The PDW Bag – 4 Options for Discrete Carry

After doing a series of articles on different PDWs I thought I’d revisit the subject on how to carry these guns. Obviously, your main goal is to be as discrete as possible and to carry quietly. There are tons of gun bags on the market, but a PDW bag must be low profile and discrete. It also needs to be capable of safely carrying a firearm. I have a few purpose-built options I’d like to share with you guys today.

Vertx Commuter

Vertx makes some extremely high-quality bags and clothes. The Commuter is one of my all-time favorite bags. First off it’s discrete with no tactical tells that I can see. It’s a sling bag that’s quite large in scale, but comfortable to carry. It has 4 pockets with tons of hook and loop potential, and internal pockets for organizational potential.

The largest pocket is perfect for storing a variety of PDW sized guns. It fits my AR pistol when it’s broken down, my Kel Tec SUB 2k when folded, as well as a KPOS with Glock and folded brace. It also has a small compartment that’s designed to accommodate an armored panel. The Vertx Commuter is an outstanding PDW bag.

Sneaky Bags Nautilus

The Nautilus by Sneaky bags is another large sling bag that can accommodate a variety of PDWs very well. This includes the KPOS style systems, broken down AR pistols, side folding rifle style pistols, and a variety of braced handguns.

The bag has three pockets, but one is hidden. The main compartment is massive and inside is a healthy dose of MOLLE straps as that are hook and loop ready. You toss in a gun, and plenty of pouches for extra ammo, or even soft body armor. The hidden pocket is perfect for an armor plate, or a handgun that needs to stay discrete. The Nautilus is a well designed PDW bag that can fulfill a variety of applications.

Blackhawk Diversion Bag

The Blackhawk Diversion bag isn’t a small bag, but it is discrete. It looks like a boring old gym bag, but inside it’s a well-constructed piece of kit. Inside it has a built-in divider that allows you to separately and easily store two guns, or guns and gear.

The Diversion bag also has two side pockets that allow you to reach into the bag discretely and retrieve gear, or even your firearm depending on the type and size. This bad features oversized zipper tags, a thick carrying strap, and a lot more. It perfect for AR pistols, the KPOS, and even PGO shotguns. The Blackhawk Diversion bag is a great little PDW bag that’s insanely discrete.

Elite Survival Systems Covert Operations Case

My newest PDW bag comes from Elite Survival Systems. The Cover Operations case is made in a variety of sizes and this particular model is their smallest and it’s designed for the covert carry of SMGs.

It fits smaller pistols with side folding braces perfectly and the simple velcro strap system holds the gun in a supported position well. The bag comes with an internal detachable three magazine pouch and a padded divider to protect the gun.

The outside has a very large pocket that can accommodate a variety of gear, including an armored panel. This PDW bag comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate everything from an MP5K sized weapon to a full-sized M-16.

These are four purpose-built PDW bags designed to discretely carry a PDW sized firearm. Their design and profile make then inconspicuous and easy to tote. As always recognize state and federal law when carrying a gun. These bags just make things a lot easier when it comes to discretely move your PDWs from car to home, to hotel, or just traveling in general. A good PDW bag is a small investment in the purchase of discrete security.

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.