20 Must Know Concealed Carry Tips For New CCW Permit Holders

20 Must Know Concealed Carry Tips For New CCW Permit Holders

Do You Practice These Essential Newbie Concealed Carry Tips?

New concealed carry permits in the U.S. are exploding (no pun intended). The world seems to be getting more dangerous and police response rates are as such that an attacker could easily inflict harm, injury or death long before help arrives. Thus more people are carrying weapons to quickly protect themselves and loved ones when the situation demands.

But too often someone who has a concealed carry permit and carries a firearm with them has not gone through the proper training that it takes to really be well prepared. That could be a problem, especially for new gun owners. If you are one of those or a long time concealed carry veteran, here are 20 concealed carry tips from Brandon at Concealed Nation that everyone should know and practice.

1: Don’t Rush The Setup

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to start the task of finding the perfect concealed carry firearm and holster for you. This usually isn’t a one-shot deal, as it takes time to really figure out what works for you — and what doesn’t. Don’t rush this process, because it’s important to be carrying a firearm and holster that you’re comfortable with.

2: Make Practicing Your New Second Job

Aside from range time (which is very important), opportunities are everywhere for you to practice different techniques and gain the skills you’ll need if you ever need to draw your firearm. For example, each morning after I put on my holster, I will then holster my unloaded Glock 27 and practice drawing a few times. If you do this consistently, you will get a feel for drawing in different attire, as well as conditioning your muscle memory.

3: Your Friends Don’t Need To Know

This is all personal preference, but generally the less people who know you carry, the better. After all, we carry concealed for a reason. Try not to broadcast this.

4: It’s OK To Ask Questions

I’ll admit, I felt pretty dumb asking some questions when I first started out. It was like, “Man, I know this is such a n00b question, but dang it I don’t know the answer.” Instead of guessing, ask someone that will know the correct answer. Whether it’s at the gun shop or your friend who shoots, don’t be afraid to ask. No question is stupid. It’s the way we learn.

5: Learn Your Firearm

This cannot be stressed enough. Using your firearm often at the range is crucial, as well as really learning how it operates. What about malfunctions? You can ‘stage’ different malfunctions to practice clearing them. If you do this, start by practicing with snap caps instead of live ammunition at first. The next best step after snap caps is to get hooked up with some…

6: Training Courses

If a course relating to concealed carry, self-defense, or similar is offered in your area, go to it. In fact, go to as many as you are able to. It’s more practice, and you can never have enough. See what’s available in your area and commit!

7: Get Familiar With Your Surroundings

We should always be aware of what is happening around us, but carrying a firearm usually makes us pay more attention to things that we may not have noticed otherwise. When you’re out and about, scan the areas around you and pay close attention to everything that you can. Put your head on a swivel. Keep it moving. If someone is coming up along side of you, you won’t ever see them coming if you’re looking forward or staring down at your phone.

8: Never Leave Home Without It

We carry for a reason, and that reason is that we want to be prepared if we are ever faced with danger. Unless you have a crystal ball or time machine, you won’t know if or when that danger will find you. You don’t want to be in a situation where you’re saying to yourself “Man, I wish I had my firearm with me.” Carry as much as you can, and as often as you can.

9: If You Think Everyone Knows You’re Carrying, They Don’t

The #1 issue that people seem to have when they first carry is the thought that everyone around them will somehow find out that they are in fact carrying. But, if you’re using a proper setup that conceals well, no one will ever know. Which leads me to the next tip…

10: Don’t Draw Attention To Yourself

Don’t keep tugging or adjusting your shirt, pants, or other parts of your clothing. Conceal your firearm in a comfortable way so you don’t have to keep adjusting its placement or your clothing.

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