Concealed Online Reviews | 3 Worst Gun Myths On the Internet

“Google it!”

These two words can be a blessing and a curse.  When it comes to guns, concealedonline.com has some serious pet peeves about the supposedly “good advice” you’ll find on the internet.

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Here’s a list of our top 3 bits of bad gun advice you’ll regularly find online:

MYTH #1: Concealed Guns Should NEVER Be Carried with a Round in the Chamber

For safety reasons, a myth has been circulating that you should always carry with an empty chamber.

Well guess what?  There’s no way you’re going to have enough time to draw your self-defense handgun…

… rack a round, and effectively respond, ESPECIALLY if someone is coming at you!

Want proof?  Just look at Tueller Drills. They’ve shown that it takes only about ONE AND A HALF SECONDS for an attacker to cover 21 feet!

That doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to defend yourself, ESPECIALLY if your weapon has an empty chamber.

And this dovetails nicely into our biggest complaint about carrying with an empty chamber.  It’s a bad habit that leads to complacency.  When you ASSUME your firearm is unloaded, you get lazy, and laziness can lead to tragedy.

MYTH #2: As Long As Your Concealed Carry is UNLOADED, it’s Okay To Mess With It

We’re not even going to define what “mess with it” means, but it goes something like this…

“DON’T WORRY, I NEVER KEEP IT LOADED.”  Famous last words…

People routinely shoot themselves or someone else accidentally because they fail to observe the single most important rule for gun safety, namely:

Guns should ALWAYS be treated like they’re loaded AT ALL TIMES!

Every day you hear in the news about people who’ve shot themselves or others because they normally carry with an empty chamber and forgot that they chambered a round.

If you keep your firearm loaded and ready to fire, you don’t have to pretend your gun is loaded at all times.  You know it is and always treat it that way!

MYTH #3: At the Range, You Should Only Train For Head Shots

Head shots are easy on the range.  But in real life, you rarely have time to aim for the head…unless, of course, you’re John Wick…

.. or a trained SWAT sniper with superior shooting skills!

If not, you will want to remember these two words… CENTER MASS!

Firing for center mass allows for INACCURACY.  If your hand is shaking or you fire from an unsupported position, hitting the center part of a target affords you the greatest chance of the bullet landing somewhere that stops an imminent attack.

In conclusion, here’s something we at concealedonline.com feel bears repeating: if you’re not prepared to use deadly force to protect yourself, don’t carry concealed!

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!

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.

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!

Glock Me All Night Long – Your Concealed Carry 9mm Gun Guide

The team at concealedonline.com is ready to run down the best concealed carry 9mm’s on the market today. Reliability and power make the Glock a must-have for all 9mm enthusiasts. Plus it’s perfect for compact carry and will never fail to make an impact — in front of, and behind the trigger!  Glock 9mms are super-reliable, durable, and fun to shoot. Aesthetically speaking, they look cool and fit comfortably in your hand!Concealed Online Ready to Glock? A good place to start is the Glock 17!

For ultimate all-around 9mm badassery, the Glock 17 has become a law enforcement must-have.It’s super-accurate, weighs less than a Chihuahua and comes standard with a 17-round mag.Concealed OnlineReady To Carry Concealed? Try the Glock 19!

For stopping power, the G17 is the sh*t!But when it comes to easy-to-handle specs, size and design – you can’t beat the smaller Glock 19.Which probably explains why it’s had such a huge impact among self-defense conscious women everywhere! Home and self-defense will never be the same. Plus the reasonable price tag won’t break the bank.

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Want Even Smaller? The Glock 26 is the One For You!

The subcompact design of the diminutive Glock 26 makes it perfect for concealed carriers concerned about “printing.” In fact, the G26 was designed specifically for concealed carry.Not to be confused with the baby driver, the baby Glock measures just 6.41 inches and is the smallest 9mm Glock.Concealed OnlineWhich means, if you have biggish hands, best NOT to go with this one! Trust us on this one!Adjustable back straps and an easy-access magazine-release button are a couple of the custom features we dig.But be warned: the 10-round magazine means less firepower than the bigger Glock brothers.

Want Smaller Still??? Go Glock 43 and Break Out the Tweezers!

This teeny-weeny Glock is über-slim and has a length of just 6.25 inches. Perfect for purse or ankle back-up, this little big-guy has a 6-round capacity magazine. Which means gripping it can be challenging plus aiming it requires better accuracy since you will need to make quality shots over quantity shots!Concealed OnlineNote to self: remember, you have a Glock hidden in your back pocket genius!Last but not least, some people contend that the Glock is an unsightly beastie. We at concealedonline.com must respectfully disagree!

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