Owning and carrying a firearm, whether it is concealed or not is a crucial responsibility. It is important that anyone who owns and carries a firearm be knowledgeable on how to properly carry it and how to ensure safety whenever you are around people.
This concealed carry training guide will discuss firearm safety, firearm familiarization, and proper cover and concealment procedures and strategies. This article is helpful for all legally permitted US citizens who carry concealed firearms.
What is Firearm Safety?
Firearm safety is the practice and training of using, storing, carrying, and disposing of firearms and ammunition to avoid unintentional injuries or death. In firearm safety, always keep in mind that the safety of everyone, including yourself is top priority. When handling a firearm, always treat it as a loaded weapon.
There is no existing federal law requiring private US citizens to undergo safety training for carrying firearms. Although, some states require that all gun purchasers and individuals requesting concealed-carry permits attend formal safety training on the proper use, storage, and maintenance of firearms.
State and local laws regulate the carry of concealed firearm or weapon. As a US citizen, you are responsbile in knowing, understanding, and following these laws.
Firearm Familiarization and Disassembly
Learning about your firearm is of utmost importance. Newly bought firearms come with an owner’s manual that you must diligently read.
When buying a firearm, you need to get a reliable holster that is custom-fit to your gun. Your holster should come with a quality belt to hold it. The average belt size ranges from 1.5” – 1.75”. It is advisable to purchase quality holsters from reputable manufacturers.
When your gun and holster are ready, you should practice how to draw and holster your firearm while making sure that your fingers are off the trigger. Never lay a finger on the trigger until the time you need to fire.
Aside from familiarizing yourself with the parts of your firearm and understanding how it works, you should also learn how to disassemble it properly for regular maintenance.
When disassembling your firearm, make sure you are in a well-lit space. Always check that your firearm is unloaded. Dismantle your firearm on a flat and sturdy table.
Place a mat or towel over the table to make sure that all the pieces are together and nothing rolls off the table. Keep practicing until you feel comfortable with your firearm.
Cover and Concealment
Citizens who are permitted to carry concealed firearm should not draw their firearm unless they are placed in a situation that is necessary to use the firearm. You should be very discrete that the public are not aware that you are carrying a weapon.
There are certain body parts where you can comfortably place your concealed weapon – waist, shoulder, and ankle. The waist is the most common and preferred location by many individuals to conceal their firearms.
Aside from handguns, some individuals prefer boot knives as their carry weapon. Boot knives can be used for personal and everyday use. It can also be used for survival or hunting activities and even self-defense.
Boot knives are small that they can be easily concealed without the public knowing you are carrying a weapon. They come with short blade lengths (not exceeding 3”) which can be concealed easily under your pants or in your boots.
Boot knives should be lightweight for easy manuverability. They should also come with a sheath to protect you from the sharp blade.
Each state has its regulations as to the use and carry of boot knives. Certain states do not allow their citizens to carry around boot knives in public while others allow the carry and usage of boot knives for self-defense.
This training guide mentioned that it is essential that you practice how to properly draw and holster your handgun. Many people may prefer the use of holsters because they can quickly draw their firearm when necessary.
However, holsters may not be the best choice when you are doing undercover work that requires you to be in areas where stealth and discretion are of utmost importance. A concealed carry backpack is the best way to store and carry your concealed weapon.
The best concealed carry backpacks should be able to completely conceal your firearm while allowing quick and easy access to your weapon when you need it. The best thing about a concealed carry backpack is that you can also carry your other belongings in it aside from your firearm.
A functional concealed carry backpack allows you to carry your other essentials when you need to go outdoors or on an assignment. The size of your backpack will depend on the firearm you want to keep inside it.
Most people carry weapons primarily to protect themselves from possible threats. Learning self-defense strategies help people defend themselves against potential attacks.
Learning how to defend yourself not only benefits you, but you can also protect other people around you. When you have developed the ability to defend yourself, it increases your self-esteem and overall self-confidence.
Self-defense is very helpful in unexpected situations. Unexpected attacks can happen in public or at the comforts of your home. Therefore, you need to prepare your home for defense.
Defending your home from intruders can be challenging even if you are familiar with the structure of your home’s interior. You may even suspect a family member as an intruder.
Even if you are ready to defend your home, it is still best to call for law enforcement to come and protect your home. The sooner you do this, and the sooner the police will arrive, the likelihood of you using your firearm is low.
Carrying a concealed weapon is not easy and requires much getting used to. Joining a training course can help you become more confident with concealed carry practices. Whenever there is a chance that you can attend a firearm course, better to take advantage of it.
You can prepare by reading training guides, but you can better respond to emergencies or difficult situations when you have trained for physical encounters using your concealed weapon.