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    Can You Concealed Carry In A Bank?

    March 22, 2016 9:02:40 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We all know our deposits are covered up to a certain amount. If you're in the middle of your local bank branch and a team of armed robbers hits the joint, your money is safe. However, your life and the lives of those around you may be placed into jeopardy. It's at this point, you have to make a decision as to whether you want to act. That's right – it's a decision. And it's a highly unlikely decision, statistically, but still one every concealed carrier may be placed within...

    Why Concealed Carry is Good For Law Enforcement

    March 22, 2016 8:25:48 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The difference between the police and the average person is a police officer is a sworn officer of the law. These brave men and women take a solemn obligation to defend, protect, and enforce the laws and regulations of their jurisdiction. As concealed carriers, we're mostly interested in just protecting ourselves, our family, and our property...

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not everyone is satisfied by a cheap nylon pocket holster and not every concealed carrier needs some space-age Year 3000 monstrosity hanging off his shoulder. If you fall into the middle somewhere, you're probably looking for a specific type of holster that meets your everyday carry needs. In this article, we'll discuss five easy steps to identifying your perfect holster...

    How to Conceal Carry During Exercise

    March 18, 2016 8:04:31 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Working out is really important. It's great for your reflexes not to mention your mental and physical well-being. For those that prefer to carry concealed at the gym, this article will hopefully propose a couple useful tips for you to use...

    Concealed Carry On Campus

    March 14, 2016 12:34:54 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A lot of universities and college campuses around the country are designated “gun free zones” either by state legislation or by campus administrators. Just because a school has signs disallowing weapons on campus doesn't mean that bad guys will read those signs much less heed them...

    Concealed Carry Etiquette In Someone's Home

    March 14, 2016 9:37:12 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    When you're in your home, you're master of your domain. So long as you pay taxes and follow the law, the government pretty much leaves your home alone. Put yourself in those shoes for a second and now think about when you invite folks over. Whether it's a backyard barbecue or your wife's in-laws, you probably would want to know who's armed...

    Concealed Carry and Business Attire

    March 8, 2016 8:46:23 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    For those of us who carry in our place of work, we're probably used to business casual or professional attire. Indoor work environments are usually air conditioned and kept at temperatures that make wearing multiple layers slightly uncomfortable. Thus, let's discuss how best to carry concealed while in the workplace...

    kids and gun safety  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We've all heard of tragedies revolving around very young children and firearms. Often times, these incidents are attributable to a certain amount of neglect on behalf of the guardian. Firearms are an extremely important, serious affair. That is why we want to discuss some techniques and ideas towards keeping grabby hands off your concealed carry or open carry handgun...

    How to Tell If Someone Is Concealed Carrying

    March 4, 2016 1:10:36 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Police and law enforcement are trained to spot someone carrying a concealed handgun. In most cases, it's not a big deal. Police usually are just trying to stay aware of their situation – something concealed carriers also need to do. In this article, we'll outline a few of the ways that concealed carry handguns can “show” or “spot” themselves just through our regular routines...

    How to Stay Concealed While Sitting Down

    February 25, 2016 8:16:19 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Modern life has us positioning our posteriors all over the place. When you're carrying a pistol in an inside the waistband concealed carry holster, you've likely experienced a certain degree of self-awareness you weren't expecting. When shirts slide up and trousers arc down, there can be a bit of gap coverage where a pistol grip can be revealed. In this article, we're going to head this off at the pass and discuss ways to stay concealed while sitting down...

    How You Know You're Carrying The Right Gun

    February 23, 2016 9:51:26 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's a lot that can change between getting that concealed carry permit and carrying for your first three or four months. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but it will be. In this article, we'll go over a couple simple steps to find out if you're carrying the right gun for you.

    Concealed Carry At Work

    February 22, 2016 8:17:08 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Every day carry means carrying everywhere you are legally allowed to, every single day of the year you're physically able. It's not so much a burdensome commitment as it is a great piece of mind for your daily activities. In a previous article, we discussed carrying concealed in business attire. In this article, we'll talk about broaching the topic of discussing concealed carry with your employer.

    Absolute Essentials For Every Concealed Carrier

    February 19, 2016 10:55:18 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    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.

    Why More Sheriffs Advocate Concealed Carry

    February 17, 2016 8:16:01 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Concealed carry has gotten a lot of attention in this past recent year. Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have urged citizens to take up their lawful right to protect themselves with firearms. While not all sheriffs and police are as adamant about the right to defend one's self, there's a common core of logic running throughout most of these recent endorsements...

    Best Compact Concealed Carry Handguns of 2015

    February 12, 2016 10:00:59 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    SHOT Show 2016 came and went in January and we're already excited from what the gun manufacturers have in store for this year. In the meantime, we'll take some time to reflect on some of the recent additions to the firearms world. This article will be focused on which five compact concealed carry firearms caught our eye – and why.

    Concealed Carry - Facing A Gunman - What Now?

    February 10, 2016 9:51:51 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's forget about Hollywood or even our own imaginations for a second. Every single day, in the United States, somebody somewhere is being subjected to illegal violent force. There are three basic strategies to facing off against a violent opponent: flee, fight, or roll over.

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Self-defense situations out in the real world are anything but cut-and-dried. The only reason to draw your concealed handgun holster is if you have every intention of addressing a clear and present danger to yourself, your family, or your property. That said, when that gun comes out of your ccw holster, you're probably the only one who knows what you plan on doing with it...

    gun free zones  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The very term “gun free zone” is a misnomer. Unless every person entering and exiting an area is meticulously physically checked for weapons, there is absolutely no guarantee that someone in that room has a weapon he's not supposed to have. That means that person effectively has the advantage in either perpetrating violence or, conversely, defending his life from one.

    the best non resident ccw permits for travel  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    As a New Hampshire resident, I lament the fact that New Hampshire has dirt for reciprocity. In order to travel and obey the law in other states, it's necessary sometimes to pursue non-resident concealed carry permits. Many states offer non-resident permits and others stipulate you must be a resident in order to apply. In this article, we'll feature five tiers of different states that offer non-resident concealed carry permits so you know which one gets you the furthest for your time and energy.

    How Tactical Lights Improve Concealed Carry

    January 29, 2016 12:50:38 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Yes – Alien Gear and other companies do make high-retention plastic shells to work with certain models and brands of tactical mounted lights. So, we now live in a world where you can have a high degree of security, visibility, AND concealability. In this article, we'll discuss exactly why having a tactical light for your concealed carry pistol is a great idea.

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Concealed carriers, just like everyone else, sometimes get on the right side of the IRS and get a refund at tax time. The average American who receives a refund will net close to $3,000 from their respective state and the federal government in a tax refund, hardly an amount to sneeze at...

    How To Conceal Carry All Year Long

    January 25, 2016 8:36:56 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    No matter the season, no matter the weather – every day is a great day to carry concealed. In this article, we'll go over the major season changes and propose some recommendations to getting through the year while comfortably concealed...

    Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

    January 22, 2016 7:34:01 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In this episode, we learn about the most common styles of ammunition used in concealed carry handguns as well as how they compare to each other. This is by no means an exhaustive comparison of ammunition types and we save discussing the role of specialty defensive ammunition for another episode.

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >Every state and local ordinance governing the legality of that pistol in your inside the waistband holster is important. There's too much idle chatter on the internet about people talking about carrying in places they know they're not supposed to, doing things they know they're not supposed to do. You know who else talks like that? Criminals. Are you a criminal or a law-abiding concealed carrier?

    A Closer Look at Gun Belt Durability

    January 15, 2016 8:57:35 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >The arguments for getting a high quality gun belt is simple: the right gun belt can last you a lifetime. While a department store belt can often be cheaper, they're usually made out of cruddier materials that can result in gun sag, deformation due to body posture, and discomfort. A big thing we always tell concealed carriers who are having a hard time of sticking with everyday carry due to comfort reasons is, “have you tried a good gun belt?”..

    IWB vs OWB – Which One Is Better?

    January 13, 2016 8:07:42 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >In this concealed carry training video we raise an important question in the minds of both open carriers and concealed. Which one is better and why? Well, to tackle this question, we first have to take a step back and look at the relative advantages and disadvantages of both...

    Top 9 Resident Concealed Carry Permits For Travel

    January 11, 2016 8:07:30 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >In this article, we're just looking at resident concealed carry permit reciprocity. While it's possible to extend your reciprocity through non-resident permits, that process can be both expensive and annoying. So, if you're a resident from any of these states, you'll be happy to know that your state did a great job in getting recognition from a majority of the other states...

    safety for concealed carry handguns  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >There has been quite a bit of debate within the firearms community as to the role of a manual safety. For those unaware, some handguns and many rifles have manual safeties that can be selected or toggled on or off. The problem is that some manufacturers have found that their safeties aren't 100% fool-proof. We won't name names – but it's been shown that the only tried and true method of preventing a negligent discharge is by maintaining control over the firearm and keeping it properly holstered...

    how to avoid printing while ccw  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >We're visual creatures and we're susceptible to all sorts of suggestion. That's why we have advertising. And a success in advertising means convincing a person who may not be educated in an arena to make a choice of one product over the other through the belief that the product will make him or her happy...

    how to avoid printing while ccw  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >When you stretch, crunch, or squat, those are all opportune times to show your concealed carry handgun to the world. The problem? Not many people want to see it. And depending upon where you are in the course of your daily activities, you may not want them to see it. In this article, we'll go over some ways to reduce the chance of printing or showing your concealed carry handgun to others...

    concealed carry tips for new year 2016  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. It's an excuse to hang out with close friends and celebrate the dawn of a new year. People have their traditions and things they generally like to do on New Year's. Whether it's going into town to see the fireworks or going ice skating at midnight, there's a lot of fun to be had...

    alcohol and concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >If you can't carry into a bar, that won't stop someone else from doing so. But if you're drinking, your judgement is impaired. What's the best solution for the sort of problems that only occur when people gather into tight spaces, listen to loud music, and drink?...

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    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...

    how to gift a gun holster  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Shopping for that special someone is always a trick. Giving the gift of a great inside the waistband concealed carry holster that's backed by a lifetime warranty is certainly a wise decision. In this article, we'll go over some of the considerations you may want to consider when buying a holster for someone else...

    Should We Lower the Age of Concealed Carry to 18?

    December 18, 2015 9:31:30 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There is no federal mandate on the minimum age a person needs to be to acquire a concealed carry permit. Each state has created their own age restrictions. While most states have a requirement to be 21 or older to obtain a concealed carry permit, states like New Hampshire have no clear age requirement on the books. Some states permit an 18 year old to obtain a concealed carry permit if he's in the military. Other states, like Indiana, set the age at 18 on the nose...

    best concealed carry articles  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Of course I'm a fan of my own work but here comes the time of the year where we look back at 2015 and start to cherry pick the few times I got to touch upon some important concealed carry topics within the ccw community. In no particular order, here we go...

    giving gun as gift  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    It's always hilarious walking into a gun store around the holidays. Husbands and wives moving through the aisles, trying to search for that perfect gift for this Christmas season. There's a lot of really good deals for gun owners out there but before you break out the plastic or the billfold, here's a couple important tips for transferring a firearm between parties...

    How To Get Friends And Family To Carry Concealed

    December 14, 2015 8:18:34 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    With the Holiday season already upon us, no doubt many concealed carriers are looking forward to a new year training and practicing with their friends and family. Carrying concealed is definitely a way of life – one that prioritizes safety, responsibility, and the right to self-defense. This holiday season, if you're gearing up to get your significant other into the concealed carry mentality, we have an article detailing all the steps you can take...

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Following the passage of several bills by the governor of Texas, concealed carry permit holders in the Lone Star state will be able to carry firearms openly come January 1, 2016. It's the product of several new pieces of legislation which have traditionally held Texans back from carrying openly. In order to do so legally, the person needs to be a resident of Texas and have a valid concealed handgun license. Non-residents with a concealed carry permit acknowledged by the state of Texas may be able to participate in this as well...

    Steel Core Leather Gun Belts

    December 2, 2015 12:48:48 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The gun belt phenomena is nothing new to the market for concealed and open carriers. While many new concealed carriers entering into this world for the first time may not understand the significance in investing in a proper gun belt, this article will bring to light all the reasons why gun belts needs to exist – and the benefits of owning one for yourself...

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    This year marked a momentous turn for the newborn Texas Firearms Festival outside Austin, Texas. On November 14th, thousands of gun enthusiasts and hundreds of companies were present to educate, inform, and entertain each other. Looking back on the 2nd Annual Texas Firearms Festival, it's clear to see where this sort of event attracts a different audience than what normally attends SHOT Show...

    How To Develop A Lifelong Concealed Carry Habit

    November 25, 2015 2:12:59 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Too many people lock up the handgun when they get home. Ironically, a majority of violent crimes are skewed towards burglaries. Why? People are at their weakest because they're relaxed. There's nothing wrong with being relaxed. Relaxation is important. Getting used to carrying your concealed carry handgun around the house can help you to be relaxed with it on you. That way, if you need it, you know it will be there...

    How To Prepare For A Concealed Carry Class

    November 25, 2015 8:49:52 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Good news – you're on your way to becoming a concealed carrier. Whether you're in a constitutional carry state or one that requires mandatory training, a concealed carry handgun class is probably a good idea for just about anyone. As I discussed in a previous article, military and law enforcement training are trade-specific. Concealed carry, as a civilian, is a whole new animal and should be approached as such...

    Don't Take Concealed Carry For Granted

    November 23, 2015 8:11:06 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not everyone has the freedom to choose an ideal schedule. Whether it's working long hours at a place that doesn't allow concealed carry or a busy school schedule on a “gun free” campus – there's plenty of situations that promote putting concealed carry on autopilot. Don't. In this article, we'll go over 5 ways to keep concealed carry fresh, interesting, and relevant...

    Concealed Carry In The Real World

    November 20, 2015 8:35:43 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You can try all day to explain the actual speed in which a defensive gunfight takes place or you can show it. In this article, we're going to show three examples where concealed carriers and good guys turn the tide against armed, violent criminals. In each case, note how quickly that tide turns – and when it does, the consequences are pretty extreme...

    How To Overcome The Fear Of Concealed Carrying

    November 16, 2015 8:29:20 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's start this article by saying there are plenty of people that have legitimate concerns about concealed carrying – and no, it's not the political ones. In this article, we're going to address head-on some of the leading cases of “chornic concealaritis”. See if you have any of these ccw symptoms and find out more about treatment options...

    Things You Just Don’t Do While Carrying Concealed

    November 13, 2015 9:01:37 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A concealed carry pistol stays hidden and in its holster until you need to use it to protect your life, maintain it, lock it up, or do some target practice. There's no reason to draw your pistol as a point of a conversation with a stranger in a public place. If you're at the gun range or an acceptable place, by all means. But drawing your weapon can be interpreted as a threat depending upon where you are in the country...

    concealed carry tips for beginners  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You finally got your permit to carry a concealed handgun (or equivalent for constitutional carry states). With great power comes great responsibility. Let's go over what happens after you get your concealed carry handgun – and things to help you along this life-long journey...

    Will this Ruin My CCW?

    November 9, 2015 7:52:09 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There are a lot of practices that are necessary in order to maintain your concealed carry readiness. Exercises like dry firing, regular routine maintenance, and changing magazines are all essential. But what about when someone says, “eh, that'll ruin your gun?” We'll examine three different practices as it relates to the concealed carrier and see what the evidence shows...

    How To Lose Your Concealed Carry Permit

    November 6, 2015 8:44:07 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The majority of states are “shall permit” given the applicant meets all criteria. Nestled within those laws, though, are also the conditions under which a concealed carrier may lose his or her license. In the past year, Governor Rick Perry came under indictment for felony charges. It's unimportant what those charges were because the indictment was enough to have him stripped of his concealed handgun license, according to Texas law...

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