Sufficient CCW Training - What's the Magic Number
In many states, it's simply a right of passage. Being a responsible gun owner and citizen allows many to pursue a resident concealed carry permit in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and plenty others. But is that truly enough? At what point do we decide who is and isn't qualified to carry a concealed firearm?
This is really a question posed out there for those who have been long-time gun owners and users. It's common place we'll go on YouTube and see which idiot of the week decides to use a gun – but with so many accidental deaths stemming from improper firearm use, the line has to be drawn somewhere.
Training is an Essential Component for CCW
Before a person even receives a concealed carry permit, many states require they complete at least a rudimentary training course on concealed carry procedures. This ensures that the person is able to confidently and safely draw their weapon, shoot a target, and put it back in the holster. Additional steps sometimes include drop-handling and courses on legal protocol for when it is and is not justified to draw a weapon.
This comes up as recent deaths due to accidental discharge are a big problem amongst both gun activists and proponents. More importantly, some states – such as New Hampshire – are trying to increase the criteria for who can and cannot have a concealed carry permit.
Regardless of where one may stand on the issue, one thing is certain: ccw training is a central piece. Being accustomed to using a pistol or sidearm requires practice. One can't rightfully expect to draw a pistol the very first time and reliably put rounds down range. This is a skill acquired with time and proficiency. It's a way to acclimatize individuals to the realities of drawing and using their own sidearms to protect themselves and other people.
Concealed Carry Training as a Responsibility
The basic concept is simple. People aren't always as nice as they should be. And when violence erupts, it's a welcome sight to see a person with a knowledge of firearms and their use be able to come to the aid of themselves and others in an efficient and timely manner.
One thing is certain – in an uncertain world, more well trained concealed carriers is a deterrent against would-be attackers.
At what level do you require your skills to be at for you to feel comfortable with carrying concealed?
At what point do you decide you are ready to take on the responsibility of carrying concealed?
Tell us about your ideas in the comments section below.
About The Author
James England is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.