30 Jan A Woman’s Guide To Concealed Carry
For those who have taken a keen interest in self defense and self defense classes, the idea of discreetly carrying a firearm is one that makes sense. For women in particular, it’s an option that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, especially when looking at how heinous acts of violence against women can be.
Staggering numbers, like the estimated victims of rape in the United States since 1998 (17,700,000, in case you were wondering) are enough on their own to give just about anyone pause. Add in the fact that women are more likely to be targeted for violence when walking alone, (and, when attacked by a man, are likely to be at a physical disadvantage as well) and the concept of concealed carry for self-protection starts to seem only logical.
It’s not as simple as running out and picking up the first gun you see, however. There are more than a few intricacies about selecting and carrying a firearm that new owners should know going in. Today, we’re going to cover some of those basics so that you — the burgeoning concealed carrier — can gain a better understanding of what you should keep in mind when it comes to firearms.
Selecting A Firearm
Before carrying a firearm, you’ve got to select a firearm that’s right for you. Multiple variables can affect your handgun purchasing decisions, but in particular, you’ll want to consider factors like the size of the gun, caliber of ammunition, number of rounds the handgun holds, and whether it’s a revolver or semi-automatic firearm.
Though there are circumstances where a larger handgun would be appropriate, for the purposes of concealed carrying, you might be better off with a smaller gun that you can more easily disguise on your person. Remember, though, that with a smaller handgun, you’ll likely experience more recoil (particularly with higher caliber ammunition).
Having more rounds in a firearm will give you more chances to shoot before needing to reload, but it will also make your gun heavier (which can impact your ability to aim and fire), so you’ll want to take your hand strength into consideration on this particular factor.
Both revolvers and semi-automatic handguns can be suitable for concealed carry, but you’ll need to recognize the differences between the two and find out which you feel more comfortable with. Revolvers, on the one hand, have a reputation for being simple and reliable, but are also known to be heavier and carry fewer rounds. Semi-automatic handguns, on the other hand, typically carry more rounds, have an easier trigger pull, and and slimmer/easier to conceal, but also require a fair bit more maintenance, are more likely to misfeed, and are more expensive.
Beyond these basic factors, there are additional details like the reliability of your chosen firearm, ease of concealment, user friendliness, and more that you might want to take into consideration before you make any sort of handgun purchase.
That’s a lot to keep in mind, but thankfully, most indoor shooting ranges allow you to try out different models and note the differences before you settle on which to buy. Be sure to get some practice in at the range before making your selection, then brush up on some more of the details you’ll need to know about concealed carrying (some of which we touch upon briefly in our next section).
Learning About Concealed Carry
Far and away, one of the best ways to learn more about carrying a firearm in public is to take a concealed carry class. These informational courses cover material on both the legality and technique behind concealed carry, with specific topics ranging from gear selection to state laws governing concealed carry and beyond. Some courses may get even more in-depth, teaching you how to interact with law enforcement while carrying, the proper mindset to adopt when concealing a firearm, and the approaches you should take to deal with uncomfortable situations as they arise.
There’s plenty to learn, and all-in-all, you should leave a concealed carry class feeling substantially more knowledgeable than when you entered. Before you sign up for your class, though, a few things you’ll want to start thinking over about carry a firearm are the various on and off-body methods for concealment, knowing how to assess situations and learning when it is appropriate to draw a firearm, learning to draw a firearm quickly/reliably, and developing your general shooting skills/accuracy (note that this is all in addition to understanding the law around concealed carry within your state).
Self-defense is a serious topic, and the more you learn about it, the more prepared you’ll be should a situation ever arise. Be sure to take advantage of the classes you’ll need, and practice regularly so that you’re prepared for whatever scenario life throws at you.