The world around us isn’t getting any safer. Being prepared for the worst is better than simply hoping that things get better. Anyone who has been through the trauma and horror of an active shooter or threat to their life will tell you how helpless they felt. It is exactly that sense of helplessness that attackers prey upon. Luckily, if you are a law-abiding citizen in a state that is concealed-carry friendly, you don’t have to be helpless. You have the right to carry concealed and protect yourself, your loved ones, and other innocents who may have the misfortune of being trapped in an awful situation. But the idea of carrying concealed may be a bit intimidating at first. As with anything, having a few basic understandings can help break the ice. These tips are by no means a substitute for the legitimate training and legal understandings that you must possess before you step out of your house with a concealed firearm, but every bit of knowledge helps.
There is a tendency in American culture to lean toward bigger being better. This is often not the case when it comes to concealed carry pistols. Having a smaller, more compact weapon is actually preferable. While you will still find some die-hard old-timers out there who pack full-sized pistols on them everywhere they go, the majority of the concealed carry community packs light and efficiently. This is for two reasons, the first being the ability to manage the pistol in a combative situation, the second being that as a CC permit holder, you are responsible for every round that comes out of your firearm. A larger caliber bullet can pass through your intended target and produce collateral damage that could really mess up your life. There is no shortage of such compact or subcompact guns on the market today, choose wisely.
While being able to wear your holstered firearm in more than one place, depending on your choice of attire can be attractive, this hurts your consistency. Keep in mind that in the unfortunate and terrifying event of you needing to draw and use your firearm to defend yourself, you are going to be under an incredible amount of stress. Muscle memory counts bigtime when under extreme duress. You need to select the place you intend to holster your weapon, on your body, and then you need to practice over and over again until a consistent draw is second nature.
Comfort by Design
Carrying a handgun on you everyday is not comfortable by design. But there are plenty (and by plenty we mean more than you can keep track of) of comfortable holsters and carry methods out there. Keep in mind that the more comfortable your carry method is, the more relaxed you will be and the easier it will be for your firearm to become the extension of self that you need it to be.