I have received some slack lately that my videos have gotten to be a little long (even though they were each only about 10 minutes). Since I am pretty easily distracted myself I can understand where some people are coming from on this topic.
By the time I rambled on in the filming of this video I realized it was over 18 minutes long. I tried to edit it down to under 10 minutes but that did not work. Therefore, I am cutting it into two videos. Each of which will run about 7 minutes in length. Hopefully that will allow those of you that are easily distracted by shiny objects a chance to actually make it through the entire topic.
A while back I said I was going to make a series of videos geared toward the first time concealed carrier. I got a little distracted, but I want to get back onto it.
My personality consists pretty much of equal parts lazy and easily distracted which makes it hard to stay on task.
Now I’ve done videos on concealed carry in the past, choosing holsters, et cetera. This time I want to do, like I said, a series geared toward first-time carriers. Before I even get into that, I want to address one of the issues that I seem to see a lot of people that I’m assisting in beginning to carry a gun.
The first issue is that they are foolish enough to think I know enough to assist them.
That is… There are these stages that every gun carrier seems to go through in their process of learning to carry competently and successfully. A lot of people… When they go through these stages, a lot of them are very challenging. There’s a lot of obstacles to overcome during the process.
I think a lot of people don’t realize these are stages that almost all of us go through. They think, “Am I the only person having so much trouble finding a holster? Am I the only person having so much trouble getting comfortable physically with it? Am I the only person who worries all the time someone can tell what I’m doing?”
“Am I the only one that gets sexually aroused when watching gun reviews?”
You know, I don’t think that’s true. It’s not true of everyone, but I think it’s true of most people.
Maybe that one is just me.
They go through these certain stages every time they decide to carry concealed. I want to address those issues. I feel that if more people knew that this is just a normal part of carrying… You’re going to go through these stages. You’re going to have these hardships. You’re going to have these obstacles to overcomes.
I think more people would have completed the process and actually be carrying at the end if they didn’t feel like, “I’m just not suited for this,” if they realize that everyone goes through these stages. What I’m going to do today is I’m going to take a little time to address just a breakdown, a simplified version of all the steps people go through before they become a successful concealed carrier.
Ask anyone, if I manage to do anything in my videos it is be “simple.”
I just want to break down for everyone, present it here in a short video form, and let everyone realize that these are normal stages that most people go through.
Okay, of course the first step is just deciding that you want to carry a gun. I mean, you have to sit down. This is not a decision you should make lightly. Self-defense is a right, but it’s not something that’s right for everyone.
Carrying a gun, like I said, is a right, but it might not be right for you. You have to decide, “Am I the kind of person who wants to carry one? Am I the kind of person that would use it if I had to use it? Am I the kind of person that wants to take on the added responsibility of carrying a gun?”
“Am I the kind of person more likely to accidentally shoot myself or a loved one in the face than I am to defend myself?”
There is added responsibility of being armed. “Am I the kind of person who wants to take the additional risk of a gun being around my kids or whatever?” If you don’t do it right, if you don’t take the proper steps, you can cause risk to your family and things like that by carrying a gun, too. A gun requires responsibility, and if you don’t address that responsibility and deal with that responsibility, you can cause a bad situation.
When you’re making your decision to carry, you have to weigh the good and the bad. The good, yes, I want to be able to defend myself. The bad, I do have to take some extra steps to protect myself and my family.
You may also want to be the kind of person who weighs, “I don’t get myself into dangerous situations. I don’t think that I would ever need a gun. I don’t think that this would be right for me.”
Now I’m a believer of you can’t pretend that you can predict bad things, because bad things happen to good people all the time that have never had anything happen to them before.
I never thought I would get fat or that my upper lip would disappear…
Everyone has to make their own decisions.
But, as we can all see…
The first step is deciding you want to carry and realizing the responsibility that comes with it.
Now the next step is one that I feel too many people skip, and that is the educate yourself step. You educate yourself not only about guns, not only about holsters, but as I said, you have to educate yourself about the proper attitude that you need to have while carrying.
Too many people have an abundance of attitude, but a definite shortage of proper education.
You have to talk to other people that carry a gun daily. Talk to them about things that you feel that you shouldn’t do when you’re carrying, things that you can do unarmed that you probably shouldn’t do armed. How you shouldn’t do anything armed that you wouldn’t do unarmed.
You know, there’s just a lot of attitude involved in carrying a gun, and there’s a lot of challenged you face. You have to know your local laws. You have to know a whole bunch of things. You have to realize there’s certain things you can’t do while you’re armed physically, that just makes it more difficult to do.
Like sit in certain chairs without making sure your gun doesn’t hook on them.
There’s not a huge list of things, but it can be different for every person. Educate yourself.
Trust me, dragging your chair half way [sic] to the restroom in a restaurant after it hooks on your gun’s grip frame is not fun.
Learn about firearms, what firearm you might want for yourself. Learn about holsters, different ways to carry. Learn about the attitudes you need while carrying, and learn about the challenges you might face from carrying.
Okay. The first thing you’re actually going to have to go out and do and actually buy is you’re going to go out and choose your gun. You’re going to decide: what gun is right for me? What things are important to me in a gun? Am I more into capacity, or am I more into caliber? Do I want something small? Do I want something bigger?
You know, one thing I want everyone to know, this is where a lot of people have a problem. That is, it’s not hard to make a decision. It is kind of hard, but it’s not hard to make a decision of what you want. It’s hard to make the [emphasis] right decision the first time.
Out of the first thirty five [sic] guns I purchased in my adult life I only still own two of them.
I always tell everyone who first chooses their first handgun, you’re probably going to decide a couple months later that you chose the wrong gun.
But I am so fickle about guns it borders on mentally [sic] illness.
Don’t feel discouraged. Don’t feel like, “Oh. I’m just an idiot. I did the wrong thing.” I do it all the time. I’ll buy a gun for one thing, decide this is not what I want it to be, and I’ll sell it and buy another one. Luckily, guns are pretty easy to sell, so you can usually recoup ninety percent of your money and go buy another gun.
Now, if you’re a person who has a financial hardship. You’re a student. You’re on fixed income.
Or if, like myself, you are just way too lazy to work a normal job.
You don’t think that you’ll be able to resell your gun and buy another gun. That’s not an option for you. The gun you buy, you’re going to have to keep. Well, then put a little extra effort into it. Find ranges that may rent guns. Find people that you know that have guns and try theirs, because the first gun you choose is seldom ever the best gun for you.
Guns are like spouses. We choose the first ones mostly based on looks and poor judgement.
Also, if you find yourself where you need the first gun to be your only gun, then find something that is considered to be fairly generic, fairly foolproof. You know, Glocks fit this category. J-frame [phonetic] Smith and Wesson revolvers. They fit this category…
…just things where it’s hard to go wrong.
Oops, I hope that noise was my phone.
Be honest, most of us are going to realize that our first choices are seldom