A newly minted conceal and carry permit can be an exciting thing, regardless of your reasons for seeking the permit. Now that you are legal, the next step is to determine a setup that will work for you. The following are a few tips that can help you adjust to your new privilege as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Tip #1: Focus on one weapon at a time
If you are like many people, you have a couple of guns you really like. When you first get your permit, focus on only one of these weapons -- at least until you are comfortable with carrying a concealed weapon. There is a very practical reason for this -- there are different types of stealth holsters for handguns to choose from, and you need to determine the style that works best for you. By focusing on one gun until you find the perfect holster, you both shorten the process and minimize the amount of different holsters you need to purchase. Once you are completely comfortable with one weapon, you can then begin changing up which one you carry and finding the method that works best for each.
Tip #2: Practice the fit at home
The first time you strap on a new handgun holster, stay close to home. There is always an adjustment period. A waistband holster, for example, can be placed in the back or on either side behind the hip. Finding the best location for comfort, fit, and easy of access will take practice. Even strap-on stealth holsters, such as those that fasten under the arm or across the lower back, will require some adjustment to find the best fit. Wear both the holster and gun around the house for a few days before carrying in public. You don't want to draw attention to yourself by fidgeting and adjusting your gun in a public place.
Tip #3: Take your setup to the range
One step further than growing accustomed to the fit at home is putting the setup into practical use. The place to practice this is at the gun range. You can practice drawing, taking off the safety, and firing from your stealth holster safely at the range. This will also help you properly adjust the fit. A holster that feels comfortable is still useless if you can't easily draw your weapon when it's needed. Practice can help you get better at this as well as adjust any last minute fit issues.
For more assistance, contact a company such as Q-Series LLC.