By Jon via americanconcealed.com
Too many people think that all they need to carry a concealed handgun is a small gun, a big shirt and a license, depending on where you live. That’s a big, and potentially deadly mistake. Everyone, from experienced shooters to first-time gun buyers, should be aware of these three mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Showing off your concealed carry handgun
Some people treat their gun like an expensive car; they just can’t wait to show it off. Concealed means that the gun stays out of view, all the time. Once someone else knows the location of a gun, the possibility of bad consequences goes through the roof.
Show your gun off at a party and you could make yourself an instant target. You’re not only a target for someone who wants to steal your pistol, but you could give another person a reason to think you’re armed for the wrong reasons.
Mistake #2: Carrying full metal jacket (FMJ) target ammo in your self-defense handgun
Loading practice ammo in your self-defense handgun is a big mistake. Don’t avoid the more expensive hollow point varieties of self-defense loads because of price.
Hollow points are built to expand on contact, resulting in a shot that’s safer for bystanders and more effective against a threat. FMJ ammunition is much more likely to over penetrate your target and proceed to go through just about everything else, including walls, windows, and other people nearby.
Mistake #3: Using an uncomfortable concealed carry holster
A holster that constantly chafes or needs adjustment isn’t only annoying, it can be dangerous. You’re much less likely to carry consistently if you know you’ll be uncomfortable doing so, and regular carry is a key to effective protection.
What’s more, people are more prone to adjust holsters that hurt them. Fiddling with your rig means handling your gun more often which can lead to an accidental discharg and drawing attention to your weapon. Both of which could ruin your day.
Carrying a firearm is never about intimidation factor or the prestige of owning expensive items. It’s about being being prepared to protect yourself and others in the event of a deadly threat. In a situation like that, there’s no room for error.