Beginners: Three Reasons You Should Carry A Handgun


By Robert Farago. Republished with permission from

As discussed in a previous article, carrying a gun outside the home is a bit of a PITA. Unless you use the right carry system, it can be physically uncomfortable. Either way, you have to ID and avoid gun-free zones and disarm accordingly. You run the risk of someone glimpsing your gun and “outing” you to friends, family, co-workers, strangers or police. Get over yourself girlfriend! The more law-abiding Americans who carry a gun, the safer they are, the safer we are, and the safer our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. To overcome this reluctance, remember a simple adage: everyday carry starts at home. Here’s why you should carry at home . . .

1. Home is where your family is

According to Smith & Wesson, 60 percent of consumers purchase firearms for “Personal Safety/Protection.” I reckon that stat’s a bit misleading. The vast majority of Americans buy guns out of concern for their family and loved ones. They want a firearm to protect their family from harm, either directly (stopping the threat) or indirectly (helping the gun owner remaining alive to take care of their family’s physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being).

Assuming that family safety is Job One, the all-important question becomes how, when and where might a life-threatening attack occur? The obvious answer: no . There is no way of knowing. The uncomfortable truth: family members and loved ones could be outside your care when an attack occurs. They could be with friends, at school, shopping, eating at a restaurant, driving – anywhere. Put that to one side. Where’s the most likely place for a violent attack to occur when you’re with your family?

Again, who knows? You can’t know if, when, where or how s will get real. The easiest way to cover the spread (as it were): carry a gun whenever you’re with your loved ones. At the mall, soccer games, grocery shopping, wherever and whenever you gather. But especially at home – if only for one simple reason. You spend more time with your family at home than you do in any other physical location. So if it’s going to happen someplace where y’all are, the odds are it’ll be at home.

At the same time, home is where your stuff is. Criminals have a real taste for stuff – especially stuff that can be turned into cash. TV’s, cars, jewelry, prescription drugs, artwork, guns – your home is a supermarket for sinister slime balls. It’s also important to note that rapists, stalkers, psycho exes, disgruntled employees and other dangerous enemies know where to find you and your loved ones: at home. This particular danger highlights the need for home carry, rather than just keeping a gun in a safe at home. Remember . . .

2. Things happen fast

Most people who buy a gun for home protection fixate on the bump-in-the-night (BITN) scenario. They imagine themselves awakened at night by a burglar shattering glass or tripping over Fido. Should the gun owner suffer a nighttime home invasion, they believe that they’ll have time – not much but some – to retrieve a gun from a safe, under the bed (a ridiculous place to store a shotgun but thousands do) or nearby night table.

In this they’re not wrong (especially if they have an alarm system). But there’s no guaranteeing a home invasion will occur at night. Professional burglars often strike during the day, ringing the doorbell to make sure residents aren’t at home. So what’s the problem? “Often” does not mean “always.” Most bad guys are not “professional.” They’re vicious bastards who use the same formula we recommend for armed self-defense: speed, surprise and violence of action. They may knock, wait for you to answer the door and suddenly attack or they might just break down your door and attack, period.


If and when bad guys invade your home, they’re not going to give you or your family a heads-up or wait for you to retrieve your firearm. Once it’s started, the attack’s going to happen very quickly and it won’t be pretty. You and/or your loved ones will either be suffering injuries or facing the threat of violence, likely involving a gun, blunt instrument or edged weapon. Chances are your legs will be stuck in proverbial peanut butter and your brain fogged by denial and indecision.

Unless you have your gun on your person, you’ll be playing from deep inside your own end zone. You are not going to win a foot race to your home defense gun. Stashing firearms around the house Conan-style is unsafe and uncertain; you may not even be in your house when an attack occurs. If and when you need your gun, you’re going to need it RIGHT NOW. As in on your hip or in your pocket. There is no substitute.

This goes double for countering rapists, stalkers, psycho exes, disgruntled employees and other dangerous enemies. Not only do they use speed, surprise and violence of action, they plan their attack. They don’t care that the alarm is going off or that the police are coming. They want to do what they want to do and they don’t need much time to do it. Even worse, it’s personal. They will come at you with everything they’ve got, all at once. Unless you react instantly and authoritatively, you will be overwhelmed. And not in a good way.

A long gun ain’t it

Gun gurus like to say that a handgun is for fighting your way to a long gun. Copy that. A handgun –any handgun – is a pretty lousy threat-stopper. Long guns provide significantly more “stopping power” than a handgun. Shotguns, in particular, can be devastatingly effective. Hence the reason so many Americans keep a shotgun for home defense. Yes, but– you shouldn’t skip the first step. Carry a handgun to fight your way to your long gun.

Unless you sling a long gun on your person around the house (even more uncomfortable and inconvenient than it sounds) or leave a few long guns leaning against walls or in closets (not the most secure way to store a firearm), and maybe even if you do [see: below], when the s hits the f you want a handgun on your person. Sure, there are plenty of inspiring examples of home owners retrieving their long gun and repelling home invaders. But the smart money is on gun owners who mount a rapid, handgun-based defense.

A long gun has other disadvantages. For one thing, a long gun requires two hands. During a home defense you want a free hand to call the police, push or pull people to safety, turn on lights, open doors, grab a flashlight, fend off blows, strike your assailant, etc. For another, long guns are long. Training helps, but it’s not easy to negotiate tight spaces or go ’round corners with a long gun barrel proceeding you. And bad guys can grab a long gun’s barrel (corkscrewing your firearm and/or shooting them off is an effective but unreliable response).

A long gun is ideal for protecting a defensive position while waiting for the cops to arrive. That’s anexcellent plan for gun owners who have time to respond to a home invasion: gather friendlies, grab a long gun, don ear protection (ideally), call the cops and wait. But there’s a high likelihood you won’t have time. You’ll need to stop or at least delay the threat immediately. You need an immediateremedy. Even if it’s a small pocket pistol, a home carried handgun is the answer to the question “what do I do now”?

People let their hair down and relax at home. And why not? It’s supposed to be a sanctuary. It is a sanctuary. Protect it and those who shelter within it. Home carry people. Home carry.

Categories: Beginners Guide, General
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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • PaC SGM (R)

    Was at Walmart today saw five people carrying their pistols outside the pants on the belt or clipped to the waist band of the pants, no cover all were S&W M&P pistols carried in nylon craptastic holsters from uncle mikes.
    If you are going to carry your damn pistol where everyone can see that you are a real man, at least carry the damn thing in a holster that won’t let you lose it before some thug walks up and shoots you in the back of the head to take your gun.

    • babs2972

      So are you saying real men DON’T carry?

      • Bruce Good

        I think he’s saying they were carrying to purposely have the firearm seen, thinking it makes them look ‘manly’. Actually, open carry is really stupid.

        • babs2972

          Absolutely agree. My belief, open carry = first target. Just my opinion.

          • Tom Candelaria

            Criminals are cowards and opportunists… They don’t seek out hard or dangerous targets. With your logic, we should see a rash of citizens and cops being robbed or killed for their firearm…yet we don’t. I’m of the opinion that a porcupine doesn’t hide it’s quills…

          • Bart

            Hey Babs, you’re allowed to have an opinion, that’s what makes our country great. It may be wrong and I’ll informed, but it’s yours.

        • Tom Candelaria

          Definitely your opinion…and personally, I feel like your attitude helps to keep the public fear of guns alive… personally, I love seeing citizens open carry. I also love the faces of the weak kneed leftists who it makes uncomfortable…

          • PaC SGM (R)

            No, the reasons that citizens fear guns is because either they have never been exposed to them and believe everything that they see in the movies or they believe the media hype how ever gun owner is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.
            Carrying your weapon in the open with craptastic gear when your state allows for concealed carry is just plain stupid.
            If you are going to carry a gun then invest in good gear holster, spare mag holster a quality belt and train to use them, these idiots today were looking for attention and had obviously didn’t know their ssa from a hole in the ground.
            As a whole we are responsible for how our fellow citizens view the seconded amendment by our actions

          • Frank Kush

            What pistol and holster should everyone have?

          • PaC SGM (R)

            Holster: Which ever keeps their weapon secured and doesn’t print when concealed, doesn’t collapse when the weapon is removed or takes two hands to put the weapon back into it.
            These nylon pieces of junk don’t cut it and are far from acceptable for any serious training or daily carry.

            Weapon: Choose your poison too many out there to choose from as everyone has their likes and dislikes, stay away from High Points Jenning JamOmatics is what I would recommend . Go to a range that rents guns and try a few before buying.

            Just don’t buy a $500.00 weapon and put it in a $15.00 holster hanging off a $5.00 belt and expect to be taken seriously by anyone that knows anything about carrying a gun.

          • truthbroker

            None. That’s why there’s 31 flavors of ice cream and hundreds of kinds of gun/holster combinations. You have to go to the gun store, shooting range, friends, and try as many different ones until you hit on a combination that makes you say “Oh yea; this is it.” It’s a fun, daunting process, but well worth the effort. Enjoy.

      • PaC SGM (R)

        No, just carry concealed with good gear and practice.

      • truthbroker

        That was a really dumb comment. We have a GREAT, intelligent conversation going on here – if you’re going to try and drag it down into the morass of stupidity, please – don’t.

        The points I believe PaC were trying to make is that Uncle Mike’s are not exactly the holster that is the most secure out there. It, IMHO, is a generic nylon OWB that, and I’ve owned a few, is not designed for a specific gun, and a gun could easily fall out of or be removed from. Anybody who carries one should replace it with something more substantial, like leather/kydex, something with a thumb lock, there are a lot of really good holsters out there that have new features that make the gun easy and fast to draw but only if you’re drawing properly, hence difficult to wrestle out of the holster.

        Another point PaC made is that all these people probably got their holsters at the same time, so they would all look alike (read: Real Man Dangerous) but didn’t think it through. So they went out and all bought the same holster so they would look like the posse and, to make matters worse, made a very poor selection of holster, a choice that actually renders the gun a weapon that could actually put the owner in harm’s way.

        Next time, please use your brain before you use your mouth.

        • PaC SGM (R)


        • babs2972

          He already replied to me and I upvoted him meaning I understand what he was trying to say. You dont have to reply for him and be a dick about it. I was not talking to you in the first place but thanks for trying to interpret someone elses comment.

          • truthbroker

            You’re doing it again. His reply to my comment to you was “Exactly.”

          • babs2972

            Your a little late to the party gramps. Try and keep up. Again, We settled this 20 plus hours ago when he answered my question and I agreed with him. No need for you to reply and tell me what he was thinking. He already did and I agreed with him. do I need to put it a different way? Stop trying to find an argument, there isn’t one.

          • truthbroker

            Sorry, but I’ll have an argument with anyone who makes the blanket statement that open carry is stupid, for starters. Situations, goals, social norms are all different. There is no one right answer, and no reasonable alternative is “stupid.”

            And secondly, 20 hours ago, why didn’t you attack Bruce Good (scroll up) like you’re attacking me when he had to explain to you what PaC had said very clearly on his own? You merely agreed with him?

            So, if we’re in agreement, it seems a tad incongruous that Bruce and I did the same thing; him you wanna go have a beer with and I’m a dick?

            OK, I’m on to something else.

          • babs2972

            Please post my comment where I said open carry was stupid. Bruce is the one who called it stupid, not me. Bruce did’t call me stupid and tell me not to drag an intelligent conversation down, which I didn’t, which is how I perceived your comment. quote” if you’re going to try and drag it down into the morass of stupidity, please – don’t.” Here is my comment, ” My belief, open carry = first target. Just my opinion”. Again, there was no conversation at this point because Pac and I were the first to comment. Thank you for conceding, finally, by being on to something else. Apology that you were wrong accepted, I guess. Have a nice day.

          • truthbroker

            OK, first you invite me back into the conversation, then you say good bye. First things firrst:

            Bruce Good, 21 hrs ago: ” Actually, open carry is really stupid.”

            Your reply to Bruce:
            “Absolutely agree.”

            So there’s that. Now, I gotta tell you why I can’t stop laughing, rather than using LOL as regards the above. Find and reread the comment from the convenient store clerk who works nights and carries a 357 OPEN. He stated that in the 6-7 years that he has worked, nights, I believe, he has seen LOTS of people come in, see the 357, turn around and leave.

            I don’t think he would agree that open carry is stupid, and I hope you can admit that, in 100% of the cases, that statement might not be true.

            Unless those people were ALL going back to their car because they forgot their wallet, maybe? But they didn’t come back in!

            OK, now I’m done. When you back someone into an intellectual corner, against which they cannot leave, they start using insulting labels like “gramps” and “dick” and refuse to scroll up and find the incriminating evidence.

            And yes, I will have a nice day. Unfortunately, because you can’t find a way out of the corner, you won’t.

          • babs2972

            Oh now your just hurting my feelings! So because your buddy you are defending in all this, upvoted bruce’s “open carry is stupid” comment does this mean he is stupid also? Then bring another commenters comment into the picture that I care nothing about to prove your point, that I care nothing about tells me your the one in the corner. You my friend are the one who started the the intellectually stupid name calling sweet cheeks. So I guess you lost this battle long ago, huh? Dont bother replying, I wont either. Go change your diaper.

        • babs2972

          And besides, I was the first one to comment and ask HIM the question over 20 hours ago, Well before this Intelligent conversation even started. So I was not dragging any conversation down. We are both on the same side, stop trying to find someone to argue with.

    • truthbroker

      I cannot find fault with this logic.

  • Ric Trout

    I agree…Mine are with in arms reach every-night, an ankle, and inside holster…

  • whiteshadow

    Why would one prefer to open carry. That makes you the 1st target. I want to keep them guessing.

    • fishydude

      Some states 21 is the minimum age to CC. I occasionally see over 21’s OC. But usually 18-20. Too young to CC yet.
      I also know some some people who OC while they are waiting for CC to come. But they generally have a quality custom leather or a Kydex hydrib custom fit for their pistol.
      And let’s not forget that some jurisdictions have extremely high fees for a CC permit that are intended to put a permit out of reach of the a person of average means. In San Fransicko it costs upwards of $1000.

    • Tom Candelaria

      Because I like providing a visual cue to be polite and civil. I also like the idea of acclimating people to seeing firearms on regular citizens… Do you really think criminals seek out armed targets? I think a criminal walking into an establishment with evil intent is likely to turn tail if he were to see 1 or two open carriers… Why do you prefer to invite attack by looking unarmed? I think it’s just as relevant of a question…

      • Douglas Woolley

        I agree!

      • PaC SGM (R)

        Your reasoning is flawed. There was just a guy a few months ago in Ohio that had his weapon stolen from him while open carrying.
        It seems that you are relying on the mere fact that you are armed to keep you from being accosted when the facts are you would most likely be targeted first should anything happen and they spot you carrying a weapon, you become the threat to deal with first.

        Tactically the only time someone should know that you are carrying is when they see the muzzle flash of your weapon, why you would want to give up the element of surprise is beyond me, in the military we use surprise, speed and violence of action to give up one often ends in failure.

        Carrying in the open doesn’t do anything to turn peoples mind about carrying a gun but it does give the anti-gun nut jobs out there more fuel for their fire.

        • Jacob Rabun

          First, anyone who carries a firearm, concealed or open, is a friend of mine. Thank you for carrying, friend! Now, I disagree with “carrying in the open doesn’t do anything to turn peoples mind” because it does. The more people see other people carrying a firearm the more normal it becomes. The ONE time a person was specifically targeted for his firearm did not carry properly with a higher since of awareness and preparedness. That’s why he was robbed. Why do police officers use marked cars? They would certainly catch more criminals in the act without them. They use marked cars because it deters crime, that’s a fact. That’s why I open carry. I want to stop the crime before it even happens. I’m always ready and watching, stay safe everyone!

          • PaC SGM (R)

            Unfortunately once isn’t the case. Gun stores are robbed and their employees are armed, most of the time with a couple of weapons.

            Having your head on a swivel is great and we can go on for days about condition white this and condition red that but nothing is going to change a persons mind about carrying a gun just by seeing one on the hip of someone else, cops have been carrying guns in the open for years now and there are still people that are anti gun, educating friends and family exposing them to shooting and setting a good example will go way farther then some jackasses walking around Walmart in wife beaters thinking they are gun slingers.

        • truthbroker

          Well put. That’s what I was trying to say above. I like the element of surprise, being most likely the first to shoot, the first sound from my Glock being BANG, and the fact that I’m small and my open carry gun could possibly be taken from my OC holster.

          And thank you, sir, for you service!

        • Bart

          NUTS!!! Pure propaganda from the left gun haters! Read the FBI report on it, as it is much safer to carry than not to. The cops all carry open, and even they will have a gun wrested from them in a fight. Prepare and have a good holster, carry a small back-up in your pocket, and NEVER pull your gun if you don’t intend to use it instantly!. Just keep safe, and practice for what might happen.

      • Rylflush

        I’d carry all time if there weren’t such a “opinion” associated with it. I’m in Nevada an open carry state but it’s unbelievable the looks you get when you carry here. Also there’s been so many cases where metro stops, handcuffs, hauls you away, checks your background, then finally let you go but not before giving you a speech, and says think about it next time. Or this will happen every time we see you carry a gun. I have a gun in my car but never open carry anymore, it’s too bad because I do feel safer when I carried and am not one to walk around with a “swagger” as so many others do… I’d like to get a CCW a but haven’t. Why I really can’t say…. Thanks Tom, enjoy you POV’s…

        • Flomox

          ack! why would you put your safety ahead of what others’ think of you? Please reconsider this mindset so you don’t go home one night and ask yourself “WHY didn’t I have my gun with me???” OC until you get your CC if you feel more comfy? (personally I can see it being used as a “list” to use against us like the Safe Act has done, so i’m hesitant as well) you *were* safer with it… have it and not need it vs need it and not have it. :)

          • truthbroker

            Unfortunately, this is a very bad time to OC. I agree; personally I could not care less what people think of me being a law-abiding citizen. But with all the shootings, ignorant people, and there are a lot of them, are paranoid. They will start screaming for the police because they automatically think you’re the bad guy. Then you’re going to have a very long afternoon dealing with a hopefully understanding LEO convincing him/her that you really didn’t aim your gun at the whiner’s child in the grocery cart. People aren’t ready for it yet, but if THEY have a gun pointed at their head and you eliminate the threat to their life, with your OC (or CC) weapon, you’re a hero. They just don’t get it – yet.

          • Flomox

            I feel you that the inconvenience of the thing would be a pain but not having your gun when you need it is a mistake you only get to make once. No, they don’t get it but OC is a way for them to get over it, which is what I do and inspire others to do the same, responsibly of course. :) Be safe however you chose, don’t let someone choose for you :)

          • truthbroker

            Obviously good arguments on both sides.

            Bottom line; you have to be comfortable with your choice, OC or CC.

            Good points, thanks.

      • whiteshadow

        I too would like to see citizens get acclimated to firearms, and as states laws change and more people OC it will come around but they are not the ones we worry about. What makes you think CC is inviting an attack. If one with evil intent does not see a sidearm they would likely disregard that person. Suppose an evil doer see your sidearm, decides he wants it, does a knock out move on you and takes your weapon, meanwhile the CC person can move into action. These possibilities could go either way. I prefer CC…Carry on.

      • Flomox

        I open-carry a S&M .357 revolver that sits on my hip when I leave the house and when I’m working my convenience-store job. A good number of my customers open-carry as well and I am in a rather nice neighborhood here in Virginia. I’ve never been robbed in the 6 years I’ve been here and have received only ONE complaint/whine about my side-arm, in fact, I’ve been told on numerous occasions that the customer made a point to shop at my store because my boss lets her employees defend themselves. But, you learn to tell the ones that are ‘scoping/casing’ the place when they walk in.. checking cameras, checking exits, checking register locations/employees, they see me.. they look down, they see my means of defense, and they turn RIGHT around and leave. They make the wise decision to go find a victim elsewhere, because there aren’t any where I am if I can help it. I’m too well-trained to not feel obligated to be prepared not only for myself, but for those around me that can’t/wont. As to whether I also CC? Do you really want to find out? ;)

        • Michael Broughton

          Good job. If I had a conv. store I would have one on my hip, one in a shoulder holster and a Mossberg under the counter.

          • Flomox

            It gets a little unnerving sometimes since I’m the closing shift in the only store right by the interstate lol but hopefully I’ll never, ever have to draw on anyone.

      • truthbroker

        I don’t think looking unarmed invites attack; it invites uncertainty, and that’s exactly what I want. I’m not a big guy, and if I open carry the bad guy may think that he can get my gun away from me, and s/he very well may.

        I mean, for God’s sake, wasn’t Mike Brown inside Officer Wilson’s car window, trying to get his gun out of his holster?! And Wilson is no small dude!

        Flomox, below, makes a good argument for open carry; the deterrent factor. I don’t know his/her size, but a big gun openly carried on a big person is intimidating as heII.

        Bottom line. There are a lot of factors involved. But one thing I’ll argue; I would never carry open to project an image of being polite and civil. I would want that image to be very impolite and uncivil. That, I believe, will go a long way to maintaining a SOCIETY that is polite and civil. Too bad we have to use fear to accomplish that; used to be that all it took was a fence to make good neighbors!

        Other than that, good points, Tom.

      • rlewis581

        Personally I think you just become a target. The element of surprise is always to your advantage. Think Pearl Harbor or any other attack. Their guard was down. Just my opinion but I would rethink. If he doesn’t know you have a weapon he’s done as soon as he blinks. If you “display he just takes you out first if he’s serious.

    • Tom Candelaria

      I would also argue that your situational awareness is also heightened when carrying openly…

      • truthbroker

        I agree, but for a reason that I don’t like! I have enough on my mind to add to it keeping me between what might be a threat and my OC gun. I’m not a big dude, by any stretch of the imagination, so that’s a level of situational awareness I’m just not ready, willing, or able to accept. Tom, yours is one heIIuva valid point, but there are just too many factors involved to make any kind of “in all cases” statement. Whadda you guys and gals think?

        • truthbroker

          ee, thank you for the kind upvotes. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming. God bless.

    • Halo

      Yup, I totally agree with that!

  • fltactical

    I have heard carrying in your house called “super carry”… I prefer to call it “always prepared.” As the old saying goes… if you are not always prepared, then you are not prepared.

  • Rick

    I work nights, sleep days. My employer does not permit firearms on Company Property, and vehicles can be searched. Parking on the city street could alleviate the search possibility, if I kept a firearm in my car, but as a Ham Radio Operator, I have extra antennas on my car that announce the presence of pilferable equipment. Thus I park in the semi-secure, gated parking lot owner by my employer. That said, I do carry at home on my days off, and before I go to bed when I get home in the morning, I load one of my handguns, and have it nearby while I sleep.

  • truthbroker

    Great article, but I’ll disagree with only the very first part, reasons discouraging carrying, especially outside the home.

    I have been carrying concealed for two years, and have no problem seeing that the benefits far outweigh the costs. My IWB holster is so comfortable I rarely know I’m carrying, although I never forget I’m carrying.

    Sure, I had to buy pants a little bigger; after all, I now have a Glock 23 (a compact 40 cal), and its holster, but am totally comfortable with the rig on my hip.

    I also wear this outfit full time at home. Like the author said, I want to be the one firing to eliminate the threat while the bad guy is still a threat and not a fighting threat. I am in control of the threat elimination scenario, not in a gun or any other kind of fight. My wife takes care of 911, and arms herself. It’s one-sided as far as threat elimination goes, and it’s on my side.

    You can see the situation. the bad guy with a gun is still focused on trying to gain access. That’s pretty difficult to do while you are also taking bullets.

    One more argument I’ll make, the one where a handgun is a route to a long gun. I disagree. There is very lethal handgun ammo out there now, and I don’t feel the need to shoot my way to my shotgun, even if I had one.

    I fully expect the threat to be eliminated long before the need for a shotgun arises, and I don’t believe that is an unreasonable expectation; I also carry two extra 13-round magazines, for a total of 39+1 rounds total. Yes, I know the Glock Gen 3 has no true safety, and I keep a round in the chamber. In my setup, the first sound the bad guy will hear will NOT be the click of the safety or the rack of the slide.

    It will be BANG! BANG! BANG!

  • Halo

    I conceal carry anytime I’m away from home. I often open carry on our own property. That’s about 400 acres that is partially wooded so there’s snakes, coyotes, bears etc. I live in Virginia and moved here from California. I could never have gotten a conceal carry permit there. I feel much safer here plus I know many of the people around me carry which also helps me feel safer. Some of the hardware I have now wouldn’t even be legal to own in California.