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What's Your Best CCW Tip?

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  1. Kalvan

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    1. They're also easier to "wipe" out of the way as you start to draw. Thin material tends to wrap itself around your arm.

    2. Be advised that those quality gunbelts may set off metal detectors, depending what type of stiffener they have inside.

    3. A man wearing either a large and obviously heavy black belly-bag, or a multi-pocket "photographer's vest", will get my attention every time. They both scream "GUN!" to me.

    4. "On body" carry is better than "off body" carry.

    5. Figure out what you're going to do with the gun in the public restroom. I take the gun out of the holster and rest it in my pants between my feet - hard to forget it or have it get snatched that way.
     
  2. 444

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    My Tip

    Don't be too paranoid about printing etc. Yeah, you need to worry about it, but don't go overboard. The average person is in condition white. They have their mind on everything except what they are doing right now. In addition, just because someone sees a bulge somewhere, again that average guy isn't going to immediately think-GUN. After all, I for one have my pockets stuffed with all kinds of stuff. I sometimes carry stuff on my belt like a cell phone, a folding knife, a flashlight or whatever. Point being that a bulge under your shirt when you move the wrong way could be anything. And most people won't think twice about it.
    So, get a good holster and belt that conceals the gun well. Dress in order to conceal the gun. Don't ever flash the gun intentionally. But, don't walk around thinking that every little old lady or every housewife made you. They didn't.
    The fact that you are carrying a gun makes you much more aware of things like this, and things in general. The average Joe is lucky to be aware of where he is, and that is when he doesn't have a cell phone glued to his ear.
    I don't think I print when I carry. I don't think that even a trained eye could spot the fact that I am armed. And I don't worry much about it.
     
  3. Ed Brunner

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    Keep it in your pants.

    Gey a good IWB holster. Keep it concealed in comfort.
     
  4. Great info from all. Take it to heart.
    Remember, the one time you leave ol' loud mouth in the car (your firearm, not your wife:evil: ) will be the time you need it.

    No flipping people on the road the high sign anymore either. If you have to shoot someone, the investigating officers will want to know what you did to escalate the situation. Any sign that you did escalate will go very badly against you. If you do shoot someone call 911 and tell them that you were forced to shoot someone, that you were afraid for your life and ask for the medics to be sent. It all sounds great to a grand jury and it's on the PD tape recording.
    John K
     
  5. oldgranpa

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    Others have said it before. If you travel into other states be sure to know the CCW laws there. Good place to find out:
    www.packing.org
    If it's a state that doesn't recognize your CCW permit and has a "must notify" law , for gosh sakes, keep it concealed and "just say no" for sure.
    og
     
  6. Spackler

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    Carry IWB, and find a holster that sits low in the waistband. For me, they conceal much better when they sit very low.
     
  7. DigMe

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    One good practice tip that was given to me by my CHL instructor was to practice drawing and shooting with your elbows held down and flat against your body with your forearm holding the gun stuck out at the waist perpendicular to the rest of your body and your nondominant hand bracing the gun in the best way that it can. This is only for practicing close up at the target. Practice like that and then with the same closed elbows close to body stance just raise the gun straight up to just below chin level and practice like that as well. These are both stances that could be very helpful should you get your gun drawn but the BG is very close and many people do not practice such stances. It would be impractical and dangerous to full extend your arms in any of the standard shooting stances in such a situation. Be sure to keep your elbows tight to your body so that your shooting arm cannot be easily grabbed ahold of from behind. Practice, practice.

    brad cook
     
  8. AZLibertarian

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    Lots of good tips here. One I'll add is...

    All those NRA/GOA/RKBA/etc shirts, hats, pins, bumper stickers, whatever have no place near you while you're carrying concealed. They're OK at the range, or at the gun show, but why advertise to every idiot while you're out at the mall?

    Also, in the vein of keeping your wallet in your weak-side pocket, any items I've got to carry, get carried in my weak-side hand. I also try to keep my wife & kids on my weak side.
     
  9. pax

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    Learn the laws that apply to you. Don't get your legal advice from strangers on the internet, but do use the internet to look up the actual wording of the law as it applies to you. Use info from bulletin boards like THR as a good starting place for research, not as the research itself.

    Don't assume that having and carrying a gun make you bulletproof. You still aren't. So don't go places you wouldn't go without your gun, don't do things you wouldn't do if you weren't armed, and don't hang out with people who might get you into situations where you wouldn't want to be if you didn't have your gun.

    Realize that your gun is no good to you if you don't know how to use it well. Get some good training in a formal class, and follow it up with lots of purposeful practice on the range. Become a regular at your local IDPA matches and don't play to 'win' the game. Play to learn, do what you would do in real life, and ignore the scores.

    Don't voluntarily go anywhere without your gun. Make it a part of your life and lifestyle.

    pax
     
  10. Kalvan

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    Even if you just display the gun and they run away, YOU be the one that calls the police first. On the form the one who reports the "crime" goes in the "victim" slot. If that's not you, you're left with the "suspect" slot.
     
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    If you carry a mod 60. 36, 640 etc from S+W, get a Berami hip grip.

    Best little trick going for these type of firearms.

    Brownie
     
  12. jsalcedo

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    Figure out what carry method you can do all the time and stick with it.

    Never leave home unarmed.

    Practice

    Don't start fights, flip off bad drivers, or go into places that you wouldn't go unarmed.
     
  13. Snake Eyes

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    Get a lawyer NOW.

    You do NOT want to be flipping through the yellow pages at a police precinct at 3 am trying to find some one to advise you. Find a gun friendly lawyer and talk to him. Give him a retainer if that's what it will take to ensure he will remember your name and come down to the cop shop when his answering service calls him in the middle of the night.

    My lawyers' card resides in my wallet right next to my permits. He told me to say absolutely NOTHING if I am ever in a situation where I need him. He told me that he has never, never had a client that kept his mouth shut get convicted.

    I pray to God I'll never need my lawyer, just like I pray I'll never need my gun. If I need one, I'll need the other. Why would I go out into the world half prepared??

    Peter
     
  14. brownie0486

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    SnakeEyes:

    Very good advice.

    My Uncle, a heavy hitter atty from Boston once told me the following:

    Big fish get to be big fish by keeping their mouth shut.

    Brownie
     
  15. dairycreek

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    I have read each and every post in this thread.

    There is something special and profound in each of them. My advice is that you remember that legally carrying concealed is, indeed, a rare privilege. And, as with most true privileges, you take on much added personal responsibility. Always, always, always, try to do the resonsible thing. Easy to say but sometimes hard to do. Always be a learner. Keep your wits about you at all times. Be humble. Good shooting;)
     
  16. 50 Freak

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    Guess it pays off to have a lot of friend that are lawyers. As I have their numbers programed on my cell phone. :D

    Very very good advice, any problems and keep your mouth shut, most people think they can explain things away, and 99% of the time that is not the case, you just get yourself deeper in trouble. Let a lawyer help you, that is their job and that is what they are trained in.
     
  17. Glamdring

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    Practice Smooth.
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    My $.02 start with a small gun that you think you can crry 24/7 try to find a single way to carry that gun concealed.

    That will be your always gun, and your back up gun when carrying a real gun.

    Try different carry techniques, just because it works for me doesn't mean ut will work for you.
     
  18. dav

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    My apologies for taking this OT a little

    Quite the opposite. Carrying legally is a RIGHT that has been taken away from us by politicians.

    Doesn't mean you don't need to act responsibly, just I get upset when people agree with oppressive regimes.

    David Row
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    Carry consistantly. Keep it in the same place all the time and don't switch holster types. Don't clear and then re-chamber the same round over and over. check your sights to be sure they are still there on a daily basis (Yes, that happened to me). And most importantly, remember that your CCW is for SELF DEFENSE. It does not make you the police. Do not try to do LE work with your CCW. When you are armed, every situation has the potential to go life and death, so 99% of the time it is much better for all concerned to just be a good witness and leave the LE to the Police.
     
  20. Rick Daniel

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    Lot's of good advice here. I'd simply add, in additon to knowing the law, learn to articulate it clearly. Study the laws of self-defense and be able to explain them.

    In the event of a justified use of deadly force, you should be able to clearly explain what happened using "buzz" phrases. Talk about ability, opportunity, and jeopardy. Talk about how a reasonable man facing the same circumstances would have reacted. Talk about shooting only to end the threat, etc. Such study, knowledge, and fore thought will help your attorney help you.
     
  21. Edward429451

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    Even though its been said already, it needs repeating.

    Those days that you just want a day off from the boat anchor and have the urge to leave it behind...

    DON'T. That'll probably be the day you need it.
     
  22. Erik

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    Lots of good tips so far.

    I'm left with: Thinner guns, particularly through the slide, conceal better than thicker ones.
     
  23. Futo Inu

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    Not a pro, but I'd say, forget all about IWB holsters unless you want to be uncomfortable and buy new pants and belts in different sizes. Go with a paddle, belt-slide (OWBs), or fanny pack - you have to wear a covering garment anyway, so why not be comfortable? Don't ever whip it out in public, even if in a gun-friendly crowd, if the law in your state says must be concealed at all times - never know when someone will rat you out, so to speak. Check to make sure your mag release is not being accidentally pushed (if carrying a semi-auto) - had that happen several times, where mag is just floatin around disengaged. Make sure gun is tightly held in the holster, so that if you have to jog or get jostled, it won't fall out. If you're not sure, then get a holster with retention thumb-strap. If carrying in a fanny pack, get a BLACK gun - because if you go to dig around for your wallet to pay for something at the checkout stand of the grocery store, a black gun won't be noticed; a shiny one will. Also, put your wallet in FRONT of the gun BEFORE you enter the store, so that it's easy to whip out the front of the fanny pack while laying the top back down immediately to cover the gun, when paying at checkout. If carrying hip/strongside, carry at 4:00 or 4:30 position, not straight 3 o'clock, so that if the wind blows open your covering garment, you still won't be "made". Don't back up into the back wall of an elevator full of people, or the loud "clunk" sound when the grip of your handgun hits the back wall will draw some strange stares. Don't hug any one of your relatives who are anti-gun and liable to cause a scene when the feel your hog (the gun I mean). Single stacks are much more comfortable to drive with when carrying in said 4 o'clock position. If driving on long trips, use a shoulder rig instead. Oh yeah, and a .22 on you is better than a .45 at home - so carry!
     
  24. David

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    Thanks for all the great ideas, tips and suggestions for carrying a CCW.

    :D :D :D
     
  25. Dave R

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    Much good advice. My .02--practice your "restroom routine" at home before you use a public restroom.

    I was lucky I got to fish my pistol out of the toilet (at home) before I had used it.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one.
     
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