You've purchased a gun. You've gotten your license. But what else do you need to know before you actually venture into the world with your firearm under your clothes? Here are just a few tips for concealed carry.
1. Buy the Right Supplies
The first thing that you'll need is a concealed carry holster. Then you'll want to look into concealment clothing. Depending on where you want to carry your gun, this might mean shopping for everything from loose t-shirts to pants with special elastic waistbands. Just make sure to explore all of your options before making your final decision.
2. Have a Trial Run
Practice your concealed carry around the house before you go into public. Not only will this help you get comfortable with the sensation of a gun shifting against your hip, thigh or ankle, but it will also teach you to be stealthy. You'll learn how to move in a way that doesn't draw attention to your weapon. You'll get over the habit of constantly touching it and reassuring yourself that it's there.
3. Practice Your Draw
Most people are interested in concealed carrying because they want to be prepared if they face an emergency situation in real life. If you haven't practiced your draw, however, you aren't really ready for disaster. You're going to fumble with your clothes as you whip out your gun for the first time. Go to the range and practice your draw with different concealed carry holsters until you're confident that you're prepared for anything.
4. Keep It a Secret
Don't go around bragging about your concealed weapon, and don't show your friends where you're carrying. This information should be kept to yourself. It only takes one questionable person learning these details to take advantage of you!
These are just a few things to consider before you take your gun into the world. There's more to being a responsible carrier than just getting your concealed carry license, so don't assume that your paperwork makes you prepared! You'll need to be smart and cautious about your decisions. Good luck!