Concealed Carry Corner: When To Upgrade Your Carry Gun

An extremely common question I get when looking at the world of carrying concealed is when to upgrade your carry gun. The firearms industry does a fantastic job throwing new models that up capacity and features on our handguns making it extremely tempting to upgrade every 1-2 years. There are a number of pros and cons when looking at changing your carry gun for a newer model. Let’s take a closer look at some considerations you should have when thinking about whether or not you should upgrade your carry gun.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Easy Range Tips

One of the more common questions I get when it comes to concealed carry is how to focus on training for carrying concealed. There are a number of new gun owners who don’t have the knowledge or just experienced shooters who want to focus on drawing from concealment. In past articles, I have written about various drills and targets you can use but there are also tips, in general, to help you guys out when it comes to carrying concealed. If you don’t necessarily enjoy printing off specific targets, there are still plenty of things you can do to improve your skills at the range with minimal effort. Let’s dive into some easy range tips to help with concealed carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Carry Items To Quit Using

Navigating the world of carrying a concealed handgun can be tricky, to say the least. Whether it’s finding the right handgun, holster or other gear, it can be a process that takes time and experience to truly understand what works best for you. Most of my articles about carrying concealed consist of talking about reliable gear while having an adequate understanding of fundamentals. Throughout my journey in the concealed carry world, I have seen my fair share of awesome products along with a number of not-so-great products. There are a few different products that do more harm than good in the long run. Let’s take a look at the carry items to quit using when you conceal carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Tips for PDW Carry

In the past, there’s been a fair bit of debate whenever I started talking about PDW-style firearms. While I have carried a PDW-style firearm in the past and they are one of my favorite weapon types to shoot, I don’t typically carry them daily. Over the last month, however, I have gotten a number of questions about how to carry PDW-style weapons and if there’s anything that can make it easier. At the end of the day, they are usually fairly large and require a plan once you decide to carry them. Let’s take a closer look at some tips for PDW carry that will make your life easier.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carry Guns of Collateral

Every week, I talk about topics varying from situational awareness, holster choice and gear options for carrying concealed. All those are extremely important but sometimes it’s fun to take a step back and look at what pop culture decides to carry in movies. One of my favorite reality-based movies has to be the 2004 classic Collateral. in this movie, the main character (Jamie Foxx) is a cab driver going along with his day when a hired gun (Tom Cruise) pays him for a night of driving around. This film is directed by Micheal Mann who has done other classic like the TFB favorite Heat, which we’ve done a number of articles and videos on. Let’s take a closer look at some of the carry guns of Collateral, a classic gun guy movie.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Choices and Consequences

When we start concealing a firearm on a daily basis, there are certain rules you need to follow for your safety as well as the safety of others. Sometimes these rules get broken, and you start to get all types of issues. There are certain risks and responsibilities that come with carrying a concealed firearm, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Call it the Darwin awards, let’s take a dive into various examples of carrying choices and consequences that followed these terrible choices.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Handgun Choice

Last week, I talked about the importance of having a different type of firearm to carry concealed when you’re out west. As a result, last week’s article started some great debates and conversations in my inbox about having a powerful handgun vs having a handgun with capacity. The old-timers came out of the woodwork last week to defend their holy grail 1911 handed straight down from the heavens by John Browning himself. So after a fair amount of debate, let’s dive into what’s a better application when talking about concealed carry handgun choice.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying While Running – Revisited

Welcome to TFB’s Concealed Carry Corner, where we cover all sorts of topics on carrying firearms in every way as it pertains to everyday life. A few years ago, I covered the broad topic of concealed carrying while running, what sorts of dangers runners (and pedestrians, regardless of speed) could face, as well as various ways to carry a gun while jogging. In this week’s edition, I’ll focus more on what has worked for me and how my tactics for concealed carry for running has evolved.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Concealed Out West

Recently I spent some time with friends out in the Wyoming and Montana area for a get-together trip. One of my buddies was late to the airport because he stumbled on a Glock 20. He kept going on and on about how exciting it was to see one in a gun store finally and how hard it is to find a stocked dealer in the area. It was rather puzzling to me since oftentimes the 9mm variants are always sold out in the Midwest and the larger caliber handguns are oftentimes the guns that sit in store counters. I started to look at the factors of carrying concealed and after talking with locals, there’s a fairly large difference in mindset between different parts of the country. Let’s take a deeper look into how carrying concealed out west is different and why that is.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Vehicle Carry Mistakes To Avoid

Carrying in a vehicle is a part of everyday life for most of us. Whether it’s running errands or heading out on a road trip, having a firearm while in your vehicle is a fairly important part of carrying concealed on a daily basis. I’ve made a few mistakes over the years and it’s fairly common to not think about certain aspects when starting out or even after carrying for a decent amount of time. Let’s dive into some of the vehicle carry mistakes to avoid when carrying a firearm.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 3 Shooting Mechanics to Practice

Over the last few months, I have gotten countless messages about people wanting to train for concealed carry but aren’t sure what to focus on right away. Combine the fact we had a significant uptick in new conceal carriers, the fact ammo has gotten so scarce, it can be tough to really train using minimal ammo. With certain people dealing with one or both of the issues above, it can be tricky figuring out what to work on when it comes to practicing for concealed carry. Let’s dive into the top 3 shooting mechanics to practice for carrying a concealed handgun.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Things You Learn After Carrying Over Time

If you go through all the various blog sites, there are a ton of articles about various tips and tricks you can take away from concealed carry courses. In the past, I’ve written everything from my favorite carry handguns to accessories and even mindset articles, but I’ve never really talked about the certain tricks you learn after you’ve carried for a while. When you start off carrying a gun, people always talk about being proficient, concealing properly and training with your firearm. What they don’t talk about are the simple tricks that will help you be more confident and help with having a firearm on your person every day. Let’s dive into the things I’ve learned after carrying over time.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Taking A Look At Carry Ammo

When looking at all the different aspects of carrying concealed, there’s a wide variety of opinions of carry ammo. Depending on who you talk with, certain people like a specific type of defense ammo for one reason or another while others don’t even think it’s an important aspect to think about. Besides the actual handgun, having the right self-defense round will be a crucial component to defending yourself in a given situation. Let’s take a deeper dive into why self-defense rounds are necessary and a brief rundown of a few popular models of carry ammo.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying Concealed While Hiking

Over the last few months, I have started going on hikes daily typically with a larger hiking pack. Hiking park trails is a great alternative exercise to running while making your body work harder. Like many others, I gained a few pounds in the days of Covid lockdowns, so this summer I really put forth an effort to shed the extra weight and get in better shape. While carrying with a large pack, it can be difficult to carry a handgun comfortably, especially if you start to get tired and fatigued. Depending on where you live and where you’re hiking, there are a few different options for carrying concealed while hiking so let’s take a deeper dive into it.

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Concealed Carry Corner: How To Maintain Your Summer Carry Gun

In the past, I have written a few different articles about how to maintain your firearm as well as your equipment. I have been traveling around various states these last few weeks and have been carrying in the South Carolina heat. During my time down there, I realized just how much you can sweat when the summer heat is in full effect. This amount of heat can cause you to sweat an impressive amount which ultimately finds its way into your holster and onto your gun. Over time, the sweat will find any piece of uncoated metal as well as start to work the coating away. It’s important to maintain your summer carry gun so let’s take a look at a few different options to consider.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying In Crowded Areas

Over the last week, I have been down in Myrtle Beach visiting friends and seeing the various sights there are down in the southeast part of the country. Every time I head down to the boardwalk or any other touristy place around the area, I started thinking about the pros and cons of carrying when there’s a ton of people around. For new carriers, carrying in a crowded area can be extremely stressful just on the fact there are so many eyes that potentially could see your firearm. This is typically a fairly common fear among new conceal carriers, but crowds aren’t always your enemy. Let’s take a deeper look at carrying in crowded areas.

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Concealed Carry Corner: What and What Not To Carry Off Body

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone over my personal setup and various ways to carry on the body. Carrying on the body is by far the most secure way to carry but a number of people messaged and commented about off-body carry. Since someone brought it up a few weeks, I have been rattling around the idea of carrying off body along with taking a look at how it can be beneficial in certain situations. In my eyes, there are a number of things that can be carried off body that really give you more options. Let’s dive deeper into what and what not to carry off body.

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Concealed Carry Corner: My Top 3 Carry Options

Every week, there are a few individuals who reach out to talk about certain aspects of carrying a concealed firearm. Whether it’s a question regarding holsters, guns or accessories, I get asked a fair bit about my personal carry options. So since you guys have asked repeatedly, I have decided to help out and break down three of my favorite carry options. It’s perfectly acceptable to disagree with me and I expect a few of you to completely disagree with everything I say, which is good for conversation. Let’s take a deeper dive into the top 3 carry options I use on a daily basis.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Different Ways To Carry A Spare Magazine

The great debate of carrying a spare magazine has gone on for years, but the idea of carrying a spare magazine is not a new one. Depending on the handgun, it’s extremely reasonable to carry a spare magazine as an insurance policy. The concept of carrying a spare magazine is fairly common among the younger generations of concealed carriers, but having a spare magazine is fairly common among carriers in general. One of the questions I get fairly often is the best route to go when carrying a spare magazine. There are a number of products on the market that assist in this exact topic which we will take a deeper dive into. Let’s take a closer look at different ways to carry a spare magazine.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carry Positions Ranked Best To Worst

Often times I will get a number of questions about a certain type of carry style. Whether it’s carrying in a pocket or a shoulder holster, there will always be pros and cons to each method of carrying a concealed firearm. Every rating is based on my personal experiences as well as a number of colleagues that all collectively came down to this list. It’s perfectly acceptable to disagree with the rating and I would love to have a discussion in the comments at the end of the article. Let’s dive deeper into the carry positions ranked best to worst.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Father's Day Carry Special

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what my father has carried over the years. Most of these guns, whether it being good or bad, have taught me a number of lessons about carrying a concealed firearm growing up over the years. My father’s concealed handgun journey is fairly similar to the story of Goldilocks since he had to carry a few handguns in order to find the perfect carry piece. Let’s take a deeper look into my list of Father’s Day carry special guns.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Pros And Cons of Constitutional Carry

With more and more states allowing constitutional carry, I am started to become bombarded with questions about what they should do when it comes to different types of carrying. Some ask if constitutional carry is the way to go while others ask if having a permit is better in the long run. There are a number of things to consider when debating on going with constitutional carry or applying for a permit and paying the government to carry a concealed firearm. Both have their own specific advantages when looking at each independently. Let’s dive deeper into the pros and cons of constitutional carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Working Around Gun-Free Zones

When you decide to carry a concealed firearm, there aren’t many areas that are fully off-limits to individuals but there are a few different places that are always gun-free zones. These can sometimes be tricky to work around and oftentimes there are choices that need to made one way or another. It’s not commonly talked about within the community but sooner or later you’ll have to decide one way or another. Everyone has their own belief system on gun-free zones and that’s totally acceptable. Let’s dive into working around gun-free zones when it comes to concealed carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: How Much Is Too Much For Summer Carry?

Summer is rapidly approaching and every year I will oftentimes get bombarded with questions when it comes to carrying in warm weather. Carrying a firearm in hotter weather can have its own challenges just based on the spike in temperature during the summer months. Whether it’s concealing your firearm under just a simple shirt or dealing with chaffing or weight, having a comfortable carry every day can sometimes prove to be challenging. A common issue with summer carry for some concealed carriers is the inability to prioritize their most important carry items. Let’s dive into the basics of carrying when it comes to summer carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Most Common Issues With Concealed Carriers

This past weekend, I drove down to see my father and spent some time with him. He recently moved from Tampa Florida to Missouri and needed to take a new concealed carry course to apply for his Missouri permit. I decided to tag along and see what some of the students were shooting and how the average shooter does in a training course. Honestly, I was surprised by the lack of training most had and started talking to some of the students. During my time at the course, I noticed three trends throughout the students and often times it matches what happens in the real world. Let’s dive into some of the most common issues with concealed carriers.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Understanding And Training With Stress

We all deal with daily life stress whether it’s work-related stress or just regular everyday stress, but we oftentimes forget about overwhelming stress when we are put in certain situations. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen both new and experienced shooters at the range start to fumble and fall apart because there was a little stress introduced into the drill. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but the vast majority of concealed carriers I have met stay within their comfort zone and don’t push their boundaries. This is typically what we all do, but if you want to truly mentally and physically train to deal with stress, you need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable while shooting. Let’s dive into understanding and training with stress.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Benefits of a Snub Nose Revolver

Over the last couple of years, I have written a number of articles about the limitations of revolvers and how the modern-day micro semi-auto has taken the thunder away from snub nose revolvers. In a lot of ways, the snub nose revolver is outgunned and outclassed by many semi-automatic handguns on the market today. So after all these articles, do I think snub nose revolvers are obsolete? The short answer is no and there’s a number of reasons why a revolver may be a better fit for you than a smaller semi-automatic. Let’s dive into the benefits of a snub nose revolver.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Hybrid vs Kydex Holsters

When looking at switching styles of holsters, there are countless options on the market today. Now I know there will be some people who are screaming what about leather holsters. They are a great option for some circumstances but I get a ton of questions about hybrid and Kydex holsters so we are focusing on that today. It can be tricky figuring out what benefits each holster system offers if you haven’t used them before so let’s take a look at the hybrid vs Kydex holsters debate.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Stock vs Customized Carry Guns

One of the most interesting debates I’ve heard lately is whether to carry a stock handgun or a handgun with upgrades. There’s been more than one occasion the last few weeks where I’ve heard guys arguing the pros and cons of carrying stock or upgraded handguns. Both have their valid arguments and it’s not a bad option to think about if you’re like me and carry on a daily basis. Let’s dive into the stock vs customized carry guns debate and what the benefits of each argument can be.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Worry-Free Carrying

Over the years, carrying a concealed firearm has become fairly easy for me with little worries of someone seeing my handgun. For the long-time carry crowd, carrying a firearm daily becomes second nature but it’s not always easy for everyone right out of the gate. There are oftentimes growing pains as well as lessons to be learned before it’s easy to carry a handgun. With the recent explosion in new gun owners, I have received a ton of questions about how to carry without worrying, so let’s dive into the world of worry-free carrying.

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