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.