7 Mistakes To Avoid As A New Concealed Carrier


Embarking on the journey of concealed carry can be empowering and offer a greater sense of personal security. However, for new concealed carriers, it’s important to navigate this realm responsibly and avoid common mistakes that could compromise safety or legal compliance. In this article, we will highlight seven crucial mistakes to avoid as a new concealed carrier, ensuring that you start your concealed carry journey on the right foot. Let’s delve into the dos and don’ts of responsible carry.

  1. Neglecting Proper Training

One of the biggest mistakes new concealed carriers make is underestimating the importance of proper training. Investing time and effort into acquiring essential firearm handling skills, situational awareness, and understanding self-defense laws is crucial for responsible carry.

  1. Poor Holster Selection

Choosing the wrong holster can lead to discomfort, inadequate firearm retention, or accidental exposure. Research and invest in a high-quality holster that offers both secure retention and comfortable carry, ensuring your firearm is always securely and comfortably positioned.

  1. Inadequate Familiarity with Firearm

It’s essential to be intimately familiar with your chosen firearm. Regular practice at the range, understanding its functions and features, and performing proper firearm maintenance are critical for safe and effective concealed carry.

  1. Failure to Consider Wardrobe Choices

New concealed carriers often overlook the impact of their wardrobe choices on concealed carry. Avoid clothing that may print or hinder access to your firearm. Explore concealed carry-specific clothing options to maintain both comfort and discretion.

  1. Lack of Situational Awareness

Maintaining situational awareness is crucial for personal safety. Avoid the mistake of being complacent or distracted. Stay alert, identify potential threats, and be prepared to react appropriately in any situation.

  1. Neglecting Legal Knowledge

Understanding and complying with concealed carry laws and self-defense statutes is paramount. Familiarize yourself with the specific laws and regulations in your jurisdiction to avoid legal complications or unintended violations.

  1. Failure to Communicate

In confrontational situations, effective communication and conflict resolution skills are essential. Failing to communicate properly can escalate a situation unnecessarily. Prioritize de-escalation and strive for non-confrontational resolutions whenever possible.


As a new concealed carrier, avoiding these seven common mistakes will set the foundation for responsible carry and personal safety. By prioritizing proper training, holster selection, firearm familiarity, situational awareness, legal compliance, and effective communication, you can navigate the concealed carry realm confidently and responsibly, empowering yourself for a safer everyday life.


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About the Author

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 Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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