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Top Concealed Carry Tips for the Holiday Season

Nov 12, 2019 11:09:21 AM

It’s that time of the year, and these concealed carry tips will help you stay safe so you can enjoy this holiday season. Whether you’ve just started carrying, or you’ve been carrying for years, these practical tips will guide you through the holiday season—safely.

Concealed Carry Tips: Consistency is Key

Every day carry setup

carry can be a challenge at any time of the year. But as you scramble to prep for the holidays it can feel like your to-do list never ends. New or embedded habits (like concealed carry) can fall by the wayside. Don’t allow the hustle bustle of the holidays to get you off track.

Dressing for protection is key, especially during the holiday season, when crime rates increase—specifically robbery and personal larceny. So, think twice before you neglect your self-defense preparation. Confidence in the face of challenge gives you the upper hand, and you’ll free up energy to focus on what’s most important.

Concealed Carry Tips: Techniques for Staying Consistent

Woman shooting an AR

You know it’s important to stay consistent—but how do you maintain your concealed carry practice? It’s easy to get off track when you’re busy shopping, planning, and juggling unexpected requests. Newly formed or even ingrained habits are easily neglected if you get thrown off your normal routine.

And oh, how easy it is to get thrown off your normal routine…

But don’t be overwhelmed, and don’t try to be superhuman. Just set aside some time to take care of your priorities, including concealed carry. If you have a busy day coming up, that might mean choosing the method of concealed carry that’ll work best for the activities you have planned (if you have more than one method of concealed carry), and setting aside your holster and your outfit. If you have to save your life, it’s worth the effort.

Going to a party? Not sure how to conceal your firearm in a holiday dress? Stick around, we’ll cover how to conceal a firearm at holiday festivities.

Best Concealed Carry Tips: Carrying in the Winter

Drawing from concealed carry sweater

Luckily, concealing a firearm in the wintertime is considerably easier than concealing in the summertime. You can even conceal a larger firearm if you prefer.

However, the challenge of wintertime carry is maintaining quick access.

When you practice drawing your gun at the range, you’re typically drawing from an OWB or IWB holster. While it’s good to practice under these conditions, it’s also important to prepare for the winter when your firearm might be concealed beneath layers of clothing.

If you’re piling on sweaters and coats, employ these three concealed carry tips and tricks to maintain quick access to your firearm in the wintertime.

1. If you’re layering sweaters and coats, keep them unzipped; every second counts, and you may not have time to unzip your layers in order to access your firearm. If your layers are unzipped, all you have to do is clear your garments and draw. If you like to wear scarves, you’ll want to keep the scarf wrapped up and out of the way of your drawing area.

2. Consider switching to an OWB holster. OWB is a very practical concealed carry option for the winter. You’ll have quicker access, and it’s easy to conceal an OWB holster in the winter. If you typically wear an IWB holster, this is an easy transition to make.

3. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a climate where you can get by with a simple cozy sweater, you can pair a belly band or corset holster with a concealed carry sweater. Our concealed carry sweaters feature unique draw-through pockets so you can draw from a corset or belly band holster swiftly.

Of course, practice drawing from your holster wearing as many layers as you’d normally wear in the wintertime.

Concealed Carry Tips: Holiday Outfits

Drawing from concealed carry dress

If you’re a woman who wants to wear something special to a holiday party, or several, once you’re inside, large coats and jackets won’t save you.

If you’re wearing a holiday dress, the thigh holster is a great option for concealed carry. Thigh holsters are surprisingly comfortable, and no one will ever notice you’re carrying a gun. It’s a good idea to practice drawing from your thigh holster with the specific dress you want to wear.

Thigh holsters can also work great for skirts. If you’re wearing pants and a top, an inside the waistband holster is great for concealed carry. Keep in mind that a well-designed IWB holster needs to be paired with a strong gun belt. Whether you go for appendix carry, or the 4 o’clock position, if you’re comfortable and you’ve practiced your draw, you’ll be good to go.

Concealed Carry Tips: Holiday Spirits

Christmas drink

Carrying a concealed handgun on your body? It needs to be safely stored elsewhere before you start kicking back drinks. It’s the holidays so you’ll probably have lots of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit. But guns and alcohol never mix. So, before you start sipping on spiked apple cider, ensure that your firearm is safely stored in another location and isn’t on your person.

If you’re attending an event at someone else's house, it’s important that you know how they feel about guns. If they’re not comfortable with firearms, you could consider not attending the event, or you could store your firearm in your car in a safe location.

Practice Situational Awareness

As mentioned, crime rates do go up during the holidays, so it’s important to stay mindful of your surroundings. Make it a habit to pay attention to the people who are near you, especially if you’re walking to your car after shopping, or even while you’re shopping.

And it is the holidays so of course…don’t forget to have fun!

About The Author

Born in Arizona, Paisley Saris graduated in 2019 from North Idaho College, and will continue her education at Gonzaga University in the fall. She lives in North Idaho with her Husband and two step kids. She’s a passionate advocate for the 2nd amendment, and on her off days she enjoys the outdoors and spending time at the range.


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