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This year at SHOT Show, Tim Tang, President of Maxpedition, gave us a tour of some of their new products. Naturally, we focused on their various bags and accessories that have CCW applications and work well at the shooting range . . .

Backpacks, messenger bags, laptop bags, cross-body shoulder bags, wallets, holsters, and more…

For some reason I really liked the round or round-ish, reinforced grab handles that appear on many of Maxpedition’s bags. They look good, feel good (and solid), and are rigid enough to stand proud so they’re easily found, plus won’t squash your hand if the bag is really heavy.

The product lines of backpacks are pretty extensive, with packs suiting just about any possible size, intended use, and attachment system. Many are modular, with the ability to add/subtract or expand/squish compartments as needed.

Relatively hidden (when zipped closed) CCW pockets exist on many styles of packs. On the Veldspar here, a tug on the snap tab will open up the compartment. It’s lined with a soft material that feels somewhat like velour, and acts as the “loop” side for hook-and-loop fasteners.

For instance, hook-backed pistol holsters and other accessories (magazine holsters, universal holsters, various pouches, etc.) allowing the user to securely mount guns and gear inside the compartment oriented as they please.

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  1. Don’t get me wrong I like Maxpedition and I have some of their stuff. It’s rugged and reliable.

    I just wish they’d stop putting PALS ladders on everything. Most of their stuff screams “I operate so fucking hard!!!” way too loudly.

    Again, good quality with some real thought put behind it. I just wish it was more discreet. Regardless of what the operationally operating operators on YouTube claim, PALS webbing all over your stuff stands out to pretty much everyone regardless of the bag’s color and it especially stands out to the people you don’t want it to stand it to.

    • On the other hand, that “look” seems to be “in” now so at least it’s more ubiquitous – and less obvious – than it used to be.

      Case in point: saw a guy in the airport the other day wearing a tie-dyed peace symbol tee shirt and wearing a smallish backpack in digital camo with webbing. (And obviously not issue.) He stood out more for the shirt.

      • I’ll agree with you to a point but I still feel that it’s attention grabbing for all the wrong reasons.

        Range bag or camping, cool. Past that I just feel that begging for attention of this type is a bad idea.


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