Concealed Carry Corner: Figuring Out How To Carry a PDW

Carrying a concealed firearm is fairly basic in the grand scheme of things. Essentially you carry a firearm on your body and go amongst your day. It’s an extremely simple concept but the definition is slowly changing with newer generations looking for other ways of carrying firearms. Having a small but capable weapon in a bag or vehicle can be a huge advantage in certain situations. It’s becoming more common amongst younger concealed carriers and with that is a growing market of discreet carry bags and accessories to help people carry what they consider important. Over the last four or five years, I have tried carrying larger PDW style firearms for the sake of science and throughout my time testing, I have noticed a few trends among people just starting out to carry a firearm. Let’s dive into some of the good and bad of carrying PDW style weapons.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Good And Bad Of Carry Belts

When we have to carry for a long period of time, it’s sometimes fairly difficult to be comfortable after 8-10 hours of constant carrying. After a few hours of driving, it can sometimes cause discomfort or hot spots on your body. When this happens, oftentimes people will immediately jump to the type of pants you’re wearing or blame it on the holster after thinking of it. Both of these are possible to cause issues with sitting comfortably or wearing it all day, but the vast majority is not due to a Kydex or leather holster. The real culprit is typically the belt you’re carrying with, and it’s not always the easiest piece of gear to identify as an issue but let’s dive into the good and bad of carry belts.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying in a Pandemic

We can all probably agree the last few months have been interesting, to say the least. Whether its constant mask requirements or the pockets of civil unrest. Between everything going on, it makes 2020 a year like no other and with all the instability comes a new wave of people carrying a concealed firearm. I have gotten a ton of questions about various topics from carrying in civil unrest to the rules on carrying with a mask. There are a ton of questions and I don’t have the answers for all of them, but there are a few great things to consider when looking at carrying in a pandemic.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Breaking Down My Top 3 Carry Loadouts

Every week, I talk about various topics and ways to improve your skills and be a benefit to society every day. One thing I haven’t done is take an in-depth look at my daily carry items and explain why I chose them over other choices. I’ve spent years going through different guns and gear figuring out what works best for me, so hopefully, it will give some of you a different perspective and motivate you to look at your own carry loadouts. I carry a few different firearms throughout the year but decided to focus on my top 3 carry loadouts I use the most often. Let’s take a look at my most common concealed carry setups.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Choosing An Adequate Round

When it comes to picking a self-defense round, the age-old debate of 9mm vs 45 ACP instantly comes to mind. I’m almost certain there are a few guys already rushing down to the comments section defending their carry round. I’m sure you’re probably wondering where this is going so I’ll give you some background on how this article came into existence. Earlier in the week, I was checking out a local gun shop, keeping my 6ft distance, and managed to hear an older man tell a young woman she needs to carry a 22 LR pistol for self defense. The guys behind the gun counter as well as myself all immediately had a confused look at his caliber choice as an adequate round.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Keys to Maintaining Your Holster

For the majority of shooters, most get the idea of regular maintenance when it comes to your carry gun and even ammunition. One thing that is often forgotten is the idea of maintaining your holster whether it’s Kydex or leather. It’s easy to skip over or forget entirely the importance of caring for the one thing that keeps your firearm attached to your body. Whether it’s a Kydex holster or a hand-stitched leather, it’s important to care for your gear to keep everything in the best shape possible. Let’s dive into some things to keep your holsters in top fighting shape.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Accuracy For Carrying Concealed

In past articles, I’ve talked about how important it is to do various drills or even jump in a competition to help better your skills. I still think that’s important but what about initial accuracy? Whether it’s working on your “cold start” or just doing low round count practicing, it’s incredibly important for a person who carries a concealed firearm on a daily basis. We often talk about various ways to improve shooting as a whole but after thinking a while, I realized it’s important to give information to better hone your skills as a shooter. Let’s break down and take a look at some of the best drills and concepts for people training accuracy for carrying concealed.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Preventing Surface Rust On Carry Guns

Let’s face it, during the summer months, carrying a gun can get a little hot and uncomfortable at times. Naturally during this, the body will sweat and your gun may have sweat on it after a long day of carrying it concealed. It’s not a big deal if it only happens once in a while, but if the handgun isn’t cleaned regularly, it can start to erode the finish off and develop surface rust. There are a few different ways to combat surface rust depending on maintenance and holster type. Let’s dive into the different ways of protecting your gun against surface rust.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Problem With Carrying Too Much

All over the internet, there are articles where people talk about what’s best to have on your body when concealing a firearm. It’s not uncommon to talk about various lights, knives, medical supplies and spare magazines. Having different items on you is a great way to be prepared for daily life, but it’s really easy to start carrying way too much where it starts to become unrealistic for daily use. Its a natural cycle to figure out what you need on a daily basis but since there’s a ton of new gun owners and people who are conceal carrying, I figured I’d break it down for the newbies. Let’s dive into figuring out what’s the issue with carrying too much on your body.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Art of Avoidance and Being Realistic

There’s no denying, society and current events have been a little more unpredictable and crazy than they typically are in a given year. Between COVID shutting down the country for the last few months and recent unrest in major cities, it’s easy to get into a defensive mindset when traveling. Recently, I took a trip from my home state of Michigan to Tampa for some much needed vacation and family time. One of the biggest concerns was what to pack in terms of carry guns and gear.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Being Educated vs Emotional

Recently, I drove from Michigan to Tampa for a much-needed vacation. While driving down, I decided to turn on the FieldCraft Survival podcast to pass the time. Usually, I will save a few episodes up to entertain me on long trips. Their latest episode touched on recent events of unrest and what it means to concealed carriers during this time. One of the head instructors,  Raul Martinez, brought up a concept about being educated in society. He made a great point about how education affects how emotional someone is. In the 178th podcast, he was explaining about education as a broad topic in the inner-city school systems. As I was driving late at night, I started thinking about how it may be just as true in the gun community as well. Let’s dive into the idea of educated vs emotional.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Learning to Carry With Pistol Optics

Carrying a concealed firearm with a red dot for the first time can be a strange feeling. Depending on the person, it can be beneficial for aging eyesight or for having fluid transitions between targets where it might otherwise take longer. I will be the first to admit that I’ve struggled to adjust from iron sights to the 21st century with a slide-mounted optic. There are a few different things to help you adjust over time and I’ll break down the various dot sizes for the newbies in the group who may not know what’s best for certain guns. Let’s dive into the world of pistol optics.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying While Paddling

If you’ll recall this past summer, TFB’s Matt E covered Concealed Carry While Boating, in which he focused on being armed while on a motorboat on the ocean. However, being on a boat small enough to maneuver with your own strength brings about a few challenges in how to carry concealed in a more compact space. Cue the banjos, because in this edition of Concealed Carry Corner, we’re discussing concealed carry while paddling.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Carry Myths to Avoid

Last week, I was checking out a local gun shop trying to kill time. I overheard a couple other customers talking about how they carry their firearm and it caught my attention. The older gentleman said he carries an older model Smith & Wesson 686 but leaves the chamber empty just in case. To be honest, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard someone say something exactly like this and plenty of other odd comments as well. Whether it’s carrying sub-par ammo or practicing bad habits that will do more harm than good in the long run. Let’s dive into the depths of insanity when it comes to concealed carry myths.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Shooting Drills for Drawing Practice

Over the last few months, we have seen a massive increase in ammo sales. With the rush on common calibers in full swing the last few weeks, it’s more important now to use range time more efficiently to not waste ammo. The idea of high reps with a low round count isn’t a new concept, but there are a few free targets online that anyone can print out and take to the range for high reps while keeping your overall round count relatively low. Let’s jump into a few of my favorite fundamental shooting drills that work great for concealed carry practice.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Why Trigger Control Could Save Your Life

Occasionally I will help a friend out from time to time while he teaches beginner handgun courses and CPL classes. While I’m standing behind the line watching students fire downrange, it surprises me the number of shooters who don’t fully understand the importance of trigger control. Whether its a younger person shooting for the first time or a competitive shooter, it’s important to develop a solid foundation for trigger control. Having an understanding of what trigger control means and why it’s important could end up saving your life down the road. Let’s jump into some of the reasons why trigger control could save your life.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Things To Consider When Carrying In A Vehicle

For the majority of concealed carriers, carrying in a vehicle is a daily event. Whether that’s going to work or running an errand, we often travel a ton with a gun outside. We travel constantly and everyone has different practices for carrying a gun, but there’s a number of things people do that may not be the best practice whether it comes down to traveling long distances and knowing a state’s gun laws or keeping your gun secure as you drive. Over the last few years, I’ve seen a few crazy things from people whether its carrying guns improperly to ignoring state gun laws out of convenience. Let’s dive into the various things you should avoid when carrying in a vehicle.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Capability vs Mobility

In the last five years, there has been a fair amount of innovation with guns becoming smaller while offering the capacity of a larger framed handgun. Innovation in the gun community is never a bad thing with multiple companies like Glock, SIG, and Springfield Armory all offering high capacity sub-compact handguns. With innovation come challenges and there’ve been a number of challenges especially for younger people who concealed carry. A fairly common question I get from people is whether or not to go with a smaller carry gun or something larger for daily use. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of having a lightweight carry system vs a larger gun with more bulk.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Importance of Medical

Every week, we sit down and look at different aspects of the concealed carry realm, but medical is often something that goes without much coverage. Some of you may disagree, but being in a situation where someone may need medical help is much greater than being in a self-defense situation. Whether it’s witnessing a bad car collision or having an unfortunate accident, things happen. Having the proper equipment as well as knowledge is incredibly important when emergencies occur. I know some will argue that medical products are too big or bulky for everyday carry, but there are plenty of classes and products out there to help the everyday civilian be better prepared for a stressful situation. Let’s dive into a few different ways to be more prepared in a medical emergency.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Ways to Practice Shooting From Home

There is no denying, the last few weeks have been a little odd around the world. Normal daily practices like going out to dinner or hitting the range on a free day, have completely stopped. The number one complaint with shooters in my area is the lack of open ranges. Here in Michigan, most of the public ranges and indoor ranges have been shut down for public safety, so it really is difficult to find an accessible place to shoot if you don’t have private land.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Things Worth Paying Extra For Carrying Concealed

Throughout the years, I have tried a fair number of products and really wish I wouldn’t have spent money on certain items. I think we all have a junk shelf in our gun room with old holsters or parts we thought would be a great addition to a concealed carry loadout, but ended up being a letdown. After carrying a concealed handgun for a while, it becomes clear what’s important to spend money on and what’s better to go cheap. I was rummaging in my gun room and there were a few different categories that stood out to me. After looking through all the leftover gear, I decided to put together a list of the top 4 things it pays to spend extra on the first time. Keep in mind, this is for people who are beginning their journey in the concealed carry world, so let’s dive into it.

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Concealed Carry Corner: 3 Different Perspectives on Carrying

Over the past year, I’ve written all about different ways to carry handguns and the benefits of various setups. I thought it would be interesting to take three different concealed carrier’s gear and look at what they carry on a daily basis. These are various people I have either met at gun ranges or know personally who conceal carry daily. In previous articles, I’ve talked about how everyone’s set up is different despite carrying roughly the same things. Let’s dive into some different conceal carry loadouts and look at what people carry on a daily basis.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 4 Sub Guns for The Corona Craziness

With the majority of the United States and World either being shut down or a little more crazy than usual, it’s not a bad idea to carry a little more firepower. Now I know some of you only carry on the body with your favorite concealed carry handgun and that’s totally fine. Not everyone wants to carry a more capable gun in their backpack or concealed off body, but there are a few different guns that do a great job riding in a backpack concealed. Let’s take a look at the top 4 sub guns for concealed carry.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Is Competition Shooting A Good Training Tool?

Over the last decade, a debate has gone on between the keyboard warriors about the effectiveness of competition shooting for concealed carriers. On each side of the argument, people claim shooting competition can force a shooter to think and react under stress. Others say it promotes a ton of bad habits when you’re training for a real life engagement. There’s both pros and cons to shooting competition for concealed carry practice but let’s break down why both sides have a valid argument.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Range Guns vs Concealed Guns

Probably one of the most common questions I get is to explain the difference between a carry and range gun. Now carrying various guns will always be different depending on where you live, and what your situation is. Whether it is going to the gym or going for a hike in the snow-covered trails, certain situations will affect your carry options. I get questions all the time about carrying various handguns with lights, red dots, and magwells and if it’s viable to carry throughout the year. Let’s dive into the differences between range guns vs concealed guns.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Five Important Things to Carry Daily

When thinking about carrying a concealed firearm, it’s easy to focus on one specific item rather than the overall big picture. It’s important to look at different aspects as a bigger picture rather than only worrying about just what knife you carry or what type of gun is best for you any given day. There’s a number of things everyone should at least consider carrying when they leave their house with a firearm. Now everyone may have different opinions on the matter, and that’s totally fine but just keep in mind this can be a flexible list depending on your preferences and needs for daily carry. Let’s dive into some of the most important things you can carry when concealing a firearm.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Watching For Bullet Setback

When carrying a concealed firearm, it’s fairly normal to keep things exactly how they are once things are set up. It’s important to keep consistency but one aspect that is overlooked fairly often is the overall health of self-defense ammo. I’ve met a number of people with great looking concealed carry guns, but once they pull the magazine out, there’s a number of damaged rounds with some even having signs of bullet setback. There are a few different things to look for when determining the overall condition of your self-defense ammo. Let’s dive into the different things to look for when reviewing your carry ammo.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Good and Bad of Tactical Clothing

Tactical clothing has become a fairly large market in the gun community, where companies are making everything from lightweight boots to jeans with extra hidden pockets. With a plethora of companies and options to pick from, there’s definitely some things to look at when you start thinking about picking up tactical clothing. There are multiple options from range gear to concealed carry purposes that need to be looked at before deciding on what style you want. Let’s dive into the crazy world of tactical clothing and take a look at what is best for concealed carry. 

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Good and Bad of Front Serrations

Front serrations have become overwhelmingly popular over the last few years in the handgun market with more and more companies incorporating some sort of front serrations on their pistols now. Even Glock has jumped on the bandwagon offering front serrations as an option for several models of their carry guns. Front serrations can be a great addition to various concealed carry guns but they can also make shooters develop some bad habits if they aren’t used correctly. Let’s dive into the good bad and ugly about front serrations on your carry gun. 

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[SHOT 2020] – SCCY's New Concealed Carry DVG-1 Pistol

Sccy firearms have unveiled a new compact handgun in their 2020 firearm line up. Its called the DVG-1 and will come in a few different variations and packages depending on what’s best for the individual. Let’s dive into what the DVG-1 will be when it comes out later this year.

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