New to concealed carry?
Or maybe you just want a knowledge check?
Either way, welcome.
These tips are a team effort. Based on over 40 years of concealed carry experience across our team over here at Looserounds.
So sit tight, and let’s get this party on the road.
1. Choose the Right Gun for You
When selecting a concealed carry gun, it’s crucial to pick one that fits your hand and lifestyle like a glove (or should we say, holster?).
There are several factors you need to consider:
- Size: Smaller guns are easier to conceal but may be less comfortable to shoot. On the other hand, larger guns offer better accuracy and control but can be more challenging to hide.
- Weight: Lighter guns might feel great in your pocket or purse, but they tend to have more recoil when fired. Heavier guns provide better stability during shooting but can weigh you down throughout the day.
- Caliber: Your choice of caliber will depend on what you’re comfortable with and how much stopping power you want in a self-defense situation. Popular options include 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
- Capacity: How many rounds do you want at your disposal? Higher capacity means more chances of stopping an attacker; however, it also adds weight and size to your firearm.
To help narrow down your options even further (and save yourself from analysis paralysis), check out some reputable online resources or visit local gun stores where knowledgeable staff members can guide you through the process of finding the perfect fit for both safety and style.
2. Practice Proper Concealed Carry Techniques
Let’s break down some key aspects:
- Grip: A firm grip on your firearm is crucial for control and stability. Make sure you are using a high, tight grip with both hands (if possible) – no “teacupping” here.
- Stance: Find a comfortable stance that provides balance and support while shooting. The popular Isosceles or Weaver stances are great starting points.
- Sight Alignment: Line up those sights properly by focusing on the front sight post while keeping the rear sight slightly blurry.
- Trigger Control: A smooth trigger press without jerking or slapping will help ensure accurate shots. Remember: slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
- Follow-through: Stay in control after firing by maintaining your grip, stance, and focus on the front sight as you reset the trigger.
In addition to practicing these fundamentals at home (with an unloaded gun), make sure to hit up your local range regularly for live-fire practice sessions. And hey – why not take a few classes from certified instructors to really up your game?
3. Know Your Local Laws
Before you start strutting around town like a modern-day John Wayne, it’s crucial to know your local laws. Trust us; nobody wants to end up in handcuffs because they didn’t do their homework.
Different states and even cities have different rules when it comes to concealed carry. Some places are more lenient, while others might make you feel like you’re navigating through a minefield of legal mumbo-jumbo.
- Permits: First things first – get yourself a permit. Requirements vary by state, so check out the application process for yours here.
- No-Go Zones: Familiarize yourself with where firearms are strictly off-limits (think schools, federal buildings, etc.). Examine this compilation of locales where firearms are strictly prohibited (e.g., educational institutions, federal facilities, etc.).
- Ammo & Magazines: Believe it or not, some areas have restrictions on ammo types and magazine capacities. Don’t let your shiny new extended mag turn into an expensive paperweight – know the rules.
In addition to these basics, be sure to stay updated on any changes in legislation that may affect your right to carry concealed. A great resource is the NRA-ILA, which offers regular updates on gun laws and news.
4. Invest in Quality Gear
Don’t cut corners when it comes to concealed carry– get quality gear that will keep your gun secure and stable.
Trust us, nobody wants their gun flopping around like a fish out of water while they’re trying to be all stealthy and stuff.
So, make sure you invest in quality holsters that fit both your body type and firearm model.
A good holster should provide proper retention (so your gun doesn’t go AWOL), comfort (because chafing is the worst), and easy access for when things get real. And hey, if it looks cool too – bonus points.
5. Train Regularly
If you want to be a true concealed carry ninja, regular training is the secret sauce that’ll make your skills sharper than a samurai sword. Just like any other skill, practice makes perfect when it comes to handling firearms.
To become an effective concealed carrier, consider taking classes from certified instructors. They can teach you proper techniques and help you avoid developing bad habits (like accidentally shooting yourself in the foot).
- Range time: Hit up your local range at least once a month to keep those marksmanship skills on point. The more comfortable and proficient you are with your firearm, the better prepared you’ll be if things go south.
- Dry fire practice: Can’t make it to the range? No worries. Dry firing – practicing without live ammo – is an excellent way to work on trigger control and sight alignment from the comfort of your own home. Just remember: safety first. Double-check that your gun is unloaded before starting any dry fire drills.
- Tactical courses: Feeling fancy? Sign up for some advanced tactical courses like active shooter response or defensive pistol classes. These will give you valuable experience in high-stress situations where quick thinking and decisive action are crucial.
In short, train hard, train often, and watch as your concealed carry prowess grows stronger than ever. Regular training is essential for anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun.
6. Try to Carry As Often As Possible
If you’re dedicated to concealing your firearm, it’s important to make wearing it a customary part of your lifestyle. The more often you carry, the more comfortable and confident you’ll become with your gun on your person.
Now, we’re not saying that you should be strapping up every time you go out for milk or take Fido for a walk (although some folks do).
But try to find opportunities in your daily life where carrying makes sense and is legal. Look for occasions when toting is legal and feasible in your daily activities – like grocery shopping, errands around town, or a walk in the park.
- Build good habits: Carrying consistently helps reinforce safe handling practices and ensures that if an emergency arises, muscle memory will kick in.
- Familiarity breeds comfort: The more time spent with your gun on-body means less anxiety when wearing it outside of controlled environments like home or range practice sessions.
- Dress appropriately: Invest in clothing options that allow for effective concealment without sacrificing style points – think loose-fitting shirts or jackets with ample pocket space (here are some suggestions). And don’t forget about proper belt support.
In short, if it’s legal and practical within reason, carry. Just remember always to respect local laws while doing so (see tip #3).
7. Don’t Carry In Schools, Federal Buildings, State & National Parks, Airports
Knowing where you can and cannot carry your concealed weapon is crucial to avoid any legal trouble or awkward situations. Some places are a big no-no when it comes to carrying firearms:
- Federal buildings
- State and national parks (although some states allow it)
- Airports (unless you’re checking in your firearm)
Failing to do so could lead to severe penalties, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations for each place you plan on carrying your concealed weapon. To stay on the right side of the law, always double-check the specific rules for each location before heading out with your concealed carry.
If you’re unsure about whether a particular place allows concealed carry or not, do yourself a favor and leave your gun at home – better safe than sorry. And hey, if you find yourself feeling naked without your trusty sidearm while visiting one of these restricted areas (national parks come to mind.), just remember that there are other ways to enjoy nature without packing heat.
In addition to knowing where not to carry, make sure you also understand any signage indicating “gun-free zones.” These signs might vary from state-to-state but generally mean that firearms aren’t welcome inside those premises.
8. Don’t Draw Your Gun Unless You Intend to Use it
Let’s get real, folks: drawing your concealed carry weapon is a big deal. Do not draw your weapon unless you’re prepared to utilize it; this is no game or opportunity for displaying at the range with friends. Drawing your gun should only be done if you are certain that deadly force is necessary to protect yourself or others from harm.
This means that if someone simply looks sketchy or makes an off-color remark, resist the urge to whip out your firearm like Dirty Harry on steroids. Instead, try de-escalating the situation through verbal communication and maintaining situational awareness.
- Remember: Drawing your gun escalates any situation instantly and could have serious legal consequences if done without proper justification.
- Avoid: Brandishing (waving around) or “flashing” (briefly showing) your firearm as a scare tactic – this can also land you in hot water legally and isn’t an effective self-defense strategy anyway.
- FYI: In some states, even displaying a holstered weapon can be considered brandishing – so make sure you know the laws.
In short, only draw when absolutely necessary. And once again, knowing local laws is crucial here – check out resources like the Handgun Law website.
9. Only Draw Your Gun When In Danger
When you carry a concealed weapon, it is essential to only draw your gun when facing imminent danger; otherwise, the consequences could be severe and endanger others. This means that you should never brandish your firearm as a scare tactic or to show off – doing so can lead to serious legal consequences and put others at risk.
To help determine if it’s necessary to draw your weapon, consider these three factors:
- Ability: Does the threat have the ability to cause harm? For example, are they armed?
- Opportunity: Is there an opportunity for them to inflict harm on you or someone else? Are they within striking distance?
- Judgment: Do their actions indicate intent? Can you reasonably assume that they mean harm based on their behavior?
If all three criteria are met, then it may be time to draw your firearm in self-defense. However, remember that even after drawing your gun, using lethal force should always be a last resort. Instead of immediately firing upon the threat, try issuing verbal commands, maintaining situational awareness, and giving yourself space whenever possible.
In short: only draw when absolutely necessary – not because someone cut in line at Starbucks.
10. Don’t Adjust or Reposition Your Holster in Public
Picture this: you’re out and about, minding your own business, when suddenly you feel the urge to adjust your concealed carry holster. Stop right there. Resist the temptation to fiddle with it in public. Not only does it draw unwanted attention to yourself (hello, Mr. Suspicious), but it also increases the risk of an accidental discharge.
To avoid awkward situations and potential danger:
- Choose a comfortable holster: Invest in a quality holster that fits both your body type and gun model like a glove. A well-fitting holster should minimize any discomfort while carrying.
- Dress appropriately: Wear clothes that provide easy access to your firearm without revealing its presence. Loose shirts or jackets can help conceal any printing from your gun.
- Practice at home: Get used to wearing and drawing from your holster before venturing out into public spaces. This will help build muscle memory so you don’t need constant adjustments on-the-go.
If you absolutely must make adjustments, find a private area such as a restroom stall or return to your vehicle for some privacy. Remember: discretion is key when carrying concealed.
What is the best form of concealed carry?
The best form of concealed carry depends on your personal preferences, body type, and clothing choices. Popular options include inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters, outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters, shoulder holsters, and ankle holsters. Experiment with different positions to find the most comfortable and accessible method for you.
What are the pros and cons of concealed carry?
Pros of concealed carry include increased personal safety, deterrence against crime, and exercising Second Amendment rights. Cons may involve potential legal liabilities if used improperly or accidentally revealed in public places where firearms are prohibited. Additionally, it requires ongoing training to maintain proficiency.
Which two factors are most important in choosing how to carry your firearm?
The two most important factors when choosing how to carry your firearm are comfortability and accessibility. A comfortable carrying position ensures that you can wear your gun all day without discomfort while accessibility allows quick access during emergencies. (source)
What is the best carry position for sitting?
The appendix or cross-draw positions tend to be more comfortable while sitting compared to other methods like IWB at 4 o’clock position due to their location near the front part of the waistline, which reduces pressure on the lower back area when seated. (source)
By following these 10 concealed carry tips, gun owners and beginners alike can ensure they are carrying their firearms safely and responsibly. It is important to choose the right concealed handgun for you, know your local laws, invest in quality gear, and train regularly.
Remember to always practice proper techniques, only draw your firearm when in danger, and avoid adjusting or repositioning your holster in public. These tips will help you carry your firearm confidently while protecting yourself and those around you.