How to Conceal Carry as a Beginner

Concealed carry of a handgun

Exploring a new skill offers an escape from the bustle of daily life and an opportunity to find new horizons. It’s more than just self-defense, it also serves as a personal challenge, pushing you to discover and surpass your boundaries. There's an empowering sense of security in knowing you can protect yourself. That’s why you need to know how to conceal carry.

Understand the Basics of Concealed Carry

To responsibly carry a concealed weapon, it is of utmost importance to be well-informed about the laws in your state or the specific area you plan on visiting. Ensure you have obtained all the necessary permits and licenses and undergone proper firearms training.

Regular practice at a local range will enhance your competence and confidence in handling your concealed weapon effectively. If you must show you conceal carry, you must announce that you have a concealed weapon with a permit as opposed to saying, “I have a gun.”

Concealed Carry: Types of Positions

Concealed carry allows you to protect yourself discreetly and adapt to various situations and personal preferences. Let's take a closer look at the different carry methods and types of how to conceal carry:

1. Inside-the-Waistband (IWB)

A standard method for concealing a firearm is by tucking this style of holster and gun inside the waistband of your pants. It offers excellent concealment, particularly when combined with a loose-fitting shirt or jacket worn over it.

2. Outside-the-Waistband (OWB)

OWB holsters are designed explicitly for convenient wear outside the pants, typically positioned on the hip. Its discreet nature allows it to be concealed under a longer shirt, jacket, or untucked button-up shirt. You can confidently carry your firearm discretely regardless of the situation you find yourself in.

3. Shoulder Holster

This is a practical solution for individuals who spend extended periods sitting or driving—the innovative shoulder rig. Straps are worn over the shoulders, resembling those of a backpack or our Expo Sling Bag. It houses a handgun holster under the opposite arm, providing easy access for the dominant hand.

4. Off-Body Carry

Regarding concealed carry, many people store their firearms in a separate item like a specially designed purse, backpack, or briefcase. While this provides flexibility and convenience, it's important to acknowledge a slight increase in theft risk or potentially slower access. However, the benefits of discreet carrying options still outweigh these concerns for many individuals.

5. Appendix Carry

Introducing a variation of IWB carry, where the firearm is strategically positioned in the front, slightly off the centerline, near the appendix area. This placement offers immediate accessibility when needed, ensuring your safety is never compromised. However, it's worth noting that this position may be less comfortable for specific individuals when seated.

6. Small of the Back

This technique is where the firearm is discreetly positioned at the lower back. With this method, you can achieve optimal concealed carry. Still, it's important to note that it may cause discomfort when seated for extended periods – you could also check out our CCW Fanny Pack for front or back carry.

Closeup of a gun tucked into pants

How to Properly Conceal a Gun

These are some tips on how to conceal carry in public:

1. Choose the Right Firearm for Concealed Carry

If you're new to firearms, opting for the largest and most powerful handgun out there can be tempting. However, it's important to remember that bigger doesn't always mean better. Instead, consider finding a comfortable firearm that fits perfectly in your hand and matches your experience level. This way, you'll have a weapon that suits your needs and enhances your shooting skills as you progress.

2. Find the Perfect Bag or Holster

Carrying concealed isn't just about the firearm; it's about where and how you carry it. A quality concealed carry bag or holster should blend in with the environment. A stylishly sleek black, earthy tones, or camouflaged patterns works well.

Opting for these designs will merge you with your environment, ensuring a seamless, chic appearance. Whether venturing outdoors or roaming the streets, you want to be prepared for anything. That's why you need a bag that can withstand even the most rugged conditions.

3. Practice Drawing from Your Bag

When faced with an urgent situation, you need immediate and discreet access to your firearm. Being prepared for emergencies means swiftly retrieving your weapon without drawing unnecessary attention.

4. Be Mindful and Respectful

You must never forget that carrying a firearm should not be taken lightly. Responsibility should be your top priority. You must maintain situational awareness and be mindful of the people around you. Guns should be handled responsibly.

Find the Best Companion for Concealed Carry

Looking for a comfortable way to carry a gun comfortably? Highland Tactical designed this versatile bag to be practical and functional. It’s made from durable heavyweight polyester for any weather conditions.

Depending on your preference, it easily converts from a waist pack to a crossbody bag. You can also take advantage of the customizability that the MOLLE webbing adds to this bag.

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