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Is It Worth Carrying A Backup Gun?

There comes a point when nearly everyone with a concealed carry permit stops and wonders, “should I carry a backup gun?” This thought is a fair one and may have been sparked by any number of influences, like news reports, a story from a friend, or even a scene in a TV show. But is it really worth carrying a backup gun? As a leading maker of custom Kydex gun holsters, On Your 6 Designs has put some thought into this question. Let’s look at the merits of a backup gun.

The Philosophy of the Backup Gun

When you find yourself in a high stakes self-defense situation, you really won’t know what to expect until it happens. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it. A backup gun allows you to react to changes in your situation quickly and efficiently. For instance, should your primary firearm run out of ammo or suffer from a jam, you can rely on your backup gun. For some, pulling a second gun might be faster than reloading, allowing them to practice a “New York reload” instead. There’s also the peace of mind that comes from having another self-defense tool when you need it most.

Things to Consider

If the idea of a backup gun is more than idle thought, keep these items in mind.

  • Carrying a second gun means added expenses. You likely invested good money into your primary weapon, ammo, a concealed carry holster, and training. Do you have the resources to support a second weapon?
  • You’ll need to spend more time training. That means developing the muscle memory to draw a nice firearm from a holster that’s in a separate location on your body. Do you have the time to practice with two firearms at the range?
  • Concealing two firearms can be difficult. You probably won’t be able to carry two pistols on your belt discreetly. This means you might have to use ankle or shoulder holsters. These may not be practical for your region’s weather and climate. Off-the-body carry is an option but presents its own challenges. Are you ready to change your habits to carry a backup gun?

If you are ready to add a backup gun to your everyday carry tools, then it’s time to figure out which firearm and how to carry it.

What Should You Carry?

Like your primary concealed carry firearm, carry the backup gun you feel most confident and capable with and can conceal readily. Your primary firearm might be a full-size 1911, but we think you’ll be hard-pressed to conceal two of those convincingly.

In general, smaller is better when it comes to backup guns. The subcompact and micro categories of pistols are filled with great choices in proven calibers like 9mm and .380. The size of these pistols makes them easy to conceal in an ankle holster or even in a pocket. It’s never a bad idea to visit your local gun store and handle a few “pocket pistols” to see which one is comfortable in your hands.

Where to Conceal Your Backup Gun

Where you carry your backup gun depends on a few things, like where you carry your primary gun, how you dress, and what you do. That said, some common places for storing your backup gun include:

  • Pockets
  • Purses or backpacks
  • Jacket or shoulder holsters
  • Ankle holster

Think about whether you stand or sit for most of the day. If you’re in and out of vehicles all day, a pocket holster might be inconvenient, but a car mounted holster would be ideal.

Do You Really Need a Backup Gun?

It’s always important to ask yourself is this something you really need. In some cases, a backup gun can actually make your day-to-day life more difficult and less safe. Since they are harder to conceal, you have more chances to draw unwanted attention. It can also be difficult to secure two firearms if you have to go to a “gun free” zone like a post office. That said, there are those in certain fields who might benefit from a backup gun. Off-duty cops might like having one near at hand. High profile individuals or their protection personnel might need one.

You should devote some serious thought as to whether a backup gun will help or hinder your self-defense efforts. Whatever you decide, trust your decision, and dedicate time, energy, and resources into training to the best of your abilities with your self-defense tools.

Custom Concealed Carry Holsters For Your Needs

No matter if you carry one firearm or three, On Your 6 Designs has the equipment for you. We hand form each of our kydex holsters so it perfectly fits your particular make and model of pistol. With options for both IWB and OWB, our holsters can match your preferred concealed carry style. Order now and enjoy our lifetime guarantee.

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Make Summertime Carry Easy

As we start the month of June, we can say with confidence that summer is here. That means it’s time for long trips to the lake, bike rides with friends, BBQs, baseball, and so much more. While we all love to relax in the summer, if you’re carrying a concealed firearm, the change in weather also means a change in your carrying habits.

While the extra sunshine might leave you a little sweaty, you shouldn’t sweat your concealed carry strategies. To make concealed carry a little easier all year long, On Your 6 Designs has put together a few quick tips for summertime concealed carry.

Seasonal Changes to Concealed Carry

If you live somewhere with a consistent temperature year-round, this blog might not be as relevant to you. But if you live somewhere with four, or even three seasons, you might notice that you have to reconsider what you carry, and how you carry it, in response to the weather.

Summer is no exception, and for most parts of the country, this is the time of the year when temperatures rise, and most people switch to shorts and t-shirts, shedding the layers that make concealing so easy in fall and winter. Being ready for these changes mean you can carry more effectively, and more comfortably.

Consider a Smaller Firearm

This might not be practical for everyone for a variety of reasons. Budget constraints, caliber preferences, and more might prevent you from purchasing another firearm. But if you’re looking for an excuse to buy another firearm, this could be it.

Small sized pistols are great for summertime carry. Options like the M&P Shield, the Sig Sauer P290RS or the Springfield XD(S) have proven to be popular in the concealed carry market for year round carry, but their subcompact size makes them well suited for your board shorts and tank top attire in the summer. Their lighter weight also means less strain on your gun belt, and their slim size means that you can adequately conceal them with just a t-shirt.

Don’t Succumb to Chaffing

Increased temperatures and spending more time outside means your body will sweat more during the summer. When you wear a holster close to your body on your hip, you might start to chafe in the area around the holster. Irritated skin is uncomfortable any time of the year, and if you’re constantly scratching your side, you might accidentally reveal your firearm. Plus, if your skin is agitated, you might leave your firearm at home.

To avoid this, consider wearing a light undershirt in addition to your normal shirt. You could also use products like Gold Bond or Body Glide which are designed to prevent chafing.

Mix Up Your Wardrobe

Your manner of dress will likely change in response to the weather anyway, but you might consider changing some of your style choices in order to better carry a firearm. While not always fashionable, cargo shorts make concealing a firearm easy. You can store your extra magazines in the cargo pockets, along with other EDC essentials like notebooks, pens, and pocket knives.

Also, consider the type of fabric you’re wearing. Synthetic fibers are remarkably breathable and wick away sweat. Surprisingly, wool might be a great choice for you too. Merino wool is light, breathable, moisture wicking, and can even resist odors. Wear a looser shirt in a darker color. This will prevent the shirt from snagging on your weapon or from printing.

Consider Your Holster Options

Your choice of holster can impact how comfortable you are during the summer. Leather holsters might look sharp, but in the summer, they’re sticky and slimy. If you sweat through your leather holster, you can actually start to corrode or rust the finish on your firearm, which can lead to functional issues down the road. Instead, look for lightweight materials with a sweat resistant liner, like Kydex.

Outside the waistband holsters might be great for fall and winter months when you can wear a coat over them, but an OWB holster isn’t well suited for summer carry. The larger size means more opportunities for printing and snagging on your t-shirts or light button downs. Instead, opt for an inside the waistband holster. They’re slimmer, and sit closer to your body, making it easy to conceal.

Have a Safe Storage Option Near to Hand

It can be difficult to carry a firearm with you during the summer months if for no other reason than summertime activities require increased mobility and freedom of motion. This can make it tricky to keep a firearm hidden on your body.

So when you’re invited to go on a trail run, take a long hike, or head to the lake for some swimming and rafting, you’ll need a safe place to store your firearm. There are a variety of manufacturers that offer car safes for your firearm. Off the body carry isn’t ideal, but storing your firearm in a bag that stays with you is still better than not having the firearm with you at all.

As we mentioned above, the right holster can make summertime carry much easier. That’s why it’s important to invest in a quality piece of gear the first time. At On Your 6 Designs, we offer custom concealed carry holsters that are hand-formed to fit your particular model of firearm. Browse our collection today to find the right holster for your year-round concealed carry needs.

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What Disrupts Your Situational Awareness

In our last blog post, we covered how you can enhance your situational awareness skills. Through practice, you can keep you safe from getting into a dangerous situation before it even begins. But developing these skills, like concealing and carrying a firearm, isn’t without its challenges.

Modern life is seemingly busier than it ever has been, and that means it’s full of distractions. These can easily disrupt your situational awareness. But being aware of these disruptions can help you focus in and look past them. Join On Your 6 Designs as well look at some of the most common disruptions for situational awareness.

Why You Need to Focus on Situational Awareness

Situational awareness isn’t something that you can just switch on or off. It’s a skill that you need to be cognizant of. It’s something you have to warm up into, but also a skill that can easily be shut down by distractions. Working past or being aware of these distractions can help to keep you safe.

Electronics Are Disruption #1

We all love our smartphones and other devices, but we all recognize that they are a great way to distract yourself from what’s going on around you. A recent study found that, on average, Americans check their phone 80 times a day. That’s 80 times that your focus on your surroundings is disrupted. While you might only glance at your phone for the time, other moments you might be watching an entire video or writing a small novel in text message form.

We’re not trying to discourage you from using your phone, instead, we’re encouraging you to use your phone more mindfully. When you’re waiting in a new area for a friend to arrive, don’t do so with your head hunched over your phone. Use your phone when you’re in safe, familiar settings.

Alcohol Dulls Your Senses

Before we go too far, it’s important to remind everyone that alcohol and firearms do not mix. If you’re planning on enjoying an adult beverage after work with friends, it’s best to leave your concealed firearm in your car, and in many states, it’s illegal for you to bring a weapon into a bar with you anyway.

That said, alcohol is a natural depressant. That means that it limits your ability to be fully aware of what’s going on around you. You’ll miss cues that you might otherwise pick up on, and your reaction times will be slowed. The best way to combat this is the same way you get home safe at the end of the night. A designated driver can also serve as the designated guardian for the night. They’re in charge of monitoring your drinking, and your evening out.

How You’re Positioned In a Space

The architecture and layout of a space can limit your situational awareness. Features like columns, walls, panes of glass, and more can all interrupt your lines of sight into and out of a space. This can make it difficult to make an accurate assessment of the safety of the environment.

When possible, choose to sit facing an entrance or exit so you can monitor and react to the people moving through the space.

Don’t Get Lazy

Perhaps more disruptive to your situational awareness than phones, alcohol, or architecture is yourself. These are perishable skills, meaning if you stop practicing them, you lose them. You should never assume a place is “safe” just because you think it is. Confirm your assumptions by looking for, and measuring the environment around you.

Carrying a firearm doesn’t make you automatically safe. In fact, having to use that firearm inherently means you are not safe. You don’t want to find yourself in a high stakes situation just because you willfully ignored a red flag, or you didn’t notice it in the first place.

Like the firearm you carry concealed, situational awareness is an invaluable self-defense tool. When practiced carefully and regularly, situational awareness will begin to feel more natural. When you look past distractions and disruptions, you keep yourself and your loved ones safer.

On Your 6 Designs produces Kydex firearm and magazine holsters, hand-formed to fit your particular model of firearm. Browse our collection today to find one that fits your concealed carry needs.

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Enhancing Your Situational Awareness

When you conceal and carry a firearm, you’ve got a lot to think about. You’re considering where your firearm is positioned, whether you’re carrying extra ammo, and if you can bring your firearm into certain buildings. These things, in addition to the litany of things that weigh on our minds throughout the day, can leave us distracted and disoriented.

But part of being a responsible firearm owner and carry a weapon concealed means pushing these distractions out of your head. In developing a concealed carry mindset, you have to improve your situational awareness. Not sure what that means? On Your 6 Designs has you covered.

Situational Awareness and Concealed Carry

Simply said, situational awareness is your observation and analysis of people, places, and things around you. In a sense, it’s like an early warning system for your brain. When something sticks out to you in an environment, you can take the steps necessary to get away from it or manage it.

Developing your situational awareness is one of the most vital parts of concealed carry. When properly trained, you can start to avoid conflicts before they even begin, ensuring your safety, and the safety of your friends and loved ones.

Take In Your Surroundings

This can be done anytime you enter a new space. The world is always shifting around you, and while you can’t keep track of all of it, you can look for key elements like:

  • Entries and exits
  • Distinct features and objects
  • What’s going on
  • Notable people

You’re already doing this subconsciously, but simply being more cognizant of it means you’re more situationally aware. Taking quick mental notes of these things can make a difference in an emergency.

Update and Observe

Taking a few mental notes of your surroundings doesn’t mean that you can say, “I am aware of the situation,” and then shut down. In fact, you have to constantly be observing the space and update your assessment of what’s going on.

Once you’re oriented to your surroundings, you can start to look for things or people that don’t seem to belong. For instance, take a look around you and look for people who don’t seem to fit. For example, you’re out at a farmers market and there’s a general atmosphere of relaxed fun. If someone seems to stand out from the crowd for the wrong reasons, then they might have other motives for being there.

Regularly checking your surroundings ensures you’re aware of any changes that may threaten you.

Make an Assessment

After a few rounds of observations, it’s time to start actively assessing the situation. Your assessment will vary from location to location and your familiarity with that space. For instance, you’re more likely to feel safe at your own home than you are in a sketchy diner downtown. That’s because you know where all the entrances and exits are in your home, whereas in this sketchy diner, you’re not aware of all of your routes out of trouble, and the guys two tables down might be glaring at you. In this situation, you’re likely more alert and cautious.

Trust Yourself

We’ve all had that moment when we walk into a space and instantly feel like we don’t belong there. In these moments, it’s important to trust those instincts. Instincts and “gut feelings” are an integral part of situational awareness, as often your body is reacting to something you might not have observed yet. Don’t feel bad for acting on these feelings and leaving a situation you’re not comfortable in. You’ll find that you relax the moment you’re somewhere familiar again.

Just like carrying a firearm, situational awareness is something that has to be practiced every day. With time and patience, you’ll find yourself making faster and more complete assessments of environments and events. Simply being aware of what’s going on around you is an easy way to keep yourself and your friends and family out of potentially dangerous situations.

To eliminate distractions that might interrupt your situational awareness, consider how you’re carrying your firearm. On Your 6 Designs offers custom Kydex firearm holsters, handmade in the U.S. We offer both inside the waistband and outside the waistband options, all backed by a lifetime guarantee. Browse our holsters today.

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Dressed For Success: Business Casual Concealed Carry

There’s no denying that the dress code for most workplaces is relaxing. What used to be considered attire strictly for casual Fridays can now be worn on Monday. But not everyone has the option to wear loose and comfortable T-shirts for 40 hours a week. For many firearm owners, they face the challenge of wanting to conceal their firearm on them at work but still maintain their professional appearance.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to get around this issue. At On Your 6 Designs, we’re always developing new ways to more effectively conceal your firearm, so let’s dissect some ways you can look sharp while still staying ready for anything.

Disclaimer: We would be remiss if we didn’t first address the issue of firearms in the workplace. Your job may not allow you to keep a firearm with you onsite, concealed or not. It’s your responsibility to check with your employer before concealing a firearm at work.

Re-Evaluate Your Carry Gun

Everyone carries a different firearm for different reasons. But in some cases, you have to choose the right tool for the job, in this case, somewhat literally.

If you typically turn to full-size handguns for concealed carry, you may have to select a different firearm during work hours. Let’s face it, dress clothes look best when they fit well and have a slimming effect on your appearance. A full-sized handgun can interrupt the visual lines of a business casual outfit.

Consider using a compact, or even sub-compact pistol or revolver. Not only are they thinner in most cases, they often aren’t as tall or long, meaning they fit more naturally along the hip or even in your pocket.

Bring The Blazer Back

While light jackets and blazers have slowly faded from most people’s workplace attire, it’s still a classy garment that looks good with more casual outfits. Not only do they look great, but they’re also a superb cover garment for your concealed firearm.

A well-fitted blazer for concealed carry is not too tight but not too loose either. This prevents the fabric of the jacket from pressing tightly only the outline of your firearm which can lead to printing. Similarly, a well-fitted blazer also doesn’t billow around you, which means material could get caught on your pistol, which might reveal it to those around you.

Most who conceal carry in a blazer elect to carry their pistol or revolver on their strong side hip, or the 3 or 9 o’clock position. This allows the blazer to cover most of the firearm while still providing rapid access to it when needed.

Look For Clothes Dedicated to Concealed Carry

If the options above don’t quite work for you, you can look for business casual options from the myriad of specialty stores and manufacturers that create concealed carry clothing. These brands often have shirts and pants that look nice but are still practical for carrying a firearm. This might be a great option for some.

Take a Trip to the Tailor’s

Another way to make concealed carry easier in business clothes is to have your clothes fitted and adjusted at a tailor. This method is often one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make concealed carry in business casual clothes easier. As an added benefit, your clothes will fit better and you’ll looker nicer at work.

Before you head to your closest tailor, make sure you ask in advance that they’re willing to work with you and your firearm. Some might be nervous about the idea, but others won’t flinch.

Tailors can make a variety of adjustments to your clothing that make it easier for you to carry a firearm. For instance, they can add extra length to the hem of your shirts. They can put layers of stiff fabric on the insides of your jackets to prevent printing. They can take in or let out parts of the garment in order to accommodate a variety of holster types.

Concealed Holsters Tailor-Made For Your Firearm

On Your 6 Designs offers custom-made holsters that are designed to fit your particular firearm. No matter the brand or model, we can craft a Kydex holster that offers excellent retention, protection, and ease of use. Order your custom Kydex holster today!

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The Signs That Give Away That You’re Concealing A Weapon

When it comes to concealing a firearm, the name of the game is discretion. You don’t want to broadcast to everyone around that you have a firearm on your hip. Not only can that create an uncomfortable situation for you while you’re with friends or in a store, but it can also make you a target for criminals and those who might mean you harm.

Fortunately, these signs are pretty obvious, and that means you can quickly learn to address them in your own concealed carry habits. At On Your 6 Designs, we’re dedicated to helping our customers become more responsible firearm owners and providing them with the resources and materials they need to conceal and carry a firearm more effectively. Check out these signs that give away your concealed carry weapon.

Clothing Doesn’t Match

A common phrase within the concealed carry community is “dress to the gun, not for the look.” While there is a measure of truth in this saying, it’s not always true. You want your style of dress to look natural and neutral. You can start to run into these issues in a few different ways throughout the year and social situations.

For instance, if you’re rocking a base layer t-shirt, a button-down overshirt, plus long pants and a jacket, and it’s the middle of July in San Antonio, you might draw suspicion. Some might correctly identify your form of dress as “cover garments” for your weapon.

Similarly, you don’t want to dramatically change your style of dress the moment you start carrying a concealed firearm. So if you’ve always been a “shorts and t-shirt” kind of guy, if you roll up to the neighborhood BBQ in a fishing vest and a button-down, your more clued in friends might suspect more than just a change in fashion sense.

Lots of Minor Adjustments

When you’re first starting to carry a firearm concealed, you might feel compelled to check it throughout the day. These adjustments might be as simple as a quick tap on the hip or can be a far more involved shifting of the holster along the belt.

In either case, these minor adjustments throughout the day draw attention. Even if someone doesn’t suspect a firearm initially, they might after watching you pat your hip for the 10th time in as many minutes.

Wooden Movements

When your inconspicuous cover garment is placed “just so” over your concealed firearm, you might change how you move in order to avoid disturbing the gun or the cover. This leads to blocky, wooden movements.

It might be that your stride on the side that is concealing the weapon is shorter. It could be that you’re bracing the firearm with an elbow or wrist as you move quickly or up and down stairs. For some, their strong arm has a noticeably shorter swing than the other in order to guard the concealed gun.

These wooden movements are a result of fear about whether your pistol or revolver will stay in place as you move. Of course, an easy way to address this issue before it even becomes one is to use a holster that has an excellent level of retention.

Hiding the Strong Side

Many choose to carry their pistols on their strong side and become a little protective of how they allow people to view that side. As such, some might turn that side of their body away from someone that approaches them. Similarly, they might only give side hugs to people using their weak side, as it limits the chances for the other person to brush their hand across the gun.

Custom Kydex IWB Holsters For Your Pistol

By recognizing these signs in others, you can address them yourself. It may require some mental effort for the first few days, or even weeks, as you practice avoiding or addressing these signs, but in the end, you’ll be better at concealing your firearm for it.

At the end of the day, you want to feel comfortable while you conceal a firearm. That comfort translates to your demeanor and presence. The more relaxed and natural you look, the less likely it is that other people will even notice you, let alone scrutinize your appearance looking for a concealed firearm.

For high-quality holster options that resolve some of the issues outlined above, get a custom-made pistol holster from On Your 6 Designs.

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The Most Common Concealed Carry Mistakes Beginners Make

As anyone who regularly concealed carries a firearm can tell you, there is a bit of a learning curve when you first start. Concealed carry takes practice and a change in mindset, but it is a fairly straightforward process to adopt if you’re aware of the mistakes you could make.

With that in mind, we here at On Your 6 Designs thought we’d outline some of the most common mistakes we see beginners make when they first start carrying a concealed firearm. Study them well and you’ll make carrying a handgun feel natural in no time.

Buying Cheap Gear

Once you’ve been permitted to conceal a firearm or have received the training, you might feel ready to start carrying a handgun right away. However, make sure that you have the right gear. A cheap dress belt from Kohls will bend and flex under the weight of even the most micro of wonder nines. A cheap holster will fold, buckle, and bend, making it difficult to draw and re-holster your weapon.

Instead, invest in high-quality gear right from the get-go. Get a heavy, thick leather belt, and invest in a durable and lightweight Kydex gun holster. This combination will not only serve you for years to come but will make concealing and carrying your firearm easier. If you can’t afford to buy the right equipment right away, it may be worth waiting rather than buying something cheap. After all, if you purchase a cheap holster and have to buy a nicer one later, you’ve only spent your money twice.

Adjusting Their Holster Too Much

Have you ever noticed someone while you’re out and about who seems to be fidgeting a lot? Maybe they’re picking at the hem of their shirt or constantly patting the back of their hip. Even if this person isn’t concealing a firearm, their actions are conspicuous and obvious. It draws undue attention to who they are, what they’re doing, and how they’re doing it.

Many new carriers are naturally nervous and as such, they calm their nerves by constantly checking the position of their handgun and holster. They pull up their pants and tug down their shirts. Look, this doesn’t look natural, and the whole point of concealed carry is to look as natural as possible.

Don’t fidget and fiddle with your pistol, holster or gun belt. Dress around the firearm and you’ll never have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. That said, if you feel your holster or handgun coming loose, step into a nearby restroom and take a moment to fix it. Of course, if you have a holster that has a good level of retention like our Kydex holsters, you won’t have to worry about this in the first place.

Not Having Enough Training

Just because some can carry a firearm doesn’t mean they should. Before you decide to conceal carry a handgun, make sure you’ve taken the time to get the right training and practice. Take firearm safety courses if you haven’t already. Take a few classes that are specific to concealed carry. Then take a few more classes on how to use your preferred firearm effectively.

Carrying a concealed firearm should instantly turn you into an avid student, one who’s always looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

Having the Wrong Mindset

Hollywood has done a great job of making average people feel like superheroes. Just because you’re carrying a firearm doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly the new sheriff in town. Carrying a firearm is an immense responsibility. It also requires a change in mindset. You have to be more alert of your surroundings, more aware of the power you carry on your hip, and perhaps most importantly, more aware of your limitations.

Remember, you want to be the good guy with a gun, and sometimes that means getting out of a situation before you even have to draw it. Your firearm should be your last ditch effort to defend yourself and your loved ones, not your first response to a stressful situation.

Custom Kydex Concealed Holsters

Anyone who carries regularly can tell you that your firearm and your gear should always work, no compromises. That’s why On Your 6 Designs makes some of the finest quality Kydex holsters on the market. Backed by a lifetime warranty, you never have to worry about your holster failing at the wrong time. Browse our line of firearm and magazine holsters and order yours today.

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Considerations For Concealed Carry In Your Car

If there’s another tool that you make use of more than your daily concealed carry piece, it’s probably your vehicle. Whether you drive a truck, SUV, or a hybrid, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, commuting to and from work, running errands, or even just taking a long Sunday drive.

While our vehicles are endlessly useful for a wide variety of applications, they do offer some unique challenges to those who conceal carry. Of course, part of being a responsible firearm owner and a capable concealed carrier means learning to adjust your skills and mindset to respond to new situations. To help you stay ready for anything, we’ve put together some considerations you should keep in mind while carrying in your car.

How a Car Changes Your Carry Strategies

On foot, you likely have your concealed carry setup dialed in. You might use a Kydex IWB or OWB holster on your strong-side hip, with a few extra magazines on the other. You likely have a few shirts you use to adequately cover your firearm while you’re moving. And you’ve probably even practiced drawing your firearm from a variety of different positions.

But all of those things change when you’re in a vehicle. That’s because your “workspace” is far more limited, and you might not have sufficient access to the pistol on your hip when your sitting in your car with a seat belt on. So here are some workarounds for this issue.

Vehicle-Mounted Holsters

Rather than trying to contort your body around your seat belt to get to your firearm, consider changing where you store your firearm while in your vehicle. You can mount a Kydex holster in your vehicle for easy storage and even easier access.

Consider mounting this Kydex holster to places like underneath your steering wheel. You can also mount it to the side of your center console. Either of these spots is far easier to access while in a car than drawing from a concealed carry holster on your hip while seated.

Storing a Weapon in Your Car

Vehicle-mounted holsters are ideal for when you’re moving from point A to point B and can re-holster your weapon in your hip holster when you’re done driving. But what if point B is a place that won’t allow you to bring your firearm inside? This could be a federal institution like the post office, some banks, schools, and churches. In these cases, you don’t want to leave your firearm at home, but you don’t want to leave it locked in your glove box either.

Several manufacturers now make small gun safes or vaults that are designed to be installed in your car. They can fit within or near the center console or beneath your seat. These vaults can be locked securely, ensuring that no one can get to your firearm but you. Also, they do a great job of hiding the firearm from passersby, ensuring that there are no tempting targets for would-be car thieves.

Adjust How You Carry

If you’re not interested in specialty options like vehicle-mounted holsters or safes, a simple option is to adjust where you’re carrying. Keeping your firearm on your hip while in the car can prevent easy access. Things like the center console or the door can limit your hand’s ability to grasp the weapon and a seat belt can hinder your draw.

But by shifting your holster, you may be able to appendix carry your firearm with some measure of success. Keeping it closer to the front of your body makes it more accessible. However, you’ll still need to keep the seat belt clear from the holster and weapon. Just be aware of the size of your firearm, as appendix carrying a larger firearm while seated may be uncomfortable.

Custom-Made Kydex Holsters For Your Firearm

However you choose to carry your firearm in your vehicle, make sure that it is compliant with your local laws. It’s your duty as a responsible firearm owner to care for, travel with, and store your weapon appropriately.

And whatever you choose to carry, On Your 6 Designs has the perfect holster. We make all of our holsters by hand to perfectly fit your brand and model of firearm. Whether you carry IWB or OWB, we’ve got the solution for you. Browse our complete line up of brands here and order yours today.

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Keeping Your Concealed Carry Gun Clean

With time and use, even the most durable of objects begin to wear down. It’s true for trucks, houses, our bodies, and even our firearms. Of course, we can stall this steady process of entropy by taking care of our objects, including our firearms.

Regular maintenance is part of owning a firearm and an important one at that. Keeping a firearm in clean, working order ensures that you don’t experience any jams or other issues. While you should do your best to keep your regular range firearms clean, you should never skip cleaning your concealed carry piece.

Setting a Cleaning Schedule

You might subconsciously already have a cleaning schedule for your weapons. After every trip to the range, you like break down the weapon into its major components and wipe them down with solvents and oils to clean it of any powders, dirt, and debris. Maybe once a year or so, you might tear down your range firearms into its detailed parts and give everything a complete once over. And that’s enough. You never have any hang-ups at the range, or if you do, you just put that weapon away and bring out another one.

But when it comes to your concealed carry piece, you can’t follow that same schedule and you don’t have that same kind of luxury.

That’s because your concealed carry firearm stays with you all day every day. It’s your near-constant companion, and as such, it is subjected to a much higher degree of wear and tear than your range guns. That means that you need to clean your concealed carry pistol or revolver more often. But why?

Your concealed firearm accumulates dust, pocket lint, dirt, and sweat much faster than the firearms in your gun safe at home. While this may not cause issues at first, it can if left unaddressed.

So, just how often should you clean your concealed carry gun? The answer, of course, is “it depends.” Your environment may impact your need to clean, as will your frequency of use, where and how you carry, and what kind of holster you carry. All of these things can dictate just how much debris accumulates on and in your firearm.

But, if you’re looking for a general rule of thumb or just our opinion, keep this in mind:

  • After every range trip, your concealed carry piece should be carefully cleaned without exception.
  • Every one-to-two weeks, your concealed carry piece should field stripped, wiped down, and oiled.

Remember, your carry gun needs to work no matter what, and keeping your firearm clean and maintained eliminates the chances for errors and mistakes.

Storing Your Concealed Carry Gun

When your firearm isn’t in its concealed holster on your hip, it’s likely being stored somewhere. For some, that means the firearm is returned to a gun safe at the end of each day. For others, that means it goes to a dedicated location that keeps it available and near at hand.

Storing your concealed carry piece is part of its cleaning schedule. While in a gun safe, the pistol or revolver is fairly safe from the elements and will stay dry and dust free. But left on a nightstand leaves it exposed to the elements. Consider keeping your concealed firearm in a small, easy-to-access safe in a drawer instead of out on the counter. It’s safer for you and your family and keeps your firearm cleaner longer.

Don’t Forget Your Ammo

Finally, consider your carry ammo. If the finish of your slide can corrode in reaction to the salts and sweat of your body, so too can your ammo. While you may not ever need to discharge your weapon in a self-defense situation, you’ll still want to know your ammo will do its part when needed.

Most suggest shooting the ammo you keep in your carry magazines every two months or so and replacing it with new ammo. This ensures that your magazines are being stored for a long period of time with dust and grime packed in them alongside the rounds. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to hit the range and sharpen your skills.

On Your 6 Designs offers custom Kydex gun holsters that are tailor-made for your particular model and make of firearm. Durable, lightweight, and easy to clean, our Kydex holsters are easy to carry and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Browse our collection of firearm holsters and magazine holsters today.

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Leather or Kydex: What Should Your Holster Be Made Of?

Whether you’re new to carrying a concealed firearm every day or you’ve been doing it for years, one of the recurring challenges you face is choosing the right holster for the job. A quick trip to your local gun store yields a seemingly endless variety of holsters from different brands, all for different models and makes of pistol or revolver.

Once you’ve rightfully rejected the $20 bargain bin special holsters, you leave the store and head online in search of a custom concealed carry holster that perfectly fits your firearm. Now you’re really left with two choices: leather or Kydex. But which should you choose? The choice is more clear than you may realize. Let’s review some of the pressing factors in choosing a conceal carry holster for your firearm.

Protecting Your Finish

The finish of your firearm may or may not be an important factor for you. Some might view their concealed carry piece as something that’s understandably going to take some abuse. However, others might be more concerned about the state of their finish. In either case, leather and Kydex holsters are going to affect the finish of your firearm differently.

Kydex is naturally rigid and durable. But when heated, it can be carefully formed to match every contour of a firearm. That means that a Kydex concealed holster retains your gun in place very well. However, it can lead to undue wear and tear on the finish. But these light scratches can be readily addressed with some gun bluing.

Many higher-end leather holsters are lined with some kind of padding to protect the finish of your firearm, be it suede, cloth, or nylon. While these might keep your weapon from getting scratched while drawing and reholstering, they aren’t without their downsides.

Those in warmer climates, like we in San Antonio, can relate to the problem of peeling a leather holster off your hip at the end of a long day. The sweat your body generates seeps into the leather, creating a warm, damp environment for your firearm. The salts in your sweat can build up and collect on your firearm, eventually leading to issues like rust and corrosion.

The Retention of Your Firearm

At the most fundamental level, your holster needs to do nothing more than securely hold your weapon in place. Retention is key for concealed carry holsters. Some holsters do this better than others of course.

Leather holsters rely on the fit and finish of the leather to hold your firearm in place. This process of friction holding the gun in place may work great when you first own the holster. But over time as the leather ages, that friction between leather and firearm begins to lessen as the leather stretches and molds to not only your firearm but your body as well.

An ill-fitting or old leather holster only leads to loose firearms, which means more accidental drops, more negligent discharges, and more problems.

Conversely, durable Kydex holsters offer an unrivaled level of retention. Once molded to the shape and form of your weapon, Kydex holsters will not reshape or deform. This means that your concealed carry firearm will ride securely in your holster all day long, even as you move about.

Maintaining Your Concealed Holster

A diligent firearm owner is no stranger to the idea of maintaining your equipment. After all, at the end of every trip to the range, your weapons are broken down and cleaned. But just because you’re used to caring for your equipment doesn’t mean you want to spend all of your time doing it.

Leather holsters need to be cared for as regularly as your actual firearm in many cases. Leather cleaners, oils, waterproofers, and more all have to be added to your leather holster on a regular basis to ensure that it maintains its form and to prevent the leather from degrading.

Kydex, on the other hand, is simple to maintain. Simply remove the firearm, wipe down the holster with a damp cloth and let it dry overnight. That’s it.

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If you’re looking for the ideal holster for your concealed carry firearm, look no further than the Kydex holsters offered by On Your 6 Designs. We make each holster by hand to fit your distinct model and make of firearm, ensuring the highest quality of fit and retention. We back all of our products with an unbeatable lifetime warranty. Whether you carry a Glock, 1911, Sig, or anything in between, we’ve got the custom Kydex holster for you. Browse our firearm and magazine holsters today.

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Building Muscle Memory| Being Prepared

 Building Muscle Memory

Have you ever heard the saying “Fast is slow, slow is fast”? When taking training classes, I heard that a lot. It still comes up whenever we’re on the subject of target practice. And the more you go to the range to get your practice in, you’ll realize how important that reminder can be. Most people initially think you must go through the actions of shooting quickly in order to hit the target. It becomes a race against the clock to pull the trigger. But the truth is that if you have not had the chance to properly build the technique to build the muscle memory, it doesn’t matter how fast you react, you will most likely not hit the target. We are all busy with our day to day activities, so it’s hard to get in that practice daily at the range not to mention costly. Here are a few examples of things you can do at home to start building that technique.

 

Proper Handling of the Firearm

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The first muscle memory you need to build is properly picking up and checking the firearm. Make sure your finger is completely away from the trigger so there is not an accidental discharge. You’ll want to make sure your finger is away from the trigger until you are ready to pull it. To prevent an accidental discharge, make sure to keep a high index finger. This is where your index finger settles above the trigger guard area along the side of the frame (just below the slide). Make sure you get a full and proper grip on the firearm to manage recoil. The webbing of your hand should be as high as possible on the tang (curved portion of the grip that’s closest to the slide). Here’s the link to a video that shows an example of the proper grip used for full support and safety. This exercise can be practiced by either drawing from a holster or picking up from a table. Once the firearm is in hand, get into the habit of checking your firearm. You should always know if it’s loaded or unloaded, chambered or not. Make sure the muzzle of the firearm is pointed in a safe direction and completely pull the slide back. This is to make sure you get a complete and unimpeded view of the chamber. For the purpose of your exercises you’ll need to do this to make sure the firearm is unloaded and not chambered.

 

Shooting Stance

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Have you ever noticed when you get scared you instinctively curl your body inward? Let’s work with your body’s natural instinct to make yourself a smaller target when practicing the proper shooting stance. Your feet should be shoulder width apart with one foot slightly leading. Keep your feet straight, and toes pointed at your target. Slightly bend your knees and lean your torso forward with your shoulders rolled up to your ears. Counterbalance by slightly sticking out your seat. Extend your arms and lock your elbows. Initially, this stance may feel a little awkward, but this position helps keep your entire body square with the target.

 

Sight Alignment

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Look around your home and pick a spot. It can be anything from a letter on a poster to an actual target. Get the practice aligning your sight to the target. You’re not pulling the trigger with these drills, you are simply building the technique in going through the action of picking up the firearm (and clearing it), getting in the stance and aligning with your target. This can be a drill you do when starting your day (again, you’ll want to make sure the firearm is unloaded and cleared). If you really want to step up the practice, grab an airsoft gun or a SIRT gun (if you have that kind of disposable income) to check the progress of your sight alignment. Set up a few targets around your home. Take aim every time the phone rings or in between commercials. Or, if you’re like my husband, you can use it as an excuse to hit up the range more often.

 

Trigger Manipulation

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For this drill you will be pulling the trigger, so before you begin please double and triple check that the firearm is unloaded and not chambered. It’s best if you practice this away from all ammo for extra precaution. Practicing trigger manipulation reduces the chances of you anticipating the shot. When you anticipate the shot, you are more likely to flinch causing a dip in the alignment. You’ll need to know how much pressure you need to use to pull the trigger of your firearm. You can do this with either snap caps or you can dry fire (Note: Before you dry fire check the manufacturer specs to make sure this will not harm your firearm). One trick you can use is the coin trick. Lay a coin flat on the front sight and gently squeeze back the trigger. If the coin falls you will notice any errors immediately.

 

 

In Conclusion

I cannot stress enough how important it is to double and triple check to make sure your firearm is clear and unloaded prior to any of these exercises. These are only a few things you can practice to get yourself more familiar with your firearm. Build the muscle memory you may need if you ever find yourself in a life or death situation. These drills are only part of the equation you need to become a better shooter. It will take practice. If you can, take some training classes. Get the proper training as your foundation. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Go through these drills slowly as you are becoming familiar with the movements. Pretty soon these movements will become fluid and will feel more natural.

Which of these drills is your favorite and why? Do you have any other drills you practice that I didn’t list here? Thanks for the feedback, have a great weekend and happy drilling!

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The Rules Still Apply- Firearm Etiquette

 

These rules should be introduced before you ever pick up a firearm, and should be used not only on the range, but anytime you handle a firearm. Sometimes people need to be reminded, especially when it comes to firearm safety and proper handling. I never realized how often most people forget about the 4 Rules of Gun Safety especially when they’re not at the range until I started working at a local gun affiliated business. I’ve lost count of how many times people swept me with their firearm, only to dismiss my reaction by saying, “Oh, it’s unloaded.”. No, that doesn’t make it better or excuse the fact that you didn’t follow the rules. So, here’s a small reminder continue these practices not only at the range but anytime you handle a firearm.

 

Rule #1- Treat all guns as if they were always loaded

You see, even though you checked and cleared your firearm (and double or triple checked it), you have just walked into our shop with a loaded firearm. At least, that’s what the person behind the counter is thinking when you pull out that firearm and start pointing it at them. Even if you walk into a shop or up to the line at the range with the firearm in the locked and chamber open position, you need to treat that firearm as though it’s loaded. The person beside you, should treat that firearm as though it’s loaded. We treat the firearm as though it’s loaded even if everyone has been able to verify it has been cleared. There is no exception to this.

 

Rule #2- Never point the muzzle of the gun at anything you aren’t willing to destroy

Yes, even though you may have just cleared the firearm with Rule #1, you still should not point the muzzle of that gun at anything or anyone unless you are willing to destroy what’s on the other end. Why? Because Rule #1 just told us that we should treat the firearm as though it’s always loaded. Keep that muzzle pointed down and away from any body parts. Keep this in mind when you are moving the firearm from one hand to another. Muzzle awareness, or always being mindful as to where your muzzle is pointed, has always been drilled in by firearm instructors I have worked with..

 

Rule #3- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you have made the decision to shoot

Now, I’m going to take this one step further and tell you not only should you keep it off the trigger, but you should also keep it outside the trigger guard. This is also known as a “high index”. This is good practice for a couple of reasons. It keeps those around you safe because everyone can see that the trigger and the trigger guard area are completely unobstructed. It keeps you safe because it helps eliminate accidental discharge since your finger is completely away from the trigger. This should be practiced often so that you commit it to your muscle memory. This way, no matter what firearm you pick up, your finger automatically goes into this “high index” position.

 

Rule #4- Be sure of your target and what’s behind it

You wouldn’t think this rule applies in your local gun shop, but it does. Let me tell you why. When you forget to follow Rules #1 and #2, and you point that firearm at the shop employee, you’re also pointing it at what’s behind them. When you quickly move that gun to the side of them because you noticed their reaction, and are now pointing it at the wall, you are also pointing it at the person behind the wall. So, even though these people are not your target, you have just made them one.

 

 

In Conclusion

If you happen to be the person that needs a gentle reminder about the rules, don’t get upset or defensive with that person next to you at the range or shop employee when they react to having a firearm pointed at them. Don’t try to defend the action by telling them the firearm is unloaded. These rules are in place to keep everyone safe. They serve as a reminder that you are in possession of a deadly weapon, and you should always treat it as such. These rules should help you build the foundation for good habits on and off the range. I cannot stress how important it is to commit these rules to memory, follow these rules each time you go to handle a firearm. If you happen to see someone mishandling a firearm, or not following the rules, this should be the one time you are not afraid to be impolite and say something. You deserve to feel safe, as much as those around you deserve to feel safe.

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The Practical Guide to Everyday Carry Gear

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Besides the obvious (wallet/purse, phone, keys), there are many variations to “Everyday Carry” items. It all depends on what purpose your items have for you. This is a guide to basic everyday carry items specific to personal protection/basic preparedness. With everything going on in the world today, more and more people are looking for options of personal protection. Most people don’t want to carry so many items that will cause them to feel weighed down. So here’s a list of basic items that can be carried on your person which will serve as personal protection and tools for everyday use. Laws will be different across the United States, so be sure you verify what is legal for you to carry before you make your final decision.

 

Everyday Carry Belts

 

This should go without saying, but before you think about the items you are going to carry, you need to make sure you have a belt that can hold up to the weight you are going to be putting on it. A good belt for everyday carry should be at least 1.25” wide and sturdy enough that it can’t be compressed when you try to squeeze it in your hands. There are different width options and material options (nylon/leather) that are both strong enough for the job. I would not suggest a belt that has an insert for reinforcement because it may be harder to fit a holster or clip a knife on it. Just because it’s a “tactical belt” doesn’t mean your belt must look tactical. I prefer the 5.11 Nylon Athena Belt. It’s sturdy enough to carry the weight of all my everyday carry items, and although it’s considered a tactical belt, I can still conceal it easily. Although it doesn’t have a quick release buckle, I preferred this belt type since it’s easier and faster to get the holsters on and off daily.  You may also want to consider checking out the other tactical belts offered by 5.11 (they do offer nylon and leather options), Grip6 No Holes Belt, or Elite Survival System’s Cobra Belt.

 

Firearm & Holster

When I think of personal protection and everyday carry, the first thing that comes to mind is a firearm and holster. If you happen to live in a state that allows the licensed carry of a firearm, consider carrying it on your person and in an position that is easy for you to get to if you needed to. Make sure you are comfortable with the holster you choose, or you’ll likely never carry it. We all know someone, or are that someone, that has a box full of holsters. I can’t count how many times I have heard that a person can never find a holster that is comfortable to wear. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go through trial and error before I found what worked for me. I would suggest an On Your 6 Designs IWB holster. It’s best for concealment and is comfortable to wear. I did have to work with where to carry it on my person before finding a comfortable spot for me. Since they use thinner kydex, it conforms better to the body. Each holster is handmade in the US specific to the firearm, so you are sure to get the right fit. This company stands behind their product and offers a 30-day satisfaction and a Life Time Guarantee on all their holsters.

 

Everyday Carry Knives

Also consider carrying a knife. Not only for personal protection, but a knife that can serve multiple purposes if needed in a pinch. A knife can be used for something as simple as opening a box to assisting in starting a fire. I prefer carrying a folding knife like the Gerber Mini Remix. I like it because it’s compact enough to fit inside a pocket, has a clip that keeps it in place while in the pocket and has a ring that assists with stability.  As with firearm laws, please make sure you are aware of the laws for your area before you choose your knife (i.e. where can you carry, what blade size is legal, etc.). If you need help to decide what type of knife would work best for you, check out these tips from Indefinitely Wild.

 

Everyday Carry Flashlights

A flashlight can be used for many situations. Not only can you use it when the power’s out, but you can also use it as a self-defense tool. Not many people think of a flashlight as a tool for self-defense, but if light is flashed in an attacker’s eyes it will disorient them allowing you to cause a distraction or to simply get away. When looking for a flashlight, consider the brightness of the light, you don’t want it too bright or you consider disorienting yourself as well. Also consider the battery type when choosing your everyday carry option. You’ll want to look at availability, expense, and longevity.  I like the Streamlight Stylus Pro Penlight. It’s compact and has a clip that allows you to keep it in a pocket for easy access. This flashlight uses a USB to recharge and the light is rated to last 3.5 hours of constant run time. In my experience, I’ve only had to charge it once every couple of weeks or so. I had no idea how useful a flashlight would be as part of my everyday carry until I had kids. Imagine sitting in a dimmed movie theater when your little one drops their toy under the seats. That flashlight has been a huge help in tantrum prevention.  If you’re not sure what your options are, check out this post from Mike’s Gear Reviews.  The good thing about a flashlight is that you can legally carry it anywhere with you, so the only research you really should do is what flashlight will work best for you.

 

In Conclusion

These simple tools can make a significant difference in being prepared, but you must make sure you are comfortable with them when using for self-defense. When practicing your drawing of the firearm from the holster, make sure you do it safely. Make sure the firearm is unloaded and cleared. When you are doing your drills, make sure you are drawing the firearm with the same intent you would use if you were in a real-life situation (are you going to draw slowly if the time comes or will you draw fast). Go to the range, take firearm training classes, get comfortable with your firearm. Know where everything is located on your person so that you can get to that tool quickly. Build that muscle memory.

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OWB & IWB Custom Kydex Holsters

OWB & IWB Custom Kydex Holsters

Since 2011, On Your 6 Designs has handcrafted the finest custom made kydex holsters. Each one of our holster systems is specially molded to fit an incredibly wide range of firearm makes and models.

With an emphasis on safety, concealment, and comfort our Kydex Holsters rise above the rest. Our holster’s design allows you to conceal your firearm with an amazingly discreet profile, sitting snugly against your body, avoiding bulky profile lines. Both our OWB and IWB holster systems come with an adjustable cant to set the most optimal angle to draw and fire your weapon smoothly, reliably, and with the added benefit of comfort. You can also be certain that whatever situation is thrown your way, that you will be prepared with our custom made kydex magazine holsters. Don’t be caught unprepared with our single and double mag holster solutions. Like our gun holsters, our magazine holsters come with an adjustable cant and form fitting factor to ensure that you will be able to reload quickly and unimpeded.


Durable & Easy to Clean: The Kydex Difference

Our slim profile holsters are light, weighing in at around two ounces, and fit snuggly to the body. Thanks to Kydex’s material properties, our holsters will cause less wear to your gun’s finish over traditional holsters. Unlike leather holsters, Kydex holsters are easy to clean with a simple water rinse and won’t trap dirt that can cause scratches and unsightly wear over time. What’s more is that our holster will keep their mold shape over the years. Don’t just protect yourself, protect your valuable firearm and magazines.


Protection for Life: Handmade holsters made in the USA

At On Your 6 Designs, we believe that you should not have to sacrifice comfort for your peace of mind and protection. We are proud to make all of our products by hand, right here in the USA, and are proud that thousands of Americans choose to entrust On Your 6 holsters for their protection and every day carry. We value your right to protection above all else and guarantee all of our products for life. Whether you need magazine storage solutions or a discrete concealed carry holster, On Your 6 Designs has you covered!

We offer kydex holsters for all of the most popular firearms manufacturers. From Kydex Glock Holsters and magazine holsters, holsters for Colt, Smith & Wesson,Heckler & Koch, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Springfield Armory, and more.

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4 Clear Signs That Show You That You Need To Shoot More Often

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You may own one or more handguns for hunting, self-defense or target shooting but how often do you actually use them? I am going to make an assumption that it is not as often as you should. Shooting is fun, relatively inexpensive and essential if you desire proficiency at any of the activities that I mentioned initially. Some people are naturally going to be better shooters than others, so there is no one answer for everyone as to how often they “need” to shoot. For this reason, I have identified 4 clear signs that show you that you need to shoot more often.

 

Sign#1 – You literally cannot hit anything that you shoot at.

If you go target shooting and find that you can’t get your shots onto the target, there is a problem. I once shot with another guy for an extended period of time and noticed that he couldn’t hit anything he shot at. I finally stopped him and asked him how he was aiming and his answer blew my mind. He was only using the rear sights and completely ignoring the front sight. It turns out that the front sight was pointing down at the ground when he was shooting. He owned multiple guns for self-defense, but he had never made the effort to get basic gun handling training or any shooting instruction. I dedicated the rest of my session to helping him understand the parts of a gun and the fundamentals of shooting. He now shoots more often than I do and has become quite proficient with his weapons. This all happened because he now regularly shoots!

 

Sign#2 – You don’t know how to clear jams on your own gun.

Gun jams can happen to any gun at any time, due to a variety of reasons. Environmental conditions can wreak havoc on firearm reliability and so can cheap ammo. Dirty guns that never get cleaned are also a problem and can lead to malfunctions. I was once shooting a Glock 30 that jammed on me in a very hot and humid environment. The ammo was of an excellent grade and the gun was surgically clean prior to my range session. Jams can and will happen when you least expect it. If this happens in a self-defense scenario your life depends on your ability to clear the jam, instantly! If your gun jams and you do not know what to do this means that you have not shot your weapon enough to become familiar with it. I was recently at an amateur shooting competition and a guy was shooting his .40 caliber handgun when it jammed on him. He did not know what to do and creating an unsafe scenario inadvertently with the direction of his muzzle. A range officer got involved and cleared the jammed round and the shooter was able to complete his round. He definitely needs to get familiar with his gun, because this could have ended in injury or worse.

 

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Sign#3 – You can’t effectively draw from a holster and engage your target.

It’s always painful to watch someone try to draw from a holster and fire on their target, when you can tell that they have never done it before. Their hands get caught in their clothes and their holsters are usually cheap and flimsy, so they struggle to get a firm grip on their weapon. Whether you prefer an IWB or OWB design of holster, you should check out one of our various Kydex models. We offer strong, well-built holsters that will secure your weapon properly and offer a crisp release upon drawing as well. On top of all that, you also get a lifetime warranty and the comfort of knowing that they are all 100% built in the USA. Once you have your On Your 6 Designs holster, it becomes a matter or wearing it and practicing a series of controlled draw and firing sessions at your local range. Like with anything else, practice makes perfect and this fundamental could be the difference between life and death.

 

Sign#4 – You don’t know how to break down or clean your gun.

Owning a gun is enjoyable and especially when you are shooting it, but you have to keep them clean to get the best performance out of them. It’s amazing how many guys I know, that do not know the first thing about breaking their guns down or cleaning them. Wiping some oil on the exterior of your gun is not cleaning it. All new firearms come with an owner’s manual that explain this process and other shooters are usually more than happy to show you this as well. Some guns are indeed difficult to break down and put back together, but most modern semi autos are very simple. I find that once you break your gun down once or twice, it’s pretty easy to do again and again. I personally clean after every range session, whether its 5 rounds or 500 rounds just to maintain my investment. Once your gun is broken down, you need to remove the powder residue, brush the inside of your barrel and use a powder/copper solvent inside of the barrel as well. Finally, you will lubricate any moving parts and friction areas and reassemble. Shooting more often means cleaning more often, but this is how you become familiar with the process. Shooting is a right and a privilege, so doing so responsibly will allow you and those around you to have the best, possible experience. If you own a gun, get out and shoot every chance you get. You will become proficient, more confident and get more enjoyment from your firearms. If any of these signs spoke directly to you, get to your local range as soon as possible to ensure that you can soon check each of these areas off of your list!

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Concealed Carry Options

There are many ways to carry a firearm concealed. Make sure the mode you choose works best for you.

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Sometimes too many choices can make things confusing. This seems to be the case with picking just the right concealed weapon holster carry. Carrying a concealed weapon on your person is serious business. Most people probably hope they never have to draw a pistol out in self-defense but want to be able to do so effectively if the dire situation should arise.

First and foremost is the balance between conceal ability and comfort. Naturally you want a concealed gun well concealed. This means completely hidden from view by another person walking down the street, across the room at a meeting, or in any public place like a grocery store, restaurant, or department store.

Concealing a pistol on your person can be done in many different fashions, no pun intended. The deal is though you have to try out the various modes available and pick one that universally works for you. Narrowing the choices can take some time and research.

Then you also want the piece to be comfortable to carry, especially if it is typically going to be an all-day affair. You don’t want a concealed gun and holster snagging on everything you walk by under your shirt or rubbing an abrasion against your skin inside a waistband. You also want a pistol pouch that is easy to access smoothly and quickly.

This is assuming that most men will want to carry theirs on the waist or in a pocket. Women have other options with special purses and bags designed with slip end pockets to insert a concealed pistol. But what if that purse is out of reach just when you need it. Things to consider. Some women might want to consider a pants pocket slip holster.

So, folks, if you belt the pistol there are several options. There is “inside the waist band” (IWB), “outside the waist band” (OWB), in the pants pocket, or inside the pocket “holster sleeve.” IWB or OWB holsters often clip on a pants’ belt from the outside or the metal/plastic clip slips over the waist band from the inside. The holster accessory market is jammed with choices of all sizes, shapes, and materials.

Whatever type of concealed pistol holster you choose, make sure that the pistol fits it well and won’t shake loose. Sometimes concealment takes precedence over comfort, but it is a close call.

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On Your 6 Designs Holsters For a strong, lightweight concealed carry holster look no further than this design.

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The best of the best concealed holsters have to do two things. First and foremost, they have to hold your firearm securely and second, they have to be comfortable to wear. This is regardless of whether the gun and holster is worn inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB). On Your 6 Designs holsters easily achieve both of these primary missions.

On Your 6 Designs is a San Antonio, Texas based family owned company that originated in 2011. Their business moniker is that they make every holster by hand right here in the Good Ole USA. Their holster designs are among the lightest and most comfortable holsters on the market.

The greatest testimony to this is trying one out and actually wearing it over extended periods of time, which I have done. The model I have fits my 1911 handguns. You may ask why I would choose to conceal carry such a large, heavy pistol? Certainly I could argue and agree that a 1911 is not by any means an ideal “carry” gun, but I picked it just for that reason. It is heavy, and bulky to wear OWB as a concealed gun. What better way I thought to test out this holster design. And I had another concealed carry fanatic try it out as well with equally good results.

On Your 6 Designs holsters are fabricated from the thermoplastic commonly known by its official trade name Kydex. This makes the holster durable and long wearing, but the material is also flexible enough to bend, mold, and fit to your body shape for a comfortable wear. Each holster comes with an adjustable cant system built in so the rig can be worn comfortably in any position that works for the end user.

These holsters are manufactured for nearly all popular pistol models including 1911s, Beretta, Bersa, Glocks, HK, Kahr, Keltec, Kimber, Ruger, SCCY, Sig, Smith, Springfield Armory, FNH, and Taurus. That pretty much covers the waterfront. They also make matching magazine holders for many models in single and double mag carry. These holsters also come in a wide variety of colors from black, OD, pink, blue, and many others in various belt sizes. They are also very affordable, come with a lifetime warranty.

See their web site at www.onyour6designs.com to view the full display of models and colors available. The web site also has a Blog and YouTube videos illustrating their products. If you carry concealed, you need this holster.

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