When you choose to carry a concealed weapon, thus exercising your Second-Amendment rights, your life will change. Therefore, first time concealed carry gun owners should keep the following tips in mind.
Choosing the Right Firearm
Your first step is often choosing a gun. Choose a weapon that fits comfortably in your hand without putting pressure on the trigger mechanism. It should be easy for you to grip and draw. Magazine shape and size should be considered because these characteristics affect your ability to conceal your weapon and extra ammunition.
You should also choose a weapon that can be easily concealed on your body. For example, a person with a smaller body may have difficulty concealing a large weapon with a long barrel.
Carrying a concealed weapon requires that you are much more observant. You should consistently be aware of your surroundings and any threats to you or those around you. You need to quickly and effectively evaluate conflict or high-stress situations to determine if drawing your weapon is the right action. If you draw a gun to win an argument, you may be the one in trouble and receiving citations.
If you have decided to carry concealed, you need to carry consistently. Not only do you want to make carrying your weapon a habit, so you always have it when you need it, but you want to ensure you can carry it without alerting the public that you have a gun. The more you carry, the less conscious you are of the fact that you have a weapon on your person at all times.
Protection doesn’t end with a firearm. You should also carry insurance for any legal battles that may result from a self-defense situation. In addition, gain extensive training and continue practicing with your weapons and holsters. Also, consider carrying nonlethal deterrents in addition to your firearm.
You are responsible for your safety and the safety of those around you when you carry a concealed weapon. Learn your responsibilities and safety strategies for carrying concealed.