5 Hacks To Get You Into Carrying Concealed

5 Hacks To Get You Into Carrying Concealed

5 Hacks To Get You Into Carrying Concealed

If you find yourself leaving your concealed carry gun at home, it’s probably because you haven’t normalized the experience yet. In this article, we’ll discuss five ways you can develop the mindset necessary to carry a concealed handgun everyday.

Make Concealed Carry part of your morning routine.

You get up, brush your teeth, shower, shave, eat breakfast, dress yourself, and get ready for your day generally the same way most mornings. By placing your concealed carry handgun and holster into that process, you are forming the habit of carrying concealed. If your concealed carry holster goes inside your waistband after you finish buckling your belt, you know it’s a part of your lifestyle. Take pride in this morning process because it is enabling you to lead a happier, safer life.

Take your gun to work (if allowed).

If allowed by company policy and state law, take your gun with you to work. Not only will you feel safer when you exit the building, but you’ll have the assurance you have some means to protect yourself while you’re there.

Invite a friend to the range.

Making your gun part of your life is as easy as getting to use it. The more proficient you become with your concealed carry pistol, the more confident you will be while using it. The more confidence you have built into that tool, the more you can see yourself never being parted from it. Nothing builds that confidence quite like inviting a friend or family member to go to the range with you. It’s an opportunity not only to reinforce your own skills but to help out someone new. When people see guns at work at a range or other controlled environment, they begin to realize these are tools. Tools can be fun and they can be respected. A concealed carry gun is just a tool that happens to be extremely effective at protecting you from harm.

Join a shooting organization.

Joining a shooting organization like the IPSC or others can help reinforce carrying concealed as a habit. Because you are in a gun club or gun organization, you’ll have a new reason to practice regularly. You will even have other people who are there to support you in your activities. This can be great reinforcement for when you’re carrying out in town and in your own personal life. It will normalize the activity.

Find the right concealed carry holster.

If carrying a concealed handgun feels safe, you’re more likely to do it. For new concealed carriers, their major issues usually revolve around worrying about negligent discharges, getting caught out in public with a gun, or interacting with police officers. Negligent discharges are easy to avoid. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire and keep your gun holstered in a holster that grips the gun and protects the trigger. Those two things will eliminate any chance of a negligent discharge.

Carrying a concealed handgun every single day enables you to have access to a life-saving tool. Don’t be complacent. Your life could depend upon it. Carry everyday.

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Luke McCoy is the founder of USA Carry. In 2007, he launched USA Carry to provide concealed carry information and a community for those with concealed carry permits and firearm enthusiasts.
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If this article were about open carry, you would probably include, going to Wall-mart while OC’ing. It seems everyone who first tries out legal OC, decides that Wall-mart is the first place to try it. Not sure why though.


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arte vespule

I carry at all times every where I go. These days it pays to play it safe. If you own a business, or run a fair that prohibits legal gun owners you lose my business. If it is something I really need I ignore your signs anyway. In my state it is not illegal to carry concealed in a business that chooses to hang a no gun sign. If they notice all they can do is ask you to leave. Only if you refuse are you in violation of the trespassing laws…


You should respect a business owner’s rights if you expect others to respect yours. If you don’t agree with them, don’t patronize their businesses. That’s how it’s supposed to work. If you get caught carrying in their business and even if they don’t say anything, in their mind you’ve justified their decision to make it a gunless environment. That’s a little self-centered.


I agree with you 100% Arte. Since you say in your state it is totally legal to carry your firearm regardless if some liberal hangs a sign telling you to get out, you would absolutely be within your legal rights to continue to carry. Our rights should NOT be driven out of existence merely because some liberal hangs a sign. Being a law abiding firearm owner means you proudly STAND UP for your rights and don’t cower in fear or second class citizenship just because others don’t respect OUR rights. If liberals want their rights respected then so be it . . . but we have rights to and they need to respect our rights whenever the law says we have them. Good for you!

Jeff Brady

Not saying I’ve stopped completely since I haven’t. My issue is I’ve gained weight and without buying new clothes it’s harder to keep from printing.


I’m with you, but may it’s time to lose weight. That’s what’s left.


I felt naked and vulnerable the couple of times I forgot to holster my gun before leaving the house.
I find I have to be extra nice, being part of a persecuted minority… (armed citizen).
I would never feel I would need a gun… but with all the criminals they have let out on the streets, I have already run into three… and, NO, I don’t live in a bad part of town… just California!