[VIDEO] 10 Good Habits That Every Concealed Carrier Should Adopt


TheFireArmGuy does it again with a quick and excellent video that points out 10 good habits that every single person who carries a firearm should be doing.

We’ll highlight each item below, in order, but urge you to watch the video to get all the details on each habit. Do you agree with Dan’s list? Have anything to add? Chime in with your comments below.

They carry with a round in the chamber

It doesn’t matter what season it is… they’re carrying a gun

They constantly practice situational awareness

They make the investment in good gear

They practice good gun safety

They understand their capabilities

They change out their carry ammo and keep their gun clean

They practice their draw and shoot

They don’t go to stupid places with stupid people doing stupid things

No matter where they’re carrying, they can retrieve their gun and acquire target in 2-4 seconds

Categories: Beginners Guide, General, Video
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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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  • Chris DeAngeloWX5CJD

    Habit 8.5, They practice their draw and shoot at center-mass.

  • Michael L. Cappetto

    Good job on this very informative video. Thanks.

  • Kickinmg

    Find the one weapon that you can draw ,level and be on target and practice.

  • Bob P

    Well done, these lessons can’t be repeated too often. On my personal list, #9 is #1. Fortunately some of the places have signs indicating stupid people are doing stupid things. “No firearms allowed”. Thanks.

  • charlie baker

    You forgot one…Always carry your beer in your off hand so you can get to your gun if need be without dropping the beer… lol…

    • Andy Washere

      Not a joking matter loser.

      • Liberty556

        Lighten up, Francis…

  • H. Johnson

    Good information.

  • Rich John

    Add: When drawing keep finger away from trigger until the weapon is level.

    Add: when firing, slow your mind down, take time to aim.

    Add: When you have determined that you have to shoot, shoot to destroy your target. No shoot to wound, or even shoot to kill. A single, fatal wound could take up to 30 seconds for the affect to take place. Always put multiple rounds, center mass and if only one Attacker, empty your magazine.

  • kyew

    I think it’s worth mentioning that you should always carry the same weapon, or at least, the same style weapon; i.e., if you train with a 1911-type (external safety), stick to it. If you train with a Glock-type (no safety), stick to it. Training is a 100% thing. If you train half the time with a Glock and half the time with a 1911, you’re only half-trained when you carry either gun. The less your brain has to do circus tricks under pressure, the less likely you’ll be of losing valuable seconds when you need them most. Your actions should be as close to reflex as possible.

    • Liberty556

      I disagree.

      Your actions WILL be like reflex if you train/practice enough. Doesn’t matter if it is one gun or 10. I don’t know about everyone else, but my brain WORKS. I know when I am carrying a 1911, revolver, or a striker-fired gun.

      The old days of “we need gross motor skills” are leaving. More and more we are seeing that the human body can make fune adjustments under stress, and the brain DOES work under stress. How does a fighter pilot press tiny buttons and do a ridiculous amount of multi-tasking while defending against a SAM?

      • kyew

        They fly so well because they fly the same plane all the time. You just defeated your own argument.

        you’re training with several different guns, and you find yourself in a
        situation that requires instant thought, you’re brain has to make
        another computation to decide/remember which gun you’re using. That’s
        not reflex.

        • Liberty556

          Pilots change planes all the time throughout a carreer.

          Your brain should know IMMEDIATELY what gun you are carrying if you need to use it…because you have presumably been carrying it for some time prior to needing it. At the very least, your brain should know exactly what gun it is as soon as your hand touches the grip.

          As I said before, the whole “oh my God, we can’t do anything under stress” is finally stopping. If you have trained properly, your brain works. Period.

          • kyew

            Yes, of course. You take the argument to extreme and assume that this is the bar. Not even close. And really, this whole plane analogy is silly. Airplanes don’t require lightning-fast reflexes when you need to operate them.

            Your brain does not automatically know what gun you have on, because you’re not thinking about it (in the front of your mind) every minute of every day. You’re driving or paying for lunch, talking on the phone or unlocking the door to your house. And if you just put a 1911 on after training with a Glock, your brain is still in Glock mode, not 1911 mode. Yes, you can easily change gears into 1911 mode, but it takes time – valuable time. The possibility of you wasting precious milliseconds feeling for an external safety, or – god forbid – conversely forgetting to flip the safety off of a 1911 and trying to pull the trigger… that possibility is there. You’re gambling with your life, and maybe the lives of your family.

            No one multitasks well. There are recent articles that debunk the multitasking myth. What it boils down to is you’re doing multiple things half-assed. Your attention cannot be split into 200%. This is what I meant by the 100% comment above. You’re splitting your total attention and doing no single thing 100%. That or you’re switching back and forth between several tasks and taxing your brain needlessly.

            This isn’t the article I read, but it says pretty much the same thing:

            What’s that old military acronym? KISS – keep it simple stupid. Because you don’t know what you’ll do when the time comes, but the less complexity you allow into the situation translates to better odds.

            I don’t know about you, but I carry because I DON’T gamble. Damned if I’ll be rolling the dice while I’m carrying. I’d rather say “I’m glad I did/didn’t…” than to have to say “I wish I had/hadn’t…”

            And this isn’t something I simply pulled out of the hat; it’s a subject I’ve researched and studied. Not to mention, there are many others with more experience than either you or me who agree. Here’s just one:


          • Liberty556

            I suppose an F1 driver doesn’t multitask or have to make split second decisions either.

          • kyew

            “And you can bet that they could hop right back in their old car and handle it just like before.”

            No, you could bet that. I’ve already said I don’t gamble. That’s the very reason I carry every day, all day long.

            Look… I’m not trying to tell you how to carry. If you want your attention split between this and that and don’t mind taking a chance that you’ll be just a little less prepared when you actually need to be the most prepared you’ve ever been, more power to you. But don’t try to rationalize it like there’s no difference between having one system and two.

          • Liberty556

            And they get a new car every year…handles different, controls are different. They train for it. And you can bet that they could hop right back in their old car and handle it just like before. Training.

  • College Geek

    I prefer not having a round in the chamber and “Israeli Carry”, but everything else is good.

    • Liberty556

      Why do you prefer that? What handgun do you carry?

  • Dan Weymouth

    Good general overview. I think he did a very good job covering daily rules of thumb. I do not carry with a round in the chamber. This is my personal preference. I have been practicing my draw with a slide pull so its become second nature. It doesn’t take but an instant to snap my slide and im in business. Cost me maybe a half second or less. But I feel much safer carrying a non charged weapon. If I drop or bang my pistol against something by accident. I don’t have to worry about an inadvertent discharge. I go armed pretty much all the time. I have banged my holster against counters. Store displays and what not. I have days when im tired and clumsy. I have the same human weaknesses that everyone has. Again just my personal preference.