It's natural to feel anxious or fearful before you conceal carry - and we never, ever advocate for carrying when you feel less than 100% confident.
Take a class
You must be familiar with how to safely handle your weapon and shoot it accurately before going out with a firearm. You should also know what to do if you ever have to use your gun in self-defense or in defense of another person.
Practice, Practice, Practice
- Practice drawing from your handbag or holster while standing up straight with both feet firmly planted on the ground; then practice drawing while leaning over slightly or moving forward/backward (i.e., "walking").
- Practice drawing, aiming and firing from standing, crouching and around objects if possible. If you conceal carry with one of our bags, you'll want to practice with the bag ON your body.
For example, when we practice with the Maddie Crossbody, we draw, aim and fire while wearing the bag, just like we would in a crisis.
- Practice reloading so that reloading becomes second nature when faced with an emergency situation--you don't want to fumble with bullets while someone else has already taken aim at you!
This means practicing how quickly each type of bullet loads into its respective magazine/cylinder chamber (e.g., 9mm handguns typically use magazines that hold 15 rounds versus revolvers which use cylinders that hold 5-7 rounds).
- You may also want to practice different methods for loading ammunition into these places: some pistols have clips that can be quickly inserted; others require pushing bullets directly into place using something called an "speed loader."
Once again though--the key here is repetition so don't get discouraged if things aren't perfect right away!
Know your situational limits
Know your abilities: You can't be a master of all things at once. You might have been hunting with a rifle since you were a kid, or be confident with an AR-15 on the range, but you'd never reach for either of those as a standard self-defense weapon.
Understand what kind of weapons training you have had and if there is anything else you should be doing before carrying a firearm as opposed to just owning one for fun! Handguns are very different and require different training.
Know the law: Whenever you travel (even within your own state), always check local laws and regulations regarding firearms ownership. Carry with respect for each jurisdiction's rules regarding this issue.
For example, in some states such as New York City it is illegal for anyone without an NYPD permit issued by Chief James O'Neill himself even though they live there full time! In Texas, open carry is perfectly legal, but not always appropriate or permitted in certain places.
- Have the right weapon: Find out what kind of gun would suit your needs best based on factors like size, weight and caliber--all factors that affect comfortability while carrying around all day long!
Fear of accidental discharge
That means checking that everything is functioning properly, making sure all magazines are loaded with fresh ammo and not expired or old ammo, and making sure there aren't any safety issues with the weapon itself (like broken springs) or with its holster.
This will help prevent accidents from happening due to user error during normal daily activities like holstering/unholstering at home or work; walking around town; driving through traffic jams; et cetera.
Change your mindset
This can be challenging for new gun owners or those who only hunt once or twice a year.
Carrying a firearm requires practice, situational awareness, and knowledge.