Best Concealed Carry Practices To Abide By
Your eyes and ears give you an incredible picture of the battlefield if you just let them. Most concealed carriers train to shoot at 12 o'clock (straight ahead). This can get us into some bad habits in terms of scanning, movement, and readiness. Your enemy will not always be exclusively placed right in front of you. And even if he is, you need to be sure what's in front of him and behind him. Situational awareness is the first and foremost concealed carry best practice.
Train Precisely How You Intend To Fight
A great character from the annuls of science fiction just happened to trip up on one of the best lines regarding fighting. It has nothing to do with how you feel – it's a necessity. And when that time comes, you will naturally fight at the level in which you train. If your shooting is sloppy and all over the place in practice, if you are careless about observing your surroundings while at the range, if you don't make a habit of inspecting your weapon – these elements will bleed over in an actual fight for survival.
Never Announce The Presence Of Your Firearm
If you're a concealed carrier – keep it concealed. No one needs to see the outline of your pistol or revolver if it's inside the waistband. Don't talk about your carrying of a firearm, either. The person you're talking to may be a concealed carrier but you have no idea who else is listening to you. From the moment that firearm goes into the waistband, keep it hidden, don't adjust it in public, and don't talk about it to anyone. The only time it should leave your concealed carry holster is when you're locking it up or using it against a bad guy.
Know The Law
Ignorance of the law is never an excuse for violating it. This has been established time and time again in – you guessed it – court cases. I've heard so many people claim, “the Second Amendment is all I need to know about the law – '...shall not be infringed!'”... Good luck.
For the rest, however, there's specific federal and state laws telling you the following:
1) When deadly force is authorized (State)
2) Prohibited places to carry (concealed or otherwise) (Federal, State)
3) Definition of threatening, brandishing, exhibition of a firearm (State)
Did you know that in Texas, a person threatening to use deadly force by the brandishing of a firearm or otherwise – as long as the person is limiting his actions to ensuring his opponents understand he will use deadly force – is not seen as an actual use of deadly force. I'm not sure if this means that you're allowed to draw your firearm and threaten to kill them if they were already subject to deadly force or conversely that means if someone is threatening you with a firearm, you're not allowed to use deadly force. Confusing, isn't it? This is why we examine the law and ask attorneys if we're not certain.
"Sec. 9.04. THREATS AS JUSTIFIABLE FORCE. The threat of force is justified when the use of force is justified by this chapter. For purposes of this section, a threat to cause death or serious bodily injury by the production of a weapon or otherwise, as long as the actor's purpose is limited to creating an apprehension that he will use deadly force if necessary, does not constitute the use of deadly force.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.”
In conclusion, responsible concealed carriers make sure to abide by these aforementioned practices as a way of avoiding harm to themselves and staying on the right side of the law.
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.