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

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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.

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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.

Thank You So Much for Your Donation to The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund!

The entire team at concealedonline.com wants to take this moment to send out a special, loud and proud…

THANK YOU!!!

… to everyone that contributed to our successful fund drive!

The amazing outpouring of support has humbled us and made us incredibly grateful to be part of this awesome community effort!

And what could be more gratifying than making a difference during this difficult time?

Every single donation was a tribute to the spirit of compassion that brought us all together and we want to extend our collective well wishes for those personally affected by this tragedy.

But saying “thank you” is only a small part of our way of showing our appreciation.

We’ve also had the honor and privilege of donating 5% of our profits during the week of October 1, 2017!

The entire crew at concealedonline.com is so proud of what we’ve accomplished as a community.

Let us now and forever remain…

VEGAS STRONG!!!

7 Super-Seriously Good Reasons to Carry Concealed

Carrying concealed is a big responsibility and a big privilege.Concealed OnlineBut you already knew that. For those who DIDN’T, here are 7 good reasons why you should get a concealed carry permit. Because the Constitution Says So. The 2nd amendment? Of the United States? Ring a bell?

If not, here’s a little reminder: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Self Preservation. The world gets more and more dangerous by the minute. Violent crimes are on the upswing and can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Usually when we least expect it. Which sucks.

According to criminologist Gary Kleck, PhD, assault victims who used a gun to resist were less likely to be attacked or injured than those who used any other method of self-protection, i.e. running for your life.

A study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that when someone draws a concealed weapon in self-defense, the criminal retreats 55.5 percent of the time.

We like those odds.

Protecting Loved Ones and Feeling Awesome Doing It. Doesn’t it feel great knowing that if a dangerous situation ever happens, you can protect those you care about most? Don’t lie, of course it does!

Protecting Strangers In Need. There are countless examples of bad guys being stopped by someone carrying a firearm. Armed citizens are sometimes the only thing standing between life and the other thing.

Pop Quiz – Which is Better? Having a gun and not needing it, or needing a gun and not having it? If you took longer than a nanosecond to answer, you get an ‘F’.

As with insurance, you hope you never need it, but when disaster strikes, you’re prepared.

Oh and, American Police Beat reports that the average response time for a 9-1-1 call is 10 minutes. When every second counts, the police may not be fast enough. Carrying concealed could save your life. Literally.

Your Loved Ones Will Stop Worrying So Much. You’re a big girl/boy. You like to travel. You like to stay out late. You like to party. All well and good… for you… but what about your worried sick loved ones?

If you carry concealed, you can rest a little easier knowing that having a gun gives them peace of mind.

Gun Safety & Self-Defense. If you’re even considering applying for a permit, gun training is part of the package. You’ll learn the right way to do things and the wrong way, everything you ever wanted to know about handling a gun responsibly plus self-defense techniques.

And a great place to start is concealedonline.com Okay, we admit it. We’re biased, but regardless, the concealedonline.com crew still would strongly encourage every American to consider taking advantage of this potentially life-saving opportunity!!!

Concealed Online – Think Like A Criminal

Think Like A 

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Just as avoiding being chosen in the first place is our best defense outside our home the same holds true inside our home. So what steps can we take to make our home less attractive to criminals? Well first we have to think like our criminal. What is he looking for? Make no mistake criminals do their homework there are certainly crimes of opportunity but in many cases the criminal will recon a neighborhood looking for his target

Reward – Is the risk worth the reward
Vacant – Unless you are the reward he wants to be in and out with no fuss.
Concealed Approach – he wants to be able to enter and exit your home without being observed by neighbors or a passerby who may raise the alarm.
Surreptitious Entry –He wants to get in quickly and quietly so he can have maximum time to carry out his crime.
With these thoughts in mind let’s think about simple cost effective measures we can take to make our criminal look elsewhere.

Actions. With a few minor adjustments to our normal routines we can avoid drawing attention to ourselves or giving information to would be criminals.

Vacations – Don’t announce your vacation plans on Face Book, Twitter or any other social media and don’t post pics till after you return. Stop your mail. Have a neighbor visit your home at random times each day to give the impression of occupancy. Consider putting a timer on lights throughout the home.
Trash – Don’t put that new flat screen TV box out by the trash for pickup. Consider a trip to the local dump/recycling center with any high value item packaging. Consider a paper shredder for all your sensitive documents.
High Value Items – Don’t display high value items like jewelry, antiques, guns etc. Where the can be seen from outside your home. Keep your garage door closed.
Landscaping . Paying attention to the landscaping around our home can pay huge dividends in reducing the risk of being targeted.

Shrubs/Trees/Fences – Shrubs trees and fences are great for providing privacy but if placed incorrectly provide privacy for the criminal. Fortunately with a little thought we can have them work for us. Don’t plant shrubs or trees in front of windows or around doors. They allow a criminal to stay concealed while they break in. If you must Plant in front of windows consider thorny shrubs like Bougainvillea. Any gates in side fences should have locks.
Pathways/Driveways – Consider gravel as opposed to pavers or concrete. It is much harder to walk quietly on gravel. Low voltage landscape lighting if placed correctly can illuminate your yard and eliminate hiding places for a criminal without disturbing your neighbors.
Exterior. Securing the exterior of your home can be an expensive proposition. There are however some inexpensive and innovative ways we can deter a criminal.

Security Lights – These should be motion activated and placed such that they only illuminate vulnerable areas and don’t annoy neighbors. They also need to be high enough to avoid tampering. Beware of placing where tree limbs or animals can activate them.
Alarms – If a full alarm system with monitoring is out of your budget, consider mounting a dummy alarm box on a street visible exterior wall and placing alarm signs in front yard.
Exterior Phone/Fuse Boxes – These should be locked to prevent deactivation or at the very least concealed from view.
Exterior Doors/Windows – Ideally exterior doors should be solid core, glassless, with a peep hole and dead bolts. A good lock set and a peep hole are a worthwhile investment. Glass Sliding doors can be secured with a length of broom handle placed in the track to prevent opening (this works with sliding windows too). Door chains merely provide the illusion of security, they are easily overcome. A better solution is a large rubber wedge placed under the bottom edge of the door on the lock side; it is far harder to breach.
Dogs – criminals don’t like dogs. They are inquisitive, territorial, noisy and they bite. However dog doors are an entry point into your home and should be secured. Even if you don’t have a dog create the illusion of one with a ‘Beware of the Dog” and place a large dog water dish and chew toy where they are easily visible from outside your property.
A relatively small investment of time money and thought to the above topics can vastly change the criminals perception of the Risk/Reward of targeting your home.

Police praise concealed carry homeowner’s handling of confrontation with wanted man

This incident of a Concealed Carry Hero of America who took matters into his own hands caught our attention at concealedonline.com. Marysville, Washington police reported a homeowner who did everything right when he came face-to-face with a wanted criminal, putting his concealed carry permit to the test.
The homeowner, Joe Hemrich, said it took years of training to teach him how to stay calm in an otherwise scary situation.

“I swing the door open and say, hey! He turned and that’s when I said, put youConcealed Onliner hands in the air,” Hemrich said.

Hemrich suddenly found himself  staring straight into the eyes of a man with four warrants out for his arrest.

At the time, of course, Hemrich didn’t know that.

All he knew was the guy wielded a potentially lethal baton and was four feet away from his child’s bedroom window.

Hemrich said he’s heard the horror stories of what can happen in situations where homeowners confront criminals. Good Samaritans can wind up hurting others and Hemrich was determined not to be one of those people.

“You have to know how to use your gun. If not, you’re just a liability,” he stressed. “I carry a firearm to protect myself, my family, my community with the intentions of never having to use it.”

Surveillance video captured Hemrich walk the suspect at gunpoint to the front of his yard, ordering the man to the ground and holding him until police arrived.

“I could see there was a good-size knife sticking out the top of his backpack,” he said.

Hemrich noted that the entire altercation lasted about five minutes. It was the longest five minutes of his life.

Marysville police said Hemrich did everything right. Most importantly, he complied with officer’s commands when they arrived on scene.

Another happy ending for the concealed carry community that we at concealedonline.com are proud to report on!

3 Must-Have Accessories For Concealed Carry

So You Bought a Concealed Carry Gun. You’re all Set, Right? Nope!

Here at concealedonline.com we feel that — aside from proper training — you need some awesome accessories to make your CCW system effective in every situation.
Here’s our 3 favorite concealed carry accessories to optimize your self-defense and help you protect your loved ones. Each one will help you take your protection to the next level.

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This is where the rubber meets the road… the primary point of failure for most new concealed carriers. Which makes it the weakest potential link in the chain of things that absolutely have to work for CCW system effectiveness.

Most people just assume they’re going to wear the belt they already have, and some people wear no belt at all on a normal basis.

Not good.

The belt you wear while carrying concealed is one of the most important parts of carrying.

Why? Let’s break it down:

Stability – your belt provides an attachment point for the holster and also keeps the holster on a horizontal plane. Both of these are critical for keeping the gun stable.

Draw – a properly fastened and retentive belt keeps the holster attached when you draw. A too loose or too thin belt will flex and bend which could interfere with your draw.

A belt is critical to weapons retention, and is often the only thing holding your holster in your pants.

A good belt for concealed carrying can be made of either quality leather, or even synthetic nylon. Look for a solid buckle and wide belt as this offers more holster support.

MAG CARRIERS

Unless you’re a crack shot, you may need more rounds than you think. Having the option to reload is key to neutralizing bad guys.

Since you already have a belt and concealed holster, slim-fitting magazine carriers are a must-have.

Like your weapon, they can be discreetly disguised and the extra weight is negligible. Go with an open-top magazine carrier that allows you to grip it from the bottom and pull them straight up for a reload.

For revolvers, open-top speed loader pouches are effective, though they’re wider than comparable mag pouches.

But don’t forget – speed loaders or a magazine in your front pocket are a dead giveaway you’re carrying concealed.

Rule of thumb: always keep additional hardware as concealed as the weapon itself.

FLASHLIGHTS

Most concealed carry guns won’t be equipped with a weapons light. The whole rig is big and bulky and kind of defeats the purpose of carrying concealed.

Even so, the fact is, you still need tactical illumination since many of the places you carry are dimly lit.

Movie theaters, restaurants or the workplace can be challenged for proper lighting.

We recommend you always carry some form of flashlight. If a situation ever arises, you don’t want to rely on squinting to hit your target.

At concealedonline.com we strongly believe that a weapons system is more than just the weapon itself.

Accessories allow you more options and it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!