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Are You Carrying The Right Concealed Carry Handgun?

There's a lot that can change between getting that concealed carry permit and carrying for your first three or four months. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but it will be. In this article, we'll go over a couple simple steps to find out if you're carrying the right gun for you.

The stages of concealed carry:

  • Paranoia - "Am I supposed to be carrying here? What if someone sees me?"
  • Life Adjustment - "I'm carrying a gun in the car, in the restaurant, and at home."
  • Comfort Adjustment - "I like 2 o'clock but I can't drive and carry in that position."
  • Training - "I really need to get some range time to make sure I can draw and fire."
  • Ammunition - "Maybe it's time to switch from full metal jacket to self-defense rounds."

Some concealed carriers experience none of these phases but a lot of new concealed carriers report their initial problems somewhere in that first three to four month window of receiving their permit. The reason is simple: carrying everyday, every where is an adjustment to how you live your life. And it's not a bad thing – it's just something that happens.

Somewhere in this phase, you may begin to realize the concealed carry gun you initially purchased doesn't match up with your expectations. This is most readily discovered through the process of carrying concealed everyday. You also learn that maybe your holster doesn't match up, either. Things like trigger guard, retention, and comfort all play big important factors in choosing an inside the waistband concealed carry holster.

Did You Buy The Right CCW And Holster?

handgun and holster
    Well, maybe it's time to re-evaluate. After the first three to four months, ask yourself the following questions:
  • "Am I comfortable while driving or walking with my gun and holster?"
  • "Do I feel my gun has the right magazine capacity?"
  • "Do I feel confident my gun is both concealable and trustworthy?"
  • "Do I have enough control over my gun?"

If you begin to answer "no" to any of the above, consider changing it up a little. The good news: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 has a lifetime warranty and free replacement of shells. So, if you decide to switch to a different pistol, you can send in the old shell and get a new one. This is also handy if you end up deciding that you want to throw on some attachments like a Viridian laser sight or maybe even a flashlight.

You should feel confident when you head out the door that you are able to properly defend your life and that of your family's while maintaining a low concealed carry profile.

And, if you do decide to try out a different handgun – make sure you're as comfortable with it at the range as you are carrying it everyday. This is the best way to ensure your concealed carry handgun and holster are properly suited for your everyday needs.

How many handguns did you try before finding your everyday carry?

Tell us about it in the comments section below.

James England

About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.