Carrying Concealed While Doing Your Daily Jog
Don’t Cock Your Gun
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
If you’re walking around tactically oblivious, situationally unaware, then you’re just asking for trouble.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
At some point, your concealed carry is bound to malfunction. No way around it.
Remember, a handgun is a machine. It needs maintenance. But even when you do everything right to keep it in perfect running condition, it can still misfire or malfunction. I know – bummer.
Hey, it’s a complicated piece of equipment. And the more complicated equipment becomes, the more likely it is that something will go wrong with its operation.
Whether it’s un-ignited powder, a stuck piece of brass that wasn’t extracted properly, or a round that just wasn’t fed in correctly – learning how to fix a malfunction can literally mean the difference between life and death.
The goal of these drills is to train you to use the same motor response for each malfunction.
As in… less thinking, more doing.
The goal, in fact, of any training program should be simplicity and efficiency because time is not on your side when it comes to getting a handgun back up and running after a malfunction.
Ergo, we are going to cut out the whole look-think-assess aspect of our training and just leap-frog directly to “react.”
In many cases, the solution to these malfunctions can be solved by the “Immediate Action Drill.” Also known as the “tap-rack-bang drill,” the actions involved in this maneuver include:
— tapping (more like smacking, actually) the bottom of the magazine to make sure it’s seated properly;
— yanking the slide back to eject bad ammo or brass (we call this racking, btw), and;
— firing if the threat still exists.
The basic tap-rack should become a reflexive response when your handgun doesn’t respond to a trigger press. If that doesn’t fix the problem, immediately go to rip-roll-rack-reload.
Remember, the goal is to skip over the process of look-think-assess and jump directly to react. And with non-diagnostic malfunction-clearance drills incorporated into your regular training routine, you’ll be able to do just that!
We feel it’s best to occasionally state the obvious. So, here goes…
FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED
Prior knowledge of possible dangers gives you a tactical advantage. Or to put it another way — always be ready to use your concealed carry in any and all situations!
Especially those situations where you know there’s a good chance you could find yourself compromised, like say for instance, if you happen to be entering a dangerous, messed-up part of town.
In those cases, it’s a really-really good idea to keep these simple tips & tricks fresh in your brainpan:
FREE YOUR HANDS
Sounds like something I shouldn’t have to tell you, right? But you’d be amazed how many people forget this simple rule and wind up on the receiving end of a violent crime.
Keep your hands as free as possible for quicker access to your concealed carry.
Shift your groceries to your passive arm…
Get in the habit of carrying a backpack to free up your hands…
Put down the damn phone! Talking about which…
You’ve heard of Distracted Driving, right? Well, what about Distracted Walking, Distracted Talking or for that matter, Distracted Breathing??? That’s what happens when you bury your head in your phone.
People can’t go two seconds without looking at their phone. There are many documented cases of people walking into traffic, walking off a cliff, and other stupid yet lethal incidents while ogling their iPhone screens!
Put down the phone. Back away from the phone. Now… look up… engage!
I know it’s hard – but just do it. You’ll thank me later.
Plus of course, when you have a phone in hand, you can’t also be expected to easily access your concealed carry. Bottom line… stay alert to your surroundings. A simple rule to live by that could save your life.
Also, make sure access to your firearm is unimpeded — unzip your coat, release the snap closure on your holster, and make sure your undershirt or shirt tails don’t get in the way of unholstering your gun.
Lastly, getting in and out of a car can pose problems for access…
… especially with seat belts and IWB holsters as part of the equation. Be aware of your limitations in a vehicle and adjust your firearm accordingly.
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…
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.
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.
When dress code is not part of the equation, you can wear almost anything that disguises the fact that you’re armed.
Once you have your outfit down, no one should know you have a gun… until you’re using it.
At concealedonline.com, we feel it’s best to never mix the two. Here’s why:
Most states have laws against carrying any sort of weapon while drunk.
Take Michigan for instance……where carrying a gun while having a BAC of .o2 or above will lead to having your weapon confiscated. If you’re around 200 pounds, you’ll hit .o2 after having 2 drinks in 1 hour.
When you’ve had a few drinks, stuff you normally never do will suddenly seem like a perfectly good idea. Like getting into stupid, unprovoked fights or getting upset over the slightest slight or generally acting like an A-hole.
Now add a gun to the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.
Also when your judgement is impaired, you’re more likely to tell someone you have a gun when normally you’d keep your trap shut. Talking about your gun could come off as bragging and lead to an argument or fight.
Traffic stops become exponentially higher when you’re hammered. If you get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, you will most likely be driving erratically.
If that happens, prepare to be in a world of hurt. Not only will you lose driving privileges, you’ll also lose your gun.
Each state defines “intoxicated” in their own way so they can use it at their own discretion. Don’t give them an excuse to use it against you and take your gun away in the process.
Being drunk means you forget stuff. Your brain is addled.
Imagine losing a lethal weapon. How would you feel if you were responsible for a kid finding it and hurting someone else or self-inflicting a gunshot?
How would you feel if you lost your gun and a criminal found it and killed someone? You definitely do not want to know how either of those situations will play out on your psyche.
Plus, if you unholster your weapon while drunk, your control will be all out of whack. Your weapon could easily slip out of your hand and hit the floor (and potentially discharge accidentally).
Or worse. You could have your weapon TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU AND USED AGAINST YOU.
And then the meaning of the term “worse case scenario” would suddenly become oh so crystal clear.
When your judgement is clouded due to drink, you’re less aware of your body language and your gun might be showing under your clothes.
Bottom line, guns and booze are a BAD combination!
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!
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.
I was looking online for information on obtaining a concealed online reviews, and also searching information on obtaining a pistol permit through my local county department when I learned about the federal firearms license and being a dealer.
In case you haven’t come across this yet, as I did a lot of searching (too many hours if you ask me!), I wanted to give you a run down on the federal firearms license and how to learn more if you’re interested in pursuing this lucrative option.
When it comes to a concealed online permit, I’m sure you are aware there is a long application process. The application itself isn’t too long, but the processing time can take twelve weeks. You may hear people claim to get your application approved faster (like the ’30 days’ pitch), and if you hear this run the opposite direction. They are being dishonest, as six to eight weeks is considered fast by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Those who make false claims are probably not licensed either. I bet if you asked those making ridiculous claims to provide you a copy of their license, you’d receive no response. Another red-flag when searching for help and information is a lot of fees and suggestions you need things other than what is regulated. Again, consult the ATF, which is one resource you can consult to find the regulations you must meet for approval.
I know you began looking for information on a concealed weapon permit and the information I’ve discussed is definitely worth your review, as much pertains to you regardless of interest or specialty. Another point to note is that regulations and policies related to firearms, guns and ammunition change throughout the year, so finding a user-friendly way to stay updated is highly recommended.
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.
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.