concealed carry essentials

Absolute Essentials For Every Concealed Carrier

Every concealed carrier has a concealed carry essentials list. He checks it twice. He doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice. Okay, sorry, Holidays theme music is spilling over a bit. No matter what, there are things that every concealed carrier needs to have to ensure he's effective. A handgun is just a tool and by itself, it is unsupported in the world of concealed carry. Using an effective gun holster, gun belt, and carrying back-up magazines are all important fundamentals that we'll go over in this article.

Choose A Handgun Compatible With Concealed Carry

If you live in a state where it doesn't matter if you open carry or carry concealed, you're probably a lot less concerned whether or not your favorite handgun hides well on your person. For those of us who live in states, or live under conditions where it is more favorable to maintain a concealed carry profile – choose a ccw gun that works well with that.

#1: Competent Shooting Strategy

You naturally pick this gun up and put rounds on target. It fits well in your hand, you've spent time at the range with it, and you trust its performance. These are factors that can only be determined with time and practice.

#2: The Handgun Fits On Your Body Type

Not everyone was created looking the same way. Some of us have larger waists and others are long, narrow, and gaunt. It doesn't matter what you look like – it only matter that you can safely store that handgun on your body in a manner where it remains concealed. The first step, as mentioned above, is that you trust the gun to perform. There is no point in carrying a gun everyday that you do not feel confident about shooting.

Selecting A Comfortable, Safe Holster

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In this new age of marketing fandango glitz, a lot of manufacturers will rush to market a product that is not safe, isn't effective, but looks pretty. Your concealed carry holster doesn't need to look pretty – it needs to work and be comfortable to wear. Select an inside the waistband concealed carry holster that has a backpad and a high-retention plastic shell because it means no matter if you're sitting, standing, jumping up and down – the gun stays put and your lower back isn't taking a beating. Take a look at our concealed carry holster offering.

Don't Forget About The Gun Belt

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In the rush to get equipped, we sometimes overlook the small things. Going along with lower back stuff, if your belt sags or doesn't hold tight to your waistline, you could be inadvertently exposing yourself to long-term cricks and back pains as a result. This is failing to take priority for the fact that a gun belt will keep your handgun positioned flush along the waistline of your body and prevent it from being inadvertently shown to others when you squat down to pick up a box or move a heavy object.

Concealed Carry Permit

If you're a resident of a constitutional carry state, congratulations. For the rest of us, we need to keep our concealed carry permit on us at all times. It's our alibi if we're ever stopped by police or – god forbid – actually need to use our handgun in a self-defense situation. Even if your state keeps a rolling database that the police pull up when they run your driver's license, keep the ccw permit on you at all times.

Spare Magazines

One is done, two is good, and three is very ideal. Because we always carry with a round in the chamber, there may come a time we need to change magazines. Having that extra magazine is more than just a “good thought” -- it's a lifeline in the event you're actually in a self-defense situation. While we all hope self-defense shooting situations resolve themselves quickly, there are absolutely no guarantees of anything in a gun fight. Magazine carriers are important to keep on you for the extra ammunition capacity. Also, if you can, keep another in the vehicle just in case.

Cell Phone

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We live in an age where cell phones aren't just a status symbol anymore – they're our lifeline in an emergency. Whether it's calling emergency services to respond to a non-shooting incident or simply calling the police to ask for their assistance, a cell phone is something that we should keep on us at all times.

There's undoubtedly other things that are absolutely essential – like a good pocket knife or utility knife – but we decided to focus on the big ones.

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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.