For many people, carrying a concealed weapon just makes sense. After all, when danger rears its head, you probably won’t have time to run to your gun safe. Whether you’re carrying as part of your job or as part of your own personal protection plan, there are three concealed carry tips that you should definitely know.
You Should Always Acclimate To A New Holster At Home
Never put a holster on for the very first time, right before you head out into public. It’s always better to spend time wearing your new setup around the home first. This will give you a good feel for your holster’s fit. You should pay attention to whether your gun makes any significant movements when you stand, bend over, or engage in other elevation-changing activities. In fact, this is the best way to make sure that your firearm isn’t going to fall out or be accidentally exposed due to a poor fit or a poor holster configuration.
Don’t Adjust Your Weapon In Public
Even the very best concealed carry shirt won’t keep your secret if you have a natural tendency to touch, stroke or otherwise tamper with your weapon once it’s in place. When you have the right holster, you shouldn’t have to contend with a tremendous amount of shifting. If you do believe that your gun needs to be adjusted, you should always wait until you’re in a private location before repositioning it. Remember, if you’ve spent a reasonable amount of time carrying your concealed weapon around the house and adapting to the feel of it in its holster, then it should be pretty easy to determine whether or not it’s moved out of place without having to physically touch it.
Weekly Function Checks Are Essential
If you have a carry gun that you plan on taking with you all the time, you need to have a solid schedule for function checks. At a minimum, these should be performed every week. While this might seem excessive to some, it can mean the difference between having a reliable, functioning firearm when you need one, and having a gun backfire in your hand. Keep in mind that things like lint and sweat can gradually affect the integrity and performance of your gun. In fact, these things can even adversely affect the barrel and the overall action of your firearm. Performing routine inspections of your holster is important as well. If your holster ever becomes too dirty or worn, it may not be able to hold your firearm securely. At worst, it could lead to an accidental discharge.