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G-1 Security Tip 12 - Concealed CarryThe importance for learning to carry a concealed weapon and how others conceal them. Let’s start by saying this, “I don’t care if you spent time in the military, I don’t care if you are a civilian with 1000 hours of firearms training, I don’t care if you are a certified bodyguard from the world alliance of bodyguarding.” Concealed carry is a mental attitude, a mindset. You have to modify your daily lifestyle, the way you dress, the gear you carry, the way you get out of a car or from a table, the way in which you look or observe others on a daily basis. It’s not just about grabbing any old weapon and throwing it into a holster or bag and walking out the door. Let’s start from the beginning and keep it simple.

The weapon

The weapon you carry, .38, 9mm, 40cal, .45. this is entirely up to you and depends on what you feel comfortable shooting and what your clothing will allow. You have to ask yourself, “What can I do with this weapon, what can’t I do with this weapon and how do I get the most out of it when I need it or have no other choice.”

Holstering it or bagging it

This is where the range time comes into play. Do you want an IWB (inside the waist belt) or OWB (outside the waist belt), do you want a shoulder strap or a shoulder bag? Again it is up to you and how you train with it and what your attire is going to allow. Work from drawing your weapons from your strong side hip or near your strong side buttocks. Try the cross draw and the rear (lower back) position. Work from the shoulder holster (horizontal-angular and vertical placement under the armpit. Find the right bag or satchels that will hold and conceal your weapon snugly as well as give you quick access.

Clothing and bags

For starters, don’t be the bodyguard or off duty police officer running around in 5.11, Blackhawk warrior wear with the shirt concealment and other like options. You may see me demonstrate this at the range, but in the real world, there is nothing commercially tactical about my clothing choices in the field. You can spot it a mile away once you start recognizing these brands. Then it’s their disposition that just throws NORMAL out the window. Jackets, sweaters, vests even those paparazzi vests are options for concealment. Just be sure to take into account the weather, the climate and what everyone else wears around you, especially when you are the only white guy walking around the area in certain parts of the world. Colour choices are another big topic to think about. Stay away from those khaki top to bottom or black top to bottom looks. Again, stay away from wearing 5.11 boots, with Blackhawk cargo pants, a 5.11 khaki button up and Oakley sunglasses. These are not clothing choices of your average person. To avoid “printing” of your weapon, wear some patterned shirts, multi-directional stripes (not one way). It will create depth and therefore distort the persons view. The black on black is not always the answer, because we are not always going to be standing in a dimly lit place at midnight waiting for our victim. That’s just being unrealistic.

Mannerisms

“The best place for a pick pocket to hang out is where there are big signs that say, WATCH YOUR WALLETS, BEWARE OF PICK POCKETS, the first thing you do is pat your wallet to make sure it’s still there. Now, everyone knows where your wallet is and the nice watch on your wrist the moved around to find the wallet.

So, don’t make a habit of every time you make a movement or open a door, you pat your sidearm to make sure its there. This is called a “tell” like playing poker. Another “tell” is when you always have the strong hand thumb twitching or open away from your hand. Because you know you need clear that thumb when you reach down and grab your sidearm. That is like a standoff in the western movies. Another “tell” that you should be aware of on both sides is “blading” this is when you are angling your body in order to reduce somebody’s view of your concealed weapon. Unless you are stuffing your face with a doughnut or coffee, it’s easily spotted, holding on to your “man-purse” or over the shoulder hip pouch. Holding all the time only draws attention to it. Adjust the height, train with it and then let it be, as if it were just full anything but a weapon.

Mindset

This is why I mentioned “Mindset” in the beginning of this article. You have to make adjustments on your entire being when you decide to be a concealed weapon permit holder or working undercover or in the security field.

Training

Above all, train like you fight. Get out on the range and use what you are going to carry, wear what you are going to wear, use the holster you are going to conceal with and do the things that you normally do outside, but now do it on the range with your weapon. Then go out without your weapon and start working through those motions and make mental notes on what you did and how that could have been corrected. This way, when you do go out with your weapon, it’s nothing new to you.

Remember, when concealing a weapon, the importance is not concealment alone. It’s concealment, its accessibility, its speed and it’s common sense. If takes an average person ¾ of a second to respond to just about anything, add the standard mark of 1.50-1.75 seconds to draw and fire your weapon accurately, you are now at 2.5 seconds. That is under ideal conditions and not less than 20 ft from you and sprinting at you. He has already drawn his weapon, which means you are already nearly 1 second behind the assault.

Stay tuned for The G-1 video on Concealed carry later this month. I will be talking more about this subject and showing what I mean in the previously mentioned sub-topics.

Thanks for reading.

Christopher Collins, CEO, G-1 Tactical Solutions