20 Tips For Newbies Who Carry Concealed (Or Plan To Carry In The Future)


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Tip #11: Keep It Clean

Keeping your firearm clean shouldn’t be an issue if you are practicing with it on a regular basis, since you’ll likely be cleaning it after each range trip. Keep it clean, keep it oiled, and keep it in perfect working order.

Tip #12: Let Your Firearm Make You A Better Person

I’m not implying that you aren’t a good person, but being a member of society that now carries a firearm is a huge responsibility. Make sure that you carry yourself in a good way, and that your daily decisions are sound and moral ones. Hold yourself to a higher standard, and be the best you that you can be. Yea, I just said that.

Tip #13: Carry Legally

If you’re going to the post office, don’t bring your firearm. Sure, no one will know if you do carry, but it doesn’t change the fact that you would be breaking the law. Again, we are holding ourselves to a higher standard. If you don’t like the laws, help fight to get them changed.

Tip #14: It’s Safe To Carry With One In The Pipe

It’s a top question that I am asked on a regular basis. “How safe is it to carry with a round in the chamber?” The answer you are looking for is here. And the example you are looking for is here.

Tip #15: Learn The Rules

You will never have a negligent discharge if you consistently follow The 4 Rules of Firearm Safety. They’ll never let you down. Be sure to show them the same courtesy.

Tip #16: Spend The Money On A Good Holster And Belt

There cannot be enough emphasis on the importance of having a quality holster and belt. A flimsy belt isn’t going to hold your firearm up like it should, and you’ll be adjusting constantly. Take a look at the belt options and don’t be afraid to spend a few bucks for a great belt. The same goes for a quality holster.

Tip #17: Be Prepared To Pull The Trigger

Often times, people do not run through different scenarios in their heads as to what may happen if they ever need to draw their firearm. So many different outcomes can occur, and you really need to ask yourself: “Am I able to take another life in self-defense?”

Tip #18: Avoid The Common Mistakes

Don’t subject yourself to these common concealed carry mistakes. Remember; Education.

Tip #19: Know The Laws

Aside from federal law, it’s important to familiarize yourself with State and local laws as well. They can vary greatly, even from one county to the next. Make sure to take the time and do research. When in doubt, pick up the phone and call a lawyer versed in firearm law. Often times, they will answer quick questions.

Tip #20: Have Fun

Absolutely, carrying a firearm is a serious matter. But, it doesn’t need to be stressful or intimidating. If you’ve got a setup that you’re happy with and fits comfortably, you’re ahead of the game. The fact that you’re carrying at all is a testament to how much you value life and safety. Maintain this attitude, gain as much knowledge as you can on the topic, and carry on.

Bonus Tip: Have A Self-Defense Lawyer Lined Up

If the day ever comes that you need to defend yourself with your firearm, the last thing you’ll want to do is find a lawyer. Do the research now to see who can best represent you if the need ever arises. That way, if you do need them, they are just a phone call away.

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 holster.
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