There are lots of little things you can do to make carrying concealed easier on a day to day basis. When I first started out carrying, there were quite a few things that I wish I had known at the time.
1. Try new guns and holsters out around the house before you wear them out in public
Whether you’re getting ready for your first CCW or switching gear, it’s a good idea to take it for a test run around the house on a weekend. This way you know how the gun/holster combo works when you have to perform regular actions like bending/sitting/going to the bathroom.
2. No one can see you gun, but they can see you fiddling with your shirt
People obsess about concealment. We worry about printing a lot, when the real truth of the matter is that most people won’t notice your gun. What people will notice is you fiddling with your shirt and constantly picking at the tail of it to make sure your gun stays concealed. Relax and stop picking at your shirt.
3. Actually practice with your carry gear before you wear it “for real”
Remember, we’re betting on this gear to save our life in an emergency. Never carry an untested gun/holster combo, because in the terrible moment where you need it, untested gear is more likely to fail than tried and true kit. I’d never carry a gun/holster combo that I hadn’t practiced with.
4. Don’t dry fire then immediately load up again
After you finish a dry fire practice session, take a 10 minute break before you reload and put your gun back on. The idea behind this is to create a mental separation between unloaded practice and actually carrying a loaded gun.
5. Don’t act like you have a gun
“Keep your distance, Chewie. But don’t look like you’re keeping your distance, I don’t know, fly casual!” There are times where newbie CCWs will very obviously look like they’re carrying a gun. Hyper vigilance, the aforementioned shirt picking, just acting nervous in general. Relax, as long as you’re obeying the law, you’re good to go.
Follow these five tips and your concealed carry experience will go nice and smooth.