Concealed Carry Tips for this Holiday Season
With the holidays upon us, there will be plenty of excuses to be out and about in the nice winter air. Whether it's caroling with friends and family or sitting down for a big meal, we're covering some of the big considerations concealed carriers should have in mind when engaging in the festive holiday season.
Practice Drawing From Beneath Layers
A big mistake a lot of concealed carriers make when it gets into the wintertime concealed carry is not practicing their draw from beneath multiple layers of clothing. It's actually a pretty big deal when you think about it. Out and about with family and friends, we usually put on some layers if we intend to be outside for any length of time. Those layers can act as an impediment to draw style and ability.
Indoor practice: If you practice at an indoor range, it could be the difference between a little upfront discomfort of being bundled up inside or a much greater discomfort of fumbling for a pistol from beneath a coat, a sweatshirt, and thick gloves.
Outdoor practice: Thankfully, outdoor ranges let you wear colder weather clothing without feeling out of place. Even still, focus on a slow steady draw at first. The big thing is keeping the finger clear and off the trigger no matter how many layers you have to fight through.
Sitting Down For A Big Meal
As we've said plenty of times, being home doesn't mean being unarmed. As a concealed carrier, you can still sit down to enjoy a good Christmas Eve dinner. Invest in an IWB holster with a comfortable backpad. You may need to switch from a 2 o'clock or similar position to something closer to the 3:30 or 4 o'clock range. Find a position for your IWB where you can sit comfortably in a chair and still be able to eat like a normal person.
Indoor practice: Take a seat at the dinner table. Is your concealed carry handgun comfortable? Can you pass the gravy without the holster digging into you? If you need to adjust it to a new position, simply excuse yourself, go to the restroom, and move the holster to a comfortable position.
Walking Around Doing Christmas Shopping
Inevitably, you'll be called out to go Christmas shopping at some point (or multiple points) throughout the holiday season. If you find yourself having to stop and pull up your belt to keep your belt straight, consider a good gun belt. Even if you're uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a thick, rigid belt, you'll usually find that belts of this nature not only help keep your pants on the straight and narrow, they actually provide good back support and are quite comfortable.
Making that commitment to carrying everyday means being vigilant in guarding yourself, your friends, and your family. A couple minor adjustments and you should be carrying comfortably and still able to participate in all the usual reindeer games.
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.