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5 Tips For The Novice Concealed Carrier

5 Tips For The Novice Concealed Carrier

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First of all, welcome to the world of concealed carrying! Most concealed carriers would agree that carrying a weapon will make you feel safer and more prepared if the unthinkable happens. Still, there are a few things that are easily forgotten, especially if you are also fairly new to firearms.

1. How to Conceal

While it seems extremely obvious, how to conceal your weapon should be a major consideration. Despite what some people will say, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some people will prefer to carry appendix, some over their back pocket, and some will use completely different methods to carry. For the new concealed carrier, this could be overwhelming.

In my opinion, the best way for you to carry is whatever you are comfortable with. For me, I prefer carrying over my back pocket, but find that it’s harder for me to conceal the weapon there, based on my body shape. This drove me to consider carrying appendix, which is now how I carry for most of the year.

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Finding the best way for you to concealed carry will almost certainly take trying out multiple holsters. For my first carry weapon, I had four different holsters before I found the right one. It’s like a glass slipper, except for guns, so it’s way more awesome. Trying out multiple holsters to find the most comfortable one is extremely important, because if you aren’t comfortable carrying with one holster, odds are you won’t carry at all.

Another important factor to consider is the time of year. During the summer in hotter areas, a pocket gun, such as a small .380, in a pocket holster will be your best friend. As the weather gets cooler, it will be easier to conceal bigger guns in multiple ways, as you will be wearing more, heavier clothing.

2. Drawing

Keep in mind the fact that carrying a weapon means you have to be prepared to draw it. In the event that the unpredictable happens, the last thing you want is to be fumbling around, unable to efficiently draw your weapon.

My advice would be to practice drawing if you are new to carrying or trying out a new holster. Empty the magazine, clear the weapon, and practice drawing. As you get more proficient, and if the range you shoot at allows for it, start practicing with live ammunition. The more efficiently you can draw your weapon, the more prepared you will be.

3. Thumb Safety

This reminder is aimed specifically at someone that is new to firearms. Keep in mind whether or not the firearm you are carrying has a safety. If it does, and you have to draw it, remember to flip the safety! In a high-stress situation, simple things like this are extremely easy to forget. Once again, practicing drawing and using your weapon will help develop muscle memory.

4. Best Ammo

For someone new to firearms, the different kinds of ammunition can be overwhelming. This could be argued endlessly, but do some research on the best ammo for personal defense and make your own decision. My personal preference is to carry hollow point ammunition. Hollow point bullets are designed to expand when they enter a target, which will cause more damage to a bad guy.

Another thing to keep in mind for someone new to concealed carrying is the time of year. If your potential target is wearing a huge winter coat, you might want some hotter ammunition or a larger caliber weapon to penetrate the extra layers.

5. Extra Ammo

Yet another facet of concealed carrying that could be argued endlessly. My opinion on whether or not to carry extra mags/ammo is that it should be based on your assessed threat level. If I’m just taking my dog on a walk or running to the gas station, I may not carry any extra mags. If I’m going to a more crowded area, like a shopping mall or a grocery store, I’m probably going to grab some extra ammo on the way out the door.

Overall, carrying a concealed weapon is an excellent idea, provided that you know how to safely and accurately operate the weapon you are carrying. For me, the added peace of mind is an awesome feeling.

While there are hundreds of factors that go into concealed carrying, these five reminders are just a few of the basics for someone new to concealed carrying to keep in mind.

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  1. YouTube is a freely available resource to anyone with an internet connection. There are countless security camera, dash cam, police body cam and other recorded videos of real world shootings available, which you can use to study how human beings react when being shot. This matters greatly as a lot of people have some dangerously false ideas based on TV shows and movies which are FICTION. The time to be shocked and amazed at how some people can take multiple gunshot wounds and still keep fighting is now, on your own time and in the safety of simply viewing security / police cam videos, NOT when some enraged nutcase is in your face trying to take that little carry gun away from you that you just used to shoot him with. That would NOT be a good time to discover why police are trained to shoot AND TO CONTINUE SHOOTING as may be required until a deadly threat is ended.

    Just one good YouTube channel out of many would be “A.S.P.” or “Active Self Protection”. They show countless videos from security cameras, dash cams, police body cams and such, of both good guys and bad being shot in all manner of violent criminal situations, from armed robberies to attempted car jackings to police shootings to you name it. They break down what various people did right or wrong or just plain failed to do, in ways that may change your thinking on something. _And that is what matters._ If watching a bunch of real world shootings that were caught on video – many are from Brazil for some reason, but also many from all across America and all around the world – but if watching a bunch of these causes you to change your tactics and planning in even some small minor way that ends up saving your life, what value is that for nothing more than some time spent on YouTube? Free is affordable. Of course, watching real world deadly shootings is not for the faint of heart, or for those with weak stomachs or who are otherwise easily disturbed, but then again, easily distressed people darn well NEED to mentally toughen up _as best as they can_ if they are going to conceal carry. Yes?

    This link is simply a YouTube search for “A.S.P” to get started. There are many other very good channels for you to search out. (For the record I am not associated with this channel, I just consider it a good one.)

    Again, free is affordable. Take the time to become as mentally prepared as you possibly can. As the old saying goes, your body will not go where your mind has not been.

  2. I believe that suggesting to anyone, that what Ammunition is in the gun is “convienent”, as opposed to making it a habit to always carry at least one full reload; is morally irresponsible.
    Please see Pa John’s notes on “dangerously false ideas”. He is spot on the money.
    In real life, none of us have screen/script writers to make things OK in the end.
    Fiction will always get you on the losing, sharp, smelly “end of the stick”.

  3. in different states you may not carry hollow point rounds. be sure you know the laws for the state or states you are going into. this happened to a woman nurse in NJ and she faced a felony charge for having the wrong type of ammo

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