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10 Things You Should Never Do As A Concealed Carrier


There are WAY more than 10 things you should never do as a concealed carrier or as a firearms owner in general.  But we’ve decided to pick 10 extremely important ones.  We’re not judging you if you do these things – we’re just saying it’s the opposite of responsible.

10.  Firing Warning Shots

There are a lot of tense, ambiguous situations out there.  Like, maybe you’re debating whether or not you should take a defensive posture and remove your concealed carry firearm or not.  Let’s skip to the chase – if you feel threatened, act accordingly.  That’s all it comes down to.  But DO NOT – repeat, DO NOT – fire warning shots.  If someone doesn’t believe your concealed carry firearm is loaded, they’re welcome to find out the hard way.  Heck, if you have it out already, you can even tell them to chill out on the ground while you wait for police to arrive.  There’s a whole lot of options (A LOT).  Firing a warning shot isn’t one of them.

And in most cases, discharging a firearm within most municipalities or while out in town is an actual crime.  As in, if you discharged that round and police arrive and find that you weren’t actively using that round to defend yourself from an imminent, deadly threat – you’re in hot water.  So, if it’s come to rounds being exchanged – make sure the first one counts.

9.  Pants Tuck Your Concealed Carry Pistol Without A Holster


Can’t afford gender reassignment surgery?  Having a hard time hitting those high soprano notes?  Sticking a loaded pistol down the front of your pants isn’t really a good alternative – but it will work!

Holsterless concealed carry isn’t effective.  There’s nothing protecting your trigger guard and even with a tight belt, you’re not really providing good, even retention across the firearm.  It’s asking for a disaster to happen.

Holsters are just like ammunition – a required investment in order to protect yourself.  And there are plenty that are affordable and effective.

8.  Instinctive Shooting Without Practice

If you don’t practice instinctive shooting, don’t expect it to suddenly appear when you pull out your concealed carry pistol.  More importantly, if you don’t practice dry firing, holstering and re-holstering, and do some actual range time once in awhile, those skills are virtually non-existent in your reactive mind – the part of your brain you need to actually respond to an emergency.

7.  Not Paying Attention To What’s Around Your Target

In an actual active shooter environment, you have to stay on top of what is in front and behind the shooter.  Reflexively spraying rounds in the general direction of an attacker is a great way to injure or kill others – with absolutely no guarantee of taking out your target.  So before you fire, look around the target area.  It only takes a few milliseconds and you could save someone’s life.  It’s also a fundamental of firearm safety.  Which brings us to…

6.  Ignoring The Fundamentals Of Firearm Safety

There’s a serious misconception with some concealed carriers that the fundamentals of firearm safety suddenly evaporate if they’re stuck in an active shooting environment.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Every single round that exits your gun will be investigated when the police arrive.  And if they find you’ve negligently responded to a threat, you’re not going to be the “hero that saved the day” – you’re going to be taken up on criminal or civil charges.

5.  One Magazine And Done

If you have a concealed carry pistol – where’s your number two magazine?  If it’s not on you or nearby, you’re putting yourself unnecessarily at risk.  Like the botched robbery we reported on earlier in Los Angeles and plenty of other places – once the shooting starts, it doesn’t stop until the police arrive, the threat is gone or someone is dead.  If it’s not a direct hit that does it, it certainly will be the first person who runs out of ammunition.  That doesn’t mean you need to walk around with an ammo can.  Just having a spare magazine that’s accessible is (probably) good enough.


4.  Inserting Yourself Into Conflicts


“Equal and opposite reaction”

There is nothing wrong with self-defense.  There’s nothing wrong with helping out someone who is being brutally attacked, robbed, or victimized.  But do understand the legal quandary you’ll be placing yourself in.  We recently reported on a story involving a man who tried to intervene in a domestic assault.  Unfortunately everyone involved, the attacker turned his attention from the woman to him and the man defended himself with one well placed shot from his concealed carry pistol.  Did he do the right thing?  Morally and ethically, he certainly stopped a woman from being assaulted.  He also protected himself from being the victim of an assault.  But law enforcement and county prosecution will ultimately determine the full consequences for his actions.  Make sure – whatever you do – you’re willing to accept the consequences.  And there will always be consequences.

3.  Not Locking Up Your Firearms

If you have children in the house (or even other occupants), you should always secure firearms that are not physically on your person.  In this news report we covered, a burglar was able to enter a woman’s home, grab her shotgun and point it at her before a friend shot him.

We’ve also covered news stories about children whom have gotten into their mother’s purses and either shot themselves or their parents.  This is important!  A firearm is a tool.  It can be used by anyone who picks it up.  And if it is not secured, you are giving them invitation to do so.

2.  Choosing Convenience Over Safety

There are a lot of fads out there in regards to “new” ways to holster a firearm.  Everything from using a holster system that doesn’t protect the trigger guard to storing it at an angle where it may be easily taken from you – your concealed carry firearm is your life line.  Do not take chances with it.  Do not put it on your body in such a way that it may harm you or others.  If that means wearing clothes that break your status as a fashion icon – so be it.

Complacency kills.

1.  Overestimating Your Abilities And Underestimating Your Opponent’s

The most dangerous habit a concealed carrier can get himself into is assuming he knows more than his opponent.  Most people in the United States will be able to live their lives without being the undue victim of gun violence or gun crimes.  For the very few who will deal with it – siding on the side of caution is always the right move.

If you can read minds, great.  For everyone who can’t – never assume anything about your opponent or the situation you find yourself in.  Judge it critically, quickly, and always move towards the option that promises safety first.  Prepare and train for uncertainty and never assume an enemy will act like a paper target – these are good steps towards avoiding overconfidence as a concealed carrier.

Can you think of any other things a concealed carrier should never do?  Tell us in the comments section below.

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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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  • Gary Martin Smith

    1) Don’t advertise that you have a gun. I have noticed some people continuously pat their gun to make sure it hasn’t moved in the last 5 minutes. Or they develop that John Wayne swagger.

    2) Don’t wear clothing that is not long enough to conceal. That might mean forgoing your favorite jacket. Rule of thumb is the gun should remain concealed if you reach over your head. Also avoid printing. This probably will mean wearing a cover garment at least one size larger than you normally wear.

    3) Not cleaning your gun. A dirty, dry gun will jam when you need most. Too many people carry concealed with nary a thought about cleaning their weapon. All kinds of dust and what not can accumulate in the action of a gun.

    4) Not dressing for the weather. You have to adjust your carry for the weather. Wearing an IWB might be fine in Summer, but if you dress in layers for a cold Winter you might have trouble getting to your gun.

    • John

      #3 I have a lot of shooting friends who brag about never cleaning their weapons. These are usually the ones at competition who record a DNF because of jamming. Break Free is our friend.

      • Quinn R Lorenz

        a lot of friends that dont clean their guns? says something about your friends…

      • Shaun Keefe

        Friends don’t let friends carry dirty/dry guns. Get them some quality CLP and a cleaning mat for Christmas/Birthday/whatever is the closest gift holiday.

        Show them how if they don’t know how.

    • munch

      – Glock owners skip #3

      • mike

        wrong. i own a glock and generally keep it clean. on a day i went to the range without cleaning first (after about a month) it jammed a few times before i borrowed a little oil from the range master.

    • ME

      Some of these folks with the John Wayne swagger need to realize that if they go around telling people and making thinly veiled threats, the wrong person is going to knock them out and take their weapon.

      It is common sense. It is both irresponsible and dangerous to go around bragging about the fact that you are carrying. If you need to make thinly veiled threats to every person you imagine to be a threat to your masculinity, well, it is not them who are dangerous. And, you are not worthy to carry, if you do so. Find other ways to feel tough and powerful.

      I am glad you mentioned something along those lines.

  • RN

    Regarding number 5 on this list. I can see people needing to carry a spare mag when their gun can only hold 6 rounds, but i do not carry a spare mag because I have a double stack mag that holds 15 and then I have one in the chamber.

    • WD

      And what if you have a problem with that magazine feeding? Are you willing to bet your life on it working 100% of the time?

      • RN

        I would carry an extra mag, but there is currently no room for me to carry with my edc.

        • Ajax

          You can carry a full size pistol, but don’t have room to carry a spare mag?

          • RN

            If I had a smaller pistol that held less ammo, I would carry a spare mag, because the mag would be smaller. However, with my full sized pistol, I find that I have enough ammo on me in the pistol.

          • ab

            I carry a Glock21C and have a spare mag in my front pocket in a Remora single mag holster. A full size gun doesn’t mean you can’t carry a spare mag and, while it is your choice, it isn’t about number of rounds but that a mechanical device will usually find the worst time to fail and, if it does, you have a way out. I have the way out. You do not. Your choice and my choice but I have the advantage.

      • Larry

        Mag failure was something we covered in our CHL Class & and certainly worth being prepared for rather than not. Always try and have one close if not on you.

    • Vincent Smith

      What if there are 3 perps with the same weapon as you have and a spare Mag each, now you are 16 rounds vrs 93 rounds. I carry a spare Mag for my 45, =30 rnds and 3 spares for my backup pocket 9mm.=48 rnds for a total of 78 rounds, everyday all the time.

      • RN

        In that case. I might as well get a tactical vest fill it with magazines, a couple hand guns, and strap an ar15 to my back with spare mags, because you never know when you might encounter an armed militia.

        • Vincent Smith
          • RN

            I didn’t see him reload his magazine.

          • RN

            If you also look. After the first man was shot at, all 3 robbers fled.

          • Sumner_Vengeance

            At 17 and 19 seconds he fires at the fleeing scum by shooting out the rear of his garage with his vision blocked by the half-closed garage door.


            Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what
            is behind it. Never shoot at anything you have not positively

        • Vincent Smith

          Chances are you wont face just one. but 3 or more. that is why they are called GANG members

          • RN

            Not every situation is a pull your gun and shoot type situation. If you are severally out gunned it might be in your best interest to not draw your firearm until they start shooting.

          • Vincent Smith

            When they approve this video i have linked below watch it and tell me what you think. I understand each situation requires a decision, but limiting your ammo limits the number of decisions you can make.

          • RN

            Everyone one must determine where the line is on what it too much ammo to carry and I find I do not need 31 rounds on me. I know the saying, it’s better to have too much ammo than to not have enough but I can’t justify the extra weight I would have to carry everyday with my current edc setup.

          • Vincent Smith

            One of the things that sticks out in my mind is something i heard from an instructor cop. What you have on your body of very very close by when the shooting starts is most likely all you will ever have until the threat is over.

      • Vincent Smith

        I find what i carry very comfortable, the 45 is in a hand carried dayplanner type holster, the 9mm fits in my pocket in its own holster, and i dont always carry all 3 9mm spares.

        • holoh

          Way to reply to yourself, dumbass.

          • Kent Unterseher

            I would like to congratulate you on your witty reply. Is it really too much to ask that people use logic instead of grade school name calling when discussing firearms and tactics? smh

          • holoh

            Shutup, Kent Underwear. You are a poopie-head!!! Shouldn’t you be picking cooties off your gross girlfriend or something?

          • Kent Unterseher

            Thank you for confirming my estimation of your intellect…

          • holoh

            If your intellect is too low to recognize a joke, then it must be because you came out of your mama’s ass instead of her vag. Underwear, underwear, underwear! Isn’t it time you hopped on the short bus to get to your special ed class anyway? Doo Doo face.

      • holoh

        You are a moron. I didn’t even carry that many rounds in Iraq.

        • Kent Unterseher

          Then I guess you must have spent your tour sitting at a desk. I never saw anyone outside the wire with less then 6-7 M4 mags and 2-3 M9 mags.

          • holoh

            Then you weren’t out much or didn’t pay attention much. I’m not a run of the mill grunt or hooahh. In case you didn’t notice, the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan after the initial shooting war and in HOA for the entire “war” wasn’t to destroy them, it was the build them. If you were running around with a full load out, I hate to tell you, but you were support for those of us actually doing the mission.

            Also, why would you say “never…less than 6-7”. That doesn’t make any sense to anyone who isn’t a moron. If it was never less than 7, obviously it was never less than 6. If you did see people with 6, then you did in fact see people with less than 7.

            I carried 2 M11 Mags by the way. My primary ammo was my expertise though.

          • Kent Unterseher

            Oh, I see. So you were one of the “important” people in charge of rebuilding Iraq? How is that working out?

          • holoh

            It’s worked out Amazingly. American businesses are making a killing in Iraq and I’m a also a happy shareholder since I know who these businesses are. Stop being a sheep and believing what the liberal media tells you. You really think we didn’t plan Iraq to be like this? We lost a little over 3500 US military members. While I hate it that any of my brothers and sisters had to die, that EXTREMELY low body count provides indisputable proof that we didn’t really need to “win” the war to “win”.

          • Kent Unterseher

            Amazingly? ISIS is running around Iraq, equipped with U.S. made weapons and vehicles they picked up off the battlefield, slaughtering men, women and children. You must be a democrat if you call that a win.

          • holoh

            What in the world would my domestic political affiliations have to do with my preferences for foreign policy? I’m a realist, but you probably don’t even know what that is. Also, what does it matter to us that ISIS is running around Iraq and why is it a bad thing that they have weapons US businesses manufactured? You would rather they have been Russian made weapons so that Russia’s economy got a boost. Are you insane?

          • Kent Unterseher

            Wow, I just really don’t know where to even start with that, so I will just say congratulations on your “success” in Iraq.

          • holoh

            Thanks, Underwear!

  • Don’t walk around with a round in the chamber. Practice drawing, chambering and firing. You’ll be amazed as to fast you can do this, with a little practice. Most new weapons don’t have safety’s (I don’t count the trigger as a safety) and without a round in the chamber, you’ll never have an accidental discharge and you will always have the advantage if your weapon is taken.

    • stay safe

      I sure hope you never get into a situation that you have to use your weapon that doesn’t have a round in the chamber. If you encounter an armed threat, by the time you draw your weapon, chamber a round. You have already been shot. It doesn’t matter how fast you are it is another step and you would probably forget to chamber a round in a deadly force encounter. All weapons are safe with a round in the chamber. If you know how to handle your weapon and practice safety. I am a retired police officer, fire arms instructor and defensive tactics instructor. You may disagree with me that is your decision. My suggestion to you would be to attend a credible defensive tactics fire arm training course. This would be my suggestion to anyone who carries a concealed weapon.

      • Tony Perez

        “Stay Safe” – Do instructors for civilian gun owners sometimes offer training video with video and timing of a student’s draw and shooting posture? I really have no idea. You got me thinking that people who believe they can draw, chamber a round,and shoot before a shooter (with their gun pointed at you) can get a shot off may need to take advantage of this kind of technology to see for themselves what’s faster.

        What I’ve learned about human physiology, when we go into a real “danger mode”, we don’t think as clearly as we do when we’re feeling safe and relaxed. I personally won’t want to forget to chamber a round and draw on a “bad guy” who will just smile and immediately shoot me dead. Then, they’ll have another gun to grab if they want it. Until I get more training and experience, I’m OK with carrying one in the chamber with the safety on. I’ve practiced a lot drawing with different clothing AND popping off the safety while bringing my pistol up. I got to the point where I’ve had instructors (without the tech) look at my form and most couldn’t tell that I was clicking off the safety because I do it as the pistol is leaving my holster.

        Some prefer a gun with no safety or to not use it if included. But, for me, it’s a safety concern. Any comment on the use of the safety?

        • stay safe

          Sorry it took so long to get back to you. You can check your local area for a fire arms instructor. Many instructors will conduct private classes and will video record the training and will teach in specific areas which you request. This type of training will cost you more that a group instruction. I recommend one on one training. Now to answer your second question. Should I carry with the safety on. That is a personal preference. If you practice regularly disengaging the safety as you draw your weapon it will become second nature. I personally carry with safety off. Some will argue that if someone gets your weapon and the safety is on and the person pulls the trigger it will not fire giving you time to fight or retreat. This is true. If I am in a situation to where I need to pull my weapon to stop a threat I am shooting to stop the threat and he isn’t going to have time to get my weapon. The only pistol that needs to be carried with the safety on is a model 1911 and I wouldn’t carry one for self defense. Although I do own one. Keep this in mind don’t pull your weapon unless you are going to use it and keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Know your weapon. You will never have an accidental discharge. Stay Safe

        • gunNut

          I just went through an armed guard firearms program. We trained on revolvers and most skilled shooters drew, aimed and fired accurately in just over a second with a second shot a split second after. Not the norm for sure but I would imagine you’ve got around a 1-3 second window once a gun is drawn before shooting begins.

      • stay safe

        Let me give some examples of what can happen not having a round in the chamber and trying to chamber a round in a deadly force situation. When faced with a deadly force situation or just a fight. The human body dumps adrenaline which causes the “fight or flight” reaction. Everyone reading this has experienced this. Your hands shake, you get tunnel vision and you can freeze up. I’m not going to get into detail with this. just know it happens. Here is an example that you can try. Be in a safe location like the range when doing this. Start with no round in the chamber. tilt your weapon to the right and rack a round. Most of the time the round will jam or fall out before being chambered or if chambered It will not seat all of the way in the chamber and the weapon will not fire. Also chamber a round grab the top of the slide slightly push the slide back doesn’t have to be much then tightly grip the slide and frame. the weapon will not fire. Make sure when you do these exercises your weapon is pointed down range and your hand is not in front of the barrel. The last example I gave can save your life if someone pulls a semi auto weapon on you. Do as I said above and when you have a hold of the slide and frame twist away from his body and push upward. You now have his weapon. Get a friend and practice this. USE A REPLICA WEAPON. If you use a real weapon make sure the weapon is unloaded and do not have the magazine in the weapon. Stay Safe

    • John

      Disagree completely – with a high quality holster, and assuming you’re not fidgeting with the gun every 2 minutes, you should never have an accidental discharge even with a gun with a trigger safety.

      My Dad had a home invasion – at 3 AM, in the dark with a guy kicking in the front door. He stored his pistol with a mag in but a round not chambered. In his fear, confusion, with adrenaline going he COULD NOT GET A ROUND CHAMBERED. He bluffed the guy and the perp took off, but it was not a good situation.

      In the book Glock they discuss why Gaston Glock designed the gun without manual safeties and his design philosophy was that, in a pressure situation the less things for a shooter to have to remember, the less that can go wrong. This makes sense and I can see the likelihood of an accidental discharge increasing when you have to try and chamber a round under pressure, along with a lot of other bad outcomes (like holding a hunk of steel instead of a loaded firearm with a bad guy approaching).

      • Tony Perez

        While I’m still getting more training experience, I prefer to use the safety on my pistol if carried. However, at home, at night. My pistol is ready to go with the safety off.

        • 4Bravo1

          Keeping it in two different conditions is a bad idea. Keep it in a quality holster. If it is double action, there is no need to ever use the safety. If it is single action, use the safety consistently every time. Regardless, use a quality holster and keep it in the same condition at all times.

        • Kent Unterseher

          I have to agree with 4Bravo1. Training in two different modes is less then optimal. I am a stickler (probably overly so) when it comes to always training the same way. As many commenters have noted, when the adrenaline hits you, all the things you thought you would have time to think of, are gone. I’ve been in a few situations when on duty in the U.S. and while working as a contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. They made such an impression on me that I even carry that philosophy over to my weapons systems. My shotguns are all semi auto, and most of my black rifles are based on the AR platform. Why? Because once or twice at the range when running a pump shotgun, I failed to rack the slide, being used to running a semi auto. Solution? No more pump guns for me. Overkill? Maybe, but it works for me. Training the same every time reduces the possibility of brain freeze when seconds count. Just my .02…

    • law-abiding-citizen

      You don’t consider the trigger to be a safety, and yet the trigger is the most important safety component on any firearm. Any modern (built within the last 30-ish years) firearm properly maintained & in safe working order, will not discharge “accidentally.” And if a firearm isn’t in safe working order, you shouldn’t be carrying it. There’s a reason the term NEGLIGENT discharge is used now – it takes human interaction to discharge a firearm.

    • 4Bravo1

      Worst advice ever. How about use a holster that covers the trigger. What if you are wounded or in a struggle prior to drawing. With equivalent practice you will always be slower if you have to chamber a round and unless you practice that way every time, you will probably forget to rack it under duress. There are numerous examples of this. If you are more worried about shooting yourself, I would say don’t carry a gun.

    • Well let’s see.. I’m retired from Marine Corps where I was with the Military Police and Criminal Investigations. I’ve been trained by API Gunsite for Combat Shotgun, Pistol and Revolver Instructor. Been trained in Counter Terrorism and Advanced Counter Terrorism by the Brenau Institute of Public Service. I was Primary Marksmanship Instructor at Parris Island, SC. I have a High Master Pistol and Expert Rifle Certification from the NRA. Not to mention my Marine Corps 14th award Rifle Expert and 15th award Pistol Expert Qualification Awards and The Edson Trophy. I’ll guarantee one thing, I could out shoot almost anyone who has a round in the chamber and I’d even start out with no magazine in the weapon. So let’s hear about your qualifications that would prove me wrong.

      • Kent Unterseher

        All those qualifications and you still don’t trust yourself to carry with a round in the chamber? That surprises me.

    • Kent Unterseher

      I have carried a firearm on my person for the last 20+ years. It has always had a round in the chamber and I have never had an ND. Experience has shown us that several things occur when the adrenaline dump hits during these incidents. Loss of fine motor skills, tunnel vision, etc. etc. When the guy walking up to you suddenly becomes a threat, do you really think you will have time (and presence of mind) to quickly draw, rack the slide and get on target before you become a victim? I sincerely doubt it. Also, if your weapon is loaded and ready to go, there is a much smaller chance that it will be taken from you in the first place. Each of us must do what we think is best, but I think this is really bad advice.

      • -Just curious Kent, where did you receive your firearm training?

        • Kent Unterseher

          I’ve been through multiple schools. Police academy in Mo, NRA police firearms instructor academy in St Louis. Several tactical schools prior to and during deployments as a contractor in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m sure that different people have had different experiences, but I have yet to attend a school that advocates carrying an unloaded weapon. Police certainly don’t, and neither does the military when outside the wire. Are there actually any firearms training schools that advocate carrying an unloaded weapon?

  • John

    My always do is to actively monitor your surroundings (avoid potential issues proactively) and always seek an exit from confrontation. If a guy flips me off and calls my mother a whore, smile and walk away. If an active shooter is nearby and I see an exit that takes me away from the danger, take it. I carry a pistol, not a squad of Marines. If exiting is not a strategy, be aggressive enough soon enough.

    My never do is not carrying enough gun. I don’t mean carrying a .44 magnum instead of a 9mm, but rather carry a “real” gun and not these micro compact 9mm and .380s. Sure they’re nice to carry, but with scant sights and grips, if I have to work hard in perfect conditions to hit a target at 15 yards with my LCP, how does that translate to a real world event, where my shooting performance is probably 1/3 of a range day? There are a lot of nice single stack guns with decent sights – they are slightly bigger than their mini brethren, but I’d rather have a slightly bigger carry gun than have a round go somewhere I didn’t intend because of my terrible sights and a <2" barrel.

  • Paladin

    Don’t fail to train regularly drawing and firing from your edc clothes, shoes, gun & holster. Practicing with just range clothes, and not your concealed carry daily work clothes can get you killed. Under high stress, you better be able to clear that cover garment and get accurate rounds down range as fast as possible while getting to cover. You have to practice in what you really wear and carry.

  • SparkyMaker

    Do not pick up spent cartridges until you have designated a time after the practice to retrieve them, you may find yourself in a live situation and utilize this neat habit and put yourself in a dangerous situation. This is what happened to the two LA police officers during a shootout.

  • Royce Lewis

    if you dont need to chase anyone DONT!

  • Larson

    If in a Active shooter situation…

    • Kenneth Chaffins

      And know the difference between concealment and cover

      • Tony Perez

        Kenneth, that’s a very good point! I’ve been learning a lot about defensive carry and this was a lesson that really made an impact on me. It now has me developing the habit looking around me and quickly determining what would be good concealment but, if needed, what would be good cover. It really doesn’t take much to integrate that into “situational awareness” practices but for those of us who aren’t in the public safety or security professions, it takes consistency over time to make it a more natural way of thinking. I still enjoy life but I’m just a little more aware of the world immediately around me.

        • Kenneth Chaffins

          Something else people need to understand, is this: Most bullets are travelling at near, or over twice the speed of sound. That’s over a thousand miles an hour, something simple like a fence, or some bushes isn’t gonna stop a bullet, that’s called concealment. Cover, is anything that can reasonably be expected to stop a bullet. Always go for cover if you can, but make sure you understand concealment isn’t going to do much for you if the bad guy does a spray and pray. But It’s good to see people learning. Always practice, and always look for the exits, and places for cover and concealment when you enter a room, or establishment.

        • bbgunplinkplink

          That is a great point about taking a look around and looking for cover. It’s like a student pilot taking a checkride for his license. The instructor often asks, “If your engine died RIGHT NOW, where would you go?”

    • holoh

      Every situation is going to be different, so blanket saying “FIND COVER FIRST” is pretty dumb. For example, if a guy stands up in a movie theater and starts shooting people, draw and go to work or more people will die. If you get shot int he process, so be it. You shouldn’t be carrying unless you are willing to do your duty to your fellow Americans and put the threat down even at the cost of your own life.

    • Kent Unterseher

      I would add a big “IF POSSIBLE” to that statement. Every situation is different. In some cases, running to the nearest cover will get you killed.

  • ArtzApeSide Attic

    Do not tell anyone you carry! 1) it will test to see if are you truly concealed.- friends notice, one way or the other. 2) knowing someone has a weapon allows you to change plans and prepare extremely better for the heinous deed intended.

  • John Steiner

    You all left out: don’t be telling people that you’re carrying(aka…showing off).

  • Bill Hickerson

    Probably want to avoid t-shirts that say things like packing heat, I conceal carry, or something similar with an arrow pointing to your hip, that will make you a target pretty quick, those shirts and hats are fun to have but unless your at a gun show or the NRA national meeting they really are a target that says shoot me first!

  • holoh

    How about…if you needed to read this article, DO NOT CARRY A FIREARM because you are a moron and/or need experience and training.

    • gordon perkins

      And you were here why?

      • holoh

        I got bored while fucking your wife and found some random article to read.

        • gordon perkins

          Ohhh got ya, now it all makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up. ;)

  • Rick

    I will not be the arrogant gun snob. I will not be the arrogant gun snob. I WILL NOT BE THE ARROGANT GUN SNOB!!! Seriously folks, if its rude when talking to you mom, its rude when talking to someone else and when you dont know as much as you think you do its worse.

  • HESpecialist

    Most “gun fights” will happen under 20 feet, more closely in 5 to 8 feet. The shooter is just as pumped as the defender so a lot of rounds can be expended without hitting the target where it counts most. Keep the shooter far enough away to obtain a field of vision, and go for center mass. If possible, advance on your target to close the range while firing and improve accuracy. IF not able to; retreat and find hard cover.

  • Bobby Bob

    Don’t “flash” your gun. Instead of causing the “bad” guy to back away, it might cause him to think that he better shoot you immediately.

  • mslady269

    I agree with #3, but I also say train your children and teach them how dangerous guns are and that they are not toys. Kids are curious and get into things; especially things that they don’t know anything about or things that are taboo and hidden from them. I’ve explained to my child what guns are, how dangerous they are and that when she is older, I will take her out and teach her to use them. She’s actually a good kid who has never tried to get into anything of mine she wasn’t; not my purse or anything. But I know there’s always the chance that a she could encounter a gun around someone else or be outside and find one in the grass, anything. She knows if she sees one, to get an adult and don’t touch it. You have to tell your kids about gun safety and occasionally go over this again and again. I’ve tested her and she will not touch a gun.

  • ME

    Concealed carriers should keep their concealed carrying status to themselves. To go around threatening others with it, is a stupid move. Like wearing a ton of gold in the ghetto. You will get your weapon taken from you. Being that you are already so weak and afraid that you’d have to carry a weapon in the first place, it stands to reason that you should not start trouble, instigate it, or make thinly veiled threats.

    Think. Otherwise, you are just a danger to society and a fool.