Concealed Carry Tips for CCW Permit Holders
There isn’t necessarily a manual that you get with your permit, so you’ll need some concealed carry tips to get you started.
It’s always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there’s a couple good ccw habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we’re going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm.
Concealed Carry Shouldn’t Stop At Home
One of the best concealed carry tips is not to stop carrying when you’re at home. Not only does it allow you to react to a real emergency that much faster, but it gets you used to the weight of carrying a loaded firearm. If you find that the pistol wears on you – consider changing to one that fits your body type and activity level better.
There’s a lot of things you will learn about your firearm only by carrying it all the time. One of which may be that you chose the wrong one. Another may be that it’s comfortable to keep it at a certain position – something you will only learn if it’s on you all the time.
What you’ll typically find when you wear your concealed carry pistol all the time is that the way you choose your holster will change dramatically. You want something that molds with your body and retains its shape while offering high-retention grip on your gun.
Another thing to bear in mind? Most defensive shootings don’t occur outside the home. If you ever have to use your gun in defense of yourself or others, it’s more likely to be inside the home instead of in public.
Get A Good Concealed Carry Holster So You Stop Adjusting Your Gun
Another one of the essential concealed carry tips is to invest in a good concealed carry holster. Partially because it will make carrying more secure and more comfortable but also so you can leave your gun alone.
Just like it’s inappropriate to touch certain parts of your body in public, it’s equally bad form to do so with your firearm. Not only could it be misconstrued as brandishing, it’s just not necessary. You can easily go into a restroom and take care of whatever business you need to without making it other people’s business.
A lot of new concealed carriers will constantly touch their pistol or holster. This only brings more attention to the fact you’re carrying a pistol. That’s counterproductive if you’re trying to stay concealed. If you’re worried you may lose your pistol, put it in a high-retention inside the waistband holster. Even once you become comfortable to the holster being situated on your belt, you will not have to worry about your firearm slipping out.
If You’re Going To Carry, Concealed Carry Practice Is Essential
Perhaps the most underutilized of concealed carry tips is that if you’re going to carry, you need to put in time with concealed carry practice.
Does this mean you have to live at the range? Eat noodles and oatmeal for every meal, spending every penny on ammo and gun lube? Ignore family and friends to go shooting? Hardly. Well…unless you want to blow people off to go to the range, and we have all probably thought about it at some point!
You can’t practice at a live-fire range all the time (or if you can, kudos to commitment). You don’t need to practice with live ammunition every day to become familiar with your firearm. But every time you go to the range, you should attempt to practice with your everyday carry pistol. Not only is it the opportunity to see “where the rubber meets the road”, it builds that muscle memory you’ll need if you actually need to use it.
Dry Firing Regularly? Good. Now, Take A Break.
It’s important to have a clear mental separation from dry firing (unloaded practice) and when you load a weapon. If you just reflexively point and click at targets or objects, you can fall into a bad habit. Before dry firing, always eject the magazine and visually inspect the barrel for daylight in the magazine well and daylight coming from the barrel. If your firearm is empty, you have a 0% chance of a negligent discharge. Zero percent is the only acceptable number allowed when dealing with firearms.
After dry firing, take a break. It’s good to practice, it’s also good to know when practice is over.
That said, there is no substitute for the real thing. Dry fire training has it’s place, but you need live-fire practice as well. Make sure you’re doing both.
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.
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