Concealed carry permits have skyrocketed over the last decade. This is largely in part to people supporting the Second Amendment. When you receive your concealed weapon permit, there are several different carrying essentials you should consider incorporating into your routine.

  • Ammunition – Your handgun depends on the type of bullets you use. Most people make the mistake of buying an expensive handgun and loading it with inexpensive ammunition. If you are faced with shooting your handgun in a life and death situation, be sure the type of ammunition you use will penetrate any types of barriers, such as heavy clothing, expand across a range of velocities and ultimately instantly stop an attacker.
  • Holster – Having a holster that works with your lifestyle and fits your shape is vital. If you aren’t able to draw your gun in an emergency situation, it can result in death. You need to be able to adequately defend yourself, which means purchasing a comfortable holster. Look at a variety of holsters and try different types out. This may require additional time in a gun shop, but it’s well worth the effort if you are ever in a position where you need to pull your firearm. Most people carry on their strong side and select an inside-the-waistband or outside-the- waistband holster, but this doesn’t mean it’s the easiest way for you to access your weapon. Find an option that best suits you, whether it’s an ankle holster, an off-body carry, belly band holster, etc.
  • Sights – It’s important to choose the right sights when selecting a concealed carry firearm. The sights are the system that delivers the bullet, which is critical if you are faced with self-defense. Remember that you may face a life and death situation at any time of day or in a wide variety of lighting conditions. If you find a gun that needs better sights, it’s easy to purchase after-market designs. Some people prefer bright green front sights for
  • general lighting conditions. Tritium and fiber optic options are better for total darkness situations. Do your research and choose your optics carefully.
  • Home Security – The main reason that people want to have a handgun is to defend themselves. Home security can pose a different problem: how do you make sure you have access to the gun in the event of a home invasion while keeping it inaccessible to children or intruders? There are a variety of gun safes that require activation using advanced RFID technology. Coded safes also allow you to quickly enter a code, and biometric systems recognize fingerprints. Look for a home security solution that is effective but also within your budget.
  • Training – If you invest in a concealed carry handgun, it is important to receive proper firearm training. You should be able to handle the gun in a safe, yet efficient manner. This may require spending a couple of hours a week shooting targets, which can help you develop muscle memory in the event you’re faced with a defensive shooting situation.