One of the main arguments against concealed carry concerns the safety of having a firearm on your person whenever you are out of the house. While it has been demonstrated that the increase in gun-related injuries amongst those with a concealed carry permit is negligible, there is still a negative stigma towards the aspect of safety.
While this stigma is held mainly by those who are ignorant of the details of firearm ownership, you should still ensure that your concealed carry practices are as safe as they can be. Whether you choose to take a refresher course in concealed carry techniques or you drill yourself, doing something helps immensely.
Refreshing your memory always helps, but you should also be ready to learn something new at all times. Life consists of lessons and there is no reason why you shouldn't continue learning as a CCW permit holder. It is for this reason that we have decided to go over some concealed carry safety tips.
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or more advanced when it comes to concealed carry, there may be something on this list that you didn’t know. Even if you know all of our tips before reading this article, you can refresh on some practices that may have gotten rusty by now.
Before you decide to carry a weapon concealed in public, you will want to make sure that you are ready to do so in the first place. While it may be tempting to slap your holster on and head out of the house, this can lead to an embarrassing, if not disastrous, outcome.
It is essential to know how your holster feels and how it needs to be adjusted in a variety of different positions. We would recommend putting on your holster at home and walking around the house for at least a day before wearing your concealed carry holster outdoors.
This period of acclimatization will let you spot any issues with your holster and deal with them accordingly since you may be unable to do so in public.
If you have modified your gun extensively, like any experienced gun nut, you will want to ensure that your weapon is compatible with your holster; you can do this in many different ways. For example, you can purchase a holster which is designed for use with weapons which have been modified.
You can also keep track of your modifications and see how your holster will interact with them, but this takes a more experienced gun owner with a more fundamental understanding. When you modify your gun, you are taking your safety into your own hands, and this is the case while concealed carrying.
This is the reason for which many will advocate avoiding modified firearms for concealed carry, but we understand that this is not always possible.
One of the mistakes that we commonly see made by concealed carry beginners is constantly touching and adjusting their gun holster. While we understand that the feeling of your holster may take some getting used to, leave it alone unless it requires adjustment or it will fall off.
When you can't stop touching your holster, you make it evident to everyone around you that you are carrying a concealed firearm which defeats the point of concealed carry in the first place. If you absolutely have to adjust your holster, try and go to the bathroom or your car so you can do it in privacy.
Letting people know that you are carrying a weapon can make you a target in some cases.
When you are getting your holster and your weapon ready for the day, you will always want to ensure that you set the safety on, if applicable. While a safety is not present on all handguns, the vast majority are equipped with some kind of interruptor to ensure that unintended discharges don’t occur.
While it may seem like a gun on safe can make the difference in a dangerous situation, you can easily train yourself to toggle off the safety as you draw your gun in one smooth movement. It is much more likely that you will injure yourself with a gun that has the safety disengaged than it making a difference in an encounter.
When it comes down to a choice between training more and potentially injuring yourself, you will always want to opt for better preparation.
This is a tip that should help improve concealed carry for beginners. You should try out a few different carry styles. You may wish to invest in a more versatile holster so you can try out various mounting positions. Since everyone has different tastes and different body types, you may prefer a particular holster type.
Instead of trying a single holster and sticking with it, you should at least try some of the more popular choices. We would recommend that you try a shoulder holster, hip holster, cross draw holster, and belt holster at minimum as these are some of the most popular options.
When we say that you should try these holsters, we mean that you should wear them for at least one day to see how they feel. If you are not impressed by the end of your day with a holster, move on to the next model. Whichever variety was the most comfortable by the end of your testing process should be the one that you choose.
Now that we have gone over our five concealed carry tips, we should thank you for helping make concealed carry a safer experience for yourself and everyone else. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below.