Loading the Z.A.P.6 with gun and magazine in the CCW pocket, and a normal day’s outing of gear in the other compartments, the bag carries comfortably across the shoulder, low by the beltline. The Z.A.P.6 does come with a detachable and adjustable cross-strap if you want a higher or more secure carry. (I personally don’t like cross straps and don’t use them, so consider my observations in this light.) Since the CCW compartment is in front of the main compartment a heavy gun carried there will cause the front of the pack to lean out a little from your body unless the main compartment is full – something that a spare jacket carried there will do nicely without adding any real weight. Just as designed, the Z.A.P.6 spins around your shoulder quickly, placing one of the CCW access zippers at your sternum, and making gun access fast and easy. The shoulder strap is very comfortable, and if you want even quicker pistol access the compatibly-styled COVRT Pistol Pouch from 5.11 can attach directly to it via the QuickTact system.
Carrying a gun off-body is never as good as carrying it on your body, but sometimes it is necessary or the most practical thing to do. In those situations it is almost never going to be the case that a bag or pack that can be “made” as a gun bag is a good thing, or even a neutral thing. It will almost always be better if your gun bag is completely innocent-looking, and the Z.A.P.6 from 5.11 is one of the few options here – and it’s also very well designed.
Remember the movie My Cousin Vinny? Well, as one of the main characters said in it, this bag blends.