Contributed by Guest Blogger, Lauren Ventosa
Owning a firearm for personal defense is extremely useful. Not only does it get you comfortable around firearms, but it can protect you and your family in certain times of need.
Depending on the state you reside in, you may be required to get a concealed carry permit. Once you’ve obtained your permit, it’s important to take safety precautions to ensure there won’t be any accidents when you begin carrying your weapon.
Below I’ve outlined 6 tips for people who are thinking of carrying concealed.
1) Sign up for firearm training
Carrying a firearm means you have a great responsibility on your hands.
It’s important to know how to properly handle and use your weapon. Even if you have a basic knowledge of how to use a gun, a firearm training course can be extremely helpful.
A course can help you focus on your goal of concealed carrying successfully. You’ll be able to practice specific techniques and skills that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned.
An instructor can help you improve your stance, movements, and techniques that you might be overlooking when practicing at the range.
With a course, you won’t be randomly shooting at targets, you’ll be learning with a purpose. You’ll develop the skills and train your brain to handle various situations where you may need to draw your weapon.
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2) Practice holster draw
You might buy yourself a nice holster, but it shouldn’t end there. It’s important to learn the safest method to drawing your gun from your holster.
Simply doing a Google search on “accidents drawing a gun from holster” can show you some pretty gruesome examples of how people have injured themselves when drawing their gun.
If you aren’t comfortable with it, you’ll likely fumble trying to reach for your gun and can accidentally pull the trigger.
With practice, you’ll be able to train your brain and muscles how they should work when removing your gun from the holster. This way, when a serious situation happens, you’re properly prepared to draw your gun without injury.
3) Keep practicing at the range
After taking the personal defense and firearm training course, you should continually practice your skills. It’s easy to forget the shooting fundamentals and skills if you aren’t practicing. Keeping up with the knowledge and skills you’ve learned is vital for your survival.
Make it a point to get to your local gun range at least once a month. Come up with a few ideas to hold yourself accountable. Perhaps getting a group of friends to practice their shooting skills on a regular basis can keep your skills sharp.
When under stressful situations, our bodies react differently and we aren’t as likely to be as precise when shooting. This is why it’s important to train yourself to remember how to handle and shoot your gun.
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4) Use your Concealed Carry Permit
Once you obtain your permit to carry a concealed firearm, don’t just leave it in your wallet unused. A handgun is a great personal defense weapon and having a concealed carry permit gives you the opportunity to exercise this right to arm yourself.
Carrying your firearm every day will get you accustomed to wearing it. The first few weeks take a bit of time to adjust. It’s similar to wearing a wedding ring. It seems awkward at first, but before you know it, it will be second nature to carry.
Your new permit allows you to add a layer of protection around you and your loved ones. You may never know when you need to defend yourself and those around you, therefore it’s important to always be carrying.
5) Lock it up when not in use
You might be taking all safety precautions when carrying your weapon, but the moment you remove it from your body, where does it go?
If you conceal carry, it’s likely that you’re protecting yourself and loved ones. If you have children, you want to keep them safe from any danger. Keeping them from accessing your firearm is extremely vital. When your pistol isn’t on you, it should be locked up in a gun safe.
If you don’t have a gun safe, at the very least use a gun lock to secure your firearm and protect anyone who may come in contact with it. Make sure to save up and invest in a small safe so you can account for your gun and have peace of mind knowing it’s safely secured.
6) Don’t Drink and Carry
You should only carry your gun when you will be in a clear state of mind. Concealed carrying when you plan on drinking is extremely dangerous and in some states, illegal.
Alcohol changes your state of mind and your moods. So when you plan on drinking with your friends, leave your handgun at home.
Using a firearm for personal defense is invaluable, but make sure you’re using all the safety precautions you can. Keep yourself and loved ones safe from all harm!