Keeping your gun hidden, but accessible, is important with concealment.
Congratulations; you took your concealed carry course, passed all the tests and received your permit. You are now allowed to carry a gun with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have been deemed a good guy and one willing to take all the steps necessary to protect your loved ones and family. With your little plastic card in hand, you have chosen a very nice handgun to use for self-defense. So have you decided where and how you are going to carry?
Making the decision to carry a concealed handgun is a life-altering decision. Not just in the fact you have the power to end someone's life, but also with the little things like keeping the gun hidden until it is needed.
Depending on how you decide to carry there could be changes in wardrobe and accessories and how you go about your daily life. Choosing the appropriate carry method for you is just as important as choosing a handgun for carry.
Let's take a look at the various forms of concealment so you can choose the method that works best for you.
On the Waistband
This is the first method of concealment we will look at. This method is used to carry the gun in a holster that is threaded through and hangs on your belt. This can be worn at the three o'clock position or father back under the kidneys or small of the back. This is one of the most comfortable types of concealment. It's out of your way and available quickly. This can also be the most difficult method of concealment since you have to wear an oversized shirt or coat over it.
In the Waistband
This is a method of carry favored by a lot of people. It's a deeper concealment, so other then some larger pants, there really isn't much in the wardrobe department you have to change. This method is favored by appendix carriers. This method is not always the most comfortable to use as the gun can rub up against you, bothering you.
This is my preferred method for the winter. I will stick a small frame pistol in a holster and then in a coat pocket. Since it's cold, it makes sense to have my hands in my pocket and therefore I can have my hand on my gun at all times. This is also a good method for the summer in a pair of big, baggy cargo pants or Bermuda shorts.
One downside is you might trade firepower for concealability. The smaller pistols carry less rounds than their big brothers.
Off Body Carry
This method uses a backpack or purse or other bag of some sort to carry the gun in. While this method is the most comfortable, the practicality might be lacking. You not only need to find a bag that can safely carry the firearm, but the bag itself can become a target by the bad guys for theft. Once they have your bag, they have your gun. However, if this is the only method you can use, then you just have to be more aware of what is going on around you so you don't lose your bag.
The decision to carry a gun for self-defense is not one that should ever be taken lightly. There are so many factors you need to consider before you carry, sometimes you can be overwhelmed. If you are not willing to make all the changes you need, you will not be successful and should not carry your gun.
Keeping your gun concealed keeps you and everyone with you safe. But make sure you take the time to sit and think about what and why you want to carry.
Make sure it's a lifestyle you want.