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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.