Looking for concealed carry tips? Keep reading to see how you can carry your gun without it getting in the way.
The 5 Best Concealed Carry Tips for Responsible Gun Owners
Some people will try to convince you that anyone who carries a gun, with or without a gun license, is a dangerous criminal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, there are people who bring firearms around in order to rob someone, or worse, hurt and take innocent lives. But they are the minority. The issue of carrying guns has always been a point of contention between anti-gun advocates and responsible gun owners, but the bottom line is we as American citizens have a right to bear arms, and that right includes concealed carry.
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Despite what some may say, there are plenty of valid reasons to concealed carry. The most important being that you simply want to protect yourself if the need should ever arise.
Most people who carry a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) never experience a serious situation where they have to use it, and they hope they never do. But it’s still important to be prepared for the worst and to be familiar with your firearm in case you ever do need to use it.
Remember that choosing to concealed carry does come with responsibilities. If you do concealed carry, you should know how to use your weapon safely and properly and how to truly keep it “concealed.”
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5 Tips for Concealed Carry
There are lots of little things you can do to make carrying concealed easier on a day to day basis. When I first started out carrying, there were quite a few things that I wish I had known at the time.
1. Try new guns and holsters out around the house before you wear them out in public
Whether you’re getting ready for your first CCW or switching gear, it’s a good idea to take it for a test run around the house on a weekend. This way you know how the gun/holster combo works when you have to perform regular actions like bending/sitting/going to the bathroom.
2. No one can see your gun, but they can see you fiddling with your shirt
People obsess about concealment. We worry about printing a lot, when the real truth of the matter is most people won’t notice your gun. What people will notice is you fiddling with your shirt and constantly picking at the tail of it to make sure your gun stays concealed. Relax and stop picking at your shirt.
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3. Actually practice with your carry gear before you wear it “for real”
Remember, we’re betting on this gear to save our lives in an emergency. Never carry an untested gun/holster combo, because in the terrible moment where you need it, untested gear is more likely to fail than tried and true kit. I’d never carry a gun/holster combo that I hadn’t practiced with.
4. Don’t dry fire then immediately load up again
After you finish a dry fire practice session, take a 10-minute break before you reload and put your gun back on. The idea behind this is to create a mental separation between unloaded practice and actually carrying a loaded gun.
Here are some tips for everyday concealed carry. For more information, be sure to check out the whole article.
The philosophy of survival and preparedness goes hand in hand with the desire to concealed carry. It’s not that we’re being paranoid. We just want to be responsible for our own safety and that of others.
All you have to do is remember the horrible recent mass shootings at places like schools and movie theaters to understand why carrying a concealed weapon is a must for any survivalist. We pray we don’t ever have to use our guns in a situation like that, but we will know what to do if we do.
It is also worth noting that the gun is not intended mainly for taking an attacker’s life. When the situation calls for it, like facing an armed bad guy, there is still a choice to just take him down and not take his life. This is the situation that will differentiate those who carry a gun for self-defense and those who have malicious intent.
Responsible gun ownership dictates that using your weapon should only be the very last resort, so even in life-and-death situations, you have to keep your senses and avoid pulling the trigger right away.
This is a fine line, but we simply cannot be like other gun carriers who lose their temper on trivial things like a traffic altercation or a bar fight. If you want to concealed carry, make sure you have the right training, the right state of mind, and meet all the legal requirements.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 14, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.