Welcome back everybody. We’ve got part three to our concealed carry series. Hopefully you guys have been enjoying it. What we’re going to do now is discuss some basic tactics. We’re going to do some drawing and shooting.
This video is meant to be taken in a fun way, and hopefully we’ll just have a little fun and send some let down range [phonetic] and give you guys an idea of some of the conditions you can carry in and a few of the basic drills you can cover.
All right. I’m going to show you guys basically some ways to carry your gun. Basically I’m going to cover the waistband style. It’s what I carry with pretty much a hundred percent of the time. I don’t carry any other way, summer, winter, whatever.
Right. Now, today I’m carrying my Glock 38 in my Comp-Tac, C-Tac holster. Basically, with these types of holsters, you want to wear certain clothing in order to accommodate the gun itself and just the weight of it. You want to wear a good quality belt.
This is an inch and a quarter belt. It’s a double layer heavy stitched belt. It’s not exactly a gun belt, but it does fit the bill. It wasn’t really expensive. It was about thirty dollars.
Now you can get the heavy gun belts, which are going to run you anywhere between fifty to eighty dollars, possibly a little bit more, but they’re going to be a very rigid belt. They’ll be able to handle a very heavy gun. That’s something you need to consider, because you don’t want your gun sagging down while you’re carrying it. You want it riding high up on your hips.
You need to wear your belt at the proper place right under your belly button. Those guys who keep their pants halfway down their butt or leave them sagging a little bit, that’s really not going to work for concealed carry. You need to have your belt at the proper place. That way it keeps the gun on your hip where it needs to be.
I’m going to show you guys basically some ways to draw the gun. You know, basically getting your hand on the gun, drawing it out, getting on target. These are the kinds of things that you need to practice in order to be a competent concealed carry holder.
All right. When we talk about carry concealed, you want to practice unholstering your gun and getting on target. When carrying in the waistband holster, you have to get your shirt out of the way. In order to be proficient in this manner, you need to be able to get your shirt out of the way real quick and pull your gun and get on target just like that.
You want that perfect grip on your gun. In order to get that, you have to practice constantly. You can do this at home. Just keep your magazines in another room. Keep your gun unloaded, and you can practice holstering and unholstering your gun, getting the proper grip.
You want to make sure that your strong hand gets a good grip on the gun from the get go. If you don’t have this grip solid from the start, you’re not going to make it out and get on target like you need to be. In my opinion, the modern hand gun stance is the proper thing to have when getting in that aggressive standoff stance here. You want your feet shoulder width apart and just lean out, put the gun in the target, you know? Just like that.
We’re going to put a few shots on paper here. I’ll show you how it’s done.
That’s one way to do it.
All right. I’m going to show a little bit more of your winter style carry, which would involve some type of an overcoat. I love carrying concealed during the winter, because you have so much baggy clothes you can fit over. You can hide just about anything you want.
Pretty much the same principle applies as what Chad just demonstrated. Just sweep the coat out of the way, draw the gun, and get on target. Now the thing to remember about concealed carry is that you don’t want to get into too much of a hurry, because then you’re going to make mistakes. You’re not going to hit what you’re aiming at, or you’re going to fumble around and drop the gun. The thing to remember is that slow and smooth…
but quick and smooth. What that comes down to is muscle memory. Just like anything else, you just practice it. We’re going to practice that just a little bit. Just sweep the jacket.
That’s definitely good enough to get you in the kill zone. You see that those shots there definitely all in the black. That’s where they need to be. No problems. Again, same principle. I’m sweeping the jacket. He’s lifting the shirt. It really just comes down to the way you want to carry. Just make sure you’re practicing it and staying proficient at it.
All right. There’s Chad’s rapid fire from seven yards coming out of the holster. Definitely not bad. Those all would have been kill shots.
Like with pocket pistols, Chad mentioned that you can have small holsters to carry a pocket pistol in. A lot of times, especially if you’re in the winter in a jacket, I’ll carry a small pocket pistol actually in the coat pocket. Pretty straightforward to deploy.
The nice thing about small caliber pocket pistols is they can generally be fired pretty quick. You need to fire at something…
All right. I’m going to wrap a few into the gong right here with my Glock 38.
All right. I’m going to try drawing my 26 a little bit from Chad’s same concealed rig. We’ll see how that goes.
One of the things about concealed carry that I always try to drive home to people too, is that if you do find yourself involved in some sort of a shooting, you want to shoot until the threat’s neutralized. Don’t stop shooting.
If it gets to a point where you have to draw your gun to defend yourself, do not stop firing the gun until the person trying to kill you is not moving any more. That’s the way, you know. I shoot until they… I don’t even want to see them wiggle.
If I have to, I’ll shoot until they don’t… I don’t even want to see a toe twitch.
Not bad, I guess.
Not too shabby.
You know, I will say that this type of holster takes a little bit of getting used to. It’s definitely not something you’re going to strap on and be completely proficient with it. Like Chad mentioned, it’s something you really want to practice with this type of holster.
Now, me being in the gun industry, sometimes I’m a little bit jaded, just because we carry open at the shop. I’m not used to carrying deep concealed like Chad is in his daily life. That definitely gleaned a little knowledge for me to get used to drawing in that manner. We’ll do a little bit more with that.
I’ve got Eric’s 26 here. I’m going to pump a few shots into the big gong with it. See if I can get it out of the holster, little as it is.
All right. I know a lot of you guys can’t get to the range every day. We definitely have privilege here being able to just come out and shoot whenever we want. If you’re limited to an indoor range and you only go, say, even once a month, there’s a lot of things you can practice at home in order to improve your pistol handling skills.
Aside from drawing your gun out of the holster and getting on target and that kind of thing, basically things that will improve your pistol marksmanship across the board, regardless of whether you’re in a concealed carry circumstance or at the range just having fun shooting targets…
Basically what you can do at home is make sure your gun’s unloaded. Typically you want to just put your mag in another room. Put your ammo in another room. That way there’s basically no question that the gun’s unloaded, you don’t have access to ammo and you’re not going to mistakenly take a magazine and slide it up in the gun and be done with it.
Aside from holstering your gun in your rig and practicing drawing your gun out of the holster, you can also practice trigger control by putting a piece of paper up on the wall somewhere in your house, obviously somewhere safe. You can just aim at that point, very small point on the paper.
Put a black dot on it. You can squeeze the trigger, and you can see if the gun cants down to the left or the right. That means you’re squeezing the trigger or jerking the trigger. You’re sending the gun off a little bit, canting off in one direction or another. That’s what pulls shots downwards.
Most people, if they’re new pistol shooter, they’re going to pull their shots in a downward manner. They’re not going to really hit the center of the target. They’re going to hit the lower part of it. All that comes down to is trigger control.
You know, when you’re firing a gun, you want to use the tip of your finger, not the knuckle. A lot of people fire with the knuckle. You want to use the tip of your finger there and just squeeze the trigger. Just pull it straight back. That’s something you need to practice.
You can dry fire your gun. You can use snap caps or whatever, but you want to get a good feel for your gun, for your trigger. It’s one of your major responsibilities, being a concealed permit holder and actually carrying, you need to know your gun and know your gear more than anything else. If you don’t know that, then you’re not going to be able to get on target and put your shots where they need to be at the time that it comes.
Just some little things you can practice. I’m sure Eric got a couple of things you might be able to work on at home.
One of the things that I want to stress with concealed carry or really any kind of handgun combat practice is shooting with one hand. Delivering the rounds on target with a more stable platform with two hands, sometimes you may not always have the ability to use two hands. Your other hand might be wounded.
You should practice shooting with both your weak hand and your strong hand one-handed and also reloading the gun or cocking the gun with the use of one hand. One way you can do that is if you’re using a quality gun belt. You can put your sights… Can actually put your sights on the edge of the belt…
I got a round in the chamber. All right. Again, this arm’s messed up. One arm…
That does the trick. Let me unload this gun.
All right. Empty chamber, loaded mag. Rolling?
Again. Off the belt…
Definitely not as accurate, but at combat distances, those all would have been shots in the kill zone where they needed to be. Practice that with either arm, and you’re definitely on your way to making sure you stay alive in a handgun fight. It’s something that we all hope we never have to do. We all hope that we’ll never have to draw our pistol in defense of life and liberty, but the likelihood of it having to happen, you know, is definitely in the air.
It’s important to make sure that you keep your training up to par. This has definitely not been a comprehensive look at all the things you need to practice, but it should point you in the right direction.
To elaborate just a little bit on what Chad was talking about with the dry fire drills, if you have a front sight post that’s large enough, you can do what are called dime drills. You take a dime and set it on the front sight post. Now if you’ve never done this before, you’re going to find out just how hard it really is.
You’re going to put that dime on the front sight post, and it’s going to fall off immediately. Get to the point where you can hold the dime on the front sight post. Then get to the point where you can dry fire the gun with the dime on this front sight post without it moving. If the dime falls, well, just keep trying until you can get it to not fall.
Something else to consider when carrying concealed is your ammo choice. Now we don’t advocate that you carry hand loads [phonetic]. It just adds one more variable to the pot. Carry factory ammunition only.
When you’re practicing at the range, you don’t want to practice with your expensive carry ammo, so you’re talking like twenty-five bucks for twenty shots. You know, a lot of manufacturers will have a line of ammo that matches the specs somewhat of their carry line, and it allows you to practice at a much lesser cost than the full powered carry ammo.
If you hand load, you can actually just belt load that matches that carry ammunition. For the most part, as far as point of aim loss and whatnot goes,