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 | 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 – 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 – End the Debate: Revolver or Semi-Auto? Which Works Better for Concealed Carry?

There are 15 people right now at your local gun shop. Step in and ask them if you should concealed carry with a revolver or a semi-auto and you’ll get 15 different opinions.

Well here’s another opinion for you: To end the revolver vs. semi-auto debate, you need to consider your concealed carry needs, your shooting style, and a few other factors those 15 guys at your local range aren’t even thinking about.

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Sure, there are already 1,000 opinions out there on forums, blogs, and in magazines…

Isn’t it time to analyze your style, needs, and goals and come up with your own opinion? Keep reading to learn more…

Let’s Talk Reliability and Concealed Carry

If you’ve been reading about revolvers already you’ve heard quite a bit about “second strike capability.”

So, if you’re firing a revolver and you have a misfire, you can just pull the trigger again.

Revolvers allow you to make this second strike. Your trigger pull advances the next cartridge.

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Die-hard proponents of revolvers for concealed carry will tell you “semi-automatics don’t have second strike capability.” You know what? It’s true. A few semi-automatics allow you to pull the trigger again to re-strike the same cartridge…but that’s not even the same, is it?

But here’s the thing…

You’re going to have to look hard to find a pistol you’re willing to actually buy for concealed carry that you can’t rely on.

Think about it! Out of all the brands you’ve been looking at…

Revolvers, semi-autos, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Taurus, Colt, the list goes on…

There are few pistols from major manufacturers available today that you can call “unreliable.”

On top of that, when  loaded with the ammo you’ll use in a life-or-death situation (that’s right, the premium stuff, not low-quality home-reloaded from the hobbyist down the street with second-rate powder), you’re very unlikely to experience failure.

When you pull the trigger, it’s likely your premium self-defense ammo will fire in any modern pistol. “Second strike capable” or not, reliability in this regard is a wash.

Now what’s out of the way, let’s talk about what’s really important…

Think Recoil, Not Reliability

So you pick a revolver because of reliability…

Now you have something else to face: Recoil.

When you fire a revolver, the hammer drops, the bullet leaves the barrel and nothing else moves. All of the force from the bullet you just fired needs to go somewhere. And it heads right back into your hands.

Heavy revolvers help reduce this recoil. Most of the revolvers you’ll concealed carry don’t (simply because they are smaller and lighter).

Semi-autos are built to dissipate the force of a bulleting being fired.

Some of the force from every bullet leaving the chamber is used to move the slide back. Pressure bleeds off and moves the barrel. The motion of the gun itself and the design of semi-automatics draw away the force and pressure of firing your pistol.

What does this mean?

Pick a caliber and a pistol weight and a semi-auto will feel like it recoils less.

When seconds matter and help is minutes away, you’ll want less recoil to keep your rounds on target.

Capacity is Another Consideration

This one is short…

You can fit more rounds in most semi-automatics.

Higher capacity without reloading (and faster reloading time) is paramount to nearly everything else in life or death situations.

You’ll be trained to carry concealed, you’ll be prepared to fire (hopefully), and even then, in most “must shoot situations” not all of your rounds will make it to target.

Studies show that most of the time simply having a weapon, firing a single round, and hitting your target just once will protect you and your family. Armed assiliants are rarely prepared for bystanders who are carrying concealed.

But at the end of the day would you rather be prepared to reload quickly? Armed with a magazine of 10 rounds you can reload in under 2 seconds? Or do you want to fire 5 or 6 and end up stuck reloading a revolver?

But What About Complexity?

Revolvers are easier to fire.

They are simple, with no-frills operation.

Put rounds in, close the cylinder, pull the trigger. Rinse and repeat.

Semi-automatic pistols have more steps. Insert mag, rack the slide, safety, shoot…

Revolver fans love simplicity. There’s less to go wrong and (importantly for some) fewer steps to “learn.”

But if you’re carrying concealed, you’re going to be training anyway, right?

How Do You Choose?

Here’s the bottom line…

Semi-Automatics give you more rounds, less recoil, and improved reloading time. Do you need to worry about duds and second strike capability? Maybe.

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Are revolvers easier to operate? You bet.

At the end of the day you need to choose the concealed carry pistol YOU feel most comfortable with. That’s how we can all end the revolver vs. semi-auto debate.

Concealed Online Reviews – Temper Control: How NOT To Lose It When Carrying Concealed

Attitude Is Everything

People who carry concealed have 2 VERY distinctive bad habits:

An inflated sense of self-confidence…

A fear that everyone KNOWS they’re carrying!

 Not good.

They can also act in a way that makes it really easy to figure out that they’re hiding something.

Also not good.

On top of that, they tend to have a quick temper and get ticked off if you so much as look at ’em funny.

 Really not good.

Remember fellow CCW community, the minute you get angry, impulsive or rash, your ability to think straight goes right out the window. Focusing becomes harder and emotions take over any attempt to act natural, remain cool, calm and rational.

Carrying concealed should NEVER be for purposes of punishing or intimidating someone! Period. Full stop.

A good rule of thumb is…

Learn To Mind Your Own Business

AVOID the wrong kind of attention!

You’ll be a lot less likely to stick your nose in something that could trigger (pun intended) an unfortunate altercation. Plus, by managing your emotions, you won’t stand out and make people around you feel like you’re packing heat!

At its core, self-defense is an art that must be mastered to respond appropriately and effectively to dangerous situations. Always remain reasonable, friendly, humble and thoughtful… the most important things to remember if you elect to carry concealed.

Concealed Carry – How To Run and Gun While Carrying Concealed

Carrying Concealed While Doing Your Daily Jog

We at concealedonline.com support a healthy lifestyle… but running with a loaded firearm can be bad for your health!
All that bouncing around can be a big problem for most holsters.
Securing your gun is something most traditional holsters offer. But a standard holster doesn’t provide proper trigger protection if you run with a gun.
Accidents WILL happen when there’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!
Whether at the gym or at your local park, here are a few “Don’ts” for carrying concealed when excessive movement is in the mix:

Don’t Cock Your Gun

Stating the obvious, right? Well, yeah — but you’d be surprised how many joggers do just the opposite.
Better to keep the safety on your handgun even when the holster has some form of trigger guard which could accidentally set off the weapon with excessive vibration.

Don’t Wear A Short Jacket

Longer jackets suck for running but offer the ability to position the weapon further from your body.
OWB holsters work great with sweatshirts or hoodies and are perfect for keeping the concealed gun away from your body while running.

Don’t Carry A Big Gun

Big guns do not conceal well.  Compact firearms are easier to hide while maintaining an athletic lifestyle.
For instance… this might be a little too conspicuous…

Don’t Use An Ankle Holster

The cons outweigh the pros of an ankle holster… literally.
All that extra weight on your legs is bad for your knees, plus the fact that most of the shaking starts in your legs will definitely shake loose your gun.
Better to go with any form of shoulder, tank top or waistband holster. They work wonders at keeping the gun away from your body, hiding the weapon, and causing as little discomfort as possible.

Don’t Underestimate the Bad Guy

Bad stuff happens to good people anytime, anywhere. Better to be prepared than to let your guard down when you’re out doing your daily exercise regimen.
We at concealedonline.com support a healthy, concealed carry lifestyle.
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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.

Concealed Online Reviews | We’re Jammin’ – How To Fix Firearm Malfunctions

The Immediate Action Drill

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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— yanking the slide back to eject bad ammo or brass (we call this racking, btw), and;

— firing if the threat still exists.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Put down the damn phone! Talking about which…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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… 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.