The First Rule Of Concealed Carry Club Is We Don't Talk About Concealed Carry
You completed your state-mandated training, applied, had your background check and bam – the sheriff (or some other authority) has given you your concealed carry permit. Wow! What an incredible day! From this day until it needs to be renewed again, you're legally allowed to carry a firearm hidden on your body.
Some people get so excited they start slapping stickers on their cars – proudly letting people know behind them in traffic that this vehicle is piloted by someone with a concealed carry pistol.
Congratulations! You have a concealed carry pistol permit! Here's your inside the waistband holster and feel free to browse around for a suitable pistol or revolver.
Unfortunately, you've just removed the entire principle behind the idea of concealed carry. The idea is that a concealed carrier can walk amongst people without letting anyone know he or she has a firearm. The bonuses are clear: criminals don't know you're armed if they try to rob you. Anti-gun freak-outs are minimized. You can drop off your kids at soccer practice and know that if anybody tries to hurt them, they'll have to deal with you first.
Concealed Carry Club Rules:
1) The First Rule Of CCW Club: Don't Talk About CCW Club.
2) The Second Rule Of CCW Club: Don't Talk About CCW Club.
3) Third Rule Of CCW Club: Don't Slap On Stickers
4) Fourth Rule Of CCW Club: Don't Wear Shirts/Clothing That Specifically Say “Hey, I'm carrying a concealed pistol - AMA”
There's a lot of liberty to being a concealed carrier. And all that sort of goes away when you slap a CCW sticker on your vehicle or wear a CCW-related shirt. And for goodness sakes, don't wear that silly CCW badge they sell at Wal-Mart. First, it doesn't make anyone feel more confident in your shooting abilities. If anything, it makes you look like a drop-out from Police Academy.
And for goodness sakes, don't wear that silly CCW badge they sell at Wal-Mart. First, it doesn't make anyone feel more confident in your shooting abilities. If anything, it makes you look like a drop-out from Police Academy.
No criminal in the world is going to see someone wearing a CCW badge and think, “oh, this guy is more dangerous.”
Ever hear the phrase, “the first step to avoiding a trap is knowing that it's there?”
You just helped that criminal figure out where the trap is. And there are cases of robbers creeping up behind a concealed carrier where they can see the gun printing. It's a very fast, accelerated fight for survival. If they win – they get your life and your gun. If you win, you put yourself in harm's way.
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.