The Top 5 Most Common Concealed Carry Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Daily concealed carry is, without doubt, the most effective form of self-defence and protection. In modern society, danger lurks around every corner and gun crime is unfortunately rampant. Concealed carry ensures that you are equipped with adequate means of self-protection at all times, without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.


While open carry does afford you with the means to defend yourself, displaying a firearm in public can attract unwanted attention, especially in areas where members of the public are unused to seeing armed civilians. In addition, concealed carry means you have the element of surprise. Would be perpetrators treat victims differently if they think they are unarmed.


However, many daily concealed carriers commit basic errors and mistakes. Proper, safe, and effective concealed carry is an art form and requires you to pay meticulous attention to detail.


Concealed carry do's and don'ts

Here is our list of the top 5 concealed carry mistakes and how to avoid making them:

1. Not carrying with a round in chamber:


There is a common misconception that carrying with a round in the chamber is unsafe - nothing could be further from the truth! Modern firearms are equipped with cutting-edge safety mechanisms that ensure accidental discharges do not occur. In addition, not carrying with a round in the chamber can leave you exposed and defenceless against sudden attacks.


For more information, please see our blog about why you should conceal carry with a round in the chamber.


2. Not having the right holster:


Choosing the right concealed carry holster is crucial. Not all holsters meet the necessary criteria for effective concealed carry, which include:


  • Safety - holsters with trigger locks and retention systems prevent theft and accidental discharge

  • Durability - holsters which fray and corrode can damage your gun in the long run

  • Concealment - only quality concealed carry pistol holsters offer complete and total concealment with no gun printing issues.


At Front Line Holsters we stock superior holsters that comfortably meet and exceed these requirements.


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3. Not training and practising your draw technique:


The secret to mastering your draw technique is routine practice and training. Having the ability to draw align your sights on a target in about a second doesn’t come naturally - it requires hard work and dedication.

When it comes to protecting yourself in a real-life situation, each second matters. So, we recommend training at a gun range with licenced trainers and learning how to draw, aim, fire in as little time as possible. Who knows - this may save your life one day!


4. Adjusting your gun in public


If you’re ever out in public and feel the need to adjust your holster position - don’t! Find somewhere quiet and private. Reaching for your gun in public will cause alarm and panic to passers-by and you may frighten a  member of the public or police officer into reacting.


Remember, the people around you have no idea that you are armed, and if you suddenly decide to reach for your weapon, even with the most innocent of intentions, people may well assume the worst  - especially in the current climate.


5. Not knowing local firearm laws


In the US, every State has its own unique gun laws and regulations. If you’re a daily concealed carrier who also engages in interstate travel, it’s important to read up on local state gun laws before crossing State lines.


Some of the variations in gun laws that differ from state to state include your duty to inform and office that you are carrying, licensing and permit regulations, the type of weapon you are allowed to have on your person.


Also, perhaps most importantly, different states have different laws when it comes to ‘stand your ground’ i.e. are you permitted to fire at a potential threat/perpetrator or are you required to retreat. It’s imperative that you are familiar with the laws in your state or any state that you travel to. You may think you are acting in legitimate self-defence but the local courts may disagree.