3 Amateur Concealed Carry Habits That Need Breaking

Stop touching your gun. It is there.

The Gun Check

I’ll give away a couple of my secrets. I like strong-side carry. I tend to carry on my right hip. When I do, I almost never forget my gun is there. In the summer, though, when I’m rocking a pocket holster, I get paranoid that my gun may fall out of my pocket.

With that paranoia eating at me, I tend to touch my pocket. It is a simple gesture, and mostly hidden, but I call it the gun-check. Anyone paying attention will know I’m checking something.

Get a good holster and learn how to trust it.

There are better ways to conceal.

The Over-dressed

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn a long-sleeved shirt over a t-shirt in the middle of summer. Pocket carry works well enough, but sometimes I know I’m going somewhere dangerous and I want a bigger gun. To hide it, I over-compensate. Then I sweat like a fool.

It is better to tailor your wardrobe to meet your concealed-carry needs. Plaids are great at breaking up the shape of a gun underneath. Bowling shirts, short-sleeved button-ups meant to be worn un-tucked… there are options.

Every time you shop for clothes, think about concealed carry.

Carry a spare mag.

The One-and-Done

My father carried an old Iver Johnson in the 60s. He only ever had five shots, and I would suspect he felt like that was plenty. I prefer a polymer pistol with more than 5 rounds. Even so, I carry a spare magazine.

I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that 95% or more of the Americans who carry concealed do not carry a spare magazine. I didn’t when I started carrying. Then I trained obsessively and saw first hand how magazines fail.

Check out magazine holsters and pocket options. It is easy, and doesn’t have to be a burden.



David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. He was a college professor for 20 years before leaving behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry.

    • CZFan

      Wanting 16+1 is paranoia but carrying 3 spares is sensible?

  • Rufus

    Once I found Vert-X pants and a good vac-molded holster, my PPS and I were happy campers! But the version of pants I loved so much has been discontinued…