Today, we're diving into a topic that's near and dear to my heart: how to handle those initial nerves when carrying a concealed firearm. Let's get sassy and break it down, shall we?
1. Training, Training, Training
It all starts here, Confidence comes from competence, and that means putting in the hours at the range and dry fire practice at home. Regular practice builds automaticity (muscle memory) and boosts your confidence in handling your piece. With cooler/cold temperatures you may not want to go out to the shooting range and while folks are out holidaying budgets can get tight. Having dry fire training tools can save you money in the long run. Here are links to 2 training tools to incorporate into your dry fire training regime.
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Home Page - Next Level Training (Discount code EPP10) The SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) "Train more often, more effectively in a more practical environment, your home. The SIRT Training Pistol is designed for high-volume self-diagnostic training with no set up and safe sustainable training. Make better use of your live fire rounds when you’ve already got hundreds of reps in your house."
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2. Holster Comfort
Invest in a holster that feels like a second skin. Comfort is key! Find one that fits your body type and daily routine. After all, if it ain't comfy, you're less likely to carry consistently. Keep in mind carrying concealed is comforting, not always comfortable.
3. Mindset Matters
Your concealed carry isn't a fashion statement, and it's definitely not for show and tell. It's a tool for self-defense, a guardian angel by your side. Keep that in mind. Your confidence in your training and abilities is the real power here. You're a force to be reckoned with, and your commitment to personal safety is what truly sets you apart!
4. Concealment Garments
Let's talk wardrobe, shall we? Choose your clothes wisely. They should effectively conceal your firearm without giving away any secrets. Here's a tip: you can dress in the style that's most fitting to you. You don't have to wear big, bulky clothes just because you're carrying concealed.
If you're a fan of garments with front enclosures, consider opting for snaps over buttons. They're quicker to manipulate, ensuring you can access your firearm with ease when needed. And for those chilly winter days, think about winter coats with zippers that zip from the top and bottom. This allows for rapid access to your firearm without fumbling around.
Remember, it's all about being smart, stylish, and, above all, safe. Your clothing choices should complement your self-defense strategy, not hinder it. So, go ahead and rock your style while staying empowered and prepared!
5. Awareness is Key
Know your surroundings like the back of your hand. Your awareness of the environment is just as important as knowing your firearm. Situation awareness is paramount.
As the saying goes, 'Remember, paying attention buys you time, and time gives you options.' So, be vigilant! Take in every detail, trust your instincts, and stay empowered. Your ability to assess your surroundings could be the key to a safer day.
6. Legal Know-How
Ignorance isn't an excuse, darling. Understand the laws in your state like a pro. Knowledge is power, and it'll keep you on the right side of the law.
7. Practice Draws
Smooth draws don't happen by accident. Practice, practice, practice. Safely rehearse drawing from your holster. Muscle memory builds confidence and ensures you're ready when it counts.
Picture this: You don't want the first time you draw your firearm for the day to be a life-or-death moment. Instead, start your day right. Remove live ammunition from your area, practice a few draws, reload, and holster your gun. Now, you're ready to hit the day empowered and on purpose, keeping you and your loved ones safe.
8. Mental Visualization
IIt's time to flex those mental muscles. Visualize how you'd react in different scenarios. This mental rehearsal is your dress rehearsal for empowerment, and it can help ease those nerves.
Remember, your body can't go where your mind has never been. So, vividly picture yourself confidently handling any situation that may arise. You're not just preparing physically; you're fortifying your mental strength. Embrace this practice, and you'll step into each day with the unwavering confidence of a true protector.
9. Support Network
You're not in this alone, darling. Connect with your fellow protectors. Your A Girl and A Gun community is there for you, like a sisterhood of empowerment. Sharing experiences and tips can give your confidence an extra boost.
Find a chapter near you by visiting A Girl & A Gun ⋆ Gun Safety Training | Women's Club (agirlandagun.org) It's more than just a group; it's your support system, your source of inspiration, and a place to grow as an empowered individual. Together, we're unstoppable!
10. Stay Calm and Carry On (you see what I did there)
When those nerves start acting up, take a breath. Deep, deliberate breaths are your secret weapon here. Inhale slowly for a count of 7, hold that breath for a steady count of four, and exhale gently to a count of 8. Feel the calm wash over you as you do this.
Now, as you continue to focus on your training, know that with time, that confidence will shine through, and you'll be the epitome of grace under pressure. Your empowerment journey is all about mastering the art of staying cool, calm, and collected in any situation. You've got this!"
So there you have it, empowered people. Carrying concealed with confidence is a journey, not a sprint. Own it, embrace it, and remember, you're a force to be reckoned with. Until next time, Be Empowered on Purpose!