The Top Questions About Concealed Carry
Regardless of our level of experience, I would submit that most of us still have a few questions here and there about concealed carry. And that’s understandable; laws change all the time, and vary from state to state. New equipment and new tactics come into being all the time, and individual tastes change. Adapting to all of this requires a vigilant and curious mind, something that I hope we all cultivate in all aspects of life.
For those of us new to the CCW life, some pertinent and immediate questions may spring to mind. Here are a list of questions for which you’ll probably want answers before voyaging into the world of concealed carry. These are presented in no particular order, nor is this a comprehensive list.
- What’s the best handgun for concealed carry? Sure, let’s start off with an easy one! The best firearm for concealed carry is one that is a)legal where you live, b)relatively easy for you to carry and conceal and c) one which you can use proficiently and, d) has performed reliably for you.
- What kind of holster should I buy? A secure one, that holds your CCW securely through the whole range of body motions and doesn’t require constant adjustment. Good holsters aren’t cheap, so expect to spend some bucks on a good one. It’s worth it in the long run.
- Should I carry an extra magazine? Yes—but maybe not for the reasons you think. Effectively, the magazine is half of the gun. Buy quality and carry an extra in case you have a magazine related failure. You might not need the extra rounds—most civilian involved shootings don’t—but you might need the magazine.
- How do I get started? This one’s pretty simple. Start by carrying around your home and getting comfortable with your gear. Progress to a walk around the neighborhood. Then maybe go get some groceries. It’s OK to take time and grow into it.
- Should I practice? You mean should you practice drawing and shooting with your CCW gear? Yes, yes you should. Regularly, and until you can do it perfectly every time. It’s hard to master anything without putting the work in, so make sure you’re as proficient as you need to be in order to get the job done, should it come to that.
- Should I tell people? Depends on what you mean by “people”. Your spouse should know, and should be able to use your CCW as well as you can. Heck, they should probably have their own. Does anyone else need to know? Probably not. Concealed means concealed—both out of sight and out of mind.
- Do I need to talk to a lawyer? If you can afford it, yes. A consult with a defense attorney couldn’t hurt. They can get you up to speed on your local laws and tell you what to do in the unfortunate event that you have to use your weapon in self defense. If you can afford to get one on retainer, even better; consider it insurance.
There’s a lot else to think about, but these are some points to get you started. If you have some other respectful comments or ideas for newbies to CCW, please let us know in the comments section.