Concealed Online Reviews – Every Breath You Take – Breath Control While Shooting

TO BREATHE OR NOT TO BREATHE
Stating the obvious here but — breathing is important!

But it’s even more important if you find yourself caught up in a real life or death situation where your health depends on hitting what you’re aiming at! Remember, when your life is on the line, your breathing becomes more erratic, making it all the more important to know how to manage it.

Which is why team concealedonline.com is going to shine a light on best breathing practices for shooters.

DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE
You’ve probably heard how elite marksmen are able to pull the trigger in-between heartbeats. Definitely cool for experts, but definitely NOT something we recommend you attempt.

Okay, let’s get real…

Breathing is a natural body motion and can help or hinder your aim. I mean, the whole point of breath control is to make sure your sights are on the mark when you pull the trigger, right?

So it logically follows that controlled breathing can make all the difference in accuracy. When you breathe your chest rises and falls. This movement can cause your gun barrel to drift off-target.

Bottom line: breathing at the wrong time may cause you to move at the exact moment you pull the trigger. Not good.

When you’ve run out of options and you have no other choice left but to draw your concealed carry weapon, your heart rate will accelerate. Your breathing will become more rapid and harder to control.

So what do you do when you’re under this kind of pressure?

First off — don’t panic.

Second, practice these 3 easy-to-remember breathing techniques. One of them will definitely be better for you than another, so try them all out to see which one fits you best.

TAKE A BREATHER
Half exhale/pause – when you’re ready to fire your weapon, take in a deep breath. Exhale about half of the air out of your lungs, pause briefly and pull the trigger. This is known as “respiratory pause” and helps you maintain aim. The pause allows you to hold your barrel and sights in perfect alignment on target as the gun fires.

Half inhale/pause –- relax, steady your breathing, inhale. When your lungs are about half full, pause and pull the trigger. The inhale and pause is similar to the exhale and pause option above.

Complete exhale/no pause – –steady your breathing, do a full exhale, pause when your lungs are empty and squeeze the trigger. But keep in mind, a pause is not the same as holding your breath. If you do that, your muscles will seize up and your BPM will change and your shot accuracy will be compromised.

BREATHE EASY
Last thing — make sure to always chill and slow down as much as possible so you can steady your breathing. This will reduce body movement that throws you off target. Even better, if you can — step back, deep breathe in, deep breathe out, and then reacquire your target.

Of course, in life or death situations, this last option IS NOT an option.

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How To Carry Concealed On A Motorcycle

Team concealedonline.com is always ready to ride! But first, let’s go over some simple tips and tricks for carrying concealed while straddling your favorite bike.
Because that’s how we roll people!

STATE LAW – KNOW IT

Every state’s firearm laws are different, so until there’s a uniform nationwide set of CCW rules and regulations, you need to be aware of each state’s laws when traveling with a firearm.
If you want to avoid prison or huge fines/legal fees, do your homework! Google it. Spend your time riding instead of doing time behind bars because you didn’t bother to follow state rules.
A few states require no permit to conceal or open carry. Others are reciprocal, which means your state’s concealed carry permit is recognized by other states. Still other states either don’t allow you to obtain CCW permits at all or make it a really tough slog.
When it comes to carrying while riding, the devil is in the details. In Missouri for instance, any state resident who legally owns a firearm can carry a loaded gun in their vehicle either out in the open or concealed in the vehicle or even on their person. That said, you cannot legally get out of your car carrying a concealed firearm unless you have a CCW permit.
The same laws apply to motorcycles in that state. You can legally carry a concealed firearm while on your motorcycle, but if you get off your bike you have to secure it on your motorcycle! Weird, right?!
And there are states that require you to secure your firearm in a lockable case, so be sure to have a lockable hard-sided gun case onboard your ride.

Lastly, when planning a lengthy motorcycle trip that will take you through several states, we highly recommend you print out a cheat sheet which lists motorcycle laws by state.  Keep it handy so you can review it at a fuel stop or rest area before entering each new state.

THINK AHEAD

One good rule of thumb is to carry while riding the same way you would carry when NOT riding.
So before leaving home, select which firearm to carry depending on the set of circumstances you will be dealing with on that particular day. For example, if you’re going somewhere that has metal detectors, you might want to seriously reconsider carrying.
If you’re running errands or doing a coffee run, it’s probably a good idea to carry a smaller caliber gun that’s compact enough to stick in your front pants pocket or, preferably, use a small pocket holster. It’s always better to use a holster instead of sticking your gun in your pocket to cut down on imprinting.
Another thing to take into consideration is public comfort level. Some people get freaked out when they see someone other than a police officer carrying a gun. In that case, they may wind up dialing 911.
Needless to say, this could lead to awkward and/or unnecessary confrontations with law enforcement and is one of the key reasons it’s always best to conceal carry where it’s also legal to open carry.

FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS

Risk levels rise when carrying while traveling. Wearing versatile underclothing that is comfortable will help you to always have your firearm at your side without the fit issues and comfort restrictions from standard holsters.
Everyday shirts or leathers can be worn over sleeveless T’s with compression fit, designed for ease of drawing your gun (i.e. they’re not bulky or constricting). There are apparel lines that specialize in this fashion wear, featuring an elastic holster that attaches to the shirt under the armpit with Velcro. You can wear it under any button-up shirt, vest, or your favorite Harley jacket. Check ’em out online.

A FEW FINAL CONSIDERATIONS

If you’re right handed, normally you’ll carry on your left side. But when riding, you might want to switch it up. That way, you can draw using your left without taking your hand off the throttle.

If you pull off the road to grab a bite, you may elect not to carry when going inside a restaurant. If so, you should always secure a firearm in your windshield or tank bag (compact guns) or you can fit larger handguns in your saddlebag. Wherever you ultimately decide to carry, practice retrieving your weapon as quickly as possible so it becomes second nature should you need it.

When planning a lengthy motorcycle trip which goes through several states, print out a motorcycle laws by state “cheat sheet,” which you can keep in my windshield bag. This way, you can look at it at a fuel stop or rest area before entering a new state so you’re fully apprised of rules and regulations.

Licensed Gun Owner Shoots Suspect in Botched Robbery

Thief points gun at wrong family, pays with his life

Team concealedonline.com ran across this breaking news of a licensed handgun owner who shot and killed a man who attempted to rob a Popeyes in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Police say the 19-year old suspect, Andres Herrera, drew down on the family of Carlos Molina, brandishing his gun and demanding all their money.

But as they had just bought dinner, Molina told Herrera the family was out of cash.

Trying to reason with the gunman, Molina asked the suspect if he and his family could leave the restaurant and Herrera agreed to let them go.

Say no more!

As the family made a mad dash for the nearest exit and employees did the same out a back entrance, Herrera pointed his gun at two kids who suddenly emerged from the restroom — the TWO CHILDREN of Molina who weren’t seated with the family when Herrera confronted them.

And that’s when Molina was out of options and did what he had to do!

He pulled his gun and fired!

Molina shot Herrera several times, killing him, in defense of another.

It’s just the latest example of a “good guy with a gun” taking out a “bad guy with a gun.”

Another CONCEALED CARRY HERO OF AMERICA!

NEW GUN LAW MAY LET YOU CARRY IN ALL 50 STATES

New Law Could Make Concealed Carry Permits Valid Across State Lines

Team concealedonline.com is ECSTATIC to announce this breaking news!!!

Bottom line: gun laws may get a lot looser and you

If this bill passes, concealed carry permits would be treated just like DRIVERS LICENSES!

It would make firearm concealed carry permits valid across state lines, which means it would let gun owners travel with their firearms to other states that allow concealed carry.

Tell me that’s not totally AWESOME NEWS!!!

THE NITTY GRITTY

The CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT OF 2017 would require each state to recognize CCW permits from every other state REGARDLESS of permitting standards.

The bill helps law-abiding gun owners avoid violating conflicting state laws!

Residents of states that don’t require permits to carry a concealed weapon would be able to carry their weapons in other states that allow concealed carry, as long as they abide by local laws.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican boiled it down to something we can all understand:

“I support the Constitutional carry because I view it kind of like a driver’s license. If you have a license of one state, you shouldn’t have to get a separate license in another state. It’s really important and it will save lives.”

The concealedonline.com team ENDORSES this bill and knows it will pass the Senate in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!

3 Beginner’s Tips For New Concealed Carriers

Got Your Back?  Always!

At concealedonline.com we never want our new concealed carry members to feel like they’ve been forgotten!

Which is why we’re offering these tips to make your life-enhancing transition from non-carry to concealed-carry a whole lot smoother.

Know Thy CCW, Know Thyself

There’s an old saying that “familiarity breeds contempt” …

… but in the case of those who carry a CCW, it’s just the opposite!

Become familiar with EVERY ASPECT of your concealed carry system, including your:

— weapon of choice

— ammo of choice

— holster of choice

— clothing of choice

— behavior of choice

First of all, you will probably never experience a situation so bad that you’ll feel compelled to draw your weapon.

Even so, it’s important to be prepared for a so-called worst-case-scenario… and that begins with being familiar with every little detail of your CCW system.

Choosing to concealed carry comes with responsibilities, like knowing how to use your weapon safely and how to actually keep it concealed.  So with that in mind, here’s our top 3 tips for beginners:

1 – Don’t Be So Obvious

If you act like you’re carrying a gun, then expect others to know you’re carrying too!

Chill. Don’t act weird. Don’t act nervous.

Don’t act like you have a gun strapped to your hip.

Stop messing with your shirt. Stop fidgeting. Stop obsessing.

No one has x-ray vision. Strangers can’t see the gun under your shirt.

No one can read your mind, which, often in the case of beginners, goes something like this…

“…oh man, WHY is that guy looking at me?”  “… stop looking at me!” “…how does he KNOW I’m carrying???”

As long as you’re obeying the law, you’re cool.

2 – Rehearse At Home Before Going Out in Public

Take your gun/holster combo for a test run in the privacy of your own abode before you assume everything works in the public sphere.

Bend.

Sit.

Jump (especially if you carry concealed at your local sports bar)!

Stretch.

Hug.

Become intimately aware of how you look and feel doing these basic movements in public while carrying concealed.

Make sure there are no signs of “printing” — telltale gun bulges or outlines.

3 – Practice Makes Perfect

Make sure your CCW gear is ready for prime time before assuming it is.

Make sure you have tested it out and feel comfortable with it in public.

Preparedness is key to safety and survival.

For you AND for the public who are counting on you not to act like an idiot or become a loose cannon.

Remember, responsible gun ownership means using your weapon only as a last resort!

At concealedonline.com we know that if you choose to carry concealed, it is your responsibility to also make sure you have the right training, right mindset, and right legal requirements.

Concealed Online Reviews – 3 Beginner’s Tips For New Concealed Carriers

Got Your Back?  Always!

At concealedonline.com we never want our new concealed carry members to feel like they’ve been forgotten!

Which is why we’re offering these tips to make your life-enhancing transition from non-carry to concealed-carry a whole lot smoother.

Know Thy CCW, Know Thyself

There’s an old saying that “familiarity breeds contempt” …

… but in the case of those who carry a CCW, it’s just the opposite!

Become familiar with EVERY ASPECT of your concealed carry system, including your:

— weapon of choice

— ammo of choice

— holster of choice

First of all, you will probably never experience a situation so bad that you’ll feel compelled to draw your weapon.

Even so, it’s important to be prepared for a so-called worst-case-scenario… and that begins with being familiar with every little detail of your CCW system.

Choosing to concealed carry comes with responsibilities, like knowing how to use your weapon safely and how to actually keep it concealed.  So with that in mind, here’s our top 3 tips for beginners:

1 – Don’t Be So Obvious

If you act like you’re carrying a gun, then expect others to know you’re carrying too!

Chill. Don’t act weird. Don’t act nervous.

Don’t act like you have a gun strapped to your hip.

Stop messing with your shirt. Stop fidgeting. Stop obsessing.

No one has x-ray vision. Strangers can’t see the gun under your shirt.

No one can read your mind, which, often in the case of beginners, goes something like this…

“…oh man, WHY is that guy looking at me?”  “… stop looking at me!” “…how does he KNOW I’m carrying???”

As long as you’re obeying the law, you’re cool.

2 – Rehearse At Home Before Going Out in Public

Take your gun/holster combo for a test run in the privacy of your own abode before you assume everything works in the public sphere.

Bend.

Sit.

Jump (especially if you carry concealed at your local sports bar)!

Stretch.

Hug.

Become intimately aware of how you look and feel doing these basic movements in public while carrying concealed.

Make sure there are no signs of “printing” — telltale gun bulges or outlines.

3 – Practice Makes Perfect

Make sure your CCW gear is ready for prime time before assuming it is.

Make sure you have tested it out and feel comfortable with it in public.

Preparedness is key to safety and survival.

For you AND for the public who are counting on you not to act like an idiot or become a loose cannon.

Remember, responsible gun ownership means using your weapon only as a last resort!

At concealedonline.com we know that if you choose to carry concealed, it is your responsibility to also make sure you have the right training, right mindset, and right legal requirements.

One In the Chamber – How To Be Ready For Anything

Safety AND Speed

These 2 are NOT mutually exclusive.

You CAN practice gun safety while NOT compromising on a speedy response to a self-defense situation.

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At concealedonline.com we get questions all the time about this topic. Like, is it cool to carry my concealed handgun with a round in the chamber?
Every Bullet Counts

What’s the point of carry concealed if you’re not READY to react should the need arise?

And part of that readiness is the ability to lay down effective fire.

So the short answer is, YES – one in the chamber is recommended.
How messed up would it be to draw your weapon and have to struggle to rack the slide to chamber a round???

Your stress levels will already be peaking under these conditions. Wouldn’t it ALSO suck if you forgot that you DIDN’T have a bullet ready to go?

Of course, there are those naysayers who point out the safety issues that may arise, especially if your weapon of choice doesn’t have an external safety. But bottom line – the only way a gun fires is if you pull the trigger.

Trigger Happy

Concealed carriers should always make sure their holster covers the trigger guard and nothing gets in the way of your weapon being re-holstered.

Any obstruction could lead to disaster.
If you’re still concerned about keeping a round in the chamber without an external safety on your gun, you might want to consider training yourself to get in the habit of chambering a round EVERY TIME you draw.

Chances Are

Hopefully you will never have to use your concealed carry weapon, but there’s no guarantee either way.

Should a situation arise where you DO have to draw your weapon, being prepared to meet the challenge with an IMMEDIATE RESPONSE is preferable.

Otherwise, why bother to carry concealed in the first place? Lack of preparation defeats the whole point.

Look at it like this: you don’t buy insurance and know you’re going to need it.

But you still buy insurance just in case.