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So You have Decided to Carry a Firearm, Now What?

concealed carrySo you have made the decision to carry a firearm. Now what do you do? This is not going to be a pro/con over concealed carry versus open carry, rather some information to consider. So if you live in a state that allows the carrying of a firearm it is going to be imperative that you understand fully the law on when and where it is lawful to do so. For example, in my home state of Arizona, that affords very generous carry freedoms, it also takes a very dim look if you do it unlawfully and will not hesitate to prosecute you. Second, train with your gun. Start with the type of holster or carry option. I prefer a strong side outside the waistband holster that keeps the handgun close to my body so that concealment with a shirt is easily done. I can also wear this with shorts or dress slacks.

Now back to the training with your firearm. This issue goes well beyond just shooting at stationary targets at the range. Consider “real world” issues. Suppose you are out and the unthinkable occurs in front of you. Your ability to react quickly and within the boundaries of the law are paramount. The scenarios are plentiful, but remember your actions will be judged by those with the luxury of time and safety rather than in the rapidly unfolding situation in which you were faced.

What I have done is compile for you a short list of training considerations. They are:

1. Know the laws that pertain to the carry of a firearm and the lawful use/deployment of it.

2. Be familiar with your firearm. Don’t carry a gun you have not trained with. Know how to manipulate safeties, clear malfunctions and reload especially under stress.

3. Practice drawing from your carry platform (holster, purse, backpack, etc.) This includes using your weak hand (in case your strong hand is injured or occupied).

4. Train shooting at close distances, typically shootings occur less than 20-25 feet.

5. Practice tasks like bending, lifting, getting behind cover/concealment with your firearm.

6. Carry ONLY quality performance ammo in your carry gun.

Remember train like your life and freedom depends on it.

Women Only CCW

Greetings ladies. I am certain that there are many of you out there that are wanting to get your concealed weapons permits, but you just don’t want to be around all of those experienced shooters, especially those men. I am really happy that trainers out there are taking notice and offering courses and training for ladies only. The facts are that women are obtaining carry and concealed permits in ever increasing numbers and this necessitates more and diverse training opportunities. I have mentioned before that training is a must if one wants to be a responsible gun owner. In looking at the internet for ladies only firearms training I found numerous courses directed to the female shooter and not just basic there are intermediate and advanced courses listed too. Just about every state was represented so finding something in your area looks promising.

If you live in the Phoenix Metro area there is a fantastic course for concealed carry permits on August 30th. The course is taught by Arizona Weaponcraft Solutions and will be held at the Joe Foss Shooting Complex in Buckeye, Arizona. The cost is $50 and has very limited seating. You can register online at www.azwcsl.com.  So get motivated and get some training. The benefits and confidence are well worth the costs.

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