I started to write this as one long post, and quickly realized that my traditional “long winded and wordy” style might end up writing the blog equivalent of War and Peace, so I decided that it would be better for everyone’s sanity if I were to break it up a bit. Besides, that gives me more google bait, er, informative articles on my site… 🙂
And so, without further ado….
I won’t claim to be an expert on the matter, but in the past few years, spending nearly every weekend at one gun show or another, talking to thousands of people about what works and doesn’t work for them, I’ve managed to come up with a thing or two to think about regarding concealed carry techniques.
First and foremost, there is one thing that is true 100% of the time… there is no such thing as a perfect concealed carry system. Everything is a trade off to one extent or another, and even when you find a good system for you, it won’t necessarily -always- be the answer for you, because circumstances change. What works well in the dead of winter, might be a bit obvious in the heat of summer, for example…
Now, if you are a grizzled old veteran of concealed carry, you probably know all this already. I’m writing this more for those people who are just thinking about “what do I do when I get my CCW license?”, to help get them thinking in the directions of solving the riddle that is “what do they do”… because it’s just that, a riddle, not a pat answered question that some “expert” can rattle off without even looking at you.
Everything is a trade off, but what elements are you trading? Well, every concealment rig or system has elements of the following:
 Concealability. If the weapon isn’t hidden, then you have a big honking problem usually. An obvious weapon isn’t “concealed”, it scares the passersby, and it gives away your advantage. Plus, it tends to attract curious law enforcement officers that want to know what part of “concealed” you failed to understand.
 Comfort. If the rig isn’t comfortable, you aren’t going to carry it very often. Carrying a weapon “only when you expect to need it” is kind of like wearing your safety belts in your car “only when you expect to be in an accident”. Unless you happen to work for the psychic friends network and can accurately predict the future, get over this malarkey and get used to carrying 100% of the time, excepting of course those times and places prohibited by law. And then, carry to those places and from those places, just not AT those places. 🙂
 Accessibility/retention. Two sides of the same coin. If the gun isn’t accessible, it’s probably useless, if it’s not where it’s supposed to be when it’s supposed to be there, it’s worse than useless.
 Cost and durability. Lets face it, the most perfect holster in the world does you no good if you can’t afford to buy it and use it. And if the holster falls apart on you, or fails to operate as advertised when you need it, it doesn’t matter how cheap it was, it still cost too much. 🙂
That’s the highlights, now we have to get into the specifics….