Our readers tell us they LOVE our articles on concealed carry and close quarters shooting, so I’ve resolved to put up more of that kind of material.
I’m always collecting tips for better CCW.
These ideas don’t always have enough to them to be their own article, but I figured I would collect 3 tips for today’s blog post.
Some of these you may have thought about already, but I’m willing to bet there’s at least one you haven’t…
3 Tips For BETTER CCW
1. Keys In Your Pocket
When you’re carrying concealed, your outer garment – your cover garment – has to be cleared before you can draw, right?
Well, if you’re wearing a pullover of some kind, you’ve got to yank it upward.
If you’re wearing a more normal jacket, though, you’ll basically sweep it aside to get to your gun.
One thing that makes that easier is to keep some weight in the pocket on that side.
Get in the habit of keeping your keys, or something else with some weight, in the pocket on the strong side.
That will help you swing the garment out and away while you draw your gun.
2. What’s Your Backup?
Many of us carry more than just a gun – and if you don’t, you need to consider a “less lethal” backup.
Whether it’s pepper spray, some kind of impact weapon, or maybe a stun gun, it pays to have a weapon that won’t necessarily take someone’s life.
Some of the altercations you’ll have are with people who have “bad attitudes” – from drugs, alcohol, road rage over a “stolen” parking space… whatever it is, it doesn’t necessarily mean your life is in danger.
In those situations, you want a “force multiplier” that can help “readjust” the other guy’s attitude without killing him.
(That’s why police carry pepper spray and tasers.)
Carry it in a location that is just as accessible as your gun, and remember that it isn’t “non-lethal,” but “less lethal.”
That means accidents can and have happened, so don’t use these tools casually.
3. Stop Wearing Wal-Mart Belts
Most of us grow up wearing ordinary leather belts.
What you find out over time is that the more weight you put on a belt, the more the holes stretch out.
Over time, every big-box store leather belt you’ll own will become a stretched out mess.
Well, stop buying those leather belts from Wal-Mart.
If you carry a gun, you need a high-quality gunbelt.
I would recommend something like an off-duty concealment belt, such as the 5.11 TDU.
Not only do these belts offer more support than a “normal” belt, but they don’t limit you to specific peg holes, so you can adjust them to fit you comfortably no matter what you’re wearing (or eating).
Okay, that’s it for today’s post.
I’m always looking for more great information for you, so please stop back every day to check out our daily MCS posts, okay?
Stay safe out there.
What Is Your Best CCW Tip? Can You Think Of Something New?
In the movie, Clint Eastwood refers to the .44 Magnum as “the most powerful handgun in the world,” and movie audiences ate it up.
When I first saw the movie, that got me thinking:
What if you pulled the trigger… and the attacker KEPT ON COMING?
That can happen if you don’t understand what “stopping power” is, and a while back, I talked to pioneering self-defense expert Peyton Quinnabout just that.
What You Need To Know About Stopping Power
There are a lot of handguns and even shotguns and rifles on the market.
When you’re choosing a firearm, one of things you’ll need to think about is whether that weapon truly has the power to stop someone who is attacking you.
But what is power, exactly… and is there a difference between stopping power and killing power when choosing the best weapon for home defense?
There is a difference, and it’s a big one, between “stopping power” and “killing power”.
The Difference Between Stopping Power and Killing Power
Killing power is simply the ability to kill someone hit with it… eventually.
Stopping power, on the other hand, is the ability of a bullet to prevent the person hit with it from continuing to attack you.
The reason this is important is because, even if you shoot an attacker and hurt him badly enough that he eventually dies, if he can still attack you before he eventually bleeds out, shooting him doesn’t help you.
He might still be able to hurt and kill you before his body finally catches on to the idea that he’s been mortally wounded.
The Dead Man’s Ten Seconds
In the Old West, the time between shooting a man, and the time when he finally fell and died, was called “the dead man’s ten seconds.”
In other words, if you shoot someone who is coming at you with a club or a knife…
…He might have a few seconds to stab or club you before he dies from the gunshot wound.
That’s the reason good firearms instructors will tell you that you should seek cover, and increase the distance between you and the attacker, after you have shot him.
Get Off The Attacking Line!
If the attacker is coming at you with a club or a knife, that means you still have to get off the attacking line even though you have already shot him.
Unless the weapon you are using has extraordinary STOPPING power, that is.
If your weapon DOES have good stopping power, then shooting him will neutralize him.
The problem is that most hand guns are pretty much under-powered when it comes to stopping the human body.
They will kill you, yes, and they may even stop you, but in a lot of cases it will take some time for that to happen.
The Last Word On Stopping Power
Just because you shoot a man does not mean he will just fall down and die.
He may not even slow down.
He will almost always have some time, measured in seconds if not in minutes, to attack, hurt, and kill you.
Choose a firearm that has adequate stopping power, not just the ability to deliver a fatal wound.
Once you’ve done that, make sure to train to keep yourself alive during that time between when your bullets strike… and when the attacker actually STOPS.
How Confident Are YOU That Your Gun Has Real Stopping Power?