it slides easy and doesn't rattle around? might a "flip wall" be easier, than a bottom drop? For practical use, I can see a few non-criminal niches this might fill, especially if one can keep the flask working as a flask.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:29 AM
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Actually, I think this idea has some potential. It might make better *movie* kit than practical, though. Think about it. Trip the false bottom, the pocket pistol slides out (already attached to a Pocket Slipper LAM), you pull and fire. I can imagine how impressive that might look on screen, especially if a really good Hollywood armorer can rig it up as spring-loaded. The trick would be the placement of the gun - does it come out with the grip facing down, or left/right? Can the dimensions of the flask be retained and still fit the weapon snugly enough that it slides easy and doesn't rattle around? might a "flip wall" be easier, than a bottom drop? For practical use, I can see a few non-criminal niches this might fill, especially if one can keep the flask working as a flask.
Maybe I should have mentioned... I was looking for a usable movie prop. heh.
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