As we learn more about ourselves and our needs for a concealed carry pistol, our tastes will inevitably change. What started as a pistol you truly believed could handle a world increasingly fraught with unpredictable levels of danger may now appear either underpowered or impractical.
Let’s take the fires raging in California. California is an excellent example of the struggles of a concealed carrier. California heavily restricts who can carry a gun, what that individual can carry, and how. The wildfires decimated homes, property and have resulted in the loss of life.
When the fabric of society breaks apart, individuals in California may be increasingly reliant upon their concealed carry pistol choice to defend themselves, their family, and their property.
As roving groups of cowards roam through the rubble of the fires looking for treasure, they will increasingly use deception and numbers to overwhelm those who oppose them. In the absence of law, it is the concealed carrier who is prepared to defend himself.
Is your pistol up to the task?
Your Needs Vs. Your Wants
If you live in a state that restricts what type of pistol you can carry, you’re already very limited. You have to choose between a selection of handguns that you can reliably conceal on your body without printing or showing to others. This becomes a battle of form versus function. While many of us would love to carry a pistol that holds fifteen to twenty rounds, many of those pistols are not easily concealable. With a width of over an inch and a half, the protrusion becomes quite distinct on the waistband. This requires layers to conceal. Warmer weather may not be permissive of such choices in a pistol.
You may also be prone to the debate of caliber and ballistics. You may believe that a .40 S&W or a 10mm is absolutely required. Those tend to come with even a shorter capacity limit in concealed carry pistols. Is that sacrifice in capacity worth it?
It’s important to identify your needs and then, through carrying your pistol every day, you may discover additional needs. You may find other wants.
Before you get rid of your concealed carry pistol, though, please do me a solid favor: practice with it.
Practice shooting, holstering, and drawing your concealed carry pistol. This will be the most informative session in instructing how you should proceed. If you find your ideal choice in ammunition is causing the gun to jam, or the recoil is too snappy, it may be time to switch up.
Your concealed carry pistol should cater to your needs — not the other way around.
Fix It Vs. Chuck It
If you find your pistol doesn’t suit you or needs costly repairs or upgrades to work with your style, you are stuck with either upgrading and repairing or getting rid of it.
There are two basic methods of getting rid of a pistol: trade up at a participating gun shop or sell it through a private sale and use the proceeds to purchase a gun you can carry. State restrictions apply.
Fixing or upgrading a pistol, however, may require far less red tape. Depending upon the make and model of your gun, after-market and manufacturer accessories, you may be able to transform your everyday concealed carry pistol into an ideal platform for your self-defense needs.
In conclusion, it’s time to sell your concealed carry pistol when it no longer is the ideal handgun for you. Evaluate carefully, test rigorously, and carry responsibly.