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[BEGINNERS GUIDE] Is Your Concealed Carry Firearm Ready For Daily Carry? You’d Be Surprised At How Many Aren’t


What constitutes ‘ready’ anyway? Is simply having your firearm with a chambered round on your hip enough?

When I see the following steps taken, it drives me up the wall.

1. Buy a new firearm for concealed carry
2. Immediately start carrying that firearm

One of my friends has had his concealed carry permit for a little over 6 months. When he first got it, he had asked me for some recommendations for a firearm. After going over some great options, he landed on the Glock 23.

I ran into this friend a month ago at a coffee shop and we started talking about how his G23 was, and if he thinks it was a good choice for him. His response was unsettling and annoying.

“It’s been great, man. I haven’t really taken it to the range yet, but it feels really nice in the holster… feels like I don’t even have a gun on me!”

Do you see the problem? If not, read his response above again and go over it a few times in your head.

Are we on the same page yet?


When we decide to carry a firearm for self-defense, we’re doing so to make us even more prepared than we previously were. Here is a perfect definition of not being prepared: carrying a firearm around that you have never fired.

Unacceptable in my book.

The problem here is multi-layered. Not only is he not proficient with his G23, he also hasn’t made certain that the firearm functions properly. Hiccups happen, and some firearms even have ‘break-in’ periods. As a rule of thumb, for myself, none of my new firearms are worthy of carrying until they’ve fired 500 rounds without any issues. And I mean without any issues.

Here’s the argument that tends to rear it’s ugly head: “Well at least he’s carrying a firearm, amirite?”

I disagree, and I disagree strongly. On the off chance that he has to draw his firearm in self-defense and is forced to pull the trigger, what if the firearm has a malfunction? Sure, a malfunction can happen with any firearm at anytime, but it makes it that much worse if the firearm hasn’t been tested out… because it could have been a resolved issue. Plus, how can he be confident that he can clear a malfunction when he doesn’t have any experience with that particular firearm?

It all boils down to one thing: being a responsible concealed carrier. And a responsible concealed carrrier would not carry a firearm that hasn’t been put through it’s paces. That’s being irresponsible.

What if my friend happened upon an armed robbery and then drew his firearm, only to find that it’s jammed? Then, the bad guy shoots him and his victim. No, it’s not likely to happen, but that’s a hell of a bad position to put yourself and others in just because you couldn’t take the time to practice with that firearm at the range while making sure it functions as it’s intended. The whole concept of carrying for self-defense has just been thrown out the window.

As a citizen carrying a firearm, you need to be confident in two things: yourself and your firearm. If you’re not confident in both, you need to get there before carrying that firearm.

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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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  • Jeff Coder

    Even new guns right out of the box can puke on you. I’ve had it happen to me before. One was a Sig P220 and the other was a Kimber Ultra Carry .45cal. You have to train with your gun so it becomes 2nd nature and only then will you and the gun become ready.

  • rjackson12

    Glocks are great weapons, but one should occasionally have it sent back or take it back to the factory to make sure it is up to date as far as with parts, I recently took my Glock 22, 40 cal back to the factory because I was having issues with it. Once they redid the insides, and replaced the magazine, I can fire back to back rounds without it jamming, and my shooting improved greatly. It feels good to know if you have to pull it, you can at least hit the target, treat the weapon right, and in the end it will do its part.

    • Lonnie

      I have a Colt 1911A1 mfg. in 1962. It has never been returned to the factory. It still functions flawlessly after many 1000s of rounds. Accuracy is a little off due to barrel wear but, at 21 feet I still get them all in the 10 ring! I have replaced the springs a couple of times. Any firearm you have to send back to the factory for “updates” is like a computer, eventually it WILL let you down.

      • rjackson12

        never failed me yet, I just don’t have time to do a lot, i can hit the 9 all day

  • rjackson12

    I agree, I had a glock for a year, just bought it to say I had a weapon. I fired it at a range and the recoil had my hands jumping everywhere, so I had the tripped spring reduced to 2.5pds, it still did not fire right. So, I took it back to glock they replaced the inside with update parts, I refired it on the 22 of this month, now I can hit a target center mass, 96.2 percent of the time. Practice does make perfect, and one should know how to make up for shots that are off target, if you are to far left, aim to the right, and vice versa, a simple adjustment could be the difference between life and death.

  • rjackson12

    Fusty yeah, but they still should work. I had my Glock sit down did not shot for a year and three months, took it to the range and it worked fine, thing is with the double pull it makes a difference on how your finger is on the trigger, use the cushion or tip of the finger and it fires smoothly and on target.

  • rjackson12

    My glock did the samething, I took it back and he said there is a small piece on the inside that can be moved while cleaning, and it makes it fire one shot at a time, thought I had broke it, I would have been so pissed. But I took it back to glock and they fixed everything, now it fires like champ.

  • rjackson12

    I used that smith and wesson 40 cal ammo in my glock 22 and it shoots good and all I just don’t like it, but the freedomammo that I used at the range shoots perfect, 300 rounds for 58.75 was awesome, I gave 2 boxes away for the range instructor to try, and keep the rest.

  • Tboltdon

    I bought a Kahr P 380, the manufactures recommendation is 200 rounds to break in. Had so many failures, it was hard to get to 200 rounds. I sent it back to Kahr, they kept it for 4 weeks, changed some parts, and said they couldn’t find a problem. I started changing the ammo I was using, it’s just picky. Now have well over 3000 rounds through it, rarely if ever fails. My EDC, now and I am crazy about it.

  • Lonnie

    MANDATORY training before you can buy a hammer. People KILL with hammers, can’t have that. MANDATORY training before you can buy a set of kitchen knives. People KILL with knives. Can’t have that. MANDATORY training before you can buy baseball bats, golf clubs, machetes, rolling pins, cast iron skillets, etc., etc., etc.! People KILL with them. Can’t have that. All tools have their proper use and everybody needs MANDATORY training in their PROPER use before buying!

    • Tyler M

      Everyone else who carries a firearm has trained. MIL, LE, armed security guards. Any respectable militia. Your excuses are invalid.

      Just like driving. You gotta know how to use the damn thing. Operating a backhoe. I’d probably kill someone and because I wasn’t trained? I’d take the fall and go to jail.

      Further to my point? If it’s something your LIFE depends on? It’s negligence to NOT be trained with it. I ain’t no good climbing because I’ve absolutely never trained. I’d get killed! Same goes for SCUBA diving. I’ve absolutely no training at all so I know I would be in trouble fast.

      I would be criminally negligent for not being thoroughly trained before climbing or diving and lives hang in the balance.

      MANDATORY TRAINING. Firearms are EXTREMELY VALUABLE TOOLS and they have exponential uses and purposes. But nobody is born with the skills.

      Your attitude will get you killed. Someday it’ll happen and maybe when you make someone a widow or lose a child? you’ll be wishing to Almighty God you would’ve listened.

      • OneOfTheGoodGuys

        I think we can all agree that anyone who handles a firearm should receive training. Lonnie, Chad Miller, and I aren’t suggesting that people shouldn’t be trained before handling a firearm; it’s the “mandatory” part that I am concerned about. If there was a guarantee that the training would be reasonable and appropriate, I would vote for that (then we’d have the problem of who decides what is reasonable or appropriate). By definition, “mandatory” training means the government will be involved, and the government is rarely reasonable or appropriate. In some locations (NY, NJ, CA, etc) the mandatory training would likely become cost prohibitive and/or unreasonably difficult in order to prevent gun ownership.

        I’m all for training; learn all you can, and practice as much as you can. I’m just not in favor of putting the government in charge of mandating and regulating the training.

        • Tyler M

          Okay. THAT I can understand because big gubment ALWAYS SCREWS US and of course my idea is covering ACTUAL USE of firearms. I just see far too many plebes out there. Doing stupid things and nothing being done about it.

    • Amos

      There is truth and humor in this statement. Well said Lonnie.

  • Mark W. Mullins

    Totally agree!! If you do choose to carry, do these three things. 1) Familiarize yourself with the weapon. Just having a permit to carry does nothing for your safety, and the safety of others around you. 2) Practice, Practice, Practice. Shoot at targets, shoot at the target and try to hit the same spot again , and again, Practice to show yourself approved to carry a firearm. 3) KNOW YOUR LAWS. Carrying a firearm concealed is a fantastic way to show you believe in the second amendment, but it can also be the biggest failure too of you do knot know the laws concerning concealed carry rights and laws. Just carrying a firearm with a new permit actually terrifies me. Get the experience needed, Know your firearm, Practice, and Know your laws. That’s just a start, and also one more thing too.. Gun Safety… That is NO accident. Don’t think you are a Texas Ranger since you have, and carry a firearm.

  • Wolf Wylde

    was it really a “friend”, a construct of allegory or something you yourself are guilty of in the past? :O Damn soapboxes are rickety, aren’t they?

  • mkff

    Don’t fire a gun you purchased for months? I get physically ill if I don’t shoot a gun I buy the same day it’s purchased.

  • Sgt Random

    Basic regular everyday civilians with guns scares me, even more than a PFC on the pistol range. I’ve been in the Marine Corps for 12 years now and properly carry. I am extremely proficient with all my firearms, the fact that everyday average Bob has a pistol scares me. Bob has never had to discharge a fire arm in a real life situation, all hes done is shot targets on the range. He doesn’t understand what happens to his body when its pumped with adrenaline in a real life situation. He doesn’t know what its like to feel your heart pound in your hands because you were just shot at and have no idea where it came from. I truly don’t feel that everyday average civilians should be carrying guns. I feel that a CPL class just isn’t enough to properly train someone to have a fire arm and how to properly employ that weapon system in a real life situation if they had to. Just my 2 cents. BTW I’m no longer Sgt Random it should be SSgt Random.

    • Stan Robertson

      I did 20+ years in the US Navy. That being said, it does NOT make someone an expert in firearms of any kind. And VERY few military know what it’s like in a combat situation. The closest a civilian can come, is to shoot a stress-fire course. Don’t put yourself above some civilians, who quite possibly know more about shooting, and their firearms, than you do.

      • Yvonne Reed

        Kuddos, Thank you.
        Not only for your service but your comment.
        I may have been raised an Air Force brat. But my training and firearm education came from my daddy, hunters education, and much practice.
        Not All “average everyday civilian” is educated on gun safety. Whoever your Exactly correct that neither are All military.
        The ones that scare me, are the People that carry with Little to no experience and admit they are afraid of guns. Just My 2 cents. …

    • JSH

      Then how do you explain all the posts from concealed nation about average everyday citizens successfully using a firearm in self-defense?

      I get it, war is stressful. You’ve seen and done things most citizens can’t imagine. But that does not give you the right to tell them they shouldn’t carry. Their right to bear arms is just as much a right as yours.

    • mica G

      Stop being so self righteous. You would make a good cop or politician when you get out of the Corps with your I am great and it is ok for me but not for you attitude.