Everyday Carry Requires The Right Gun, The Right Holster And The Right Mindset
Concealed carry is only effective if you're armed. It's impossible to know specifically the time, date, and location of a potential attack upon yourself, your family, or your property. Plenty of people get lulled into a sense of complacency because the vast majority of us go through our entire lives without any violent interruptions. That, however, is a luxury. The reality of the world is that is not the norm. There are desperate people in this world and they, at different times, will seek to take things that you may not be willing to give – your life being chief amongst them.
In this article, let's discuss four simple points that will help illustrate why carrying every day requires the right gun, the right holster, and the right mindset.
Finding A CCW Holster That Suits Your Activities
Your daily life comes with its own unique struggles and obstacles. You need a holster that can handle it. A holster is one of those items that a first-time concealed carrier may overlook. It doesn't need to be expensive but it does need to work with your daily routine and stay concealed. We recommend going with a two-clip inside the waistband pistol holster that has a backpad for distributing weight and pull.
Make Gun Safety A Priority
Carrying in Condition 1/0 is actually the safest way to carry a concealed carry pistol. There's a caveat, though – it needs a holster that grips the gun well and keeps the trigger protected. If you need to draw your gun to defend your life, you don't want to be thinking about whether a round is loaded in the chamber. Similarly, you don't want to worry about whether or not your gun is going to fall out of its holster because you broke into a light jog (or even a run). Get a holster that grips your concealed carry pistol tightly and keeps that trigger protected until you're ready to fire.
Wear A Comfortable And Durable Gun Holster
If your holster isn't comfortable, you're not going to wear it. That's a fact of life. We can say all we want about the responsibility to carry concealed and stay safe, but if we can't implement that change into our own lives comfortably, it's just not going to happen. That's why we recommend sticking to a holster that uses a neoprene backpad. A backpad distributes the weight of the gun along a larger surface area, which in turn means you spend less time thinking about your holster and more time thinking about the road, your work, or the situation unfolding before you.
Gun Owners Have Multiple Handguns
The first gun you pick up as your concealed carry pistol may not be the gun you're carrying in a year or even six months. Tastes change and sometimes you discover a new handgun that you feel is better suited to your everyday carry needs. Getting a holster that has a lifetime warranty and free retention shell replacement is just one easy step towards ensuring the holster you've trained with is the holster you're still carrying – even if your pistol has changed.
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.