How to Safely Conceal a Firearm

Tips for Safe Handgun Concealment

When it comes to safely concealing a firearm, there are a few concealed carry tactics you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you must always practice safe handling procedures both when carrying and storing your weapon. Additionally, you need to be aware of the laws in your state regarding concealed carry. Here are a few tips for concealed carry to help you get started.

Obtain a Permit

As required in most U.S. States, acquiring a concealed carry permit is the first step towards legally and safely concealing a firearm. 

In the majority of Shall Issue U.S. States in order to obtain a concealed carry permit, you must meet certain requirements, such as being at least 18-21 years old (depending on the state) as well as passing the required background check(s). Once you have obtained a concealed carry permit, you are allowed to carry your firearm in most public places, with some exceptions.

Choose the right holster for you

When it comes to safe gun concealment, choosing the right holster is critical.  There are several types of concealed carry holsters available on the market, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. IWB holsters offer easy concealment but can be less comfortable to wear for an extended period compared to other types of concealed carry holsters such as an OWB holster.

Choosing the right holster will not only improve your concealed carry success but will also help you safely conceal your firearm while you are carrying. Making sure you have a holster that is suited to your needs will make sure it is comfortable for you to wear for long periods without having to readjust your holster.

Practice drawing and holstering your weapon

One of the most important things you can do to safely conceal a firearm is to practice drawing and holstering your weapon.

If you are not familiar with how to draw and holster your weapon, you may incorrectly reholster your firearm which could cause it to not be fully retained within the holster. By practicing regularly, in your dry fire practice,  you will become more comfortable with your firearm and will be able to draw and holster it quickly and safely.

Wear clothing that allows you to conceal your firearm easily

When it comes to handgun concealment, one of the most important things you can do is wear clothing that allows you to conceal your weapon easily. This will help ensure that your firearm is not visible to others and that it is easy to access when you need it.

In general, loose-fitting clothing makes a great option for concealed carry. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets are all good choices, as they allow you to conceal your weapon without having to wear a bulky jacket or vest. If you prefer pants over skirts or dresses, make sure they are loose-fitting and have a large enough waistband to accommodate your carry belt and holster.

Practice Proper Posture

Maintaining good posture is important for many reasons, and practicing proper posture while carrying a concealed firearm is no exception. By keeping your body in an upright position, you make it less likely that your firearm will be visible to others. You also make it easier to draw and holster your weapon quickly and safely.

Resist Adjusting Your Holster

Many people make the mistake of constantly adjusting their holster while carrying a concealed firearm. This can be very dangerous, as it increases the chances of your motions telegraphing to anyone watching that you are concealing a handgun.

Here are a few tips for resisting the temptation to adjust your holster:

  • Make sure your holster fits you properly and is comfortable to wear
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing that will restrict your movement and make it difficult to conceal your weapon
  • Practice drawing and holstering your weapon so you are familiar with how it works
  • Stay calm and avoid fidgeting or moving around too much

Use a Proper Gun Belt

Many people wonder how to conceal carry safely while using a gun belt or other accessories. A good carry belt will help keep your weapon secure and in place wherever you attach the holster to your belt which makes firearm concealment easier. With a properly fitting gun belt, you can be sure that your holster will stay in place all day and reduces the risk of your firearm becoming visible.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to safe handgun concealment, there are a few things you should always keep in mind. First and foremost, and select clothing that is loose-fitting and allows for easy movement. Additionally, practicing proper posture and resisting the temptation to constantly adjust your holster will help make sure your firearm stays concealed. Finally, use a proper gun belt to help keep your weapon secure and in place. By following these tips, you can ensure that you remain safe and concealed while carrying your firearm. 

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