Concealedonline Reviews – How To Choose the Best Gun Grip

Proper gun grip is a must! Your carry piece must be an extension of your arm, your hand, and your good judgment! The right or wrong gun grip will have a direct effect on everything from your aim, to your balance, to your trigger pull. So having the most comfortable grip possible is essential for optimal CCW operation.

The bad news is, many handguns have horrible ergonomics. They just don’t feel right when you hold them. Let’s explore the grip texture that best fits your shooting style and carrying needs and ultimately enhances your overall CCW experience.

TEXTURE

Basically, it breaks down to two different texture types…

RUBBER GRIPS

GRANULATE GRIPS

Both are designed to improve your firearm hold, but each texture has specific strengths and weaknesses. Let’s compare and contrast.

Rubber texture is the most popular, probably because it’s the one that’s more versatile. The pebble finish, rubberized material is non-abrasive and won’t snag which makes it perfect for concealed carry. Plus, it feels sooooo good against your skin, which makes the shooting experience that much more enjoyable. Soft hands? This is the grip for you!

Granulate texture, on the other hand (haha, see what I did there?), provides a super-solid grip. Unlike rubber, it feels like your cat’s tongue, a sandpaper-like finish preferred by open carriers, competitive shooters, or military operators. Sweaty hands love this texture, but it can catch on clothing or cause discomfort when it rubs against your skin. That’s why we don’t recommend it for concealed carry, where comfort is key.

GRIP GRIPES & LIKES

Granulate Pros & Cons

  • Offers the best grip control in all conditions
  • Great for open carry
  • Not so great for concealed carry
  • Abrasive feel
  • Ideal for sweaty hands!

Rubber Pros & Cons

  • Perfect for either concealed or open carry
  • Will not snag on your clothes or holster
  • Super versatile
  • Soft feel

Remember, it all comes down to your hands. The hands are the part of the body that interact most directly with a handgun. And how the gun feels in your hands counts for a lot when selecting a CCW for your specific needs.

Becoming a better shooter is all about enhancing your gun control… and the way to do that is by choosing the best gun grip. Happy shooting!

Concealed Online Reviews | How to Choose the Best Holster For Concealed Carry

Here at concealedonline.com we know that choosing the right holster can make all the difference. Picking the right holster is as important as picking the right weapon. The best ones combine good concealment with unimpeded access to your gun. Remember: when it comes to a holster, cost alone should never be high on your priority list. You don’t have to break the bank, but cutting corners on this vital gear could cost you more than just a few bucks.

Your holster is the interface between your gun and your body. A substandard design could cause discomfort, a compromised draw, or losing your CCW altogether. Holsters come in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

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There are so many, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly cover all of them in one article. So we’ve boiled it down to the five most important criteria to consider:

RETENTION

Most incidents that require you to draw your CCW will be sudden, close-quarters confrontations. That’s why retention is an important consideration, as in, making sure your weapon stays in your possession at all times. Losing it during such an encounter could spell disaster.

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Retention devices include internal ones inside the holster or thumb breaks that help you secure your weapon if you’re engaged in a hand-to-hand altercation. Holsters that lack shape molding or retention screw pressure may not secure the CCW properly under these stressful circumstances. Retention systems that require a manual release are always preferable and highly recommended.

A good holster will be formed to a specific handgun and will maintain its form. A holster that is poorly fitted can cause the weapon to become easily dislodged, so it’s imperative to choose a quality leather or Kydex holster that matches precisely the contours of your handgun.

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Proper fit holds the gun in place and prevents slippage. Molding around the trigger guard will lock the weapon in place and is found in most Kydex holsters. Adjustable screws let you customize how much pressure you need to draw your weapon without it flying out of the holster or out of your hand.

The BLACKHAWK SERPA is a holster you might want to look into.  It’s made from engineered thermoplastic which makes it both lightweight and durable. But what sets it apart is the Auto Lock feature, engaging the trigger guard upon holstering, effectively locking the gun in place. This safeguards your gun from an assailant yet still allows you an effective draw, which is the next criteria on our list…

EFFECTIVE DRAW

Under duress, you should be able to quickly access and present your handgun with ease. The holster needs to combine both a comfortable, complete grip on your handgun while still allowing you the ability to release any retention devices. Your draw stroke should be straight-line, pointing downrange, while lining up your sights.

CONCEAL-ABILITY

Seems obvious that you’d want a CCW holster that allows for the best concealment, but you’d be surprised how this little detail always seems to slip through the cracks.

The element of surprise is high on our priority list when responding to an attacker, so choosing a holster that allows for proper concealment is paramount to getting the upper hand. It also enables you to avoid awkward situations where your handgun may be inadvertently exposed to the public leading to a confrontation with law enforcement that has the potential to turn tragic.

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TRIGGER GUARD

A good CCW holster should adequately cover the trigger guard. Plus the material should be rigid enough to ensure any object it comes into contact with can’t depress the trigger. You will also want to be sure that the holster design accommodates the safety.  A bad holster could disengage the safety on your pistol which could cause the weapon to fire unintentionally.

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RE-HOLSTERING

When the gun is removed, the holster mouth should remain open and rigid. A reinforced throat will allow for this, and will especially come in handy when re-holstering with one hand.  The CCW holster you buy should allow for rapid one-handed drawing and unassisted re-holstering.

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At concealedonline.com we got your back when it comes to concealed carry holsters. Our discriminating standards insist that the best holsters balance both concealment and accessibility, but still retain enough comfort to wear well in everyday situations. Buy smart, be safe!

Concealed Online Reviews | Getting “Made” – What To Do If Someone Spots Your CCW

What if someone notices I’m armed? Can’t happen to me! I’m careful with my CCW!

Oh yeah? Wanna bet?

Common sense clothing and carrying methods all but ensure no one will ever know you’re carrying, but it can still happen.

I’m going to assume you’re NOT the type who goes around wearing NRA or 2A T-shirts.

Even so, you still might get “made” and not even know it. Let’s explore…

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DROPS
Law enforcement has a long history of responding to this kind of call which they commonly refer to as “DROP” reports.

As in: “hey officer, someone just dropped a gun in a bathroom stall at Starbucks!”

How to remedy this awkward, embarrassing, and potentially dangerous situation?

WRONG!

Toilet Tip: instead of letting the gun/holster DROP to the floor (along with your pants), hang on to your hardware with one hand while your other hand tends to your, uh, TP needs 🙂 Another option: use a handicapped stall which is designed to offer maximum privacy, meaning less of a chance someone will see your CCW when you’re “doing your business.”

PRINTS
Another, more common, way to get “made” in public is when someone notices the outline of your gun through your clothes or you reach up/bend over for something.

We call this “printing.”

First thing to do is make sure you have the proper holster for optimal concealment.

An inside-the-belt thumb-snap version covered by a loose fitting shirt or blouse should do the trick.

REALLY GOOD!

But still, it can happen to the best of us…

REALLY BAD!

In any of the above cases, make sure you check your ego at the door and do the right thing…

First… say you’re sorry to the person or persons nervously staring, eyes agape, at your CCW.

OOPS! NOPE

Next, offer to show them your permit. If they want to see it, don’t make any sudden moves. Pretend you’re in a slo-mo scene from a movie and produce your permit at the speed of molasses. And if you’re confronted by a police officer, keep your hands raised in front of you and ASK them if you can show them your permit, or… better yet… tell them where they can find it (preferably, your wallet) and let THEM do the honors.

Drops and prints are the two most reliable ways of telling if someone is armed.

If you happen to be on the receiving end of this unfortunate revelation, follow the tips above and you’ll be just fine!

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!

Concealedonline Reviews – What’s The Point of Hollow Points?

Most law enforcement uses hollow point bullets for one very good reason: they pack the most punch of any handgun ammunition!

Expansion vs. Penetration

Collateral damage is a nightmare scenario for law enforcement. Precision shooting is literally a life-or-death concern in a crowd or public place where innocent bystanders could get caught in the crossfire.

The problem? Most bullets are designed to move THROUGH a target and keep on going. Which means there’s a high risk of the bullet striking an unintended target.

Hollow point ammo, on the other hand, expands upon impact, maximizing stopping power. The expansion is caused by the hollow tip of the bullet. This allows the internal organs and tissue of the target to be severely impacted.

Penetration is minimized. Collateral damage is all but non-existent.

Designed to expand, the diameter of a hollow point increases as it passes through the target. The more a bullet expands, the less it will penetrate due to FRICTION.

Concealed carriers and experienced shooters prefer hollow point bullets. Here’s why:

  • Because it’s a small-arms projectile, it can be used in concealed carry guns.
  • It’s perfect for self-defense… the #1 reason why most people carry concealed.
  • Due to reduced expansion inherent in most bullets, the pass-through factor means that what they hit often leaves targets less impaired. Not a good thing when you need to bring your target down fast.

  • Hunters want to maximize the impact of their shot. To do this, the expansion of hollow points is indispensable.


Takeaway

First, hollow point bullets expand on contact and reduce the risk of hitting unintentional targets downfield.

Secondly, almost every law enforcement agency in the country uses hollow point ammo because it’s more effective at stopping attackers. As in, lethal.

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ConcealedOnline Reviews – Train Your Brain For More Effective Concealed Carry

A GOOD MIND-SET MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Defensive shooting situations are complicated. They involve quick decision-making, time-limits, and a bad guy that refuses to stand still!

If you’ve developed the proper mind-set, you’ll be ready to deal with any and all of these variables.

Your brain has everything you need to master defensive shooting situations and how it processes info is key to being effective.

That said, there are multiple factors that go into making accurate, split-second evaluations, especially in circumstances where using your concealed carry handgun comes into play.

For example…

ADRENALINE

When adrenaline is in the mix (which it most definitely WILL BE), everything changes. Nutty stuff happens when the adrenal glands pump hormonal neurotransmitters into your system! Adrenaline tells your brain to stop thinking and start reacting.

Instinct trumps intelligence. The lizard brain takes over.

If standing downrange and putting bullet holes in paper targets is your idea of a good shooting drill, then you will absolutely NOT be prepared to defend yourself or others in a real-life situation.

Learning how to integrate real responses into the lizard part of your brain is where the rubber meets the road. So how do you train your brain to properly handle your handgun in said situations?

PRACTICE TIPS

TIP 1 — rehearse each skill over and over until they’re like riding a bike or tying your shoes. Do you think about either of those tasks? Hell, no. They’re second nature.

TIP 2 — concentration while on the range is A MUST or someone (i.e. you) might get hurt. A gun is no joke. It’s a life-or-death skill-set and should never be taken lightly.

Even so, training your brain to multi-task while shooting, like driving and thinking about what you want for lunch at the same time, is the kind of unconscious competency you should perfect for effective concealed carry.

TIP 3 — decisional shooting drills that force you to make judgments in the blink of an eye are a MUST.

DECISIONAL SHOOTING DRILLS

You’ll need just a couple things for these drills:

— a shooting partner and a paper target with numbered colored circles.

These kind of targets are usually available at your local range.

Have your shooting partner call out an even number. Draw and shoot the circle with that number.

Next, have your shooting partner call out an odd number. Draw and shoot any circle EXCEPT the circle with that number.

Have your partner call a color. Shoot the circle with that color.

Have your partner call another color. Draw and shoot any OTHER circle except the color called.

These drills will help make your shooting brain muscle stronger and prepare you for a defensive shooting situation.

The sooner you get started, the better.

Concealed Online Reviews | Justified – Where and When To Use Your Concealed Carry

Be Aware, Be Very Aware

Deciding the proper response, i.e. when it’s justified to use lethal force, is a huge part of carrying concealed. How exactly to make that decision involves quick reasoning powers and breaks down into a two-pronged process.

Step one is simply being present enough in the moment to know when a threat exists. The ability to quickly and accurately identify danger separates those who carry from those who know when it’s appropriate to USE their carry.

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If you’re walking around tactically oblivious, situationally unaware, then you’re just asking for trouble.

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This is not to say you have to become super-paranoid about everything and everyone, but when carrying concealed, you have an obligation to heighten your sense of your surroundings. Hey, being alert goes with the territory.  Deal with it.

Threat Assessment

Before you can react to a threat, you need to have a grasp of the level of jeopardy. This can get tricky because the actual severity may be hidden or may not be immediately obvious.

Your response needs to match the perceived threat level. If you overreact, you could wind up in prison. If you don’t react properly, you could wind up dead.

Assessment should first take into account whether or not the danger is a direct threat to you and your response should be based on the nature of those circumstances.

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For instance, is the threat LETHAL or not? Does the attacker want to kill you, punch you out, run you off the road, or just scream at you a lot?

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Lethal force is only justifiable if you’re facing grave bodily harm or worse and the law dictates that you can use commensurate force — i.e. the same level of force that threatens you.

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Remember, the whole point of a concealed carry is to get you out of trouble, not into it – and recognizing a threat is the first step to doing just that.

Understanding when force is justified or not is quite literally a life or death decision. In either case, stay vigilant, hombre.

The Right Look – The Best and Worst Clothes for Concealed Carry

Clothes that effectively hide your gun are a must for carrying concealed.

Pairing stylish clothing with the potentially awkward bulge of a firearm is what we’re about to explore in this post. Our fashion sense always takes into account how good any piece of attire is at hiding a concealed weapon.

If it’s obvious you have a gun, what’s the point? The term “concealed carry” suggests handgun access coupled with public discretion. Here’s a good example of the OPPOSITE of that…

Loose pants and shirts can help keep the outline of your pocket holster or “print” (see above) from being noticed. Longer shirts that extend past the waistline are a great way to hide an IWB weapon. Again, here’s an example of just the OPPOSITE…

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Pick clothes that offer both conceal-ability and accessibility. A shirt that keeps things inconspicuous by covering your weapon isn’t worth the tradeoff if it also makes it difficult to reach your gun in a time of need.

Coats and jackets make it easy to be discreet with any sized weapon but if the occasion calls for short sleeves and shorts, you may be better off arming yourself with a smaller weapon or risk looking like some bizarro terrorist!

For some, any old shirt or jacket that hides a holster is acceptable, whereas for the more discriminating armed civilian, concealed carry has to resolve other expectations as well. Factoring in a little style is key to avoiding being pegged as a stereotypical carrier. What’s wrong with dressing in a way that conceals your gun PLUS makes you look sharp at the same time?

If a suit-and-tie is your outfit of choice, then take notice. Businessmen who carry for personal protection have a built-in advantage given that their bulky attire provides great cover. Actually, a suit is probably the most effective method for reducing “printing.”

Another benefit is the variety of holsters you can carry. Business attire allows for added variety: paddle-on-the-hip or behind-the-back, IWB, shoulder or ankle holsters all work great when suited up.

Another consideration for a suit wearer is whether you need to take off your jacket or wear it unbuttoned. An unbuttoned jacket can conceal either kind of behind-the-back carry but is a bad choice for a hip holster or under-the-arm. If you tend to take off your jacket, wear pants that accommodate IWB carry and a dress shirt that can be worn untucked to drape it over the gun butt.

Business Casual

Business casual is the preferred style for plainclothes cops, bodyguards, spies, or any other badass carrying a gun as part of the job. It straddles the respectable and the practical and often includes a jacket, which makes it perfect for pros in these lines of work.

That said, non-pros should also consider the jacket-and-slacks, dress-casual combo. It provides plenty of places to conceal a weapon plus makes you look well-dressed relative to the average shmoe on the street.

Everything Else

When dress code is not part of the equation, you can wear almost anything that disguises the fact that you’re armed.

  • Concealment jackets –  made for concealment but looks like a work jacket. Big, unobtrusive pockets inside.
  • Bomber jackets – a classic style with padded lining perfect for concealing bulges.

  • Untucked – offers tons of concealment if you’ve got an IWB holster.

  • Hoodies – trendy, ubiquitous, and plenty of room to hide large caliber concealed carries.

Once you have your outfit down, no one should know you have a gun… until you’re using it.

Concealed Online – The Secret Service Guide For Spotting Illegally Concealed Weapons

SECRETS REVEALED: HOW TO SPOT AN ILLEGAL CONCEALED WEAPON

Back in 2010, the Secret Service put out an awesome guide called “Characteristics of the Armed Individual” to help law enforcement determine if someone is carrying an illegal concealed weapon.

Team concealedonline.com runs down a few hidden handgun tips that could save your life.

Watch how he/she performs certain actions like opening a door, writing or vaping. A lot of folks touch or adjust their weapon over and over, consciously and subconsciously, which is a total tip off.

Plus, 90% of Americans are right handed, so focus on the right side of the person first.

Oh, and check their waist band. Most righties carry in the right front waist band because they see it in the movies or they think it’s cool.

Sounds idiotic, but people who carry guns illegally tend to find information out about them from their besties or from the movies… which is in stark contrast to how concealed carriers with a LEGAL permit go about it — namely, through a certified instructor!

IS THAT A GUN OR ARE YOU JUST HIDING SOMETHING?

Are they dressed in a big, baggy coat in the middle of a hot, blazing summer day?

Are they wearing multiple military-issue camo-layers to a yoga class?

If so, assume they’re hiding something.

Also, guns are heavy—even a compact handgun is 2 lbs-ish. The weight can cause clothes to sag.

If the suspected concealed carrier keeps adjusting and readjusting their shirt, pants, coat, hoodie… that’s a pretty good sign they got something to hide.

“Characteristics of the Armed Individual” could save your life. And it’s a good read regardless.

We at concealedonline.com recommend you Google it and check it out.

Concealed Online Reviews – Should Teachers Be Armed?

Give Teachers Guns, Prevent School Shootings?

Team concealedonline.com shines a light on a recent tragedy that has sparked heated debate.

After a gunman killed 17 and wounded more than a dozen people last week in Florida, some have suggested arming teachers as a means to prevent more mass shootings in schools.

The attack is the 17th school shooting in 2018 alone. Since then, student activists have organized and called on President Trump and legislators to enact stricter gun laws.

In Denver, a Colorado lawmaker and former Columbine High School student is scheduled to introduce legislation that allows concealed handgun permit holders the right to carry firearms in K-12 schools.

“This act would allow every law-abiding citizen who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios,” said Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock.

Neville was a sophomore during the Columbine school shootings on April 20, 1999.

During a recent White House “listening session,” President Trump suggested it would be a good idea to arm teachers in order to end future school shootings. He followed up with a series of tweets clarifying that “only the best” teachers should have guns, ones “with military or special training experience.”

“Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this,” Trump tweeted. “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

The push back from Parkland student activists and some educators was swift and loud, writing on social media that they don’t want to carry guns.


“I’m a teacher. Don’t give me a gun,” tweeted one teacher. “Give me the supplies I need, the salary I deserve, and the common-sense gun laws to protect my kids.”

Clearly this is a hot button topic and team concealedonline.com would like to invite our readers to voice their opinions – visit our page to take our poll! We want to know what you think so VOTE NOW.