Concealed Carry Accessories Understand Your Firearm – Frank Talk About Guns
Besides the firearm of choice you are using yourself or selling to your customers, there are some important accessories you need to educate yourself about prior to their purchase or display and sale in your shop.
We’re going to talk about accessories because we don’t sell guns – but you have to thoroughly understand your handgun before you look at or buy your accessories.
So the first step is to really understand your firearm. Know how to open it and make sure the chamber is empty and safe. (By the way, if you watch knowledgeable gun handlers, you’ll notice they always open and check the chamber when they are handed a gun – even if the person handing it to them has just done so. That rule drilled into lots of us when we were kids – safety first and always – is the best way to prevent an accident.)
Plan How To Carry
Next, of course, is to decide how you want to carry your handgun. This brings up your most important accessory, the holster. With the help of some industry-leading experts on staff, we have created a great educational guide and video on the different concealed carry holsters, purses, and technical gear you can to choose from.
The number of options is dizzying, and a good, solid grounding in why certain styles/designs are better than others will get you on the street with a comfortable concealed carry holster or option. In addition, we have everything in stock to get you whatever you need. Just click here to go to the video. You’ll find it mighty helpful and useful for you and your customers. Matter of fact, I’d show it to them when you’re training them on concealed carry to help them understand and pick the right carry method for them.
While we don’t carry handguns, let’s talk about them for a moment. Your choice of handgun is a very personal one. It must become a part of you and a piece of equipment with which you are extremely comfortable. Therefore, you want something that will fit your hand properly and comfortably, yet be small enough to be easily hidden. With a concealed carry handgun, you want to knock off the sharp edges so it doesn’t get caught on clothing, holster, or cut your fingers in the process of getting it out. This is where Brownells really shines, starting with hundreds of different sights to choose from that’ll lower your sight profile or offer a rounded-off profile without the sharp edges. There are different sizes of grips, too, so do some experimenting to pick the right one to fit your hand. There are many different textures on the grips to give you the right kind of feel when you have your handgun in your hand. Different safety levers either expand or shrink the size of the safety – or even change its location.
And, a different trigger plus a new recoil spring that helps tame felt recoil can make the gun easier to shoot.
The options are just endless. Some of these options require a gunsmith to help you install or make a selection. We strongly encourage you to talk to your local gunsmith, who can help you make the right choices for personalizing your handgun. Or if you are a gun shop working with a customer, we hope you are able to walk them through all the options available. Of course, this means that you’ll need to learn about them yourself, and the magazines, the web, and the Brownells Catalog are the most available sources for that knowledge.
Now a personal note – although it is not my “carry” gun for personal protection, a number of years ago I had a full-size Colt 1911 Series 70 done by Jim Clark (318-949-9884 or clarkcustomguns.com). Jim gave the gun what he calls a “Meltdown” treatment, which consists of rounding everything off and making it mighty comfortable to carry and draw. No sharp corners, sharp edges, bulkiness. Of course, he tuned it for me too, which I know helped, but it’s the handgun I always carry when out with my Prairie Dog Population Control Society simply because it’s fun to shoot, easy to carry, and quick to draw in case of a crazed attack.
I called Jim’s shop, and they will do the “Meltdown” treatment on your handgun or on one of theirs for you. Check them out. I give their treatment my highest personal recommendation.
The last “accessory” we need to talk about is called “Trigger Time”. Make sure you spend enough time training in gun handling and shooting at the range with your handgun to become comfortable with how it operates, how it handles, and how to correctly draw it from the holster you have chosen.
Be sure you get training on how your holster works. Be really sure you understand everything. There are differences between how holsters contain the handgun and how you release it, and you can get into trouble not knowing how to do a safe draw.
Again, your local gunsmith and local gun range should be able to help you on this; and if you’re the gunsmith, be sure you train your customers well. Otherwise, you can go to the NRA website to find some training resources in your area. If you’re willing to travel, there are some great training options out there. We are great fans of the training taught at Gunsite and Thunder Ranch, and add to that the training available at Suarez International, I.C.E. Training, and our own Brownells Training Group.
Of course, Brownells can fulfill all of your ammo needs now, provide eye and ear protection needed at the range, and set you up with any tools you may need to tweak your handgun as you fine-tune your skills so you become really proficient.
The whole point of Concealed Carry is to protect yourself.
In order to do this, make sure you are comfortable with your handgun, you are comfortable in its use, and that you tap into your local network of trainers and educators. We would also include in this list a talk with your local sheriff or police chief if you have any questions about your local laws. And of course, you can always give us a call with any questions you may have about products and how to use them or you can check out this special Concealed Carry page that we’ve made as a resource for all things Concealed Carry.
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