There’s the perception of concealed carry, and then there’s practical concealed carry.

In 1987, Florida passed legislation allowing its citizens to carry a concealed handgun. In short order, the naysayers predicted the streets would run red with blood, as every petty dispute would escalate into gunplay. That did not prove to be the case, and guns in the hands of good guys and girls have helped reduce violent crime. Since that time, many states have followed Florida’s lead and now allow their citizens to exercise control over their own destiny.

I wouldn’t necessarily categorize many folks who carry a concealed firearm as gun hobbyists. Their concern is solely personal defense, and they typically have many questions about training and gear. Throughout my career as a law enforcement trainer, I have tried to break down the important elements of personal defense into priorities. The priorities remain the key to success with any weapon system, and they include mindset, tactics, skill and equipment.

Retiring from active law enforcement service has caused me to reconsider my priorities, but in reality, little has changed. I might look at things in a somewhat different light, but the same priorities that kept me safe on the job continue to work.

Totally Aware
A gun alone will not keep you safe. Consider that you might actually have to use your firearm to protect your life or your loved ones. Some people feel that merely displaying a weapon will avert violence. Don’t count on it! Quite frankly, using a firearm to defend your life is pretty nasty stuff and comes with heavy baggage. If you’re not prepared to use extreme violence to defend your life, you might want to reconsider carrying a concealed firearm.

Going armed in polite society demands that you maintain a high state of aware-ness at all times. Be aware of all things going on around you and try to assess any questionable person’s intentions. While some people might consider this mindset to be paranoid, I prefer to think of it as totally aware. Remember, wherever you go, there is already one gun at the scene: yours. Don’t get caught by surprise. Be aware; be willing.

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  • That sweatshirt is too short to conceal that holster/pistol combination! I am tired of photographs which lead people astray. The firearms media needs to do better in this regard.