Concealed Carry 101

Concealed Carry 101

by Richard Turnquist

Before I was a concealed carry permit holder, I used to wonder what it took to be able to legally carry a concealed firearm — it can seem daunting to someone just starting out.

Here are a few things to think about as you go on your journey from disarmed citizen to armed self-protector.

Low Light Upgrades

Out of the Dark Ages: Low-Light/No-Light Upgrades for Your Defensive Pistol

by Keith Coniglio

The importance of identifying potential threats and engaging them accurately doesn’t fade when the sun goes down. Just a few simple additions to your defensive pistol can help you see what you might otherwise be missing.

Caliber Shamer

Don't Be A Caliber Shamer

by Trent Marsh

You've met them. You might be one of them. The "caliber shamers" are not only unproductive, but they can unknowingly promote dangerous behavior.

Bad Training Habits

Bad Training Habits at the Range

by Drew Beatty

Even if you are spending enough time at the range, are you inadvertently reinforcing bad habits?

What you do on the range repeatedly will become a habit, even if it's a bad habit. If you consistently drill a detrimental skill into muscle memory, the consequences could be deadly if you had to use your gun in self-defense.

Inadvertently training yourself to do something unfavorable is referred to as a “training scar." Here are several examples that I've seen or caught myself doing on the firing range:

Concealed Means Concealed

Concealed Means Concealed

by Drew Beatty

Concealed carry is not a hobby or some casual pastime; it's a lifestyle choice. Because of that, many of the decisions you make revolve around this lifestyle choice. If you decide to carry a concealed handgun, it is paramount that you take the idea of "concealed" carry very seriously.

Consider the following two examples of what can happen when a concealed firearm is not properly concealed.

Protective Parenting

Planning for Protective Parenting

by Michelle Courtney

The most basic duty of a parent is to care for and protect her children. I live with this reality every day as the mother of 3 young children. Caring for them is usually the easy part. It's the protection part that takes a bit more work. Thankfully, the majority of that work is protecting them from their own curiosities, and from each other.

Know the Law

Know the Law: Traveling While Carrying Concealed

by Drew Beatty

Concealed carry laws vary by state and if you travel between states, it's important to know those variations so that you don't violate the law. Penalties also vary by state, including landing the offender in jail — just ask Shaneen Allen.

CCW Redundancy

Two is one. One is None.

by Drew Beatty

How much redundancy is enough for concealed carriers?

"Two is one, one is none, and three is for me!" This old Navy Seal saying is often repeated in the military community, the preparedness community, and other circles — because it's true.

Mainstream Gun Owners

Gun Owners Are Mainstream, Not Extreme

by Drew Beatty

To listen to the nightly news, you might think that gun owners are the bad guys, as the media tells only stories of criminals and mass-murderers. The media point to the horrible tragedies of Newtown, Columbine, and Aurora, with their 24/7 endless media coverage and insist that these predators, these criminals, are the standard. They are wrong, and they know it.

Voodoo Gun Owners

Voodoo Gun Owners and Superstitious Self-Defense

by Rob Morse

We make two large mistakes about self-defense. Some of us think guns are good, and some of us think guns are bad. Both viewpoints, as I'll describe them here, are wrong.

There is no place for superstition in self-defense. The people who think guns are bad don't belong to Second Call Defense, so let's talk about our superstitious friends who think guns are good. It sounds silly when I describe our actions in such unflattering terms, but we all know many of these voodoo gun owners.