Skip to comments.First Time to Conceal Carry: Tips and Tricks from Those who Have Been There
Posted on 05/13/2012 7:17:57 PM PDT by mnehring
You have decided to carry a concealed handgun and you might be nervous about the first time you decide to walk out the door with your gun strapped to your waist. Being nervous is completely normal. Almost every single person I talked to about his or her first time to carry was nervous and self-conscious. Before you step out, make sure you know exactly what your states laws are regarding where you can and cannot carry, how you carry, and if you will need a license or permit to carry. Federal law does not allow you to carry a gun into federal buildings such as post offices, courthouses, polling stations, law enforcement offices, and jails or prisons. This is a universal law and federal law restricts you from carrying your gun into these places. So dont take it! Also, pay close attention to the laws regarding establishments that sell alcohol. It is illegal in most states to carry a gun into a place that sells only alcohol or more alcohol than food.
Before heading out, you will want to make sure that your clothing choice is comfortable, allows you to access your firearm quickly, and conceals it properly. In Texas, it is illegal to have a gun showing; not even an imprint of a gun is legal. An imprint occurs when you can see the outline of the gun underneath your clothing. Make sure your clothes cover it properly and completely. A wardrobe malfunction can get you into trouble.
You might think that everyone is staring at you and that everyone knows you are carrying a gun. It is normal to feel this way, but dont worry. No one knows! They are all too preoccupied doing their own thing to worry about what you are doing.
To help ease some of the tension you may be feeling, I have asked many concealed carry veterans for tips and tricks to make your first time to carry more comfortable.
Plenty of people told me that smaller guns in pocket holsters are what they prefer. One concealed carry old-timer says, One thing I learned carrying a gun over the yearsthe longer I carried a gun, the smaller it became. Another agrees, I conceal carry every single day and carry my small .32 in my front pocket without any added gun junk.
Along those same lines, I heard quite a bit of Its better to have something than nothing. If your gun is too big and cumbersome to carry, you are less likely to carry it. Therefore, it is fine to carry the smallest caliber you feel comfortable using for self-defense.
Another important factor is how comfortable your holster is. Here is my journey in finding the perfect holster. Believe me, if you are not comfortable in your holster, you will not be carrying it, the best holster is the one you forget at times you have a gun on.
In Texas, concealed means concealed. You want to make sure you keep your gun covered. This requires the right holster and the right clothing. One concealed carry veteran says, Make sure your weapon isnt visible. Many who have pared down their carry weapons from large frame to small frame say they did so because it just became too hot to wear jackets to cover the large guns like a full-sized 1911. For example, one person who carries says, I carried a J-frame .38 Airweight. This is still one of my favorite guns to carry, but not too much fun to shoot. I could throw it into a front pocket in a decent holster and no longer had to have extra clothing to cover the firearm.
A retired police officer who carries says, Keep your drivers license and your permit in the exact same location. Do not leave the permit at home!
If you have been carrying for a long time, what do you suggest for newbies?
As Larry the Cable Guy would say: that's funny right there.
Kel-tec .380 w/hollow points.
Don’t even know it’s in my pocket.
Made in FL, guar for life.
I would agree. It ends up an expensive proposition. But that’s just how it is. No one gun is the right one for every day and every situation. No one holster is right for every clothing option. I have had a CC permit for over thirty years. But five or so years ago I made a decision to actually carry every day. All the time, wherever it was legal to carry. I’ve been through dozens on holsters and several different guns.
Now I’m down to two different guns, and four different holsters. Gun one is a Sig P220 .45 carried in a Jackass shoulder rig, for those times when I can... When I can wear a jacket or heavy shirt over it. Gun two is a Kimber RCP .45 in either a pocket, a small-of-the-back IWB holster, or a leather satchel on a shoulder strap.
A gun stuffed in the front of your pants is a great population control item for your family!
Soon he’ll have a real ‘short arm’ to show for the shoet arm inspection. :o)
First time I carried I wondered how on earth I had gone all those years without.
Sorry to piggyback your thread, but I’m thinking about a CC. I have a Makarov 9mm which I love. Is this a good CC gun?
For normal carry, I like my fanny pack holster w a quick release tab. Takes me less than a second to draw.
For serious carry, I use a shoulder rig.
Never been nervous when carrying. If you are, you shouldn’t...
A good CC gun for anyone is a gun they are comfortable with first and foremost.
However, aren’t Makarov 9mm’s 9x18 versus 9x19 for standard Luger 9mm that is common here?
Ammo will be harder to find although, from a quick search, it isn’t that expensive.
Although the 9mm is a bit anemic compared to the 45ACP, with the new “Powerball” ammo from Corbon it is better than the standard 45ACP 230 grain FMJ. However, the 45ACP with Powerball ammo will ruin your whole day. It is bad stuff. I myself have opted for the 9mm Browning due to 13+1 verses 7+1 for the 1911. Both are great weapons and will do the job.
Well, I guess we could bring back the nerdy fanny packs.
LOL, spot on, and I resemble that remark.
My wife does the fanny pack thing for when she is out running or walking the dog.
Nothing screams “I’M CARRYING! I’M CARRYING!” like a fanny pack, at least around here.
An evasive move, obviously. "I meant to do that!"
I have enough ammo to shoot maybe a thousand perps even with a lot of practice rounds (if I’m somewhat accurate). What I’m asking is this a gun which will have a low enough profile to qualify as a CC.
Pray every day before you go out that you do not have to use it, as that is only the beginning of the journey for you.
When you get home every day that you didn’t have to use it, thank God you didn’t have to.
If you get home after a day you had to use it, thank God you’re still alive.
Unless you’re wearing bell bottoms many weapons will not be invisible down there.
CellPal allows you to carry without the slob look. http://www.concealedcomfort.com/
The heel of the belt clip is far enough back on the gun that only a very little bit of the gun can be seen above the belt. This allows you to wear any shirt without having to leave the shirt tail out. Thats right, the shirt tail is tucked in!
After I tuck it in I pull it up just a little like would happen anyway after a little movement, the shirt blouses over the exposed gun. If you have to have you hands up high you might pull a little extra shirt tail out.
The gun is great. You can carry chambered because it is double action only and has a substantial trigger pull, I think about 8 pounds. You have to get used to that, I have shot a lot of ammo through the gun, a light pull gun now seems strange. Carrying chambered gives you 8 shots. I agree with Bat Masterson. If you want to go to war I won't be doing it with my little PF9 but in an emergency like George Zimmerman faced the 8 shot 9mm is plenty.
When I carry I carry a little hotter shot than when I practice. I also carry hollow point. Pain is what stops an assailant unless you are lucky enough to get a head shot. I don't think you should ever aim for the head until you have made two torso shots.
Torso shots with a non-hollow point will go right through a person and they might not even know they are dying for a couple of minutes, worse yet the bullet may go on to hit someone else.
A hollow point is less likely to kill with one shot but it will cause a much larger wound which translates into pain. Pain quickly stops the assailant not blood loss, even though blood loss will eventually stop the assailant he may be 50 yards away when he stops.
If you carry light you will always carry.
Can a 9mm do any damage? Ask Travon Martin what one shot will do, of course he won't answer, but then again his silence says a lot.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.