Set Some Concealed Carry Goals For 2016
The New Year is fast upon us. It's time to evaluate where we are now, as concealed carriers, and honestly set goals for what we can hope to achieve in this coming year. Carrying concealed is a big responsibility but it can be fun and informative, too. Let's take a look at a few areas we can all stand to improve on and set some concealed carry goals based upon that.
Use CCW Equipment That Performs As Well As Us
The old adage, “it's not the tools, it's the craftsman” applies mostly to the fundamentals. Things like firearm safety, attention to detail, situational awareness, good marksmanship techniques – these are things we carry with us no matter the equipment. But, if you'll notice any tradesman worth his salt, he usually keeps some very good tools with him. Why? Because he uses them every day at his vocation.
Do you see a master electrician using a starter set of hand-tools? Did your attorney walk into court with the same suit he wore for his Junior year prom? There's tools of the trade for concealed carriers, too. And if you intend to carry everyday – which we all should – here's what they'll likely be:
• A reliable handgun
• Well-designed, high-retention inside the waistband concealed carry holsters
• Reinforced gun belt made of high quality leather and heavy military grade stitching
• A backup magazine
• His concealed carry permit
At the bare minimum, these are the ccw tools necessary to safely make it through the day. These are also the tools that the concealed carrier will train with the most. In 2016, make a goal to ensure each piece of this puzzle fits on your person everyday.
Carry Everyday, Carry Ready To Go
A commitment to carrying everyday is also a commitment to carrying with a round in the chamber. Condition 0-2 are all acceptable so long as you follow these rules:
• Treat every weapon as if it is loaded.
• Do not put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire.
• Do not point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
• Know what is in front of and behind your target.
Carrying with a round in the chamber means you're ready to react without a moment's hesitation. If you're worried about your handgun falling out or being taken from you, consider using an good iwb holster. This helps ensure that no wandering fingers gain access to your emergency life-line.
Commit To Training
Whether it's just a refresher pistol course or an intensive four-day workshop working on your defensive pistol skills, commit to training. Put all of you into every thing you do. You will fight almost exactly how you will train. Do you train how you intend to fight?
In 2016, commit to pushing yourself further in your training regimen. Take on new, challenging courses, try some competitive practices, and learn to not only enjoy shooting more – learn more about yourself by shooting.
Are there any specific goals you've set for yourself in 2016? Tell us about them in the comments section below.
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.