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What's Your Best CCW Tip?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by David, Aug 8, 2003.

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  1. HankB

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    willyjixx -

    What I meant by "Don't go anyplace with a gun that you wouldn't go without a gun" was don't go looking for trouble. For example, say there's a pool hall where Hell's Angels hang out and mug people - you'd tend to avoid it, right?

    Well, if you carry a licensed handgun, it's STILL a good place to avoid.
     
  2. willyjixx

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    ahha !

    thanks for the clarification hank! i heartily agree!
     
  3. zahc

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    G. Fink:

    That's what everyone says but that's my style. Good luck so far.;)
     
  4. Trebor

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    It's actually amazing how little you need to change your wardrobe or activities with the right gun/holster/carry positin combo.

    I carry a Makarov in a IWB clip-on holster at the 1:00 O'Clock position just in front of my right hip. This differs slightly from the standard appendix carry in that the gun is still pointed outboard, AWAY from my groin. (I don't want kids, but a 9x18mm vasectomy still doesn't sound pleasant...)

    I'm amazed how well the gun conceals in this position and how comfortable it is to carry. I usually wear jeans and a T-shirt, and the gun disspears under all but my smallest and tightest shirts. Most of the time I can still wear the same size shirts I usually wear without having to buy a size larger.

    The only change I'm going to make is to replace the cheap IWB holster with a custom made clip-on IWB. The one I have works OK, but I'm a little concerned about retention during any really strenious activities.

    This is the gun I wear all the time. I also have a CZ 75 in a Milt Sparks VM-2, but I don't carry it nearly as often as the Mak as it requires a much more substanial cover garmet and isn't as comfortable for as long a period of time.
     
  5. pax

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    Zahc,

    Don't sell yourself short. If you are willing to give it a good try, you can find solutions that will work for your life & lifestyle.

    Shameless bragging, to show you what I mean, from a post I wrote on another board awhile back:
    If I can do it, so can you. :p

    pax

    There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius
     
  6. general

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    Oldie but a goodie

    This was a good old thread to read... I just applied for my C.W.P. here in Colorado. Nice people at the office - Just figured I better read up some more on these issues you have already run into. Maybe I can learn form others experience and avoid some unpleasant experiences of my own.
     
  7. WhiteKnight

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    Well, if it's part of your CCW setup already, the metal detector's gonna go off anyway. :neener:
     
  8. MaterDei

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    Minuteman, I've just GOT to hear the details!

    Michael
     
  9. MyRoad

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    Many folks would say if you are going to carry a gun, you should also have pepper spray and a cell phone with you, at all times. For those struggling to conceal one gun and a spare mag, these additions might seem undoable, but it's something to think about. Also, as possibly mentioned (I think I read every post!) when you are deciding on a set-up for carry, try drawing from every position you might find yourself in; standing, sitting, in a car, etc.

    Lastly, no matter how solid you think your rig is, avoid the temptation when in the Mall to try the inversion boots at that specialty sports store. I know it's tempting. ;)
     
  10. spartacus2002

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    Try several holsters (if buddies will let you borrow for a day) and see what you like the best (IWB, OWB, shoulder, etc.) Go with what makes you comfortable and allows you to draw.

    Run several boxes of your carry ammo thru your carry pistol to make sure it works. Even if it is $19 for 25 rounds like Speer GOld Dots or Hydrashocks. You MUST know it will feed that ammo consistently. It is money well spent (and then you can use cheap hardball for practice.

    When carrying, be a gentleman and never start a fight.

    Oh, and one other thing: if your kids are loudmouths, don't let them know that you're carrying when you take them somewhere. Trust me on this one. Nothing is as embarrassing and endearing as a 6 year old son saying to total strangers "My daddy has a gun in his belt":fire: :D :fire: :D
     
  11. Jayman

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    If you have the time and money, seek out training. Every pistol class I took was worth WAY more than I paid for it. Seek out experts and get their advice. John Farnam writes some on his page:

    http://www.defense-training.com/quips/quips.html

    And as always, practice practice practice. There is probably a 99.9999% chance that firearm will never be needed to defend you and your loved ones. The problem is that when that 00.0001% time crops up, you will need to be able to do it WELL.

    Lastly, the CCW class I took wasn't amazingly valuable, but one thing the instructor said has always stuck with me. It's probably just a restatement of what has already been said:

    "If you feel unsafe at the grocery store, you don't need a gun, you need to go to a different grocery store."
     
  12. jamz

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    OK, what have we learned about CCW? Let's summarize the posts:

    Pretend you're not
    Know the Law
    Get a good Belt
    Remember to carry it
    Remember to carry it
    Practice
    Practice
    Practice
    Get a good belt
    No fights
    Don't tell anyone
    know the laws
    Practice
    Carry a spare mag
    Don't drop it in the toilet
    Get a good Belt
    Conceal it well
    Don't tell anyone
    Conceal it well
    On body carry it
    Off body carry it
    Don't conceal it
    Carry IWB, not OWB
    Carry IWB, not OWB
    Carry it OWB, not IWB
    Remember to conceal it
    Know the laws
    Get a "Berami Hip Grip"
    Get a lawyer
    Get a lawyer
    Get a lawyer
    Practice
    Remember to carry it
    Remember to carry it
    know the laws
    Don't drop it in the toilet
    Clean it
    Don't drop it in the toilet
    Get a good Belt
    Practice
    Don't tell anyone
    Tell your family
    Get Kydex
    Don't get Kydex

    Everyone clear? Great! :D

    -James
     
  13. Ktulu

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    My advice is get a gun and holster combo that are comfortable to carry. Carrying every day is a chore. Make it as easy on yourself as possible. The easier it is the more likely you are to do it. Eventually you'll grab your gun just like you grab your wallet, etc.
     
  14. P95Carry

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    Ktulu .. you are so right ... it IS a chore! And so as you also rightly say - way to go is getting comfort (relative!).

    I have many options and have tried most things - I carry all waking hours, regardless...... it is a part of my apparel. I now have one most favorite set-up and a couple that are close .. and these are what I stick to. But it takes time to arrive at what works ... for you.

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    One extra for .... " What's Your Best CCW Tip?" .........

    ''Keep alert'' ......... but remember, Lerts are fickle creatures and need fed and excercized regularly!:D
     
  15. bill2

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    Kramer vest?

    I've seen ads for, I think it was Kramer, that look like an undershirt, but come with a holster sewn in. Has anyone seen or tried these? are they practical?

    just curious.
     
  16. CAPTAIN MIKE

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    Suggestions

    1. Join the IDPA - then show up and compete against yourself, upgrading your skills and constantly trying to improve.
    2. Make SURE you understand the law of your state as regard Lethal Force. It is NOT a joke.
    3. Leave the macho testosterone attitude at home.
    4. Use common sense and prudent thinking.
     
  17. Treylis

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    For those of you who freak out about being spotted printing while carrying concealed, I recommend walking around carrying it openly for a while, if it's legal in your area. Trust me, the grand majority of folks don't notice a big full-size 1911 on the right and double mag carrier on the left, mostly stainless, both OWB. Your little Glock 26 or snubbie under even a halfhearted attempt at concealment isn't going to be a problem.
     
  18. manyironsinfire

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    Most people ARE NOT observent. The ones that are are other gun guy's.. I carry a J frame Ti in a sparks pocket holster 24/7 or a NAA guardian in a wallet holster in loose fitting trousers and NOBODY notices. Remember, dicreet carry is the word. It was 96 degrees yesterday and I was armed without sweating or printing.....
     
  19. MikeJ

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    It has taken me a while but I have to agree that most people aren't observant at all. When I first began carrying concealed many years ago I thought everyone would notice that I was carrying and so I carried a little .25 Beretta 950 in my pocket. I also bought a S&W Airweight 37 but only carried that IWB with a covering garment figuring that everyone would see it if I put it in my pocket. Lately I have begun to carry it in my right front pocket and guess what, no one has even begun to notice. I see a S&W 642 in my future.:D
     
  20. RED-DOG 40

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    Willyjixx says:...."NOTHING WAS EVER more embarrasing than fixin somebodies car an my bersa fell out of my pants."

    :uhoh:

    ..So that's the newest "nickname" for it now?

    ..I'm still LMAO, that made my day.....:D
     
  21. DMK

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    Don't tell anybody that you carry

    1) It's a good constant test to see if you are printing. If anybody does make you unintentionally, wouldn't you rather it be a friend?

    2) You do not want to any complications affecting the decision on whether to present your weapon. In a critical situation, you do not want a friend to mention your gun out loud, thereby ruining a very good evasion plan.

    The only exceptions to this rule are a spouse and a trustworthy (and straight thinking) friend or relative that also carries.
     
  22. justice4all

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    Tank-top type undershirts are great for wearing underneath other shirts, when carrying IWB.
     
  23. Variable

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    I must reinforce this advice! DO NOT tell your friends that you carry unless you are 100% sure they wont blurt something out at the wrong time. Ive had two occasions where friends have asked me if I was packing in public. Despite the urge to tell your friends, dont. I dont anymore.

    TIP: When hugging someone put your strong side (your gun arm) under the persons arm. Keeps them from wondering what that hard thing is on your hip...
     
  24. Bulldozer

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    I've had lead fishing weights sewn into the bottom edge of my lighter weight summer windbreakers so that they don't flap open if they are unzipped. Cheap, effective, and a great way to keep the weapon accesible and not have to unzip or lift and then draw.
     
  25. Andrew Rothman

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    Aha!

    Bulldozer, I sewed a couple of quarters into the bottom hem of my favorite "cover" shirts.

    Wouldn't lead leach out in the laundry? Anyone? Bueller? Materials scientists?
     
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