During the course of several interviews I conducted with concealed carry permit holders, I found that a surprisingly low percentage of those licensed to conceal a firearm actually carry a gun more than a few times a year. I was shocked by the statistic, but not by the cause of their apprehension. The two primary reasons that permit holders didn’t carry were that they couldn’t find a carry method that suited them and were afraid that someone would recognize they were carrying a firearm.
Finding a comfortable method of carry is a challenge for many people, both new and experienced. With so many different firearms, holster options and body shapes, it can be very tough to find a rig that works for you on a daily basis. Holsters that are uncomfortable may keep shooters from carrying, and not carrying makes a CCW permit pretty much worthless. The first step to having that firearm on hand is being able to carry it in a manner that doesn’t cause discomfort.
This list of solutions to common carry problems will give you the confidence to pack that sidearm in comfort. Being able to carry comfortably means you’ll carry more often, and carrying more often means you’re more likely to have a firearm standing by when you need it most.
- Possible Solutions: This is a common fear. Many people don’t want their co-workers calling them out on a concealed gun. There are plenty of solutions, and even while wearing light dress clothes you can effectively conceal a firearm. An IWB holster will work if you wear a jacket or coat, and there’s always the option to wear an ankle holster (a solution that works well in many cases, as you’ll see). The Can Can Garter is a good option for women who wear dresses or skirts, since the firearm and a spare magazine are hidden on the thigh and kept out of sight but remain easily accessible.
Though less ideal, off-body carry is another option. Over the past few years many companies have offered novel solutions to off-body carry, the latest of which is Galco Gunleather’s iDefense, a functional iPad carrier with a built-in holster.