Instructor Tips for CCW

Concealed Carry Training Never Stops

CCW instructors give more than concealed carry tips. They are educational authorities who've spent time honing their control over deadly weapons meant to defend hearth and home.


For that reason, here are three top rules for concealed carry from industry experts.


Neil Nemetz, Geauga Firearms Academy

Neil Nemetz

Neil Nemetz, head instructor at Geauga Firearms Academy, is a NRA-certified trainer with 14 years of experience, and he has a history of training range safety officers.


As an OPOTC armed peace officer, he actively promotes understanding the responsibilities associated with concealed carry.


Here are his three rules for concealed carry:


  1. Having a gun on you does not make you safer, having a gun on you with TRAINING makes you safer.
  2. No matter where you carry your gun, it must be carried in a holster that has a hard trigger guard.
  3. The most important factor in having a gun "on you" is having a gun "ON YOU." The most effective mode of carrying is carry on your person not off body.

Tactics will dictate outcome, an idea shared by both Nemetz and Kyle Lamb from Viking Tactics.


Concealed Carry Tips from Delta Force Sgt. Major Kyle E. Lamb (ret.)

Delta Force Sgt. Major Kyle Lamb

Lamb has been deployed to Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq, and during his tenure in one of the world's most elite special operations units in the world, he's learned how to be comfortable with a firearm in hand.


He has three concealed carry training tips:


  1. Always carry your gun, if a business has a no guns allowed sticker skip that business and move on. Use a holster that conceals well and make it a habit to always have that sidearm with you.

  2. Pick a firearm that is sufficient for your needs. Many choose small revolvers, although they do make you feel good they are very difficult to stay proficient with. I prefer a small 9mm pistol with at least 7 rounds in the magazine, when possible I carry my Sub Compact 320 with 12 rounds.

  3. Use a holster that fits your surroundings. I prefer the appendix carry because I can protect the gun and always have access whether strong hand or support hand I can get to the pistol. Some feel this is unsafe, not sure what to say to them. If you have a habit of firing your pistol every time you reholster then I would say appendix carry isn’t for you.

Lamb's advanced military training has sharpened his understanding of firearms. Military and law enforcement instructors like Chris Cerino have a similar mindset.


From Chris Cerino of Cerino Training Group

Chris Cerino, Owner of Cerino Training Group

Before getting into his concealed carry advice, understand that Cerino has trained law enforcement officers, military operators and private civilians for more than 18 years.


He's also worked as a peace officer for 23 years, trained at international associations and has a dedicated passion for police work.


His three rules are straightforward:


  1. Be sure to keep your gun concealed. Having people know you’re armed isn’t cool, it’s dangerous.

  2. Don’t carry a gun without a plan. Be prepared to use good tactics for using your gun or to avoid using it.

  3. The best gun to carry is the one you’ll carry every day, every where. Find a gun that fits you and your needs then carry


At times, concealed carry can be summarized in only a few words.


Paul Faucheux of SOMD Firearms Training

Paul Faucheux of SOMD Firearms Training

As an instructor at SOMD Firearms Training, an organization that qualifies applicants for the Maryland handgun qualification license, Faucheux summarizes the most important concealed carry advice in three words:

  1. Comfort

  2. Concealment

  3. Accessibility


Jake Smith  

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Jake Smith (@notjakesmith) is a copywriter and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest who enjoys shooting pictures and ammunition outdoors.