Due to the current situation of affairs, more and more states are making it legal to carry a concealed firearms. With this, more citizens are making their way to the gun shops to find the protection that they need.
However, since most of these buyers have no idea how to handle a firearm, they often struggle when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon.
The first thing you need to do is commit to excellence, i.e. commit to doing things the right way.
You have to be comfortable with carrying a weapon. If you get one but don’t carry it with you all the time, you defeat the purpose of investing in a concealed weapon. However, we understand that it will take you time before you master the art of carrying a concealed weapon.
Some of the tips that can help you get started with concealing and carrying your firearm efficiently are:
#1 Choosing The Right Gun
Amateurs and newbies tend to go for guns that are small and lightweight since concealing and carrying them would be easy, it is no doubt, but what good is a gun when you cannot shoot well with it when caught in a worst-case scenario?
Tiny guns are hard to shoot with, hard to aim since they have a small radius. Imagine having to deal with this under stress. Moreover, they may not be suitable for everyone as the handle might be too small.
Thus, before going in to buy a weapon, do your research and don’t go for a weapon that is easy to conceal but hard to use. Go for a gun that provides you the protection that you use.
#2 Secure Concealed Carry Holster
The efficiency with which you conceal your weapon greatly depends on the holster you invest in. The importance of a good and secure holster cannot be emphasized enough.
Pick a holster that is secure and a perfect fit for your gun. Choosing an “unfit” holster will make it difficult to carry the gun.
Hence, getting a comfortable, lightweight and snug fit holster for your weapon should be one of your priorities. Also, try not to go for a holster that is bulky or will show clearly from the clothes you usually wear.
#3 Dress Accordingly
This tip might sound absurd at the moment but trust me, it is pretty important. I assure you, you will not have to get rid of your wardrobe since concealed carry compatible clothing is not very different from what we usually wear. However, you might want to ditch those snug, fit-real-tight t-shirts since they will clearly show the weapon you are carrying.
Dress your style, do your thing, but stay away from clothes that reveal the weapon. You don’t have to go for extremely baggy clothes; your clothes only have to be a little roomy for the weapon. That is all.
Wear whatever you like for as long as it has room for the gun and holster. Also, pay special attention to the size. Some people have to go one size up for the inside waistband holster.
According to some policemen, getting a good belt is as important as getting a good holster. For a concealed carry, you need to get a gun belt, yes that is a thing. These belts are thicker than normal belts and are designed to reinforce your holster so that it does not shift around.
Newbies don’t consider belts important and pay no heed to it, but without a proper belt, the holster will keep on moving around. Hence, invest in a belt.
The best part is that these belts look as classy as your regular belts and can even be worn to a meeting. Also, they are not very expensive.
Note: Find the right location for the gun. Some like to keep it in the back and some like to keep it in the front. Choose a position that you find most comfortable.
As cliched as it may sound, practice makes a man perfect. Hence, put in some effort and wear your belt, holster, and gun under your clothes around the house. This will prepare you for the big day and make you comfortable when you step out wearing the gun.
Since you are new to this, you don’t know what effects your movements will have on the set up.
- What if you make a mistake and your gun falls down?
- What if it makes you uncomfortable?
Wearing the weapon at home will help you find the right position and method to keep the gun.
#6 Don’t Touch The Firearm
Newbies who conceal carry can be easily spotted in the crowd mainly because they are conscious of the firearm and often keep on touching the weapon. This innocent act, which is often not even planned, can get you caught. Don’t do that, no matter what.
The weapon is not going anywhere. By fidgeting with it and fixing it every now and then, you will only draw unnecessary attention.
If you feel like the holster has moved, go to the restroom to fix it.
Wearing your set up around the house will help you in understanding how it feels when the system has moved.
In the case of an emergency or a worse case scenario, make sure you know how to treat a gunshot wound.
#7 Don’t Advertise
Taking your family and close friends into confidence is one thing but advertising your concealed carry and giving away its location is another. Carrying a gun does not make you cool, hence there is no need to tell everyone you have one.
It is not only considered rude but also unsafe to talk about the weapon you are carrying.
The purpose of a gun is to help you feel confident and safe. It is not to make you feel superior, cool, or macho. Do not go around showing your gun and make sure to use it only when you need to.