Top 5 Concealed Carry New Year's Resolutions
Each year comes and goes, commitments are made and broken. As a concealed carrier, just know that learning about concealed carry and training are lifelong pursuits. Each of us needs to continually push ourselves to improve, learn, and adapt. In this article, let's discuss five simple ways you can improve and reinforce good concealed carry habits and best practices for concealed carry.
Make A Commitment To Carry Concealed Everyday
Every day you wake up and you tackle the day. Do you do it with a concealed carry pistol in your concealment holster? Perhaps 2016 is the year that you promise to always carry, every day. This could be the year you discover that your first line of defense is truly you – and what better way to do that than with your trusty EDC?
More Time To Practice
Concealed Carry Learning is a lifelong endeavor. It doesn't stop at the end of a concealed carry course and it certainly doesn't stop once the ccw permit arrives in the mail. This year, make a monthly or even weekly commitment to practicing the basics. Activities like safely drawing and re-holstering your handgun, practicing with different draw cants and angles, or even taking additional courses. Choose a goal that fits for you and pursue it this year!
A Solemn Promise To Pay More Attention
Situational awareness is the first thing to go for most concealed carriers. We get stuck in our patterns and our minds and shut the rest of the world out. Perhaps this year is the year we promise to pay more attention. Whether it's putting down the smartphone or just people watching, 2016 has never been a better time to fight complacency and promote situational awareness.
Be A Peacemaker – Save The Arguments
If you've ever caught yourself having a bad temper or found yourself in an argument while armed, this may be the opportunity to make a promise to yourself to save the arguments until you're done carrying. If you just got cut off in traffic or some idiot nearly rear-ended you, 2016 is a great year to promise to move past it. Your life is more important.
When you see a fight take place, are you strong enough to know the right thing to do? Let this upcoming year be the time where you prove that you're mature and stable enough to resolve a conflict before it starts through conflict-avoidance and De-escalation of force. It doesn't mean you can't defend yourself – it just means you're making sure it's absolutely necessary.
Educate Yourself More About Concealed Carry
There are a number of ways each concealed carrier can enhance and make his experience with concealed carry safer, more fun, and even inspirational. Would you consider making a commitment to educating yourself more about concealed carry?
Whether it's looking up the gun laws in your state or finding out what it takes to get a non-resident concealed carry permit, there are ways that you can continually expand your horizons while protecting yourself.
This promise could be as simple as scheduling a time to take an advanced pistol course or as fun as joining an organization like the IPSC and participating in at least one of their beginner events. You make the rules but definitely make the promise to abide by best practices for concealed carry.
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.