The decision to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person is an intensly personal one. As with handgun ownership in general, there are a number of factors that merit very serious consideration before one “straps on a gun” and walks out the door.
Is carrying a concealed weapon necessary for you? Yes, you have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms but in many states a special permit is necessary. If you don’t live in such a state are you willing to take the risk of carrying outside the scope and sanction of local law? No, this is not a condemnation of unlicensed carry. Instead, the question is: are you prepared for he possible consequences of carrying without a permit? (For many, the answer will be a clear and resounding, Yes! For others, perhaps a no.)
This whole website is about responsible use and carry of a firearm. In taking up concealed carry, one is either a responsible citizen in pursuit of self-defense options or a cockeyed cowboy (cowperson?) looking to brandish or blast away with their weapon. If you are the latter, please go away. Or, at least, drop down to the holster listings and skip this narrative material.
And, just because you have a right and perhaps a license to do so, how at risk are you? A firearm is an instrument of potentially lethal force for use when you or yours are in grave danger. Outside the home, this issue is not always clear. You may well want to learn all you can about this issue and the book, The Law of Self-Defense: A Guide for the Armed Citizen may be a very wise investment.
What kind or size gun are you going to carry? This is crucial because a decision to carry a large (or compact model of a) of a high powered gun is a decision to carry a heavy package. (Some liken it to carrying around a brick.) It will always be tugging at your belt, your clothes, or any concealed carry rig. It’s also important because the gun you purchased for defense in the home may not be the one you wish to lug around. And it’s important because the decision to carry is for a means of self-defense. You may not wish to blow the bad guy (BG) into the next county or fire ammo that may penetrate building, cars, objects (and persons) behind the bad guy. Make no mistake, the issue of the size of the gun is multi-faceted and deserves serious consideration. You may ultimately decide that no one size will work for all situations. Many who carry continuously decide this. What kind of gun do you need? Click here for some more information on this.
This page began as a Holsters Page, and it does have a growing list of holster links below. But because most civilian carry of handguns is likely to be concealed carry, the information has a heavy orientation to information on the issues and implications of concealed carry of weapons (CCW).
BG = Bad Guy
IWB = Inside [the] WaistBand
LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
RKBA = [the] Right to Keep & Bear Arms
|Bang Corp. holster links pageE-Banner Gun Leather & cases links page
DMOZ Gun Leather & Cases links page
Google’s Gun Leather & cases links page
GUNSorg’s Gun Leather & Cases links page
|“Printing” & the “Tell” Printing occurs when the shape of your gun is evident through your clothes either by the drape of cloth over the gun or the transparency or translucency of the cloth. A tell is a giveaway that a gun is concealed either by behaviors such as constantly touching or adjusting the position of the gun or by the presence of clips over belts or tops of pockets. The author of Hidden in Plain Sight points out that very often, men carrying concealed handguns also carry a knife with a pocket or belt clip. Both printingand having a tell will make it easy for someone knowledgeable about CCW to tell that you are carrying a hidden firearm. Both need to be avoided. Printing can be avoided by the right holster and clothing. A tell is harder to avoid and takes continued awareness and practice.|
|DeSantis holster for the 5″ Walther P22DeSantis pocket holsters for a variety of small handguns
IWB J-hook Kydex rigs by FIST Inc. which also makes other types
Pocket Holsters hand crafted by Guru
For the Kel Tec P32 Zero Footprint Kydex pocket holsters
For the NAA 22mag/LR & Kel Tec P32, Kydex Neckchain holsters
From .22 to .45 Ankle Pocket small frame concealment rigs
For a variety of handgun sizes Graham’s Custom Gun Leather
Mika’s Pocket Holsters
And more Miscellanous Holsters at D&H; Firearms Accessories
or contact the webmaster to suggest a link.
|DO NOT “BRANDISH” YOUR WEAPONbrandish – verb
1. to move or wave a weapon menacingly and/or in various directions
To do so could get you arrested, could get your weapon confiscated, could cost you your CCW permit, could land you in jail, could cause you to be fined. Simply put, keep your concealed weapon concealed.
However, comma, if you are in an encounter and have to brandish your weapon to cause the bad guy to flee, get to a phone and call the police to report it immediately. Don’t allow the dirtbag to call the police first to report YOU for waving your gun around without cause. Hey, it happens.
|Ahem. A few words, guys, about the problems you may create by not wearing an appropriate belt. As we get older, our ability to keep our pants up under stress (such as when running) changes. Barring the use of suspenders, our chances that our trousers are likely to fall around our ankles goes up as the general shape of our bodies, especially our midsections, changes. Add to this quandary the extra weight of a firearm worn clipped to the belt and you have a surefire candidate for an embarassing situation. So, don’t be shy about investing in a good belt (1″ or wider), perhaps as much as in a fine holster.|
|WHERE TO FIND STATE-SPECIFIC CCW INFORMATIONPacking.org, THE best source for this on the whole web.
And, Frequently Asked Packing Questions, FAPQ on the same site.
|WHAT TO DO AFTER A SHOOTINGAFTER it is clear the threat has been neutralized,
excerpted from Clint Smith’s REALITY CHECK
in “American Handgunner,” January/February, 2003, issue
“When you decide to carry a handgun, you had better consider it’s now a tool of your trade. And, just like a plumber, you must be qualified with the tools of your trade. But, unlike a plumber, you must be willing to use those tools to defend yourself and your family.
“If you’re not willing to work to be qualified and not willing to use this tool — you should consider leaving the gun at home. And you need to consider whether you should own one at all. It’s not halfway. It’s all the way or nothing. You can’t shoot them ‘a little bit’ to scare them away.
“And let’s just say it out loud. If you shoot you’ll get sued. I’m not saying this is bad or this is good. It just is. If you shot Attila the Hun caught in the act of doing what he did best, you would still get sued…“Avoid the fight if you can, but if there is a fight, be in it to win. No rules, no quarter, and cheating is the order of the day. Yes, you’ll be sued. So what. You’ll be alive to be sued. Oh, and so you know, if you’re dead you won’t be sued. Or you won’t care.”
FIRST RULE OF GUNFIGHTING, REVISED
And while we’re on the subject of concealed weapons, let’s look at whether or not your knife can get you into trouble, avoiding surprises and perhaps more effective knives. Click here. Okay, so you have a permit to carry a concealed handgun, your defensive knife is okay, right? The law varies around the country and you need to be prepared for that.