Taking Aim at Concealed Carry!

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Taking Aim at Concealed Carry Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio in player below! No topic seems to draw more fire (sic) from both sides of an issue than the right to keep arms. When it comes to opinionated debate, any discussion involving personal defense can be counted on to be full of passion, since … Continue reading Taking Aim at Concealed Carry!

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3 Reasons To Carry A Full-Sized Pistol Instead Of A Compact One

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3 Reasons To Carry A Full-Sized Pistol Instead Of A Compact One

Concealed carry is a big responsibility, but before you can begin “packing heat,” you first need to select the right pistol.

The decision, of course, can be intimidating. There are an abundance of different guns to choose from, ranging from tiny pocket pistols to big full-sized firearms.

Most people will favor something small, such as a compact single-stack 9mm pistol or a pocket-sized .380. But I carry a full-sized pistol, specifically a Walther PPQ M2 in 9mm.

Why do I carry a full-sized pistol instead of something that would be smaller and easier to conceal?

Let’s examine that question.

1. Greater capacity.

The single biggest reason I favor conceal carrying a large handgun is the greater capacity in the magazine. The PPQ holds 15 or 17 rounds, depending on the magazine you use. Why is this important? The answer is that you may find yourself going up against multiple attackers, and in this scenario it’s always better to have more bullets than less. In contrast to full-sized 9mm handguns, the single-stack counterparts such as the Glock 43, S&W Shield, or Walther PPS hold 6, 7 or 8 rounds in the magazine.

2. Recoil control.

Another huge advantage to the full-size pistol is greater recoil control. Not only does the increased weight and size help dampen the recoil, but you will have improved control over the weapon, as well. It always will be easier to shoot a Glock 19 or 17 than it is a pocket pistol like a Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3-AT

 3. Versatility.

Finally, I also prefer a full-sized pistol for its overall versatility. While I can conceal carry the PPQ, I also can strap it to my hip for open carry for a sidearm when I venture out into the woods, such as for camping, hunting or motorcycle/ATV riding. In other words, I don’t have to buy one pistol for concealment and another for general purpose use. I can use one gun for both purposes.

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Now, could you technically also carry a smaller pistol such as S&W Shield in this fashion? Sure, but most people would agree that a larger pistol is more preferable for general purpose outdoor use than a smaller one.

Next, let’s go over a couple of tips you can use to make conceal carrying a full-sized pistol as easy as possible.

Invest in a quality belt and holster

Quality holsters almost always cost more money, but they are well worth the investment. Factors to look for in a holster include rigidness, touch stitches or rivets, and the ability to hold the pistol tightly while also permitting a clean drawn. High-quality leather or Kydex works great for this; nylon or anything cheaply made will not suffice.

In addition, don’t forget to buy a high-quality belt. Avoid some dress belts, as they may not be able to support your holster, firearm, spare magazine(s), and whatever else you have for the whole day and could end up breaking. Instead, go with a thicker leather belt made specifically for supporting the increased weight of your gun and equipment.

Be conscientious about what you wear

A major goal of concealed carry, regardless of which firearm you are carrying, is to minimize or prevent printing. The best way to prevent printing of a full-sized pistol is to wear loosely fitted outer layers, such as a long and loose T-shirt, jacket or sweat shirt. In addition, the darker the color of the garment, the less the pistol will show. Remember: You don’t want to draw attention to yourself, so wear something that looks as casual as possible.

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Is This The Most Comfortable & Secure Concealed Carry Method?

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Is This The Most Comfortable & Secure Concealed Carry Method?

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Renowned firearms trainer and the founder of Gunsite Academy, the late Col. Jeff Cooper, is credited with having said, “If you don’t have a gun within arm’s reach, you’re unarmed.” It’s a sound observation, considering that most criminal attacks transpire in five seconds or less.

As a concealed carry instructor, it’s no longer a surprise to hear more than half of the licensed carriers I encounter say they never, or rarely, carry a firearm on their person. Most have groomed a sense of satisfaction based on their handgun being a permanent resident of a car door pocket or nightstand. Unless a threat to their lives occurs when they are in the car or near the bedroom, however, they likely will be defenseless if that critical moment comes to pass.

Why do most folks who’ve gone to the trouble of receiving training and purchasing a handgun not carry? Most haven’t found a method of carry that is comfortable and secure for their typical day.

My own carry habits and methods have evolved over the 12-plus years since I made the decision not to outsource my personal safety. Purses, pockets, ankle rigs, “four o’clock” inside-waistbands, and various belly bands all had their turn. Now, and for the past few years, my everyday carry (EDC) gun has occupied either the right or left quadrant of the front of my waistband — commonly called appendix inside waistband (AIWB) position. Of course, it’s not the only way to carry; everyone needs to find what works for them. For purposes of this article, a working assumption is that any gun, carried in any manner, is inside a sheath of some sort that prevents penetration of the trigger guard.

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Here’s why AIWB works for me:

1. Accessibility

There is no fuss associated with drawing the gun. Simply lift the shirt hem with the support hand and draw. It’s simple and fast, and works regardless of whether I’m standing or strapped inside a car seatbelt.

2. Security

Is This The Most Comfortable & Secure Concealed Carry Method?

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AIWB and front pocket carry are the only positions about which I’ve not encountered a news story in which a concealed carrier was relieved of their gun by a common thief or mugger. Of course, there’s probably a story about that somewhere, but compared to other methods, AIWB makes the would-be thief’s job nearly impossible. It also makes the gun inaccessible to children, unlike off-body methods. Compared to otherwise equally secure methods, AIWB prevails due to factor No. 1 in this article — ready access.

3. Comfort

With a compact firearm, AIWB carry allows me to move from attending a meeting, to going for a run, to doing outdoor chores, and even driving long distances with the gun on my person. No need to take the gun off every time I get in the car. No more digestive issues from a belly band that feels like a boa constrictor when adjusted so the gun won’t pull it down. No more blistering from the seam of an ankle holster — you get the picture. It just works. There is no concealment system that offers zero discomfort, but AIWB has been the least bothersome for me.

4. Discreet carry

While I’ve had to abandon tucked-in dress shirts worn without a sweater or jacket, as well as giving up proper dresses in favor of shirt/skirt ensembles for dress-up occasions, AIWB offers one of the least obtrusive methods of carry. I thought the purse was discreet, too, until a co-worker asked why I carried it with me even for minor tasks.

5. Least disruption to my mornings

Sticking a holstered gun into my waistband every morning is fast and easy — which makes it easier to be a habit, and thus easier to be prepared. Systems that entail fiddling with straps, clips and the like are not likely to become a part of an already full routine.

Every method of carry requires compromise, and AIWB is no exception. The holster I use must be set aside when using the restroom — an act that requires one to be extra-present, mentally speaking, in public facilities. This isn’t true of all AIWB holsters. The slightly looser shirts this method requires hide the waistline that is a benefit of exercise. As a female, the biggest compromise has been the kind of pants or shorts I wear. An adjustable drawstring or substantial belt loops are a must.

There are some holsters, like the magnetic Quick Click & Carry (QCC) made by JM4 Tactical of Abilene, Texas, that even overcome some of these minor drawbacks. Holstered AIWB carry isn’t for everyone, but it’s been a panacea for me after having tried numerous other methods. What’s your favorite method?

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Handling an Active Shooter Situation

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police_car_active_shootingI have spent considerable time studying this issue and even more time thinking about what one should do in the event of an armed robbery or an “active shooter”. Although I have been blessed to never have been in either, I routinely think about what I would do should that unfortunate event occur. The more I think about what I would do, the more I think about how my response differs significantly from what you are told to do by government, educational, and business loss-prevention programs.

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Almost all training programs teach you that if there is an active shooter: you are to run, hide and then only as a last resort should you try to fight. As I mentioned before, I work in a “Big Box” sporting goods store, and they teach that tactic as well. However, when asked by a fellow employee what I personally would do, I stated that I would immediately arm myself and prepare to take out the threat. My preconceived plan would include grabbing a handgun from the display cabinet that has a large capacity magazine, run to the ammo aisle, dump a box of the correct ammo into my pockets, then, while walking toward the shooter, load the magazine. Finally, upon seeing the robber or active shooter, I would do my best to stop the threat. The employee I was speaking with replied and said: “That is not what they teach you to do”.  I responded: “No, but it is the right thing to do”.

What Would You Do? 

blackhawk_helicopter_uh-60LSo that is the dilemma. What do you do? During one of these conversations, I was talking to a person and asked what he would do. His response was that he would run for cover and do his best to escape the area. I asked why he chose that response, and he said “Because my job is to come home to my family every night”. No doubt that is a noble thing to do. I then found out he was a former Blackhawk helicopter pilot with several combat tours under his belt, a true American hero. So at first I was caught off guard that a military professional with combat experience would run and hide rather than stand and fight. I clearly understood his desire to come home to his family every night.  For one thing, his goal to preserve his family and put their welfare first was noble; that is a duty he bears as a husband and father.  Also, I recognized that he had already served his country and done his tour of duty. But this combat veteran’s anticipated reaction to a robbery or active shooter at our workplace illustrates an interesting point. You never know who might be running and who might be fighting.

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So we are back to the main point. In the case of an active shooter or an armed robber, what do you do? What course of action is safest for everybody involved. I clearly understand that some of my upcoming comments are going to touch sensitive areas in some folks’ feelings, so get ready.

Breaking Down Roles

french_flag_tragedy_active_shooterLet’s address the Active Shooter situation. First, I feel women, children and elderly should strictly adhere to the recommended methodology of running and leaving the area as quickly as possible and finding hiding place. This is where your situational awareness will save you. You must quickly identify your escape route and expeditiously move in that direction. Help others if you can along the way, but your mission should be to get out of there as quickly as you can. Run as far away as you can. Do not trust hiding, get out of there. Look what happened in Paris in the several mass shootings by terrorists in November of 2015. People thought it was safe to hide under the tables in restaurants. They just became easy targets. Run as far from the site as you can, do not stop until you can no longer hear shots being fired. Then find solid cover–the kind that can physically stop bullets or block an attacker from entering your area.

Yes, there are women that are equally trained and equipped to fight as well as any man. And if you are one of those women, then if you elect to charge the bad guy, all the more power to you. Same with any of those that may be considered elderly. Every rule has exceptions.

Men, I feel you should go after the shooter. If you are armed, then all the better, but everyone should do what they can to stop the threat.  If you are unarmed, grab anything you can carry that can be used to throw at the shooter. Throw as much as you can at them in hope it will allow you or another person to get closer to the shooter to tackle him. If you have access to them, spray the shooter with pepper spray or you can blind him with spray from a fire extinguisher, use everything you can to your advantage. Surprisingly, even if you have a weapon and someone throws something at you, you will duck and try to avoid being hit by it. It is natural instinct. So throw lots of stuff, even if the things you are throwing are not very dangerous in and of themselves.

Action

plan_active_shooterThere is an old adage well known in the world of paramilitary training. It says: “action is faster than reaction.” I feel it is imperative that you go on the offensive when there is an active shooter or armed robber who appears about to start shooting or taking hostages. If you only “go on the defensive” then you have given the bad guy the advantage and increased the odds more innocent people are going to get hurt or killed.

For active shooters, there is risk in taking action, because they have already started their killing spree. Having them stop or leave on their own, peacefully, is not a likely possibility. If nothing is done, then there is a certainty that more bad things are going to happen and those injured or killed will escalate. Is there risk to your actions? No doubt! So what should your plan be in the case of an active shooter?

First, you must have very good situational awareness. You must always be aware of your surroundings and know where your exit points are located and be prepared to act when if an adverse event should occur.

Second, quickly recognize that something bad is happening and action needs to be taken. This is so important. The bad guy has made you an active participant. Lots of times when bad things are happening those people in the area fail to recognize that fact, and thus they keep going about their way and getting trapped in the bad event. The other thing that happens is that people run from the bad event with no direction or purpose. This causes chaos and endangers the lives of many. So having a plan is essential to escaping quickly, or ending the threat quickly.

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Third, make sure those around you are safe and moving in a direction away from danger. Even if that means pointing them in the direction they should run and helping them get to safety quickly as possible.

Fourth, you should start moving toward the danger. No need to run to the danger if it is close. This may cause you to run right into bad situations and get hurt or killed unnecessarily. Use tactical movement, taking cover then moving to the next cover position and so forth until you can observe the shooter(s).

Fifth, take action. That might mean engaging your adversary on sight. Or it could mean observing for a few moments to plan how to attack him, where to ambush him, what weapon to use, or how to position yourself to make your attack most effective. Your “attack” could involve anything from throwing stuff at the shooter to shooting him. Whatever it is, do it when you can and when you know it will give you an advantage. Then do your best to STOP the shooter.

Armed Robbery

What about an Armed Robbery?  In this case, you may wish to act differently, because not all armed robberies involve shooting, and not all robbers wish to become killers. You’ll likely have a bit more time to choose how to react to a robber than an active shooter.

situation_active_shooterThe first step is the same; good situational awareness. In this case, if you are with family or friends you should be able to verbally alert them to a danger. I think all families and close friends should have a code word, such as “heads up”, to alert anyone in the group that someone in the group has seen something bad and the others need to go on a heightened state of awareness. This is very important to do if you can, but you may not have the chance to do this.

If you are commanded by the robber to do something, then do it. If you are near the robber, act as if you are no threat to him. This will give you a minute to plan your attack, your escape, or whatever you choose as the best response.

Once your plan is in place and the timing is advantageous, execute your plan, which may include throwing something at the robber, tackling them, or using your firearm to stop the threat. If it appears the robber only wants to steal some property or money and make a quick getaway, letting him go without trying to stop him may appear be the safest thing. However, you never know when the robbery is going to take the robbery to the next level by shooting someone. Just because you have a gun doesn’t mean you have to use it, but being armed gives you more options, not fewer.

Fight or Flight

Naturally these are just a few thoughts on these situations. Every case is very event-specific, and the proper response must be evaluated in light of all the circumstances. But my point is this: run & hide is not necessarily the best way to deal with an active shooter or armed robber. If action is taken, there is a good likelihood that lives will be saved. If no action is taken, the bad guys can choose to kill anyone or everyone they encounter, for whatever reason(s) that may trigger that urge in them. I am also saying that a violent counter-attack is not a course of action suited for everyone, but it should be taught and encouraged more.

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Realities of Defensive Conflicts

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I have seen a couple good things recently and addressing them both at once seemed to make the most sense. The first is a post by Larry Correia “The Legalities of Shooting People”

The second is security camera footage of a real life defensive shooting in Brazil a few days ago. I will talk about them in order. This is intentional because legal realities affect our tactical options.
Larry Correia is not a lawyer. You should not consider his excellent post to be legal advice. I am definitely not a lawyer or in any way qualified to give legal advice. If you are making life and death decisions based on random crap you read on the internet from a guy who admits he is not a specialist in the area you are an idiot. 


That disclaimer aside Larry Correia’s post is excellent. Other people such as Massad Ayoob are probably more knowledgeable but the way this post explains the issue is clear and simple. If a normal person without a legal background were to read one document to understand the criteria for use of lethal force this may not be the absolute best document but they could certainly do a lot worse.
The Reasonable Man point is key. In the event of a shooting you will need to convince somewhere between a couple and a dozen plus people that your actions were in fact those of a reasonable man in order to not go to adult time out. 


The discussion of the breakdown on Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy needs little addition. The only real point I would make is that if you are a healthy normal sized adult man (being loose with all those terms) convincing people you were in legitimate fear of your life from another normal sized man; who does not show a weapon and isn’t stomping you while your on the ground or slamming your head into something is not a situation I would want to be in. 


Hell George Zimmerman was getting the shit beat out of him and he, though ultimately (legally at least) was vindicated had a heck of a time. 


The point there is unless you are elderly (I mean real old like 70+), a woman or an actual midget there are violent situations that can occur where you will not be able to justify going to guns.
The article then starts talking about police use of force and to be honest shifted out of my area of interest. The first half or so is gold though.

In closing a point that a girl I used to date brought up after her CCW course came to mind. Taking a handgun out in a dangerous situation is a bit complicated because as we have learned from South Narc stuff and Street Robberies and You it is a lot better to get your gun out earlier instead of later. At the same time you can’t just be whippping out guns or  pointing guns at people all the time. There is some ambiguity in situations where you might draw a handgun. When it comes to situations where you would shoot someone it is a lot simpler. The situations where you should shoot another human being in self defense are usually pretty clear cut. If you are in doubt that you should be shooting another person the answer is no you should not.

Next we have a video of an off duty Brazilian cop who was the victim of an attempted robbery. I find stuff coming out of South America particularly interesting as the level of crime in some areas is high, verging on completely ridiculous. Where it is now is also where we are generally headed as our country slips down to whatever state of collapse it will end up at.


The breakdown on The Firearms Blog is very good. My thoughts.
Mindset
The scenario of 2 or 3 goblins with guns is becoming fairly common. The old (3 shots, 3 yards, 3 seconds) conventional thoughts about self-defense are becoming less and less accurate. Since we want to prepare for violent conflicts today and TOMORROW, not a decade ago we need to consider this.


Also notice the bad guy’s waited until they were right on the cop to draw their guns. This is realistic. Bad guys aren’t going to take out weapons 50 yards away, or probably 10 yards away. They are going to get right on you. Like John Mosby said they will get close to you with some pretext like “Hey can I get a dollar” or “Can I borrow your phone?” to get close then the weapons will come out.


Coming back to the first point about legality. The time you are probably going to be justified in taking out your gun is probably (lots of scenarios and different thing can apply) when the bad guy takes theirs out so that means they will have the jump on you. Also they will probably be relatively close. 


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This particular fight was close to but just outside contact range. Remember within a few feet the odds of a fight having a hand to hand component are high. As Tam says ‘You don’t have a gun, y’all have a gun.’


While partly a awareness/ mindset issue the time of getting your gun into action from the training side is based on your draw stroke to first shot. Faster is better. This is why you train for a reasonably fast draw.


The TFB post mentions the drill of 6 rounds at 6 feet in 6 seconds from the holster. Solid idea. It does not mention target size in the standard. My gut says that is a bit slow, especially for that distance.


Depending how far down this particular rabbit hole you want to go the case that a little .380 pocket pistol or ambiguous .38 snubby is not sufficient for this task can be made. This is certainly a complicated thing and I would prefer you carry a small gun to no gun but at least consider for some situations a small gun may not be enough. Filling one of the 2-3 armed men with bullets then running dry could leave them quite mad and you with an empty gun.


Certainly in a realistic violent encounter such as the one shown (as well as most potential scenarios) you need to be carrying a handgun where you can get it in a hurry. Basically this means on your waist or, while few if any serious instructors recommend them unless you are spending hours in the car, a readily accessible shoulder holster. This means that carry on ankles, in backpacks/ purses, fanny packs, in those under shirt holster things, etc are all no go’s. You aren’t going to be able to get to the damn gun in time. 


Reload, carry one. This is by far most important for lower capacity guns but depending on the level of risk a good idea in general. As my buddy Commander Zero put it a G19 is a snubby with 3 reloads. There is some truth to that statement. Still putting a reload in your pocket won’t kill you. 


Anyway I think these are a couple things you should think about.

Safe, Effective Concealed Carry Policies in the Workplace

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The right to bear arms in America remains strong. But it behooves individual gun owners and employers to keep up with the ongoing legal and political caveats in their respective areas. Company policies and state and federal laws are all bound to clash when enacting concealed carry rules for employees. There is also the matter of providing peace of mind to workers who do not carry firearms. The following guidelines will help shape concealed carry rules for your individual company.

Law vs. Policy

Maria Ivette Ros was fired from her job as a Wells Fargo branch manager in Oldster, Florida, in 2014 for carrying a concealed weapon into the bank. The company has a strict policy against employees carrying firearms onto the premises, with the exception of security personnel. Ros filed a lawsuit in state court claiming her Constitutional rights were violated. Wells Fargo argued it is not a government entity, but a private company that can make its own rules pertaining to firearms. It’s unclear how the case was adjudicated, as court records indicate it was dismissed with prejudice in August of 2014.

The Ros case would have provided a blueprint for employers in right-to-work states like Florida that also strongly adhere to Second Amendment precedent. Know the laws of your state before writing concealed carry policies. Several states have adopted “parking lot laws” that allow employees to carry concealed weapons in their vehicles while parked on company property. States like Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas either have no laws addressing the issue or specifically prohibit employers from enforcing anti-concealed carry policies.

Most state laws pertaining to workplace concealed carry are fairly straightforward. But in states like Kansas, Kentucky, and Wisconsin where the laws aren’t as clear, it’s best to consult a Constitutional attorney before writing your policies.

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Safety First

The General Duty Clause contained in Sec. 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires all employers to provide “a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” Education and accountability are key for compliance to OSHA’s broad safety rules.

Inform all employees of your intent to enact concealed carry policies. Clearly, state in a memo why you’re enacting the policy and how concerned employees can address said issues. One oft-repeated concern among pro-gun control advocates is the “assault rifle” fallacy. A great way to educate and bridge those gaps is showing them how false that label is.

Visit an online gun library and point out, for example, a Ruger Mini 14 versus an AR-15. Emphasize that both are semi-automatic, use .223 ammo and have 30-round magazines. The only difference between the two is that the previous looks like a BB gun, while the latter looks much more menacing. Conveying this type of knowledge about firearms will also put skeptical minds more at ease.

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Follow Examples

An aviation insurance firm in Georgia enacted a company policy earlier this year that requires all employees to obtain a concealed carry permit. Once they obtain the permit, the company owners give them Smith and Wesson handguns just as other employers provide computers, office supplies, and coffee in the break room, local news station WSB-TV reported. The company owner said the policy was enacted as a result of a crime surge in the metro Atlanta area. Georgia law grants civil and criminal immunity to employers who comply with guns-at-work laws, which of course is more reason to consult an attorney beforehand.

Belly bands make a good concealed holster for some people.

Belly bands make a good concealed holster for some people.

Speak with those who already have policies in place. There’s no substitute for real-life experience when it comes to drafting and enforcing workplace gun policies. No database or easily accessible list of employers with current concealed carry policies exists, but rifle clubs and shooting ranges are the best places to get word-of-mouth information like this.

More General Guidelines

Laws and safety supersede everything else. When drafting your policies, there are some basic elements that should be included:

  • Proper channels for employees to report threats, intimidation or harassment should be clear, confidential and easily accessible.
  • Potential disciplinary action for employees who violate any part of the policy should also be included.
  • Security personnel or other measures that limit access to your parking lot should be considered for companies that allow concealed carry in cars only.
  • Human resources personnel are encouraged to involve law enforcement when terminating employees with known tendencies of violence.

An armed workforce deters criminals from interfering with your day-to-day business, but doing it the right way ensures you stay out of the courtroom and keep your employees happy at the same time.

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The Big, Overlooked Problem With ‘Constitutional Carry’

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The Big, Overlooked Problem With ‘Constitutional Carry’

You have made the decision to obtain your concealed carry license, but is that enough? In all likelihood, no. Don’t get me wrong; I believe in your right to protect yourself and your family. The problem as I see it, though, begins in the requirements to obtain the license to carry in the first place. In other words, I believe in solid training before you carry on your person. If that means mandated training to obtain your concealed carry license, then so be it.

Twelve states now have constitutional carry, meaning no training is required. Others require a simple application that includes a background check and payment. Some require classroom training only, and then there are those who require both classroom and live fire, such as New Mexico and Texas.

In a nutshell, my belief is carry in your home, your property, your business, your car is all fine. But carrying a handgun on your person in the public every day is a responsibility that should be undertaken with solid training. That’s not to say that training can’t help for home, car and property carry; it does.

Little to no training does not fit the bill for the level of safety and judgment required to effectively carry — and therefore plan to use a gun, if necessary — in public. Outside of your private property, it’s not just your life and your family, but perhaps an innocent person’s life (not to mention your life savings) that could be placed at risk when a gun is mishandled.

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Sorry to say that in my experience, even those who have handled firearms their whole life are still a long way from being ready to carry a handgun daily. You are taking on a greater responsibility when you make the decision to carry into the public realm every day.

The following are several ways to address the training concern.

1. Take a credible concealed carry course.

Too often, concealed carry courses are offered with only two to four hours of training and no live fire required. Such a course is absurd, in my opinion. You can’t begin to get a handle on such key issues as gun safety, state laws, conflict avoidance, use of deadly force parameters, and basic defensive shooting in such short timeframes. Any course that is offered with such minimal time requirements and no shooting should be suspect and avoided. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”

2. Take your training to the next level.

John Farnam, a well-known nationwide firearms trainer, recently said, “Only serious students need apply.” I couldn’t agree more when it comes to serious gun training. Too often, I see students who want to do the bare minimum. Move past this mentality. In today’s world of active shooters, terrorist acts and other real threats, you should be continually proactive in your commitment to training. Beyond concealed carry, look at training such as defensive pistol (to include dim light shooting), force decisions (simulated confrontations) and emergency medical, to mention a few.   

3. Find a credible instructor.

In the last couple of years there has been an explosion of firearms and self-defense instructors. Many have seemingly popped up overnight. Do your homework. Ask for proof of state licensing and accreditation. Does the instructor have a well-established background of instruction in firearms and tactics? While I believe current or past law enforcement and military trainers are some of the best, I don’t believe they hold exclusive rights to imparting solid gun training. In fact, I believe that an instructor that came up through the civilian ranks, so to speak, can provide some of the best connectivity to defensive firearms training for the everyday citizen. However, they still need to show a solid background of instructor credentials and a record of ongoing training themselves, in my estimation.    

4. Challenge yourself.

Once you have established a good foundation of firearms training, keep challenging yourself, both physically and mentally, in your training regimen. Remember: Shooting is a perishable skill. You can’t go to the range only once every year or two and expect to keep your skills honed. Even dry fire practice, along with malfunction clearance and reload drills in a safe environment, can do wonders for keeping skills sharp. The reality is that it’s not hard to hit a bullseye target at three to 10 yards when you’re under no stress. It’s the dynamic of an immediate threat, multiple attackers, dim-light conditions and a pistol malfunction all at once that you should consider training for. In other words, train for worse-case situations.

Carrying a firearm every day for protection of yourself and others is taking your role as a good citizen seriously. Along with that goes the responsibility to be well-trained and educated in the realm of defensive living.

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Clandestine Carry Pistol by John Mosby

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I have talked about Clandestine Carry Pistol a couple times. First with an overview then with a roving discussion of speed vs accuracy.  I confess that a full and proper review sort of stalled out. Well John Mosby linked to my posts and had some comments to clarify things. I made some minor errors which is the nature of writing stuff down later.

Today I am going to be writing a proper review of Clandestine Carry Pistol with John Mosby. I will talk about the general flow of the class then get into the usual good, bad and ugly. There will be some redundancy but that is ok.

Again as this post comes from my notes and memory it is almost surely flawed in some ways. As my intent is more to share my impressions of the course than to give you some training POI the differences are probably not too important. So disclaimer if it sounds weird or dumb its my fault and mine alone. 

Day 1- Link up and move to training site. BS session and then safety brief. Relaxed and informal but very professional covering all the key points.

Began with forming a proper grip and slow deliberate fire at 3 yards. The goal was to keep every thing on the index card. Various individual issues were addressed. We gradually worked backwards to 10 yards. Individual students were mentored as needed while the group took breaks.

“Even height, even light, don’t disturb the sights with trigger press.”
Next we moved to multiple shots. We did this using a rhythm method and progressively getting faster.
One thousand and one, one thousand and two, one thousand and three, one thousand and four.
1 and 2 and 3 and 4
1,2,3,4 (spoken speed)
1,2,3,4 (spoken fast)

We were reminded to be aware of how fast we can shoot. If you can only accurately shoot at spoken 1,2,3,4 no point in going faster. Ditto distance.
Self awareness of your own level of capabilities was emphasized.

Next we moved into multiple targets. We used the same rhythm method. After last shot on target breaks move your eyes to the next target then the gun follows. It was emphasized to focus on the target you are on. Don’t stress the next one. Deal with the one you are on now.

In terms of prioritizing targets John said to shoot the most dangerous target first, until he isn’t the most dangerous then repeat as needed.
After that we closed with a roving conversation about gear, tactics and shooting.

Day 2
Draw. John teaches a 4 step draw stroke.

  1. Lift cover and grip gun
  2. Draw to chest retention (gun angled/ canted out)
  3. Hands together and finger on trigger
  4. Press out to shoot

This is, despite some slight individual variances, basically standard in the modern shooting community.Interestingly at CSAT with did a very similar draw stroke but not broken down into individual parts. Paul cited Army Marksmenship Unit studies that the artificial break down into parts slows things down. I can’t say one is right or wrong, thats way above my level, however it is interesting to see differences in instruction. Johns method lets you shoot from position 2 which is pretty handy. I like that and it is my preferred method of shooting from retention.

We started drawing by the numbers.
Practice- 1 free then 2-4 by the numbers.
1-2 free then 3-4 by the numbers.

Then after everyone was in a satisfactory place we moved to draw and shoot.

Live (take 1x shot)
Do 1-3 by the numbers then 4 and shoot.
Do 1-2 by the numbers then 3-4 and shoot.


We tried to keep it to the index card.

Next we shot from retention.
The way John teaches you can shoot from position 2. Obviously you need to have your other hand out of the way. For training keeping it on your chest is sound. In practice it will probably be entangled with the shootee. We practiced this.

Then we drew to position 2, fired 2 rounds, took a step back, fired 2 from position 3 and then another step back and 2 from position 4. It was explained that in reality it was more likely we would be static and the other person moving.

John explained the movement through the drawstroke as freeway to city streets. You can go as fast as you safely can from 1-4 then you have to slow down enough to get the sights right and make the shot. Think of it like a long drive. Get on the freeway and put the hammer down. Then once you get off the freeway do the last couple blocks at an appropriate speed. Its 80 then 35 not 55 the whole way.

Next we talked about creating time. This was more conceptual and I may address it in a different post.
This was followed by reloads, admin and tactical. John had us use the slide release. He explained the sling shot idea (gross vs small muscle movement) is invalid because handgun shooting is inherently a small muscle skill. Also this is much easier to train on as the mag release reload works with an empty mag so you don’t need to mess with dummy rounds.

The last instruction on day two was briefly discussed hand to hand in the context of armed self defense. The goal was to protect your gun and then create space to employ it. This was basically a technique for surviving initial attack and closing with the opponent. Building a helmet with your arms and aggressively stepping in to collide with your opponent and achieve a clench.

We then ran through an iteration of easy live drill to try this.

That ended day 2. We had dinner that night which was nice.

Day 3 started with a warm of of drawing to 4 rounds on pace.
The main point of day 3 was decision making. We shot a lot of drills that make you think before and during shooting. This is a heck of a lot harder than it sounds.

We used Frank Proctors 3rd grade math.

Next we used what I’ll call the Mosby 1-5. 5 numbered targets in mixed order. You are shown a card with 3 numbers on it. You shoot the 1st one once, the second one 2x, the last number 3 times then put 4 rounds in the second number and 5 in the first.

Targets were set up in front of each other or at angles which necessitated movement. We messed with each other pretty successfully.

It is timed and only clean runs get a time. I think there was one clean run in the class.
We then began the AAR. It paused so we could shoot dots to work on trigger control. Next we talked about how the right answers for self defense could change in time if/ when America’s slide out of being an empire continues. We also covered a variety of different points and John answered a lot of questions.

That was, based on my memory and notes, what we covered in 3 days of Clandestine Carry Pistol.

Now to the good, bad and ugly.

Good:
All of the shooting instruction. John is an excellent instructor. Also he has a pragmatic way of looking at things. Instead of chest thumping and saying “We do it this way!” he is more likely to say “There are 2 valid methods to do this. I prefer method one because it offers the following advantages. Try them both and see which you prefer.” When a student came up with an idea that was strait up stupid John would take the time to explain exactly why that idea was flawed.

We had a 5 minute demo on why SERPA holsters are a really bad idea. Hint, aside from maybe shooting yourself in the leg the catch can be jammed with mud, twigs or various junk making it so you can’t get the darn gun out.

This course was realistic in that it dealt with how we will actually employ pistols as civilians in real life. That means from concealment, around civilians/ no shoot targets and with legal constraints. Use of force was not a huge topic though it came up on several occasions. The bottom line is that you are going to need to be able to convince a series of people that your actions were reasonable based on the scenario.

So much more good.

The Bad: I was let down in the close quarters/ hand to hand portion of the class. Definitely thought that piece was going to be a bigger part of the course. The little bit we did was decent enough stuff but not much and very basic. For anyone with a modest background in BJJ or wrestling it is not new territory. That said in the class only 2 of the students had any such background. So for me it was a bit disappointing but for them it was probably a lot to take in.

In fairness to John he explained in class does not feel especially qualified to teach an in depth piece on this. There are some folks with deep martial arts background who are already teaching this stuff. John seemed to feel his efforts would not necessarily bring real value to the arena so he just leaves it alone. Any guy who leaves money on the table (and classes are money) with other peoples best interest in mind has some real values.

I will be going back to that area to take a Cecil Birch class early next year. That should help me feel a bit better about the specific skill set in question.

The Ugly: The pre class administrative side of this class was not great. I found out about it on fairly short notice which complicated things a bit by making the timeline a couple weeks not a month or more. You don’t know where the class is being conducted at or have a number to get ahold of him. Payment is by cash or USPS money order sent to a drop box. Still I did not know they had my deposit (which is basically fire and forget since its not like I can cancel a blank money order) I was good for the class until 2 days prior. People not being registered for a class till they put up money is pretty standard in training circles. That said with other guys you can call and ask if they got the check. Everything is done by email. In my case an email got lost in the web or missed, which happens. This is why we always preach to avoid single points of failure for communications. I believe people have taken the time and traveled for classes in the past but due to some sort of admin issues not been able to attend.

For an event that occupies days of time, requires travel and costs a few hundred dollars, several hundred dollars after expenses this is not very satisfactory.

John is non banked (no bank accounts) and understandably has personal security concerns. That complicates things considerably. Still though…. I really don’t want to be harsh but there simply has to be a better way to manage this, probably without much more effort on his part. Maybe he could keep a burner phone for training courses and turn it on in town a couple times a week and check for messages. Maybe a pre class webinar type thing a week out to get everyone on the same page and deal with nagging admin issues.

Overall impression. Take the class. You will get a ton out of it.

Various notes:

As John mentioned almost the entire class shot AIWB with Glocks. The group in general were in the beginning range in terms of legitimate tactical training and such. Mostly gun guys but not a lot of formal training. Over the class there were several hundred rounds fired and probably a hundred draws per student. Nobody shot their dick off. Nobody came close to shooting their dick off.

It can be easy to get fixated on training for yesterdays threats. The classic one guy, 3 yards, 3 shots, 3 seconds. Todays threats may say that two guys are more likely. This means we need to shoot faster and carry a gun with more bullets. Tomorrow we could be facing larger groups of armed men or beatings by mobs of BLM type thugs as less than an occasional thing.

Is This The Absolute Best Gun For Concealed Carry During Winter?

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News flash: There’s been almost a century-long debate on which is the best caliber for CCW. Groundbreaking stuff, right?

Well, if I’m going to contribute to the conversation on this one, then here’s my thoughts: There is no single perfect round, in the same way that there’s no single perfect survival knife. If anything, perfection in this case is situationally dependent — meaning that perfection in a CCW round for one person may be the exact opposite to what perfection means for someone else.

Additionally, one of the variables in our ongoing search for personal CCW perfection has to do with the changing seasons. Given how we’re finding ourselves peering down the barrel of the coming winter, then I feel it’s time for us to gear up and get our CCW needs squared away before the snow starts falling. And this is why I, personally, am a fan of the 45 ACP for the application of winter concealed-carry. Here are my reasons …

It’s High Time For a Full-Size

Though the Bob Munden-types may be able to put a .38 Special round on a pie plate-sized target from 200 yards off with a “belly gun,” for the rest of us it’s just easier to achieve better accuracy with a full-sized weapon. There’s greater distance between the front and rear sights, subsequent shots are easier to make with more weight at the muzzle, and you’ve got a greater contact area on a larger frame, allowing for increased stability and handling. At the end of the day, a full-sized handgun offers better shooting and easier shooting.

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However, in the warmer months, it’s MUCH harder to successfully conceal a full-sized weapon under a T-shirt or light button-down — that is, unless you’re Lou Ferrigno. But in the winter, you have the option of wearing a blazer, thicker fleece jackets, etc., and fewer worries of the awkward hip bulge that seems to draw unwanted attention.

Speaking of drawing, on the other hand, some of us need to wear gloves when temps really take a dive (depending on which region of the country in question). Try drawing effectively with gloves while carrying a compact handgun, and you probably know what I mean. And don’t attempt that last part if the weapon’s loaded … it’s just that clumsy of a situation. On a full-size weapon, however, this is actually a feasible possibility (with proper practice and training, of course).

Rounds Behave Differently Against Layers

When it comes to selecting a round, the primary issue is often centered around its capacity to effectively stop a person’s ability to present a lethal threat, once shot placement has successfully been achieved.

It’s really a question of velocity vs grains, the proper balance of which should lead to the necessary amount of energy transfer with just enough target penetration to get the job done. Often, the 45 ACP’s primary setback is the fact that it packs too much penetration power, and tends to exit the target, creating a dire situational need to watch the target’s background. This is one reason why concealed-carriers tend to opt for the more lightweight, higher-velocity semi-auto rounds: 9mm and 40 S&W.

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But in the winter, even potential lethal threats will be wearing additional and thicker layers of clothing: leather coats, lined parkas, etc. This means that either the velocity of the round needs to increase (+P), or the round itself needs to get heavier. The problem with higher velocities, however, has to do with fragmentation and the theoretical lack of energy-transfer that results — which is unfortunately one of the frustrations concerning the 9mm round.

With that in mind, a heavier round will maintain its power without the need for increased velocity. For instance, if a 45 ACP hollow-point has successfully been delivered on target, then something interesting should happen: the wad of clothing fibers that accumulates in the conical gap will not only cause the round to expand like a 9mm round, but this should also prevent over-penetration of the target, thereby maximizing energy-transfer.

And when the physics makes tactical sense, that’s called “stopping power.”

A Few Considerations …

But, of course, no caliber is without problems, so there are a few things to keep in mind with the 45 ACP.

It’s probably not much of a surprise that crime rates statistically fall during the colder months of the year, and this has been the case over the last 30 years. In short, you’re going to have a profoundly lower chance of encountering a lethal threat outdoors, while the probability of indoor encounters will either not change or slightly increase. And that means you’re hypothetically going to have to fire a 45 ACP weapon indoors in a defensive encounter … certainly not an ideal situation, because again, over-penetration-power remains a problem.

Also, if you do encounter a lethal threat outdoors, then magazine capacity could pose a bit of a problem, as well. Especially in the frigid cold, fingers go numb and the body is less responsive to motor commands from the brain — commands that you will depend on for accuracy when the adrenaline gets pumping. So in order to overcome this potential loss in accuracy, it’s just like everything else when it comes to firearms: train, train, train … and then train some more.

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This Law Requires That You Have A ‘Good Reason’ To Carry A Gun — Or You Don’t Get A License

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This Law Requires That You Have A 'Good Reason' To Carry A Gun -- Or You Don't Get A License

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WASHINGTON — A case that may greatly expand concealed carry rights is now before a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

If successful, the challenge would overturn laws in the nation’s capital that allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon only if they have proven to law enforcement they have “good reason to fear injury” or have a “proper reason for carrying a pistol.”

Oral arguments took place in September, and a decision will be handed down in the coming months.

“This is the most important question in the Second Amendment today,” Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law told CNN about Washington, D.C.’s concealed weapons law. “Whether people can carry guns in public and under what conditions is a major battleground.”

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Several D.C. residents are challenging the law. Under such laws only security professionals and people who transport valuables or large amounts of cash for their jobs — such as jewelers — generally qualify for a concealed weapons permit.

Important Precedent

The plaintiffs, gun-rights groups and several Republican state attorneys general contend the law violates the Second Amendment. New York, Maryland and New Jersey have similar laws.

The District of Columbia is using the “good or proper reason” to do an end-run around the Second Amendment, argued Charles Cooper, an attorney for plaintiff Matthew Grace.

“Nearly a decade after Heller, the District of Columbia still refuses to treat the right to bear arms as a genuine constitutional right,” Cooper wrote in a court brief. Heller refers to District of Columbia v. Heller, a 2008 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.’s ban on private handgun ownership.

Attorneys for the District and gun-control groups argued that the law is necessary to protect private citizens and high-ranking officials from gun violence. But one judge, Thomas Griffith, questioned that argument. He wondered if living in a bad neighborhood would be a “good or proper reason” for a permit.

“Isn’t it an inherent right?” Griffith asked Washington D.C.’s. assistant attorney general, Holly M. Johnson. “Why should I have to show a need before exercising that right?”

Griffith and his colleague, Judge Stephen F. Williams, also wondered if a single woman who lived alone in a high-crime area would have a “good or proper reason” to get a concealed weapons permit. The district has one of the strictest concealed weapons permits laws in the nation.

Williams questioned if the law created an outright ban on concealed weapons which might violate the Second Amendment and the Heller decision, The Washington Post reported.

The case could end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This case is in its infancy,” Johnson said.

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11 Great Handgun Carry Options For You To Concealed Carry

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Handgun carry options

Handgun carry options

Handgun carry options

Handgun Carry Options

Recently I was asked about handgun carry options. A reader is going to get her concealed carry permit and wants to know the best way to carry for defense. She said that she wanted to carry it in a backpack. I cringed at that. I’m not a fan of backpack carry. Except for some of the AR 15 Backpacks. But that is a different story. 

I’ll list several handgun carry options with a few that for women only. I mean unless a guy just wants to wear a bra holster. That ain’t none of my business. 

 

handgun carry options

CrossBreed Super Tuck

CrossBreed Super Tuck

The Crossbreed Super Tuck is the handgun carry option I went with. Eventually. Like most, I went through several holsters before I settled on the Crossbreed. What did it for me was a video I watched on YouTube. The guy was showing how you can tuck in a shirt with this holster and it stays concealed. Not that I ever want to have to tuck in a shirt anymore. 

The supertuck also conceals amazingly well in a fitted t-shirt. I’m not a fan of wearing shirts that are huge.With many holsters if you wear a shirt that fits you will print. Not so with the supertuck. It is the holster I wore the first time I carried

handgun carry options

belly band holster

Belly Band

The Belly Band is one of the handgun carry  options I heard highly recommended. I heard Nutnfancy talk about it in an old EDC video. He was saying how it works as a good option for those that have a few pounds to lose. It’s basically a wide elastic band that goes around your waist and velcros together. It has a pouch for your firearm. 

It’s basically a wide elastic band that goes around your waist and velcros together. It has a pouch for your firearm. It compresses a bit like a corset slimming down your appearance. Some ladies and William Shatner will love that. You can rotate it all around yourself so you can carry in a ton of positions. 

For me the idea of having a band compress my midsection didn’t seem comfortable. Also, I didn’t like how far up you would have to pull your shirt to draw using this handgun carry options. 

Handgun Carry options

Open Carry

Outside The Waist Band

This is basically the least concealed handgun carry option. Outside the waist has the potential to be the fastest method of carrying, though. If you go to IDPA you’ll see the top guys all wear OWB holsters and a tactical vest. It slightly conceals it. But every time I have seen guys wearing tac vests I’m like that dude is carrying. You can certainly not be a gray man dressed like a mall ninja. 

    A few years back I reviewed and gave away a sexy red Comptac one. It was comfortable and had good retention without a needing a lock mechanism. I don’t like SERPA holsters

 

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Blade Tech Holster

Inside The Waist Band

Inside the waistband, handgun carry options are my preferred methods. It offers the most benefits with the least detractions. Carrying IWB will give you great concealing with minimal printing. At least if you choose a good holster. Inside waist belt holders will be slightly slower than OWB but with training, you can get fast. Dry fire training can be done daily to get better at drawing. 

There are a million options for inside the waist holsters. I like Blade Techs designs. Even better LFI custom Kydex provides a discount in the Survival Punk Army. 

 

Ankle Holster

Ankle Holsters are  handgun carry options for smaller firearms. You are not going to be carrying your chrome desert eagle on your ankle. You are also not going to be drawing it very fast. Yes, it is one of the most concealed options. An ankle holster is best for a backup carry option. I would not want to rely on it as my main method of carrying concealed. 

Ankle Holsters also seem like they would make running weird. If you wear an ankle holster you need to get used to wearing it and moving around. 

Crotch Carry

I saw Brian Black of ITS Tactical review a deep concealed crotch carry once. I was like WTF are you doing? Why would you wear a handgun pointing at your junk??? He tested it thoroughly and made a great review. 

Crotch carry is great for driving. If you have ever carried you have had to adjust your gun just right. With crotch carry the gun just folds up into your lap. Which is muzzling your hands, the steering wheel , and engine,

As a handgun carry options go crotch carry is very concealed. Firstly it is socially unacceptable to go around staring at crotches. It actually does conceal really well with minimal printing. Also as an added benefit if you do print it just looks like your well hung. 

I think It is a neat concept but not for me. 

handgun carry options

Universal Gun Holster

Universal Pouch

As far as Handgun Carry Options this is not an option. Do not get it. Just don’t do it. Universal fit means it fits nothing well. My first holster ever was a Blackhawk universal fit pouch. It came out the waist with the gun as often as it stayed in place. 

You can not reholster one handed with a pouch type holster. Once the weapon comes out it doesn’t have anything keeping it open. 

No link for this cause I don’t want you to buy it. 

 

handgun carry options

Small Of Back Holster

Small Of The Back

This is another of the handgun carry options I see as a backup option. Also, don’t carry small of the back like in movies. Don’t just shove a gun down the back of your pants. Mexican carry, not using a holster, is not a smart handgun carry option. 

I have concerns about carrying small of the back. I have heard about officers that carry a backup gun S.O.B and have fallen on it and messed up their backs. 

 

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Fanny Pack Holster

Fanny Pack

They make fanny packs for concealed carry of firearms. But who wears a fanny pack? I mean they stopped being cool in 1990. You will stand out like a sore thumb wearing on. On top of that getting your weapon drawn will be slow and cumbersome. Losing time trying to get your gun could end up being a fatal mistake. 

 

handgun carry options

bra holster

Bra Holster

I can’t speak from experience with these handgun carry options. I have seen youtube videos of Bra Draws that are very impressive. It is supposed to be comfortable. The gun attaches to the center strap of the bra. It is verticle across your ribs. So you are always muzzling that side and your own arm.  Bra holsters conceal very well.  Your weapon is hidden by your boobs basically. 

For speed and concealment, this is a better option for women than a purse in my option. Just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you can’t carry IWB though. Here is a lady concealed carrying in Jeggings. And because ladies love leggings here is a Glock employee wearing concealed carry leggings

 

handgun carry options

Carry purse

Purse/ Sling

Like the fanny pouches and backpacks, I am not fond of using a Purse or sling to carry. You lose the speed of a quick draw with most all of these options. For safety, the majority of concealed carry bags have zippers or a retention mechanism. They will cost you time. 

Also, carry bags are not attached to you. You can set them down. You can say you won’t ever forget your gun or bag that it is in. But you will. I have found bags with guns in them at work before. If you are lucky it will be returned. In my case, I have looked for a number to call the person to return their bag. If no number is available the police are called and the bag is turned over for you to go claim. Usually though if you leave it someone will steal it. 

In Conclusion

In conclusion, you have to choose the best handgun carry options for you. The solution that works the fastest and that you actually carry. If you have a holster that is not comfortable you won’t carry. With this article, I’m hoping to show you several handgun carry options to save you some time and money. Most of us that concealed carry end up with a closet full of holsters trying to find that right one. 

 

Do you carry? How do you carry? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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Concealed Carry and Self Defense Discussion/ Observations

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These are interesting times. I have seen normal people who are neutral about guns arming up. The kind of mid western women who grew up around guns and were ambivalent about them. I suspect men are doing the same but the kinds of men I interact with socially are usually already gun people so I can’t say it from personal observation.

A young woman I know recently took a CCW class. She recently got stuck in a traffic jam caused by the BLM crowd and it worried her. So she took a CCW class. Later that night we talked about it and some various related topics.

One of the biggest points that was driven home was minding your own darn business. Anecdotal stories mentioned were about this where CCW holders who were foolish but well meaning ended up shooting people who didn’t need to be shot. The grungy looking guy pointing a gun at another guy might be an under cover cop.

This fits pretty directly with my opinion. I am not getting involved in other peoples business unless it is really clear life/ limb/ eyesight are at risk. Two guys fighting isn’t my issue. Guy beating up a girl (who I don’t know reasonably well) isn’t my issue. Guy starts stabbing girl I’ll get involved. If I see a crime like say a robbery I am not inclined to get involved.

This is where I have a big issue with that whole sheep dog idea. I carry a gun to protect myself and mine not the whole world. For a whole host of reasons I do not feel the need to act like a non paid cop. Clearly for me and arguably for society people doing that causes more problems then it solves.

Another excellent point came up in the inevitable what if discussion. When it comes to employing a handgun if you are not sure you need to use it then you shouldn’t do so. The point was that the kind of situations where a handgun can legally/ ethically be used are pretty clear cut.

Mixed feelings about this. I agree though at the same time I believe in being proactive within reason. Think about  South Narc stuff and Street Robberies and You. First and foremost you potentially have criminal encounters not become full bore crimes against you. Second if things go sideways I would rather be in the best position to win possible. I can draw from concealment in about 1.5 seconds. That drops considerably if my hand is on the gun, also more importantly there is a lot less that can go wrong. Now have the gun out and I’m around .75 of a second without anything (employment of the firearm wise) significant left to go wrong. This is a pretty big grey area. There are lots of potential variables. What makes sense in an empty parking lot with 3 shady guys at 2 am would be completely overkill for a pair of tweener kids who probably just want you to buy them beer in the Safeway parking lot at 7 o’clock on a Friday.

They talked about guns a lot. It was a SIG vs Glock thing with one each older male representatives of teams wheel gun and 1911. This brings up a couple significant points.

Firstly most guys worry about things in exactly the wrong order. We think guns/ gear then skills then legal stuff and prevention. It should be the exact opposite. We should care about avoiding problems/ knowing the right response then shooting skills and after that the gun we carry. A bad ass like Paul Howe or John Mosby is going to win a gunfight with a rusty Charter Arms snubby. Heck a moderately trained guy like me probably will. On the other hand a person without a clue what is going on who can’t use a gun can have the best gear and they are next to useless.

Second she showed me a picture of them all sitting around. The reason this was noteworthy was the handguns on the table. Full sized double stack pistols, some of them with lights. My general observation is this is almost intellectually dishonest. Most people simply will not regularly carry one regularly. The joke that when someone says they carry a full sized handgun to ask them to show it to you NOW (and they will mumble an excuse and probably be carrying nothing) comes to mind. I worry some people have an all or nothing idea and instead of being like cool guy John Mosby and carrying a G19/17 with 2 spare mags, medical stuff, etc which is a hassle they instead carry nothing.

I’m done writing for today. Maybe more will come out tomorrow.

The 5 Best Easy-To-Draw Holsters For Concealed Carry

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The 5 Best Easy-To-Draw Holsters For Concealed Carry

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Choosing your holster is as big a consideration as choosing your gun. A holster needs to be comfortable, easy to wear, and should support and retain the weapon while encouraging an easy draw.

When it comes to choosing a holster, there are hundreds of options, but from experience we’ve found five that seem to be the best.

1. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB

I have a long history of disliking inside-the-waistband holsters, the main reason being the comfort level. I had difficulty finding one I could carry comfortably day in and day out. I resisted purchasing an Alien Gear because I couldn’t try it on, and I ignored the spew of positive reviews out there for Alien Gear holsters. What finally broke me was a deal Alien Gear was running on buying two holsters. I bought an outside-the-waistband one and an inside-the-waistband one. The purchase of the Cloak Tuck 2.0 came side by side with my purchase of the Ruger LCR 9mm, so I chose the LCR holster just to have a holster for my new revolver.

The Cloak Tuck 2.0 is a hybrid holster, meaning it’s a combination of Kydex and cloth materials. The base is neoprene, which looks and feels somewhat like leather. This neoprene base is comfortable against the skin, and flexible for different body types. The base is molded polymer and holds the weapon tight to the base. The holster performs like it should; it’s sturdy, easy to use and customizable. When ordering, you have lots and lots of options for different guns, belt clips, and you get an accessory bag of goodies to customize the holster’s fit. The main thing I have to say about this holster is how comfortable it is, to the point where I have taken a nap with it, and my weapon on, completely forgetting about it.

2. Sneaky Pete

The Sneaky Pete makes the list due to its bit of genius utilized when bringing the holster to the market. The Sneaky Pete original leather belt clip holster resembles a carrying case for a modern smartphone. With phones growing and growing in size, it seems the Sneaky Pete becomes more and more invisible. The Sneaky Pete is best used, in my opinion, for concealing weapons like the LCP and S&W Bodyguard, but they do produce larger options for weapons like the Glock 43, S&W Shield and Walther PPS. The design of the Sneaky Pete uses a large cover that does make the width of the pouch difficult to see.

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The Sneaky Pete uses either a complete leather belt loop or metal clips to keep the holster in place and steady. Once it’s on your belt, it would be nearly impossible to rip off. You can get a holster in either leather or nylon, and there are a few different colors. The Sneaky Pete is perfect in business wear, formal wear, and can be used in casual clothing. It is a little slow to draw because you do have to open the holster, but in some situations, it’s the only option some people can carry on a day-to-day basis.

3. Raven Concealment Phantom

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Raven Concealment

If you carry a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P, then the best holsters on the market for those weapons is made by Raven Concealment. With Raven, you can choose to customize a Phantom holster just for you, or purchase a pre-made model. The concealment Phantom is an outside-the-waistband holster that comes in either light bearing or standard models.

The Raven concealment holster takes the cake by allowing the easy carry of a full-sized pistol. The holster clings to your body nice and tight but is still comfortable. This makes keeping the weapon concealed a breeze, and allows you to carry, say, a Glock 20 with 15 rounds of 10mm. When you build a custom holster, you can build the holster of your dreams for the gun of your dreams. As long as that gun is a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P.

4. Stealth Operator Compact

The Stealth operator has a cringe-worth, tacticool name, but it’s honestly an amazing holster. I purchased one originally because of the claim of a multi-fit holster that could fit over a dozen guns. I test and evaluate guns all the time, and this often involves carrying them, so this holster solved a lot of carry problems for me. I’ve been carrying four different weapons in it, and at a price point of about $30, I am spending less than $10 a gun so far.

The Stealth Operator can fit dozens and dozens of guns, and it carries them securely. I suggest checking the Internet for the complete list. The Stealth Operator is an outside-the-waistband holster, made from Kydex. The holster uses a passive retention device, and it actually works; the gun doesn’t move. The guns I’ve carried in this holster are the Walther CCP and PPS, the CZ P09, and the Glock 19 without issue.

5. Miami Classic

The Galco Miami Classic is the choice for those looking to carry in a shoulder holster. Stay away from cheap shoulder holsters; they are often uncomfortable, hard to use and tend to dangle the gun. The Miami Classic is an all-leather holster which draws its name from Miami Vice. The holster is very easy to wear, and can be adjusted for an individual user’s body. The actual holster portion is molded for a specific weapon, and this aids in retention and reducing the dangle factor.

The Miami Classic is easy to draw from, comfortable to wear and provides options for those in specific positions where carrying a firearm on the waist is difficult. These holsters do, of course, require a cover garment, and this may scare some off. The Miami Classic holster is expensive and around $150, but it is quite high in quality. This was the perfect holster when I worked as a driver, and still serves me well in the winter when I want to carry a large handgun.

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Concealed Carry

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The Second Amendment does not give Americans the right to carry concealed weapons, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that could dramatically impact the nation’s gun laws.

“We hold that the Second Amendment does not protect, in any degree, the carrying of concealed firearms by members of the general public,” the opinion by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals read. It was written by Judge Susan P. Graber, a Clinton nominee. “We therefore conclude that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms does not include, in any degree, the right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

The case, Peruta v. San Diego County, originated out of California, although its effect was felt across the country. The vote was 7-4.

“The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held today that residents have no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside their home for self-defense,” Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said. “In effect, the appeals court ruled that San Diego County can outlaw guns outside the home by declining to issue anyone a permit. This court’s decision is a direct challenge to the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional.”

In a dissent, Judge Consuelo Callahan, a nominee of President George W. Bush, wrote, “A prohibition on carrying concealed handguns in conjunction with a prohibition of open carry of handguns would destroy the right to bear and carry arms.”

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The sheriff’s departments in two California counties, Yolo and San Diego, only issue concealed carry permits to people who can prove they are in danger from violent attack – such as by showing a restraining order. In 2009 two men, Edward Peruta of San Diego and Adam Richards of Yolo County, applied for concealed carry permits and were turned down.

That prompted the California Rifle and Pistol Association to sue the counties in federal court on behalf of Peruta, Richards and three others. Last year, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the policy violated the Second Amendment. The entire Ninth Circuit overturned that ruling on Thursday.

The immediate impact of the ruling is that it affects only the states in the Ninth Circuit: Alaska, Washington state, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, California and Hawaii. But if it is appealed to the US Supreme Court and upheld, then concealed carry could be banned nationwide.

The case attracted national attention, with briefs filed by states outside the district, including Alabama. All total, 20 other states signed the brief: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Concealed Carry A number of Second Amendment rights and gun control groups also filed friend-of-the-court briefs.

The defendants in the case, San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore and the state of California, were represented by California Solicitor General Edward C. DuMont. DuMont appealed the loss from last year, after Gore declined to do so, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs were represented by Paul D. Clement, who served as US solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration.

Interestingly, the court refused to touch on the issue of open carry of firearms in public.

“We do not reach the question whether the Second Amendment protects some ability to carry firearms in public, such as open carry,” the opinion read. “The Second Amendment may or may not protect, to some degree, a right of a member of the general public to carry firearms in public. We hold only that there is no Second Amendment right for members of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

The court also ruled that the US Supreme Court’s Heller decision, which upheld the right of private gun ownership, does not affect concealed carry.

Most observers expect Peruta will be appealed to the US Supreme Court – the only court of appeal from the Ninth Circuit.

The case will presumably arrive at the Supreme Court sometime after Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement is on the court. Scalia, whose opinions supported gun rights, died in February.

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5 Things You BETTER Know And Do Before Carrying Concealed (If You Want To Stay Alive)

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5 Things You BETTER Know (And Do) Before Carrying Concealed

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Carrying a concealed weapon is a major decision one must make, and ultimately you as an adult are solely in charge of defending your life. It can be an intimidating venture, but I have a few tips I’ve discovered after carrying a weapon for the last five years.

1. Wear your rig everywhere

Wearing a gun in a concealed fashion for the first time is quite uncomfortable. First off, holsters are often like boots: They have to be broken in. Not only does the holster have to be broken in, but you have to be broken into carrying a gun. If you are a new concealed carrier, or waiting for your permit, or scheduling a class, go ahead and start looking for holsters and guns. When you decide on one holster or another, just start wearing it. The more you carry, the more comfortable you’ll be with a gun.

You’ll also learn how to comfortably conceal your weapon. This means you can test your belt’s mettle, making sure it is supportive and comfortable. You’ll learn that if you use an inside-the-waistband holster, you’ll have to up your size of pants. You’ll also learn how to adjust a shoulder holster, and you’ll see if carrying your weapon is viable with your everyday attire.

2. Try a variety of holsters

When it comes to purchasing a holster, be prepared to purchase several holsters. You may read rave reviews about one holster or another, but find they simply don’t work for you. I love Alien Gear Holsters, but you may not. Be prepared to try some holsters out, and to start your own small collection. As a side note, stay away from cheap nylon holsters, and if your holster costs the same as a box of ammo, you’re doing it wrong.

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Most people are going to face situations in their life where their normal method of dress will change. I wear a shirt and tie to my day job, and typically jeans and a T-shirt when I’m off work. These sets of clothing have different restrictions and challenges for carrying a weapon. I own a Sneaky Pete for carrying at work, and a simple Stealth operator compact holster from Phalanx Defense systems. I keep an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck for deep concealment in casual clothes. These three holsters give me options for nearly every clothing I choose to wear.

3. Know your weapon and holster inside and out

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This is a big one. If you use multiple holsters like I do, then you want to train with all of them. Each of my holsters is similar enough to make cross training easy but different enough to make it necessary. If you choose to use different holsters and one has a retention device and the other does not, then you’ll have to practice for that. You’ll have to train how to draw the weapon not only with your strong hand but with your weak hand, with your back on the ground, and so forth.

Knowing your weapon is another major factor. For example, I typically carry a Walther PPS in 9mm. The Walther PPS has a different magazine release than most weapons, and I have to train to use it. If I carried a weapon with a safety, I’d train to disable that safety on every draw during practice. You need to practice mag changes with both hands, disabling the safety with both hands, and be able to use the weapon with one hand competently.

4. Practice with your everyday carry ammo

Most practice you do will be with standard full metal jacket ammunition; it’s cheap, effective and commonly available. No doubt, training with FMJs is valuable and will be the majority of training you’ll do. You do need to occasionally shoot your defensive ammunition. When you first purchase a gun and choose your defensive ammo you should buy two boxes — one for carry, and one for practice. Make sure your weapon can reliably feed in the weapon. Some defensive ammo may have a tweaked overall length, which may affect reliability. Some defensive ammo has a polymer tip to it, and this may affect reliability with your weapon.

Outside of reliability testing, you should shoot your defensive ammo just to remember how it handles. For example, I use Speer Gold Dot 124 grain that is +P. That +P adds some more power to the round and some more recoil. I want to make sure I am capable of handling this recoil and to expect it. Also, if you constantly rechamber defensive ammo after practice over and over, you may push the bullet into the case, reducing the overall length.

5. Be willing to fight

The last tip is a mental block some people may have to climb over. As a CCW instructor, I have heard it from a few people that they never want to shoot anyone, and hope the gun will simply scare the attacker off. This is a dangerous mindset, and if you aren’t willing to pull the trigger, you shouldn’t be carrying the weapon. If you pull your weapon and can’t pull the trigger, you may lose it to your attacker and suffer some serious consequences.

You need to be prepared to fight, to truly take hold of your responsibility to defend yourself, and, if necessary, shoot your attacker. Carrying a gun without the willingness to use it makes the weapon useless.

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Garden Buddies: Vegetables That Thrive And Flourish Next To Each Other

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Companion planting makes sense in an organic garden by creating plant diversity and using garden space more efficiently. Some plants work as pest deterrents, while others act as traps, drawing harmful bugs away from more susceptible veggies. Some gardeners are convinced that companion planting doubles the harvest, making it well worth the extra effort.

The Native American Three Sisters planting method, which involves corn, beans and squash, is one of the best examples of how companion planting works. As corn stalks gain height, they provide support for vining bean plants, and the beans repay the favor by fixing nitrogen in the soil. Squash, a fast-growing plant, does its part by shading the soil, preserving moisture and helping keep weeds in check.

Keep in mind that companion planting is not an exact science, and what works well for your friend across town may not work for you. Experimentation will reveal what natural friendships crop up in your garden.

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Beets – Cabbage and related plants do well near beet plants, as do members of the onion family. Beets also like bush beans, lettuce and chard, but it’s best to keep them away from pole beans.

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Beans – Bush beans interact positively with cucumbers, corn, radishes, celery, beets and members of the cabbage family. Pole beans, on the other hand, are a little pickier; they get along famously with radishes and corn, but hate beets. Plant potatoes next to either type of bean if you have problem with beetles, as potatoes tend to repel the pests. Avoid onions, garlic, leeks and chives, which may stunt bean plant growth.

Carrots – Onions, garlic and leeks help repel carrot flies and other pests, while members of the cabbage family also tend to discourage various pests that bug carrots. Beneficial carrot buddies also include peas, beans, lettuce, radishes, peppers and tomatoes.

Sweet corn – Beans are super helpful companion plants for corn, attracting beneficial insects that feast on corn-ravaging pests. Other companion plants that may enhance corn plant growth include potatoes, beans, melons, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and peas. However, plant corn and tomatoes at least 4 feet apart, as the two don’t do well together.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers thrive on nitrogen that peas and beans provide to the soil, while radishes help by drawing cucumber beetles away from tender cukes. Corn is a good companion for cucumbers, but potatoes and melons aren’t so good. Plant them in a different area of the garden.

Lettuce – Plant onions, garlic and chives nearby to deter aphids, maggots and other pests. Additionally, you can plant lettuce under tall tomatoes or corn, as lettuce appreciates the cool shade. Lettuce also gets along well with carrots, cucumbers, parsnips, beets and members of the cabbage family.

Onions – Onions grow well alongside many vegetable plants, including tomatoes, beets, peppers, lettuce, carrots, chard and most members of the cabbage family (with the exception of kohlrabi).

Peas – Plant peas near radishes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, parsley, tomatoes and turnips, but not in close proximity to onions, garlic, leeks or chives.

Peppers – Peppers get along well with most vegetables, including eggplant, parsley, carrots, tomatoes and members of the onion family. On the other hand, beans and peppers aren’t a good combination.

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Radish – Radishes are cheerful little plants that get along with most vegetables, including carrots, beets, parsnips and spinach. Many gardeners think companion planting radishes and lettuce makes radishes more tender. However, it’s best not to plant radish in close proximity to members of the cabbage family.

Spinach – When you plant spinach and radishes side by side, the spinach works as a trap plant, meaning it attracts leafminers that are capable of decimating your spinach crop. Chinese mustard works in much the same fashion. Spinach also grows well alongside eggplants, celery and members of the cabbage family.

Potatoes – Plant spuds along with beans, eggplant, corn, peas and members of the cabbage family, but locate tomatoes, melons, squash, turnips and cucumbers in another corner of your garden.

Tomatoes – Many gardeners believe that chives can make tomatoes even sweeter. Other good tomato companions include parsley, carrots, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic and leeks. Tomatoes and corn are enemies, primarily because they tend to attract the same pests. Similarly, potatoes are susceptible to the same blight, which means they aren’t good companions for tomatoes. Plant tomatoes away from cauliflower, kale and other members of the cabbage family, which are believed to stunt tomato plant growth.

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Sheriff Jim Wilson on Empty Chamber CCW

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The man speaks. 

Ryan’s thoughts:

No, Just no. You would be well advised to note that of all the top tier trainers out there to the best of my knowledge not one recommends this as a method. In fact if someone recommends such a method  they are likely a buffoon whose training is worth exactly as much as their BS resume. If you are not comfortable carrying a gun loaded (and an empty chamber is not loaded) then you shouldn’t be carrying that gun or maybe for that matter maybe any gun.

I can think of two very limited exceptions. The first is temporarily getting used to a gun/ holster set up. Weird things can occasionally happen with a new type of holster. Better to find out if it makes the gun go bang with the chamber empty. This should needless to say be done at home.

The second is if some odd situation made you carry a gun in a manner where it would not be safe with a loaded chamber in a way you currently didn’t have the right gear for. Say I found myself for whatever reason needing to carry a Glock Mexican AKA thug style (basically appendix W/O holster) or tucked in the back pocket of a pair of jeans? Maybe I had to slip one in a standard pouch in a backpack or gym bag? The answer is an empty chamber.

Reader Question: Carry Permits

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AnonymousAndy said…
What’s your take on shall-issue states? I don’t have my pistol permit because the state I live in has a permitting scheme about as invasive as an anal probing. Would you get it? Or stand on the principle?

April 8, 2016 at 7:22 AM
Ryan here: 
Shall issue vs may issue is an interesting thing. One single word in the state law matters a whole lot. Shall issue states work like this- meet the requirements and you get the permit. May issue states work like this- Meet the requirements and the approval authority (usually the County Sheriff) MAY issue you a permit, or not. They can give as many as they want out or none or just give them to their cronies and the well connected. They can deny a permit because they don’t like a persons face or whatever. Instead of being limited by the requirements you are limited by some persons whim. 
To the second question get the damn permit. We could debate the principle and yes I think CCW permits are dumb. However in the real world CCW licenses are required in most states. Ignoring that on ‘principle’ leaves the bad options of not carrying or carrying illegally. The consequences of both can be significant. In my opinion the hassle of getting the permit pales when compared to the risks of getting caught carrying without one. You can mumble all about MAH CONSTITUTIONAL RAGHTS shelling out big money for a lawyer then in jail while trying to avoid forcible sodomy and maybe afterwords when you are banned from owning firearms. Why ‘ride dirty’ if you can do it legally? Get the permit.
You are way more likely to defend yourself with a concealed pistol then the safe full of rifles at home. Also if at all possible you want to legally carry a pistol. First it avoids a significant potential hassle if a cop spots your piece or whatever. Second should you end up in a lethal force scenario you start out as a law abiding responsible citizen instead of a criminal who disregards the states gun laws. Also the consequences of illegally carrying a concealed handgun can be significant. 
As a final thought if you hate the states permitting structure that much and or want to be able to LEGALLY carry without a permit then maybe you should consider moving to a place that allows that. 
Thoughts?

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Firearm selection!

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Firearm selection!
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Firearm 79x100It’s time to explore a topic I have only touched on a few times on the show, firearm selection. I know everyone has a passionate opinion on this topic with what they believe is the right weapon to have in ant given circumstance! We will explore selecting a firearm for concealed carry, home defense, hunting/predator protection, and even for a bug out bag or whatever you may call that type of kit.

Granted there will be overlap in categories but I will try to limit my discussion of each particular firearm to a single section. At the onset of the show I will talk about starter weapons which can function across many categories and are generally good weapons to begin your firearm journey with.

2-11 woman-gun1I will try not to show favoritism for any particular brands or models (gun selection is intensity personal), but when I’ve had a good or bad experience I may convey those stories (I have a few great warranty stories). Depending on time available we will talk a little about training, accessories, ammo selection and whatever other questions which may arise along the way.

So what are a few of the firearms we will be discussing? 44 magnum revolver, single shot 12 guage, air rifles, 22 lr, AR platform, AK platform and much more!
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Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: 20 Steps: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Prepper, 101 Frugal Items You Need For Survival, Thinking of Starting a Prepper Network? Think Again!, DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket, How Dependent Are You On Electricity?, & 15 More Monday Mania – 2.29.2016 It is officially the last 29th of February until 2020! I … Continue reading Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

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Concealed Carry in a Gun Free Zone: Violations Have Consequences

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First, we here certainly do not condone the violations of any laws. You may not like the laws, they may seem or may actually be unfair on the face of it, and even be stupid laws in some cases, but the law is the law, and violations of the law can cause you to lose your Concealed Carry Permit, possible forfeiture of your firearm, fines and/or prison sentences in some cases.

Most rational gun owners realize that gun free zones in most cases, do not save lives or curb gun violence, and gun free zones may even entice mass shooters to target those areas.

There are gun free zones enacted by private businesses that to some people seem more like a statement against the Second Amendment, than an attempt to curb gun violence. However, in the United States, we not only have the Second Amendment we also have the First Amendment, which is the freedom of speech and expression. The two seem at odds with each other at times.

Each business has their own reasons for not allowing guns on their property unless carried by law enforcement personnel and in some cases, even police officers have been asked by some establishments to leave when they have entered with a sidearm in view.

However, in a few high profile incidences where an officer was asked to leave, the corporation or establishment puts out a statement throwing the employee who asked the officer to leave under the bus. Usually stating there was a mix-up, and so on and so forth.

The employee was probably only doing what they had been told to do or were taking their cues from management. Businesses do not like that kind of exposure, even though they may foster an anti-gun environment among their employees. Having your company’s name bandied about on Twitter or Facebook is not always the kind of coverage some companies want so they claim a mistake was made. 

Federal Gun Free Zones

Military posts, recruitment centers, courthouses, federal office buildings, prisons and probably a few other places we may not even be aware of that the federal government has control over, are all gun free zones. Violating a federal gun free zone is not something you as a concealed carry holder want to do. You will lose the case more than likely, and lose your firearm, and possibly lose your freedom for a few years, not to mention the fines levied against you. 

Private businesses even though they serve the public they are still private companies, and so they can, within limits refuse service or ask that you leave if they see you are carrying a firearm. Most places will put up signs to cover themselves. In some states, businesses do not have the inherent right to declare themselves a gun free zone unless public statements to that effect are made in advance of the policy. Signs in the window are public statements.

Typically, you are asked to leave and if you do, it stops there in most cases. However, refusing to leave may open you up to civil and possibly criminal charges. Your recourse is social media, and refusing to do business with those companies that have gun free zones, and in some cases, your vote can help change the laws in your state.

In your own home, you can set the rules for who can come into your home and who cannot. You can ask someone to leave if you do not want him or her carrying a samurai sword or even a salami sandwich into your home, and if they refuse, they can be charged with misdemeanor trespassing or worse if the situation escalates.

States’ Gun Free Zones

States can tell you that you cannot carry a firearm on some college campuses, state-run offices, and certain hospitals and onto school grounds.

If you get convicted of a felony for violating gun laws, you will never get a permit to carry or even own a firearm again. You would essentially need a pardon to clear your record, and what do you think your chances are of that happening.

Constitutional carry can be confusing, and some gun owners may assume that if the state allows constitutional carry, then a handgun can be carried anywhere. This is not the case, of course. Public property is property funded by the taxpayers of the state. Private businesses are not funded by taxpayer dollars, and thus, can set their own rules with limitations of course.

You can open carry in public and in places that allow you to, but if some business asks you not to, then you have to decide if it is worth making a stand or not.

The above is only an opinion. You have to decide whether to carry concealed in a gun free zone, but before you do, know the laws in your state and make sure you are aware of the consequences.

Often times it comes down to good judgment. If a business has, a policy of no guns allowed and they do not know you are carrying one, where does that leave you. These are the questions you have to ask yourself before deciding if it is worth it to visit the business or not, or to violate the businesses’ policy of no guns allowed.

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Concealed Carriers Make

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As a concealed firearms instructor I see students come through my classes from all walks of life, and they all seem to make the same basic mistakes when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon.

Here are the top five mistakes I see concealed carriers make:

1. Using cheap holsters

A lot of people will slap down $500 or more for a gun, but then feel queasy about spending $50 on a holster. That $14.95 holster made in China is nice and cheap, but, man, it’s probably not comfortable. It’s likely made from cheap nylon that sags and offers terrible retention – and will slow and disrupt your draw. Very few universal holsters actually work, and I’ve never seen a nylon model that does work.

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Holsters should be fitted – or at least close to being fitted. A good holster isn’t even that expensive when it comes to factoring in comfort, retention, and the ability to draw. There is a good deal on Alien Gear that allows shooters to get two quality holsters for $50 or one for $35. There is no excuse to cling to the cheapest thing you can find. Some cheap holsters even can be unsafe. A shoulder holster that lets the weapon rotate and spin can be quite unsafe when the weapon is pointing at your body.

2. Never training/practicing

Concealed carriers should seek some form of training. Even if it’s not formal classroom training, carriers should at least take up instruction via the Internet or DVD; something is better than nothing. But simply watching these videos, or reading these articles means nothing if you aren’t out there actually practicing these concepts.

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Concealed Carriers MakePractice should involve some live fire, but a lot of it can be done dry. Dry firing is an excellent and free method of practicing trigger control, a proper grip and follow-through. You can also train drawing from concealment, drawing in different positions, and, of course, draw and dry fire. Reloads and failure drills can be done with Snap Cap dummy rounds. You take the skills you practice dry and take them to the range to confirm them, and get that live fire practice in.

3. Playing with the gun

A lot of new concealed carriers constantly play with and fiddle with their weapon and holster. They also tend to tuck their shirt over their weapon, and constantly pull on the shirt to make sure the weapon is covered. You can spot a new concealed carrier a mile away by how much attention they put to a small portion of their hip. It’s not only their hip; trust me, you can see someone with a shoulder holster, too.

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Basically, if you are having to constantly adjust your holster due to comfort or retention issues, then maybe that holster doesn’t work for you, and maybe you should consider a different one. Don’t be afraid that someone will see it printing, or see a small flash of it when you climb out of your car. Most people pay very little attention to anything, especially what’s on your hip.

4. Getting stuck on one caliber

This is a major consideration when you are choosing a firearm. People often get stuck on one caliber versus another, and this often leads to some serious issues in weapon selection. For example, the 357 Magnum people who get stuck on that round may purchase a small, J frame in 357 Magnum and find that a 357 is a bit much for a pocket gun. Instead, focus on a caliber that can penetrate 12 inches of ballistic gel reliably, and one you can shoot well. For me that is 9mm; I can afford to shoot a lot in practice, and the round is sufficient for self-defense. Shot penetration and shot placement are the two most important features for a defensive handgun.

5. Taking advice, and not gaining experience

Everything heard or read regarding firearms should be taken with a grain of salt, even if you agree with everything else someone is saying. Unless you have personal experience with the subject, do not take it as the “gospel.” If you read or hear something you agree with, go out there and actually try it out; it might work for 99 out of a 100 people, and you could be that one. For example, appendix carry has become the most popular gun carrying method to hit the Internet in the last few years, and it works for a lot of people. A lot of reputable trainers use and appreciate it, but, personally, I found it painful and uncomfortable.

My main takeaway: Never trust anything until you try it.

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Concealed or I Suppose Open Carry and Social Interactions/ Dating- My Take

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I threw out

Concealed or I Suppose Open Carry and Social Interactions/ Dating

just to see if you all came up with any special gems or blind flashes of the obvious.  

 

 My take is as follows. 

I believe in being armed unless:

-Carrying a gun is a felony (or I suppose a maxed out gross misdemeanor which is basically the same). Not asked to leave or a ticket but a serious crime.

 -I am unable to make life and death decisions due to the medicinal or recreational substances consumed or some medical condition that inhibits judgement. 

 -Carrying a gun is physically prohibitive due to clothing and activities being done such as swimming. 

There are invariably some occasions where being even somewhat visibly (yes a Glock 19 under a t shirt on a normal sized person prints some) armed is not desirable.

So where does that leave me?  

If I want to be armed but do not want it to be visible a smaller gun is often the answer. Meister hit the nail on the head that a deep concealment hand gun like my Ruger LCP buys a lot of options. Any normal male attire can hide that little gun. A gun nobody can see is a gun that is not going to cause any sort of issues. 

 Granted it is not optimally armed in my book (even as handguns go) but I only go to to polite social events at places where the risk is pretty low. 

 

Do You Carry At Home or Just When You Go Out?

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Concealed Gun Carry

Those that carry outside the home may feel uncomfortable when they get home and relinquish their handgun to the lock box or safe. Some may feel anxious without the comforting weight on their hip. The comfort or sense of security is gone, and until the situation is rectified you feel exposed.

Every morning as part of your daily routine, you pat your pants pocket for keys, change, and check for your phone. You feel to make sure your wallet is in place and you always put your hand to your hip to make sure your sidearm is secure.

The purse gets inspected for keys, phone, wallet, and other daily necessities, and you always make sure your sidearm is nestled inside. Often you feel as if you should have it clipped to your waist and not locked away when at home. Habits, and for many people ones they will never break.

If you watch the news or scan the local papers one might get the impression you can’t go to the mailbox without being armed, yes, it feels that bad in today’s world and in some cases it is.

A sidearm is a personal defense weapon and burglaries along with home invasions where people actually take over your home often happen during the daylight hours, times when you may very well be home. Your firearm is locked in its safe and your front or back door is kicked in, you have to pass by the intruders to get to your sidearm, and precious time is lost. If it is on your hip you are well ahead in the game of life and death.

At night while watching TV do you really have time to go to the safe or lock box to get your firearm if the front door is kicked in or a window smashed downstairs. Do you have time to load a magazine and then deal with the intruders?

Safety protocols dictate that if you have children in the home or even expect to have children over to your home, then the firearm is locked up separately from the ammunition at all times unless in your hand or on your hip. This makes sense from a safety standpoint. Of course, you cannot have children gaining access to a loaded firearm. Makes sense until you need your handgun in an emergency. The answer obviously is to carry when at home.

If you have it secured on your person then children and others do not have access to it, and it is close to hand when needed. People sometimes leave their loaded handguns unsecured and so children and others do gain access to them, and sometimes tragedies occur because of this.

Of course, with the dramatic increase in handgun sales, there will be people that have never owned a firearm that will buy one and strap it on and call it a day. They assume because they have one that all is well. Buying a handgun is really the easy part. The hard part comes after you get it home. A gun in the home does not make the home safer unless you know how to use a firearm effectively. A few hours at the range does not make you an expert either.

This article will assume that no one will carry a firearm unless they have had the proper training, and continue to train and that you follow all applicable laws. With the disclaimer out of the way, we can continue.

Get the right holster for your sidearm. If you don’t want to panic the neighbors and UPS drivers, then carry concealed on your own property. It is important that you do not skimp on your holster in particular if you carry concealed. You literally need a fitting before bringing it home, so try to purchase your holster when you buy your handgun so you can match the two up.

We were not going to get into the debate about open carrying out in public, but a news article caught our eye here.

“Gun-Toting Subway Customer Gets Into Open-Carry Dispute with Police”

In Connecticut, people can open carry so long as they have a concealed carry permit and are carrying the permit with them when carrying in public. You cannot be arrested for simply carrying openly according to the law, but the law gets murky. On one hand the law states police officers can ask to see your permit and a refusal to produce the permit can lead to an arrest because you interfered with police.

On the other hand, the law also states that police need a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed by the one carrying the weapon. This, however, allows police considerable latitude. One could assume that at any time police could reasonably assume a crime has been committed or will be committed by someone carrying a firearm openly. After all, it’s at their discretion. Essentially, in Connecticut police can ask you for your papers at any time.

Businesses are allowed to refuse service to anyone open carrying in Connecticut

This all came about when a customer at a Subway refused to show his open carry permit to a police officer when asked. According to the news article, there had been several complaints from local businesses. The article did not specify if the complaints were about this particular individual, or about others, in general, open carrying (Houck, 2016).

As we have stated in previous articles, if you open carry in public some people will complain to the police and they will respond. This is sometimes called “swatting”. If the police are confused about the law then the public at large will be as well, and people will call 911 to complain someone is wandering loose with a gun.

The gentlemen in question could have just shown his permit when asked, and then he could have gone on his way. He wanted to make a statement, however, and some do, because it is a constitutional question, which it seems is still open for debate despite Supreme Court rulings. Getting worked up over being asked to show your permit, when a gun is on your hip, is not sensible however and the police will react to that because they don’t know until they ask. Of course, if he did not have an open carry permit and the news article did not specify this, then he would be breaking the law.

Houck, B. (2016, Jan 15). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.eater.com/2016/1/15/10775084/open-carry-law-customer-subway-connecticut-police-dispute

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Concealed or I Suppose Open Carry and Social Interactions/ Dating

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I am interested in your experiences, both good and bad, as well as thoughts on being armed during social interactions, dating, etc all. I know not all of my circles are rabid gun people and suspect yours aren’t either. No right or wrong answers, I am just curious.

Thanks in advance

Does Bible Allow Concealed Carry? John Piper Says ‘No,’ Gets Pushback

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Does Bible Allow Concealed Carry? John Piper Says 'No,' Gets Pushback

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Popular author and pastor John Piper has sparked an online and social media firestorm by arguing the Bible does not permit the concealed carry of guns by Christians – and he’s receiving plenty of pushback from friends and those who normally agree with him on other issues.

The chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary and former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Piper said he was led to address the issue after Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., during a convocation, encouraged students to arm themselves in light of terrorist threats against the United States.

“Falwell and I exchanged several emails, and he was gracious enough to talk to me on the phone so I could get as much clarity as possible,” Piper wrote on his website, DesiringGod.org. “I want it to be clear that our disagreement is between Christian brothers who are able to express appreciation for each other’s ministries person to person.”

Piper then added, “Does it accord with the New Testament to encourage the attitude that says, ‘I have the power to kill you in my pocket, so don’t mess with me’? My answer is, No.”

Piper’s essay has nine major points and is more than 3,700 words long, and begins by asserting that it is the government’s responsibility alone to avenge evil.

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“The apostle Paul called Christians not to avenge ourselves, but to leave it to the wrath of God, and instead to return good for evil,” Piper wrote. “And then he said that God gave the sword (the gun) into the hand of governmental rulers to express that wrath in the pursuit of justice in this world.”

He added:

For example, any claim that in a democracy the citizens are the government, and therefore may assume the role of the sword-bearing ruler in Romans 13, is elevating political extrapolation over biblical revelation. When Paul says, “[The ruler] does not bear the sword in vain” (Romans 13:4), he does not mean that Christians citizens should all carry swords so the enemy doesn’t get any bright ideas.

Piper also argued that the Bible promises suffering for Christians, and that concealed carry conflicts with this notion.

“The apostle Peter teaches us that Christians will often find themselves in societies where we should expect and accept unjust mistreatment without retaliation,” he wrote. “…Few messages are more needed among American Christians today than 1 Peter 4:12: ‘Do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.’”

Further, Piper wrote, Jesus “promised that violent hostility will come; and the whole tenor of his counsel was how to handle it with suffering and testimony, not with armed defense.”

Does Bible Allow Concealed Carry? John Piper Says 'No,' Gets PushbackDuring a convocation in early December, Falwell said he believed Jesus would allow concealed carry. He added that the mass shooting in California had spurred his comments.

“I just can’t help but think if … some of those 14 killed and 17 injured, if just one or two or three or four of those victims had carried permits and guns, maybe there only would have been three or four deaths,” Falwell said, according to Liberty University News Service. “I don’t know who in this country could say that it was not a good thing if 10 lives were spared. It just boggles my mind that anybody would be against what Jesus told His disciples in Luke 22:36: He told them if they had to sell their coat to buy a sword to do it because He knew danger was coming, and He wanted them to defend themselves.

“So with those comments made, I just want to say as a Christian university community, we must trust God and pray for His protection on this campus, but we must also look out for each other and report suspicious activity and be alert. We just need to be supportive of those who choose to carry concealed permits and be supportive of those who don’t.”

One popular Christian blogger, Wade Burleson, wrote in a reply on his blog that he carries a concealed weapon. Burleson is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma.

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Burleson also quoted Romans 13:4, which references government bearing “the sword.” The Bible may not require the carrying of guns but it does allow it, Burleson wrote.

He then quoted the U.S. Constitution:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

“The United States is not an aristocracy, nor a monarchy — We the People form the government,” Burleson wrote. “Our Founding Fathers made it very clear that the People of the United States were the highest authority in the newly established country. God makes nations, but the people of this nation (the United States) are the authority behind the government.”

The language of the U.S. Constitution, coupled with the biblical text, Burleson wrote, makes the concealed carry debate in America unique.

“Contrary to almost every other nation in the world, the People of the United States of America are the highest authority and have the right and duty to abolish their government and form a new government to provide ‘new Guards for the nation’s future security and to provide for the common defense.’ I arm myself as a citizen of the United States of America. I am the government,” Burleson added. “I have often worked through my mind whether or not I would give my life for the good news and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a question that I take seriously.”

Burleson wrote: “I’m ready to die, and will never be ashamed to die for Christ. I will not deny Him in order to live.”

“However, I live in America. And as long as our founding documents remain, and the citizens of the United States are called the highest authority in the land, then I will hold a concealed weapons permit and carry a concealed weapon,” he wrote. “I will not hesitate to use it if I’m in a mall and someone opens fire on innocent bystanders, or I’m in a movie theater and someone opens up on American moms and dads and children, or I’m in any other public forum and evil doers seek to do harm on citizens of the United States.”

Related:

What The Bible Says About Gun Rights

Is Killing In Self-Defense Biblically Justified?

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The 10 Very Best Guns For Concealed Carry

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There are lots of concealed handguns out there, and with so many options it can be difficult to buy just one.

These are my favorite choices. I’ve fired all of these weapons, and would personally trust my life to any one of them. I’ve given them each a specific category I feel they fit.

1. Beretta Nano – Best Ultra Small 9mm

The Beretta Nano is an interesting design and is about as small and thin as you can go with a 9mm semi-auto. The Nano offers an interchangeable lower frame and a variety of magazine sizes, and can equip a laser and swap sight easily. The Nano is rated for hotter +P ammunition and is still small enough for most people to carry comfortably. There may be smaller 9mms, but the Nano offers a lot of customization options and is plenty reliable. The only letdown is the heavy trigger pull.

2. Baby Glock – Best Double Stack CCW

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This isn’t one specific gun, but any of the baby Glocks, the 26, 27 or big babies like the 29 and 30. These double stack weapons offer plenty of capacity in a small package. Glocks are known for their reliability and ease of use and the baby Glocks are no different. One of the biggest advantages is the baby Glock’s ability to take magazines for their bigger brothers, giving them a much higher capacity if the situation calls for it. The Glock is a sort of Jack of all trades. It’s pretty good in most departments, but lacks the finesse of other, more expensive firearms.

3. Bersa 380 – Best Budget Option

The Bersa 380 is a clone of the Walther P series of small 380 ACP pistols. The Bersa lines are made in Argentina and sold in the USA for a few hundred bucks. There a variety of different Bersas, including the Thunder and the Concealed carry, but the original is often the most affordable. A Bersa 380 can be had for under $200 if you know where to shop. The Bersa is a reliable, accurate weapons with excellent ergonomics. This is one of the few weapons that makes a slide mounted safety work well.

4. LCRx and LCR – Best Compact Revolver

The LCRx and the LCR are the same revolver, but the LCR has an exposed hammer that can be cocked for single action shots. (For brevity, LCR will cover both models.) The LCR is a lightweight, compact, snub-nose revolver. Available in 22 Magnum, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum and even 9mm. The LCR series has an excellent trigger and is surprisingly lightweight. The revolver heavily uses polymer materials to reduce both weight and cost. The LCR is relatively affordable when you consider how awesome it is.

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Available in 22 Magnum, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum and even 9mm. The LCR series has an excellent trigger and is surprisingly lightweight. The revolver heavily uses polymer materials to reduce both weight and cost. The LCR is relatively affordable when you consider how awesome it is.

5. Dan Wesson Guardian – Best 1911 for CCW

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The 1911 is probably the most popular handgun, and is easily the most-produced American handgun. It is a large and heavy platform, but is very thin, and the single action trigger is an absolute dream. The DW Guardian is a compact 1911, and the user can choose either 38 Super, 45 ACP, or 9mm. Dan Wesson 1911s are simply built to a higher standard at a decent price.

6. CZ P09 – Best Full-Sized Auto for CCW

If you are going to go big, go really big. The size difference between the P09 and other full-sized pistols is negligible, but the P09 offers a 19 in the magazine and 1 in the pipe, for a total of 20 rounds. The P09 is a modern version of the CZ 75, with a polymer frame, an accessory rail, a DA/SA trigger, and the ability to choose either a de-cocker or safety right out of the box. The CZ P09 is also cheaper than your run-of-the-mill Glock or S&W.

7. Ruger LCP – Best Pocket Pistol

The Ruger LCP is a great little pocket pistol for concealed carry. The Ruger LCP is one of the smallest, most effective weapons you can pocket carry. This 380 ACP gives you 6 + 1 rounds of ammo and is common enough that a variety of accessories and holsters exists for it. The LCP can be outfitted with a laser, an improved trigger, and there is an adjustable sight model The LCP can be found for under $200 for you savvy shoppers.

8. S&W 686 – Best Full-Sized Revolver for Carry

The revolver is far from dead and is still a favorite for a variety of different shooters. The 686 is one of the best-made revolvers on the market. The S&W 686 has a variety of different barrel lengths, but even with a 2.5-inch barrel, the 686 is a large gun. With a full-sized grip and heavy frame, a user can shoot 357 magnums much easier than from a standard air weight J frame. The 357 Magnum is still a hard round to beat for defensive use.

9. Walther PPS – Best Single Stack CCW

The Walther PPS beat both the S&W Shield and Glock 43 to market by years, and it’s still the better choice in my opinion. The Walther PPS is a slim pistol, but is not super small, so it’s more controllable and easier to shoot. The Walther PPS has a variety of different magazine sizes that actually affect the overall size of the weapon. The PPS features an awesome trigger, is lightweight and very reliable.

10. Sig Sauer P938 – Best Gun for Smaller People

The Sig 938 is a 1911 copy but is much, much smaller than any other 1911. The weapon is very easy to rack because the user can cock the hammer, reducing most of the pressure on the slide. The all-steel frame also aids in reducing recoil, making the 9mm more comfortable to shoot.

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Drawbacks to Carrying Concealed

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4.48/5 (21) Concealed carry is one way that people can keep protection, in the form of a firearm on their person at all times. I have frequently written about the merits of concealed carry and even the best way to carry concealed in my opinion for those who so choose. For the law-abiding citizen, carrying […]

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5 Clear Advantages of Carrying Concealed – And Why You Should if You Don’t

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5/5 (1) Permitted in all 50 states, carrying a concealed gun is no longer a taboo topic of discussion. There are still the ones who strongly disagree with carrying, but the importance of carrying can no longer be denied. Preppers know that in a SHTF scenario, open or concealed carrying is essential for surviving. Having […]

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Devils Advocate- Subcompact Pistol for a Small Battery?

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Say a person is going to own just one pistol? Some would say a full sized gun is the way to go but I don’t like this option. The reason I do not like it is those guns are generally not very concealable. Sure they are great to shoot and as house guns but the strength of the pistol is as a gun you could carry. In general I believe if you are going to have just one hand gun it should be concealable yet also something you can fight with. Compact handguns like the Glock 19 are usually considered the way to go. I wonder if this really makes sense.

A sub compact handgun will carry better which means you are more likely to carry it. Sure many folks carry compact or even full sized pistols but most of those are pretty dedicated folks. Most folks serious enough to be packing a full sized pistol regularly (not once in a blue moon) tend to have deeper collections anyway so that point is moot. For a relatively new or fair weather CCW type a subcompact pistol is going to get carried a lot more.

In a situation where the subcompact handgun falls short odds are I will be carrying a rifle anyway. If my modern semi automatic mag fed rifle falls short or empty I would transition to the pistola. While not optimal a little mini Glock or the M&P equivalent is still pretty darn handy. The negligible difference between say a G26/27 or a 19/23 is probably not going to be a difference maker and even so the advantages for concealed carry probably out weight that.

Sure a pair of handguns is better. One for CCW and one full sized SHTF/ house gun. A baby glock and a full sized one that takes the same mags is a good option. Also a couple guys I know have little .380’s and full sized .45’s. Caliber and logistical complications aside I think that is a nice set up.

Thoughts?

Black Man’s Account of Traffic Stop Goes Viral- The Shocking Reason Why Over 135,000 People Shared It on Facebook

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traffic stopWe’ve heard all the stories of traffic stops going horribly bad.

And the traffic stops involving a Black driver and White cop that go wrong instantly hit the headlines.

Well, here’s an account of a Black motorist stopped by a White cop.

Responsible gun owners will appreciate how this turned out:

Steven Hildreth Jr. says he was pulled over by the Tucson Police Department for a broken headlight. When the officer asked if he had any weapons, he told him he is a concealed carry permit holder and had a gun on his right hip.

Because his wallet was in his back-right pocket, the officer needed to disarm him to check his ID. Hildreth wrote about his experience with the officer and posted it to his Facebook page.

Hildreth’s Facebook post has been shared more than 135,000 times.

For a refreshing change, this incident went viral because of what did NOT happen.

Responsible gun owners, regardless of race, respect the law and the job of police.

Irresponsible thugs show no respect for the law or police.

It’s not the gun that’s the problem.

It’s always the choice one makes in a tension-filled situation.

 

Kyle Lamb talks Concealed Carry

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CSM (ret) Lamb has mentioned his preference for a sub compact double stack auto’s in appendix carry in the past. The other options he mentions are good too. Pretty much a 4 minute knowledge bomb.

Incidentally Paul Howe carries a G26 appendix. John Mosby packs a Glock 9mm of some flavor appendix also. It is interesting to see commonalities in the equipment set up’s of really experienced people.

Monday Mania – 10.26.2015

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“If you’re being attacked by someone within arm’s reach, you don’t have a gun, y’all have a gun. It’s probably best if it stays in the holster until you’ve bought enough space to make it just your gun again.” -Tamra

The hard truth is a gun, or even a gun and the skill to use it, are not a cure all.  It is impossible to keep people 10, let alone the 15-20 feet of time/ space it would take for a pretty good pistolero to draw and fire, to say nothing of the time it takes bullets to stop goblins. Any idea otherwise is at best absent mindedly disillusion or at worst dangerously idiotic.

This is why you need to learn to fight with your body. This is why you need to lift heavy things to build power. There is not a get out of jail free card. If you are a 105 pound woman you have the plus side that justifying lethal force. Honestly (consult your local laws, etc, etc) for a woman justifying lethal force against a normal sized male criminal is super easy; presuming no pre existing relationship ie boyfriend, etc it is literally ‘he attacked me and I feared for my life”, but that does no good unless you can put effective rounds on target.

Going by the pretty effective theory that people should work on the things they hate the most a normal to big ish guy who has been in his fair share of fights  probably doesn’t need to focus too hard to hand to hand. Yes we all should all train in everything all the time. However I know how I will react in a fight and it has generally been effective in the past. While not optimal in say 3 years if I do no combative’s training my odds in a fight are not terrible. On the other hand a nice woman or a guy who has lived a life without violence probably can’t fight off a drunk ass grabber, let alone any sort of actual threat.

Train to fight, with hands or guns.

From Around The Web

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Tam is about halfway through her now standard 2k with no lube or cleaning test with her sweet 1911. So far there are two failures (one of which might well be attributed to questionable random ammo she had) which is pretty solid. Without doing math in public that is well under .01%. Also it looks good.

This has me really wanting to do some sort of 1911 project. I wanted a cool pistol to go with my FAL and have been thinking about different ideas. A nice 1911 would fit the bill. I kind of want to build a cool old school (well to me anyway) 80’s era Colt 1911 with Pachmyr rubber grips and Novak low profile sights. Or I could go with the Longmire and get a plane jane one with Elk grips.

[Don’t have a clue how I would fund it. Also it would not be the best way to spend that money which if I shopped hard could get a serviceable but budget M4 pattern AR-15 for a truck gun and another Glock for a rainy day but I digress. Thinking about what we want to buy/ build is half the fun anyway and 2-3 times a year money has a way of appearing so who knows. On a serious note I will get a case each of 5.56, 7.62 ball AND a truck gun M4, though maybe not in that exact order, before thinking about it.]

Oleg Volk talks about Selecting Handgun Pairs for Carry and Home Defense. My thoughts on the subject:
-Oleg makes a good point about similar methods of operation, especially for an inexperienced shooter. Commonality is good as one system is easier to become proficient with.
-The two guns need to be different enough in size to really be distinguishable. A full sized handgun and a gun on the top end of the compact range (I’m talking to you G19 and Commander Sized 1911’s) do not really offer much in terms of different options.
-Magazine and caliber commonality is good if you can get it. 
– Modern upwards compatible handgun systems (Glock, M&P, XD, etc) that offer sub compact if not quite pocket sized models as well as larger compact to service sized handguns offer really good possibilities in this area. A G26 to carry and a G17 at home with a light on it by your bed is a heck of a set up.
-If wheel guns are your thing the classic combo of a little j frame .38 and a big ole .357 mag is a great option.
-I know a couple guys who have a full sized .45 for a house/ woods/ range gun and a little .380 pocket rocket to carry. This is a pretty decent set up; the only criticism I could bring of it is that they probably carry the .380 when they should have a real gun.

CCW: When Your Wife Carries

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If I could summarize this article in once sentence it would be this: what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for her, and although I considered that going in the actual application of this premise was eye opening.

The Background

My wife has had her CCW for quite a few years with her primary weapon system being a Glock 26.  She has trained quite a bit with this platform and knows it well enough to be “dangerous”, in that she can load/unload and correct simple malfunctions (and shoot it rather well by the way).  For the longest time her primary carry method has been purse carry, which I despise, but given her job and a multitude of other factors I suppose it’s better than nothing.  Additionally if you have a wife who likes to dress fashionably (read: tight fitting clothes) a gun might as well be a toaster in that there is no concealing it.

Small Victories

Recently my wife has been accompanying me to various contract jobs which require her to be by herself, often in other locations which are a few minutes from my location.  This has led her to have the desire to carry her gun on her person instead of in her purse for quicker access of course.  This meant that she would have to alter her wardrobe a bit to conceal the gun and that we would have to find her an acceptable holster which she liked.

The clothing wasn’t a big deal as we often go hiking together so she had no shortage of prepper-ish type pants, hiking shoes and loose fitting tops.  That combined with the temps dropping meant she could wear a light zip up sweater or hoodie which adds to the concealment factor even more.  The holster was another ordeal altogether and I quickly found out what I preferred did not work for her.

Preferred Carry Position

Personally I like IWB at 4 o’clock or OWB at 3 o’clock, although I have tried appendix carry and while I’m not opposed I’m just not a huge fan.  I like hybrid and kydex holsters with my primary being a Crossbreed.  My wife on the other hand….not even close!  She tried OWB and hated it.  Hybrid was too big.  Finally she settled on the Galco Stow N GO IWB holster as it was the most comfortable at the 2 o’clock position.  The 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock looked ridiculous on her (especially OWB) and even with IWB if she leaned over to grab something the gun would print horribly.  At the 2 o’clock position the gun was comfortable and very concealed, much more than I would have originally thought.

Body Types and Preferences

I think it’s important to remember that we all have different body types and preferences with respect to how we carry, women in particular.  I like traditional methods of carrying a gun while my wife simply hated them, and she shunned the higher dollar “cool guy” holsters in favor of a cheaper more comfortable (for her) holster.  One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to CCW.

The Surprise

If there is one complaint that my wife has about the 26, it is that the gun is a tad bit wide.  She doesn’t know it but the G43 (single stack 9mm) is on the list for a Christmas gift, hopefully she’ll like it and if not I suppose it would make a nice backup gun for me.  :)

 

WHOOPS: CCW License Expired

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I’ve been sans pistola for the last week, much to my own chagrin but hey I only have myself to blame.  For some reason I thought that my CCW license renewal coincided with my birthday this year but then last week I happened to pull it out: it expired in the last week of July!  Simply outstanding, good thing I thought to check (read: I’m an idiot).  This will be the second renewal of my CCW and I believe they are good for 5 years, you would have thought I had this process down by now.

I am a huge advocate of carrying a gun whenever possible so you’d better believe that NOT carrying a gun has bothered me.  Murphy’s Law would probably dictate that in all the years I’ve been (thankfully) free from having to use a weapon something would happen in the 2 week span when I wasn’t able to carry a gun.  Fortunately nothing has happened, my appointment is tomorrow for my renewal and in many instances my wife has had her gun (and current CCW license) on her person when we are together.

This brings me to the point of the article.  I’m not a huge fan of the way our current government (read: self serving politicians) operates, I believe that “maximum freedom / minimum gov’t” is consistently being tested and I do foresee a tipping point in the near future.  However all that said, the current state of affairs demand that I abide by the law and that’s what I’ll do.  My license expired and it was my own fault, I’ll have to carry my Benchmade knife and no gun.  To use the popular phrase: it is what it is.  There are many other instances where I have to travel for work and go into environments which do not allow firearms, I suppose this is just an extended version of that.

Final thoughts:  Don’t be me, check the expiration date on your CCW license so you can avoid the inconvenience of going sans gun in public.

 

A Gun NOT ON YOU = No Gun.

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I remember attending a funeral recently during which quite a few HD riders showed up to pay their final respects.  Myself and some buddies were standing off to the side as the HD’s lined up and the riders dismounted, chatting and just milling about.  One of the riders opened a top case about 6 feet in front of me, revealing a Kimber 1911 laying in the case.  Not that I have a problem with him owing a pistol but I remember thinking, what good is that pistol if it’s locked in a top case?  Seriously if your gun is not on your person it might as well be no gun at all.  If you believe in the phrase “when seconds matter, the police are minutes away” then you’ll have to agree with my assessment.  If seconds DO truly matter, the extra time fumbling through luggage, glove box, dresser drawer, backpack could mean the difference between life and death.  Why train to draw from concealment if the gun is in the parking lot locked in the trunk?

Today’s Lesson Learned

This evening I was out grabbing some dinner for the family when I got a text from my wife, immediately I recognized it as a license plate number.  That’s strange, what does that mean?  I shot back a text and it turns out she felt as if she was being stalked in our neighborhood while walking one of our dogs (not the German Shepherd unfortunately, but a much smaller one).   The vehicle was a white construction van with blacked out windows and it had driven by her multiple times, even making U turns up the street to come back by her location.  I asked her if she had her gun on her (she is a CCW permit holder)  and well…of course she didn’t.  She did immediately make her way back to our street at which point the van slow rolled by her AGAIN!  Once up the street and out of sight she made a dash for the house and safely made it inside, at which point she grabbed her Glock 26.

My Take On It

Good for my wife, she was situationally aware of her surroundings.  She recognized the potential threat and made a point to reach out to me so that in case something happened I too would be aware.  However I feel like she made two mistakes which I have since discussed with her.

1- Gun not on person might as well be no gun at all.  A gun back in the house did her no good while out on the street, and while a gun is no guarantee of safety it certainly gives one a better chance.  If 3 guys would have jumped out to roll her up I’m not sure if the gun would have mattered (given the reaction time) but it certainly could have made a difference.  This versus a scream and an attempt to run away.

2- The wrong dog!  I’m here to tell you if you have a big dog which is protective it can be a great deterrent.   The average joe blow criminal wants nothing to do with a dog bite and will seek out a softer target.  I told her if she wants to go for a walk, take both dogs or just the German Shepherd.  Either way always make sure the German Shepherd is with her.  I swear if anyone gets within 20 feet of her with him on the leash he will make sure to display his displeasure with that.  He is much more protective of my wife than he is of me.

The Bottom Line

Crime doesn’t only happen at 0200 in a dark alley whilst in the hood during a crack cocaine deal.  Crime can happen anywhere, to anyone and in broad daylight when you least expect it.  Be prepared at all times!  If you have a gun….CARRY IT!

 

Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 31 July 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 24 July 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 17 July 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 10 July 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 26 June 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 19 June 2015

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 12 June 2015

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Johnny is back after a few weeks on the Yukon River! Host Johnny Kempen broadcasts live from the wilds of Alaska about all things gun related. Call in using +1 (213) 943-3444 when the show is live every Friday at 6pm Pacific/ 9pm Eastern to ask questions and participate in the show. Call in and participate!

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