Concealed Carry Tips for CCW Permit Holders
It's always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there's a couple good ccw habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we're going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm.
Keep Your Gun On When You're Home
It's an important thing to keep your concealed carry pistol on even while you're at home. Not only does it allow you to react to a real emergency that much faster, but it gets you used to the weight of carrying a loaded firearm. If you find that the pistol wears on you – consider changing to one that fits your body type and activity level better.
There's a lot of things you will learn about your firearm only by carrying it all the time. One of which may be that you chose the wrong one. Another may be that it's comfortable to keep it at a certain position – something you will only learn if it's on you all the time.
What you'll typically find when you wear your concealed carry pistol all the time is that the way you choose your holster will change dramatically. You want something that molds with your body and retains its shape while offering high-retention grip on your gun.
Don't Adjust Yourself In Public
Just like it's inappropriate to touch certain parts of your body in public, it's equally bad form to do so with your firearm. Not only could it be misconstrued as brandishing, it's just not necessary. You can easily go into a restroom and take care of whatever business you need to without making it other people's business.
A lot of new concealed carriers will constantly touch their pistol or holster. This only brings more attention to the fact you're carrying a pistol. That's counterproductive if you're trying to stay concealed. If you're worried you may lose your pistol, put it in a high-retention inside the waistband holster. Even once you become comfortable to the holster being situated on your belt, you will not have to worry about your firearm slipping out.
If You Carry It Everyday, Practice With It Every Time
You can't practice at a live-fire range all the time (or if you can, kudos to commitment). You don't need to practice with live ammunition every day to become familiar with your firearm. But every time you go to the range, you should attempt to practice with your everyday carry pistol. Not only is it the opportunity to see “where the rubber meets the road”, it builds that muscle memory you'll need if you actually need to use it.
Dry Firing Regularly? Good. Now, Take A Break.
It's important to have a clear mental separation from dry firing (unloaded practice) and when you load a weapon. If you just reflexively point and click at targets or objects, you can fall into a bad habit. Before dry firing, always eject the magazine and visually inspect the barrel for daylight in the magazine well and daylight coming from the barrel. If your firearm is empty, you have a 0% chance of a negligent discharge. Zero percent is the only acceptable number allowed when dealing with firearms.
After dry firing, take a break. It's good to practice, it's also good to know when practice is over.
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.