Question: Is Concealed Carry A Lifestyle?


Our friend Robert Farago over at TTAG posted an article today surrounding the question: Is concealed carry a lifestyle?

As a reference, Robert used a recent Into The Fray video (above) by Concealed Carry Magazine’s Kevin Michalowski and had this to say:

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TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia are armed and intelligent. They’re engaged with the whole gun thing: 2A politics, firearms technology, ammunition choices, self-defense strategies, gear, guns, the works. About half of our readers are AI regulars. The rest find their way here through specific searches on Google or Facebook. If anyone qualifies as participants in the “concealed carry lifestyle,” it’s them. You. Us. Yes, well, I’m not convinced that such a thing exists. Not surprisingly. Kevin Michalowski, editor of Concealed Carry magazine, disagrees . . .

Concealed carry is a lifestyle because it is not something that should be taken lightly. It is something people should learn about, embrace, participate in, and grow with. Carrying a gun is not something you just “do,” like driving a car or cooking lunch. It is something that requires thought, training, obligation, and commitment. Choosing to put on a gun means you are accepting a great responsibility in the protection of yourself and your loved ones. This lifestyle is complete with its own peer groups, activities, and even language.


True story?

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I tend to lean towards Kevin, but it’s really up to the individual and how much they let concealed carry become a part of their lives. Person A may simply strap on a firearm each day and that’s it, while person B does the same and adds weekly training and continues to educate his or herself with various aspects of concealed carry.

I believe it should be a lifestyle but again, it’s entirely up to the person carrying that firearm. At the end of the day, it’s all about training and making good choices.

What about you? Is concealed carry a lifestyle?

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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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  • Stan Robertson

    People who don’t carry, or those who carry as an afterthought, will never understand our lifestyle. I don’t carry to shoot someone. I carry to PREVENT getting shot. I train weekly at the range, and practice drawing from concealment, while I’m at home, in a number of different scenarios. When I’m out in the world, my head is on a swivel. I stay aware of my surroundings…..and avoid places where the need to draw my firearm would most likely exist. Concealed carry is not something I DO, it’s something I AM.

    • Trent

      Exactly. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Sadly I don’t get enough range time, but training for draw and dry fire exercises. You don’t have to be paranoid, but you do have to be aware. Where am I at, where is my loved one, what could possibly turn into a threat. These questions become second nature.

    • George Salvesen

      Stan, very well stated.

  • Toni Smith

    if we were able to here in austalia i would and it would be a lifestyle for me. i fully accept the responsibility it entails along with the commitment. i grew up reading the likes of massad ayoob, jeff cooper and a few others the magazines that they wrote in i used all my pocket money as a child to buy. cant find any of those magazines here in australia since 1996 :(

  • Jim

    Not a life style in the sense we paint ourselves gold and run around but naked during conceal carry parades.