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The 5 Best Concealed Carry Tips For Responsible Gun Owners



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Looking for concealed carry tips? Keep reading to see how you can carry your gun without it getting in the way.

The 5 Best Concealed Carry Tips for Responsible Gun Owners


Some people will try to convince you that anyone who carries a gun, with or without a gun license, is a dangerous criminal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, there are people who bring firearms around in order to rob someone, or worse, hurt and take innocent lives. But they are the minority. The issue of carrying guns has always been a point of contention between anti-gun advocates and responsible gun owners, but the bottom line is we as American citizens have a right to bear arms, and that right includes concealed carry.

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Despite what some may say, there are plenty of valid reasons to concealed carry. The most important being that you simply want to protect yourself if the need should ever arise.

Most people who carry a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) never experience a serious situation where they have to use it, and they hope they never do. But it's still important to be prepared for the worst and to be familiar with your firearm in case you ever do need to use it.

Remember that choosing to concealed carry does come with responsibilities. If you do concealed carry, you should know how to use your weapon safely and properly and how to truly keep it “concealed.”

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5 Tips for Concealed Carry

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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 your 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 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 lives 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.


Here are some tips for everyday concealed carry. For more information, be sure to check out the whole article.


The philosophy of survival and preparedness goes hand in hand with the desire to concealed carry. It's not that we're being paranoid. We just want to be responsible for our own safety and that of others.

All you have to do is remember the horrible recent mass shootings at places like schools and movie theaters to understand why carrying a concealed weapon is a must for any survivalist. We pray we don't ever have to use our guns in a situation like that, but we will know what to do if we do.

It is also worth noting that the gun is not intended mainly for taking an attacker's life. When the situation calls for it, like facing an armed bad guy, there is still a choice to just take him down and not take his life. This is the situation that will differentiate those who carry a gun for self-defense and those who have malicious intent.

Responsible gun ownership dictates that using your weapon should only be the very last resort, so even in life-and-death situations, you have to keep your senses and avoid pulling the trigger right away.

This is a fine line, but we simply cannot be like other gun carriers who lose their temper on trivial things like a traffic altercation or a bar fight. If you want to concealed carry, make sure you have the right training, the right state of mind, and meet all the legal requirements.

We want to hear your side as well as tips you can add. Let us know in the comments section.

Up Next: 9 Unusual Hidden Gun Safes To Keep Your Firearms Secure


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 14, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  10. Alice Carroll

    December 27, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    You made a good point that the holster is an important accessory to have when it comes to concealed carry firearms. I’m currently learning more about concealed carry recertification so that I know everything that I should know about owning a gun. That way, I can be assure myself that I will be ready once I decide to buy one someday.

  11. junglecogs

    February 6, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Good tips; I found #2 interesting. Because I wear sport coats and jackets my firearm is usually covered, but a sharp eye could tell a bulge; though people don’t seem to. Should I stop to get fuel or other brief stops, I don’t bother to cover my sidearm. If people notice, they sure don’t act like they do or maybe don’t care. On the other hand, if I’m in an area in which I am not familiar or where there are groups of people around, I keep the thing well hidden. The point is, that in my state we have had CC for about seven years and “carrying” seems to have become the norm. Where I live the bad guys seem to have received the message… people do carry around these parts.

  12. Jack Duff

    January 8, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Thanks for the concealed carry tips. I want to start carrying a firearm, but I want to make sure I do it right. I like that you mentioned to be sure you practice with your carry gear before you really wear it. That way, you can be sure you are comfortable using it. I will definitely do this.

  13. Muhammad Bilal Khan

    December 22, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    Great Article Thanks Man! Love to hear from you more..

  14. John Gumm

    January 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Informative blog.

  15. Bob

    January 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    You said you had 5 tips for concealed carry, but you only listed 4. Did I miss one?

  16. don hayton

    October 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    what do i do with my gun if i am in an accident with my truck

    • Tiffanie Fauer

      October 18, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Just do as I did when I was in an accident (and yes it was my fault) I told the cop & disclosed my licenses… They didn’t care at all!

  17. obsidian

    October 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Rule number one:
    Unless you are certain you are gonna be in a situation that will warrant having to use a self defense firearm, don’t carry.
    Number two: Don’t advertise ya got a gun.
    Number three: If at all possible, run away, court ain’t fun and remember George Zimmerman!
    Number four: When you are sure you are 100% in the right shoot and aim to kill aiming at the center of mass.

    • Other Mike

      October 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      obsidian: You couldn’t be more wrong with your first “rule”. You should ALWAYS carry unless prohibited by law (court house, etc.). You have no way of knowing whether a nut-job will show up at the grocery store, the movie theater, church, work or a restaurant. Bad guys don’t follow the rules.

      • Patrick

        October 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        I couldn’t agree more. I was going to say the same thing but you beat me to it.

    • Mike

      October 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      You’re also wrong on number 4. You don’t shoot to kill anyone, you shoot To stop the threat of harm to yourself or someone else. Your comment echoes the old school thought that we need to keep shooting until something is dead.

      • Ryan

        January 23, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        I actually would agree with number 4… If you ever find yourself in a situation that is bad enough you need to use your gun, then the adrenaline dump going through your system will make it hard to aim, and if you aim for the leg or arm or something just to “stop the threat” then you will likely miss and die or let someone else die… If I am in a situation where I feel I need my gun, then I will do what is needed to stop the threat.

      • John Gumm

        January 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        That’s not how I took it

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