The Right Concealed Carry Gear Means You'll Carry Well And More Often
One of the best concealed carry habits to acquire? Get the right concealed carry gear. You'll be able to carry better, you'll enjoy it more or at least find it more comfortable, and as a result will be more apt to carry.
We know concealed carry here at Alien Gear Holsters. A lot of us carry every day. Many of our customers do. What a lot of them have told us is that comfort, along with fitment of the pistol, are some of the most common reasons why they don't carry every day. If you don't like it, you won't carry with it.
You won't carry a gun that you don't have an easy time carrying. You probably won't carry if you have a shoddy gun belt that isn't up to the task.You may need to get multiple holsters, in case you carry with multiple concealed carry methods; a modular holster system would be a great tool for doing so.
The point is that a concealed carry habit is acquiring the gear you need in order to put yourself in a position to succeed at concealing and carrying.
Relax, And Stop With The Gun Checks
One of the best concealed carry habits to learn is to relax. It isn't so much that you should not be situationally aware; in fact, you absolutely should. It also isn't the case that a little concern isn't a healthy thing. It absolutely is.
However, it's more that you don't need to be on a heightened state of alert all the time. Relax a bit. It will go a long way. This is is especially true for the newbie carrier, as those first days concealing and carrying can be stressful. After all, you don't want anyone to find out you're carrying a gun, even though you got yourself the permit and everything.
This also means you should knock it off with the gun checks already. Get it in the holster and leave it alone. If you have to worry about it, it means you don't have the right gear or don't have the right gun.
Excessive handling can lead to handling errors, so having to check your gun all the time is definitely an indication of a gun safety issue.
Powerful CCW Lessons for Concealed Carriers
The root of any highly effective concealed carrier's degree of success will inevitably stem from developing some basic rules. Here's some suggestions based upon experience and observation.
5. Situational Awareness
It's not just your environment – it's who you're around and your own physical/mental limitations. Dangerous situations rarely wait for perfect conditions. That's why concealed carriers always stay aware of their surroundings and have to master situation awareness.
- Be cognizant of possible escape routes, places to take cover and/or concealment if necessary.
- Choose wisely who you bring along for the ride.
Friends or relatives that continually put you in a tough position or call attention to your weapon are probably people to avoid.
- Avoid places and activities that can lead to bad situations.
The first step to avoiding a trap is knowing it's there. Certain places tend to breed situations involving people and poor decisions. While many states prohibit carrying inside an alcohol serving establishment – even one drink is a drink too far. And if friends and acquaintances don't know you're carrying, they may be apt to offer you a drink.
Another example is running around in the park. Whether it's playing frisbee with friends or just a friendly game of softball with coworkers, these are all prone to creating “spotting” or “printing” situations.
4. Federal, State, County and Municipal Gun Laws
Not all states allow municipalities and counties to add conditions greater than Federal and State requirements. Missouri used to let municipalities dictate when and how concealed carriers could operate. Now it's at the state level. But there are still states out there that do regulate by the county or municipality. Especially when traveling, try to stay on top of who's calling the shots and what those conditions are.
Ignorance of the law does not make you innocent of a crime. Learn the law of the land.
3. Always Practice the Four Principles of Gun Safety
There is never a situation where violating any of the four principle gun safety rules is okay. These rules are there for a reason – they work. They keep people safe and they keep you safe. So if you find your shoulder holster is flagging the guy behind you in line at the grocery store – you're doing something wrong.
And if you do have to draw your weapon, applying all four safety rules will help save the lives of those around you and perhaps even yourself.
2. Predictability – How It Helps
You know exactly how your pistol is positioned in your concealed holster. You know why you know? Because you practice religiously with your holster being in that exact same position. Predictability, on your part, can help save your life.
Instead of struggling to get a grip on your pistol at an odd new experimental cant, you're focused instead on putting tight, controlled shots downrange at a bad guy. That's the sort of predictability you want.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
Nothing is possible without practice. We all come up with excuses to avoid the range. Maybe it's the fluctuating cost of ammunition or just a busy schedule. If you're a concealed carrier, the excuses you tell yourself that keep you from practicing will be the same excuses you'll be giving when things go wrong in a real life situation – if you're able to say anything at all.
Are there any specific habits you've formed since becoming a concealed carrier?
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