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.

Concealed Online Reviews

 

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.

ConcealedOnline Reviews

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.

Concealed Online Reviews

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.

ConcealedOnline Reviews

 

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.

Concealed Online Reviews

 

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.

Concealed Online Reviews

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 | 3 Dead Giveaways That Someone is Hiding A Gun

IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR…. ?

Certain behavioral tics can tip you off that there’s a gun violator in your midst. That is, if you know what to look for!

In this blog, team concealedonline.com lays bare the most common giveaways.

1. Constantly Checking To Be Sure It’s There

Gun violators have a bad habit of continually touching…

… fidgeting…

… fingering…

… or somehow adjusting their (supposedly) hidden weapon.

They do it over and over, as if the gun could miraculously move on it’s own! This neurotic checking and rechecking can manifest as bumping the weapon with a hand, wrist or elbow – depending on what type of holster is being worn.

The most obvious offenders will nervously palm the weapon, thinking no one could possibly have noticed! Of course, if you’re observant enough, YOU WILL DEFINITELY NOTICE!

2. Weird Walk

Gun violators often adopt an unnatural gait or posture that reveals they’re carrying a hidden weapon.

For instance, if they happen to be packing a long gun in their pants, they tend NOT to bend at the knees. They may also walk funny, hands on hips, due to a weapon secreted away!

A distinctive Quasimodo-like, hunched-over manner of walking is also a good way to identify a stashed weapon.

3. “Printing” 

An alert observer can spot the bulge of a weapon – called “printing” – the outline of a handgun underneath clothing.

When a gun violator walks, be on the lookout for a bulge or gun butt visible as the weapon moves back and forth… or you might notice a bulge under the armpit (in the case of a shoulder holster).

So there you have it, the 3 most common giveaways that someone has a concealed weapon on their body.
Team concealedonline.com hopes you’ll remain ever-vigilant!

Concealedonline Reviews – John Wick’s Top 3 Tips for Concealed Carry

Super-assassin John Wick never leaves home without strapping on his trusty concealed carry.

But that’s not one of ’em.

concealedonline

Nope… not that one either.

concealedonline

Yep, that’s more like it.

concealedonline

Anyway, here’s a few choice tips he shared during some downtime before embarking upon his latest international adventure.

[***Approved by the High Table international assassin’s guild.]

If You’re Armed, Always Be Armed
If you conceal carry, you’re at a disadvantage. You don’t know where or when an attack may come from.

concealedonline

You react. You don’t act. For you, it’s all about self-defense, not self-OFFENSE.

Which means you must be forever prepared… forever-vigilant… forever ready for anything.

But not like this. A hand is good. A handGUN is better.

concealedonline

Point being, when you don’t know where or when the attack’s coming from, there’s only one thing to do…

… always be armed.

If You Aren’t Prepared To Use Your Concealed Carry, Don’t Carry
Don’t bluff. If you carry, you better be certain that you can and will use deadly force in a legitimate self-defense situation.

concealedonline
As JW perfectly put it: “If you hesitate at the moment of truth, prepare to become a victim.”
Those who hesitate will very likely be disarmed by their attacker, only to have their own weapon used against them. On the other hand, if the attacker realizes you mean business, he will be deterred.

concealedonline

If you’re ready and able to do what must be done, the likelihood is you will never actually have to do so.

Don’t Let The Gun Make You Stupid
If you carry, you carry a great responsibility. You are held to a higher standard of conduct.

You are expected to avoid, not seek out, situations that could quickly escalate and, with a deadly weapon at hand, turn deadly.

To quote JW: “Remember that stupid road rage incident you had last week? Good. Knock it off.”

Your CCW carries with it the power of life or death. That power belongs in the hands of responsible people who understand consequences.

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.

Learn More:

https://www.concealedonline.com/

https://dotsub.com/view/cb5314ef-888c-424f-9b03-550e314cf0ba

https://dotsub.com/view/41e7cc33-968d-4f8e-8a2d-fbd7a55e8bf1

Concealed Online Reviews | Stay Frosty – Good Gun Prep For Any Situation

A concealed carry is only as good as your ability to access it.

holster-hero-600x435

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!

Always-Aware-ConditionYellow-lady-driveway-e1408652766405

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.

mugging.alley.thinkstock

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.

114005111-4861a52b-575f-43d1-8c26-1cf4160de605

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…

D929_39_854_1200

Put down the damn phone! Talking about which…

put-phone-down

STAY ALERT

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.

met-moped-theft-1024

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!

imgpsh_fullsize-3

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.

DSC_0523

Lastly, getting in and out of a car can pose problems for access…

imgres-4

… 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.

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…

8619_2.10-Gun-Billf

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.

Concealedonline.com | Carrying While Drunk – JUST SAY NO!

At concealedonline.com, we feel it’s best to never mix the two. Here’s why:

Because It’s The Law

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.

Because Your Judgement Will Suck

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.

Because You Have A Good Chance Of Getting Pulled Over 

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.

Because You Could Lose or Drop Your Gun

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.

Because You Will “Print”

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!

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.

Concealed Online – 5 Best Hiding Places to Stash A Gun

Stow away IN PLAIN SIGHT

Group concealedonline.com realizes that individual protection begins with EASY ACCESS to your gun.

Regardless of whether lashed to your hip…

… or reserved under a heap of clothing…

Concealed Online

… GETTING TO YOUR GUN WHEN YOU NEED IT is the place the famous elastic meets the street!

Here’s our main 5 rundown of most loved gun stash destinations:

[WARNING: in the event that you have children at home, be additional touchy to the potential repercussions of each]

1 – BEDSIDE MANNER

In case you’re at home and need to react to a thief or home attack situation, nine times out of ten you’ll be sleeping, level on your back, half-snoozing. That is the point at which a bed outline holster truly proves to be useful.

The better ones slip pleasantly amongst bedding and box spring and stay put. Flexible holster ties in addition to versatile pockets for mags or a little electric lamp finish this very suggested preparation group.

2 – UP, UP AND (TUCKED) AWAY

Keep in mind that stunning erased scene in BLADE RUNNER (the first, not the crappy new one) where Deckard and Gaff look through Leon’s (Brion James) condo? After the two Blade Runner’s abandon, it’s uncovered that Leon had been dangling from the washroom roof the entire time!

Virtuoso concealing spot!

Hang your firearm topsy turvy from a snare over the entryway appropriate inside a storeroom. A robber may experience your garments and other storage room stuff, however THEY WON’T LOOK STRAIGHT UP!

3 – THE SUNKEN PLACE

A criminal will be excessively bustling scouring dresser drawers, storerooms and so forth to waste time with what — at first look, in any event — gives off an impression of being just a harmless heap of messy clothing.

We suggest putting socks or clothing or anything remotely squalid looking appropriate ON TOP of the heap to truly prevent awful folks from being enticed to look through your home of nasties!

Also, if, similar to me, you’re somewhat of a germaphobe — you may even need to consider first reserving your handgun inside a plastic sack before covering it underneath a grimy heap! Exceptionally suggested!

4 – D.W.C.

In case you’re D.W.C. — Driving While Carrying — achieving your handgun without LOOKING LIKE you’re going after your handgun is critical!

Clearly, glove compartments are absolutely out! Armrests aren’t vastly improved.

Rather, a viable option includes utilizing your seat cover as disguise.

Split the crease on the back of the traveler’s seat cover (closest to the driver), embed a conservative holster/handgun combo, and voila!

Carjacker’s be careful!

5 – PLANTERS (NO PEANUTS)

Affirm, I let it out. I cherish plants and have an arrangement of greenery spread all through my home.

Here’s the thing about plants. They make extraordinary improving touches, they’re incredible for nature, and (alright, I let it be known) they’re decent to converse with (they don’t argue!).

What’s more, over all that — they’re ideal for reserving a handgun on display, particularly since they offer the advantage of implicit disguise!

So there you have it — our most loved spots to hide guns at home or out and about!

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.