This is a discussion on What are the top 4 rules for Concealed Carry? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Majorlk You are reading it wrong. He's saying he looks at his emotional state and decides whether he needs to stay home ...
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My 4 rules of Concealed Carry.
Carry a loaded sidearm of adequate caliber with premium self defense ammunition, a hot chamber, in a quality holster on a quality belt
Carry spare ammunition in a quality carrier
Make use of situational awareness
Remember "It's easier to avoid conflict than it is to survive it"
"There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you." William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
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Lots of great replies. Nice to see there is some properly functioning moral compasses left in the world.
Hit my limit for speculation, the sky is falling, and gun owners fighting amongst themselves.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!
So many ideas presented here.. Some are great and some are even better
I’ve, been carrying sidearm for over 30 years.. Sometimes as LEO, and sometimes as civilian carrying via CCL.
All the great ideas about self awareness, and situation awareness, should be practice regardless armed or unarmed.
And further we should not put ourselves, in areas that are “prone to crime”. Note I put quotation marks around that, cause as best we try, we can find ourselves, in the wrong place at the wrong time, regardless our best intentions.
My four rules:
380 or larger caliber, and for the most part 9mm Glock unless I’m in swim trunks and flip flops
Quality hollow point ammo with a round in the chamber, and quality holster and belt designed for the extra weight
Training and practice.. once or twice a year is not enough. Remember your only half as good as you are on your worst day at the range. Muscle memory, means a person has practice this maneuver 1500 or more times. Reason, even in uniform open carry, I carry my Glock at 4 O’clock. Training, means you have a buddy or instructor at the range with you to critique you.
Concealed is concealed.. Tell no one.. and do not get involved unless it involved you or yours.. This is a great rule, but I’ll have to admit, I’m bad at fallowing the “do not get involved part”.
1. Keep it to your self that you are carrying
2. Just act normal,
3. your gun is like a drivers license, don't pull it out unless you need too
4. keep it to yourself that you are carrying
1. Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation. - Rule #23 in the USMC rules for gunfighting.
2. Always follow the 4 gun safety rules.
3. Be proficient.
1, 2 and 4 will do more for your life expectancy and quality of life than just about any other rule, and the whole idea behind concealed carry is to prolong your life expectancy, right?
3 and 4 will help guarantee the outcome in the event you have to use a weapon.
Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation. - Rule #23 in the USMC rules for gunfighting.
Concealed Carry rules:
1 - Know the laws everywhere you carry and obey them.
2 - Know your equipment and train as much as possible for what you do not expect to happen.
3 - Ensure your equipment is always in working order & clean.
4 - STOP THE THREAT is the active phrase.
The purpose of it being clean in #3 is the potential for someone to perpetrate a shooting, you are nearby and are armed and you get picked up. If your weapon is clean you could not possibly be the shooter.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
- Roy Batty
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
There isn't a single person on the planet who is not effected by their mood - a bad day at work, a fight with the SO or whatever. What (I think) he is saying is that he takes his emotional state into account when deciding whether or not to carry, or even whether to go out. Kudos!
"How much self-defense is too much?"
A prudent one foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished. - Proverbs 22:3
Never been emotional to the point that I considered myself a danger to other people.
I'm glad you would prefer the other gentleman's company as the color yellow does not make me feel sad.
I'm well aware of my limitations and am secure with them. Unlike some...
My 4 rules for carry:
1. Know the laws of your state, or any state you are traveling to regarding carry.
2. Carry everywhere you legally can carry.
3. Carry a quality gun that you know inside and out and that you KNOW to be reliable enough to defend your life or the lives of your family on. Anything less is stupid.
4. Don't go to bars and other places where large groups of stupid people or people doing stupid things gather as you may be swept up in the mass stupidity.
Now, those may be my top 4 but I'm going to add a few more because I personally do not think there are only 4 rules for carrying.
5. Get professional training beyond what may be required to get your carry permit. No matter how good you think you are, you aren't as good as that and even if you are, you can always be better.
6. Don't let anyone make you mad. Walk away from confrontations where ever possible. Trust me, you won't be less of a man for doing it. Taking a life is nothing to be flippant about. Even those who had had to do it to save their own lives struggle with the effects of it, often for the rest of their lives. Don't put yourself or your loved ones through that mental, or legal, anguish if it is at all avoidable.
7. Don't "just blend in". Purposefully make eye contact with people. Bad guys count on people being sheeple. They count on you not being aware of your surroundings and who is in the area. Making eye contact with them lets them know you see them. You know they are there and you are not an easy target.
8. DO NOT DROP INTO CONDITION WHITE! Stay alert at all times. Nothing ever just comes out of nowhere. That is how people who were not paying attention describe things after they wake up on their backs.
9. Do not maintain friendships with idiots who drink too much, do drugs of any kind or are shady in regard to the law. Do not be an associate of someone the police know on a first name basis from repeated run ins with them.
10. Obey all laws. Often over looked, obey all laws, even the speed limit. Any negative interaction with law enforcement will have a negative effect on your life and on your ability to maintain a carry permit.