Top 5 CCW Tips

Someone once compared requesting “tips” about carrying a concealed weapon to asking about ‘tips’ on wearing shoes.

While humorous, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Even with 7-inch heels, shoes are far less deadly than firearms any day of the week. Also, footwear is pretty much essential in society. Ever see a “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” sign?

On the other hand, toting a pistol is a choice and a privilege. In many areas, it’s only granted to those who have permits. So, when entering the CCW world, consider the advice below.

  1. Go compact—but not too small! The smaller you go, the smaller the caliber will be and the less effective the weapon will become. Find a balance that works best for you. Find the biggest gun and caliber that you can conceal well. Definitely do not buy a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber and expect to conceal it all around town. It quickly becomes too heavy and too difficult to hide.
  2. Accessibility, accessibility, accessibility. What’s the point of carrying a weapon when it takes more than a few seconds to draw? In a dangerous situation, draw time can make all the difference. The best holster options for this are inside-the-waistband or outside-the-waistband holsters. Obviously a longer shirt or jacket is needed with OWB holsters.
  3. Dress to conceal. If someone can see an outline of your gun, or a “print,” rethinking your CCW wardrobe is the next step. Nobody wants to hear a little kid shouting: “Mommy, that man has a gun!” No print should show while standing. However, sitting and squatting might prove challenging. Buy ccw shirts one size larger and pants one to two sizes larger, especially for IWB holsters. Be cognizant of wind gusts, too.
  4. Get comfortable. Make sure your setup is as relaxed as possible. If it’s not, you will never carry your weapon outside of the home. For this, you’ll definitely need a holster of some kind. Leather holsters are recommended over nylon for a tighter hold to the body.
  5. Keep it real. Don’t go out and act like David Caruso or something.  Not only will you find yourself in a whole heap of trouble, you’ll annoy and embarrass the CCW community. As mentioned by TheCCWChannel, your gun is a last resort, not a first. Your brain should be the first thing you use.

What advice would you give someone who is carrying a concealed weapon for the first time?

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