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4 Things You Should Do After Getting a CCW

 

Many people get excited about getting their first CCW (conceal carry weapon) believing they have all that they need for self-defense.  However, getting a CCW is just getting you started.  There are a few additional steps that you need to take in order to conceal carry the right way.  In this episode, we will be discussing the 4 things you should do after getting a CCW.

 

– get training

  • having a gun alone doesn’t guarantee your safety
  • in a self-defense situation, you are going to be under a lot of pressure
  • just simply going to the range to practice target shooting is not enough
  • at the gun range, you are shooting at inanimate objects
  • in a real self-defense situation, you are going to be facing aggressive moving targets
  • in fact, most home invasions consist of 3 intruders
  • there are drills that you can practice at home like dry firing
  • but I would recommend getting some tactical training
  • we should at least have some home defense training
  • some say that at least having a gun is better than having nothing
  • I’m not going to debate that
  • however, when you are forced into a life or death situation it can cause you to react in certain ways
  • typically this is called fight or flight
  • with that being said, if you haven’t had the appropriate training your mind is going to be running a thousand miles per hour trying to decide what to do
  • this causes even more stress which causes inaction most of the time
  • however, by getting the training you are developing memory muscle
  • that way if you are ever forced in a life or death situation your memory muscle just kicks
  • your mind doesn’t just spin there trying to figure what to do
  • by getting the training you will learn how to respond to certain situations and take action without thinking
  • depending on where you live you can find a lot of tactical or firearm training courses around you
  • now, I have been disappointed with a lot of decisions that the NRA has made recently
  • however, on their website, they provide a lot of helpful resources
  • one such helpful resource is an area where you can search by state for certified trainers at https://firearmtraining.nra.org/
  • so I would recommend checking out their website to find an instructor close to you
  • get concealed carry insurance

  • not every self-defense situation will call for the need to use self-defense
  • this is why it is important to understand gun laws
  • self-defense isn’t over after using your weapon
  • the legal aftermath may be the most challenging part of a self-defense situation
  • you are now going to be forced to defend yourself after the fact
  • you will have to prove that using legal force was justifiable
  • this is why I wrote a post on what happens after you shoot someone in self-defense
  • this post talks about the importance of having CCW insurance
  • I personally use USCCA
  • they will provide you with legal representation from experienced self-defense attorneys
  • USCCA will also help to cover court costs up to $2 million depending on which plan that you have
  • defending yourself after such an emotional situation is unrealistic
  • if you have ever gone to court for legal proceedings you would know how confusing the legal processes can be
  • on top of that, it is just hard to understand a lot of legal jargon
  • I wouldn’t wait until after a self-defense situation to find legal representation due to the amount of stress and pressure that you will face afterward
  • you will want to focus on recovery from such an event instead of having the added pressure of finding legal representation
  • USCCA will take care of this for you
  • it can also be stressful trying to come up with the amount of money to pay for legal representation
  • CCW insurance is just like having car insurance
  • you may never need it but you will want to prepare for it if you ever do
  • get an appropriate holster

  • The deciding factor for a holster should not be based on price alone
  • having the wrong holster can lead to discomfort, a compromised drawstroke and even the loss of your gun
  • if you wear an uncomfortable holster then you may be dissuaded from conceal carrying
  • so I typically prefer a holster with a padded back between my skin and the actual holster
  • this is why I like the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5
  • it is also moisture wicking
  • so that way when sweat builds up it doesn’t feel icky
  • the right holster won’t compromise your drawstroke
  • you will want to practice with the holster to make sure you can easily and quickly pull your CCW when needed the most
  • the draw stroke should be a fairly straight-line draw, pointing towards the target, and line up your sights
  • this will vary depending on your carry position whether it be a cross draw, appendix, small of the back, or ankle positions
  • a bad holster can cause your CCW to slide out if it is not tightly secured in your holster
  • there should be a balance between concealment and accessibility
  • a good holster will make sure that you don’t stand out like a sore thumb or print
  • with a good holster, you shouldn’t be able to see the handle of your CCW sticking out
  • proper concealment will ensure that you have the element of surprise when responding to an attacker
  • get a gun belt

  • placing a firearm on your belt can force your pants to sag and droop
  • that can cause you to print or reveal to others that you are carrying a firearm
  • it can also cause performance issues if you are ever forced to defend yourself
  • you don’t want to be pulling your pants up every other minute
  • this is why it is important to have a gun belt that is designed to carry the weight of a CCW
  • most belts will bend and even break
  • gun belts are designed with reinforced leather that remains stiff and will stay at your waist
  • I personally recommend the KORE Essentials gun belt
  • I have had the same belt for a few years now
  • It still remains stiff so that I can properly carry without my pants sagging
  • I also like the fact that it is a ratchet belt
  • the thing with loop belts is that they are not always true to size
  • this is because the holes are placed a certain distance in between each other
  • what happens when you size is in between those 2 holes?
  • then belt may not be tight enough to hold the weight
  • with the Kore Essentials ratchet belt, it slides to place that you need it
  • so it fits any size

Conclusion

  • with that being said these would be my suggestions on what you should do after getting your CCW
  • if you have any suggestions please leave a comment at the show notes of this episode
  • your feedback and suggestions help the community prepare the smart way now so that we can thrive later.

 

About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.