Kakadu Conceal Carry Gear

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A great company called Kakadu makes some really fashionable conceal carry gear. Vests, jackets, and briefcases are in their product line. Here I’ll be talking about two items, the Kakadu Hoover Vest and the conceal carry briefcase.

First, the Hoover vest. What initially struck me was that the vest does not scream “tactical” or “I’m carrying a gun.” At least I don’t think so, you may have a different opinion which is fair. I have found it complements my wardrobe pretty well and most importantly, when there’s a gun in the vest it is not easy to see any printing.

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A pistol is concealed in the left pocket and is not printing. The vest is ambidextrous.

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The vest is made of a unique material called oilskin, and the owner explained to me that they impregnate wax into the cotton threads which creates a great weather and water resistant vest. In addition to the diamond pattern stitches, these two qualities help reduce printing. The vest itself is very comfy and warm, and it comes in black, brown or navy.

The vest can carry everything from a sub-compact all the way up to a full size pistol, plus two additional magazines. There are conceal carry pockets on both sides for both right and left handed shooters.

Second, the Kakadu Briefcase. The rugged canvas provides solid outer protection while its cotton lined inside can protect my laptop and other gear. I like it’s simple, timeless design — one that will stay relevant today and in twenty years.

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The detachable universal pistol panel can hold sub-compact to full size pistols plus two spare magazines. One nice feature is the velcro near each end of the zipper. The user can keep the briefcase unzipped but closed. In the event you need to deploy your pistol you don’t have to spend precious time unzipping the bag, you can simply reach into the center and pull the pistol out.

 

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What the Kakadu briefcase looks like zipped open, but secured with velcro.

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A Glock 26 with two spare magazines fits in the snap-in holster.

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A Glock 34 can fit in the same universal holster.

The Hoover vest comes in at $159.99 MSRP, and the Kakadu Briefcase comes in at $134.99 with the pistol insert an additional $12.99.

us.kakaduaustralia.com.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Mark N.

    Oilskin is not “unique,” it was invented centuries ago; it simply has been superseded by lighter and more waterproof polymer fabrics (that do not conceal nearly as well.)

    • James in Australia

      I think he meant it is a unique fabric, not unique to this manufacturer.
      Oilskin coats and Jackets are good in the bush and better than artificial fibers in some regards, ember resistance for one.

      • ThomasD

        Maybe he meant that, but he sure didn’t say it.

  • Cymond

    The briefcase looks really nice, but I doubt anyone under 40 should consider the vest.

  • wetcorps

    The briefcase kinda looks like vintage East European surplus. Paying that much for it (or for any bag, for that matter) would feels strange to me :b

    • Kurt Akemann

      Heavy canvas and leather and the kinds of materials an ‘outdoors’ firm would use, though. They’re durable out in the bush and they can be repaired (with sewing kits designed for them) out in the field. Those are relevant considerations.

  • Techbutler

    Remember, those are AU$…

  • iksnilol

    An ambidextrous vest? Perfect for ambi people like me, now only if I was old enough to wear a vest.

  • D I Genes

    Vest is too short for concealed carry OWB holster. Maybe consider Filson, might even be made in the U.S.A.

    • iksnilol

      You are supposed to hide the gun in the vest itself, so length doesn’t matter when it comes to if you can carry OWB.

      • Mark N.

        But that creates its own issue. Ever put a full size 38 oz 1911 in a coat pocket? Or even a 27 oz Commander or Glock? The whole coat drags down to that side, and there isn’t enough weight with a couple of mags on the other side to counterbalance it. And you pretty much can’t have the vest open because all that weight swings around.

        • iksnilol

          Just have another identical gun and amount of mags on the other side.

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            Yep balance it out with the same weight in mags.

    • Bill

      The Filson Surveyor’s vest is a couple inches too short in my experience.

  • ThomasD

    I wholeheartedly agree that it is nice to see something that does not scream tacticool operator. Also kudos for not having the model sporting a full sandbox beard.

    Why we don’t see more of this – everyday styled items adapted to the needs of concealment escapes me.

    Weather permitting that vest would be totally inconspicuous outside of any major big city east of the Mississippi, and pretty much everywhere west of the Mississippi.

  • Aklover

    Anybody wearing a vest outside of business or formal wear screams I HAVE A GUN, IMO.

    I only ever see vests on hipsters and people packing.

  • http://www.gunmate.com.au/ Aaron Mulligan

    Great CC! The briefcase is cool but I like the vest. It looks interesting. I think it gives much better access on the firearm.

  • Bill

    I have never heard of a documented case where a good guy was made by wearing a vest. Given the option available in fleece or down, or from athletic manufacturers for runners and cyclists, or workwear manufacturers like Carhartt, they don’t all have to look like the vests gun people normally think of. A golfer’s windshirt or vest will conceal as well as any “tactical vest” and look normal anywhere.

    I’ve wanted to try this brand, but prior experience with oiled cloth from Barbour and Filson has left me a little cautious ’cause of the kind of funky smell and the fact that they usually aren’t machine washable, which leads to less hugs from girls.