Getting comfortable with concealed carry is a journey – one that I’m still on and will probably be on for a long time. That being said, I’ve come a long way! I’d like to share a few things that have enabled me to get comfortable in my conceal carry journey from a mindset and confidence perspective, and some words of wisdom based on what I’ve learned thus far.
Before we dive in, I want to touch on physical comfort for just a minute. I’ll be honest with you, carrying isn’t comfortable. YOU ARE LITERALLY HIDING A FIREARM ON YOUR PERSON. It ain’t gonna be like wearing your favorite sweatpants around the house. There are ways to make things more comfortable with different holsters, positions, tricks, etc., but the reality is that you will have times where your gun jabs you in the ribs when you sit down. Or the texture on the grip will rub your skin raw. Or your appendix carry will put pressure on your bladder so you have to pee every five minutes. There are definitely down sides to carrying in terms of physical comfort. Some things we get used to and it becomes more comfortable over time, but sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it. However… sacrificing a little physical comfort in order to have the ability to protect and defend myself is a sacrifice I am more than willing to make. Safety > comfort. Always.
That being said, feeling comfortable from a mindset perspective is something we can absolutely control. Here are few things I did (and still do!) to get comfortable with concealed carry.
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