Archive | Concealed Carry

This collection of articles deals with concealed carry weapons and all aspects of the CCW lifestyle. Tactics, training, mindset, and law–we discuss all aspects of concealed carry for self defense

Knives and CCW

Knives and CCW

We tend to focus on firearms here at USA Carry, for obvious reasons. However, we have discussed the role of knives in the CCW world in the past, and it’s fair to say that knives and CCW have a very complicated relationship. So I thought we ought to sit down and take a look at…

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Spare Magazine

Tips For Carrying A Spare Magazine

If there's one bit of universal wisdom regarding concealed carry, it's always to carry a spare magazine. Obviously, this applies to people carrying semi-automatics; having one won't do you any good with a revolver. That'd be plenty awkward! That said, there are a few different ways to go about it, and each has its benefits…

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M&P Shield M2.0 Subcompact 9mm Review [FIRST LOOK]

M&P Shield M2.0 Subcompact 9mm Review [FIRST LOOK]

  How can you improve upon success? Well, it can be done and as James Cash Penney, the founder of J.C. Penney department stores, said: Improvement is the logical form of success. As I discovered in my previous original Shield review, Smith-Wesson's Shield is one of the best values and often used concealed carry handguns,…

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What’s An Average Wait Time On A Concealed Carry Permit?

What’s An Average Wait Time On A Concealed Carry Permit?

Bureaucracy. The pillar of western civilization. Despite each state having its own process for a concealed carry permit or license, there is no uniform waiting time between all fifty. Each state has a different process, different policies, requirements, and processing times. There are peak periods where, for whatever reason, a lot of people are either…

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Why Pistol Ammo Is So Important

Why Pistol Ammo Is So Important

When the price of ammo goes up, everyone rushes to the store to make impulse purchases. Their first considerations are usually rifle, shotgun and then pistol. Surplus ammunition deals for 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 Auto have steadily pushed a lot of the consumer market into those calibers. As a concealed carrier, I love a…

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Hybrid Holsters

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Holsters for Concealed Carry

The term “hybrid” originally referred to a holster made of two materials, typically leather and kydex. The traditional hybrid concept used leather as a comparatively larger “backer” for the holster that rests against the body and affixed to this is typically a shell made of kydex or other hard material that houses the gun. I…

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night sights

A Shot In The Dark: Lights, Lasers Or Night Sights

Decades of information on defensive and police shootings informs us that if you are going to be involved in a defensive shooting, there's a good chance it will occur in low-light conditions. How, then, is one to index their pistol in the dark? There are three typical solutions. Lights - such as a weapon light…

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Things to know about KYDEX holsters

Things to know about KYDEX holsters

KYDEX was the invented by the Rohm and Haas Company, which was a materials manufacturer that worked in the aircraft interior industry. In the later part of 1960’s, industries realized that KYEDX thermoplastic sheets can be made into various shapes. This is achieved with the application of heat and molding the material around forms. Right before the turn…

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