THE FIRST STEPS: Confidence Builders For Concealed-Carry Newbies

gun in purseNervous about carrying a gun? Or just decided that it’s time to get your permit? Where do you even begin? Practice makes a firearm feel safe and familiar. Action creates habit. That means putting in the time to properly take care of your firearm. Rob Morse is here with some steps that will help you reach your goal of being a confident carrier! Check it out.

By Rob Morse

If you take a day-long class, then you will get lots of practice loading and unloading your gun. You’ll verify the gun’s condition time after time. All that practice makes it feel familiar to touch, to walk, and to sit with a gun on your body. Yes, it feels different when you’re carrying. Give yourself the gift of time so you can experience those feelings without surprises. You learn things that go way beyond a class curriculum.

Maybe you can’t imagine being armed in public. You have your license, so here is a list of small steps so a firearm feels familiar. Advance at your own pace and let yourself succeed. You will carry for the rest of your life, so who cares if you want to practice a few more days.
• Wear your empty and concealed holster at home. Do that as long as it takes to feel comfortable. You’re also learning how to dress while carrying a firearm.
• Wear your empty and concealed holster as you go to familiar places away from home. That also reminds you where guns are allowed and where they are forbidden.
• Ask if you’re allowed to carry at work and at church. You can tell them you’re doing research for a self-help class you’re taking.
• Buy some snap caps and practice safely loading and unloading your firearm the way you were taught in class. Keep building safe habits.
• Carry your loaded and concealed firearm at home. It feels different at first. Put the gun away properly when you’re done carrying it.
• Carry concealed as you go someplace familiar outside your home. It helps to travel with other people who carry. You can be the armed passenger so you don’t even have to drive.
• Go get gas while you are carrying concealed. Yes, you’re carrying in public by yourself, but you don’t have to interact with anyone just yet. Please plan your first trip in the daytime rather than at 2 in the morning in the wrong part of town.
• Wear your concealed firearm on a simple shopping trip. You’ve done this a million times before. Aren’t you running low on eggs and milk?
• Go out to eat with friends who carry.
• If it is allowed, add your work and church to the places you carry.

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