The number of people getting permitted for concealed carry has recently been climbing - the Washington Times estimates an eight-year growth from 4.6 million to 12.8 million as recently as last summer. Now more than ever, shooters are looking to take defense into a daily-carry lifestyle.
If you're considering conceal-carrying your pistol, here are five pieces of advice to consider.
1. Purchase a Concealable Pistol
Sure, this one might seem a bit obvious. There's no shortage of handguns from which to choose. You won't have a hard time finding compact and sub-compact pistols specifically designed for better concealment among the Rock Island Armory pistols we offer. What smaller handguns lose in magazine capacity they make up for in comfort and concealability. There's also plenty of merit behind carrying a mid-size handgun for the extra magazine capacity.
Whichever side of the trade-off you choose, just remember, the best carry pistol is the one you're willing carry.
2. Consider an IWB Holster
You'll also likely want to grab an inside-the-waistband holster. Most pistol models have counterpart holsters molded to fit them specifically. You can also pick up shoulder, ankle or purse holsters if you want to stray from the waist. Just keep in mind, if you carry in your purse or backpack, your gun will take longer to reach and be more vulnerable to theft.
3. Carry Chambered
Some hesitate to carry with a bullet chambered, because they fear accidental discharges. However, you don't have much to worry about if you're carrying a striker-fired pistol or don't have a cocked hammer. In a self-defense situation where you only have seconds to react, having a round already chambered can be the difference between life and death.
Just remember, leave your safety on if you are carrying chambered. Practice so you can efficiently manage drawing in the moment.
Speaking of, remember to find time to practice, even it's just dry-fire. Practice drawing from your holster, disengaging the safety and firing. Start off slow, and, over time, your accuracy and speed will build.
Eventually, you should know the process well enough that it comes as second nature. If you do find yourself in a life-threatening event, there's no time for hesitation.
5. Consider Self-Defense Coverage
You might also want to look into self-defense coverage. In the event of a defensive shooting scenario, you may want legal protection intact. This can be helpful when providing information to law enforcement or in case your attacker is injured and files a lawsuit. Some common providers of this type of coverage include CCWSafe and USCCA.