Not everyone has a positive reaction to handling guns. They worry that guns kill people, but that’s not true. People kill people, and when someone is threatening you, a handgun could mean the difference between saving not only your own life, but the lives of the people you love.
Your fear of handguns can be overcome. Proper education about how handguns and time at the range will probably change your mind, and are important for every new concealed weapons permit (CWP) holder. But you may not realize is that not just any handgun and concealed carry holster will be right for you. In addition to learning to overcome the fear of using guns, you’ll also need to study which guns and holsters are your perfect fit.
As a solution to the problem of comfortably carrying a gun, plenty of options are in the marketplace, especially if you find yourself dealing with concealed carry holsters and pain. Most holsters are not as easy to conceal as others. Some holsters are just too bulky, and are easy to spot, even for the untrained eye. You can find products that will make your experience more tolerable and comfortable, but be reminded — some carry holsters look neat and pretty but can be both uncomfortable and useless. Others may provide the functionality you need but lack the design and comfort you might be looking for.
And if you’re not comfortable, it could lead to pain. Here is one common issue, discussed by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D. in his article, “Concealed Carry Holsters for the Highly Sensitive (And Everyone Else),” on USConcealedCarry.com
Concealed Carry Holsters and Pain
“Problem 1: Hip Pain. More than a few people who had been toting a substantial handgun in an inside the waist band holster (IWB) have told me that they developed chronic hip pain, back pain, sciatica, and arthritis. Some developed chronic groin pain as well. I am a pain management specialist who sees chronic pain patients in a medical pain management center every day. It is my hunch that some of these folks developed painful medical conditions as a result of long-term pressure on their hips or groin which caused constricted blood flow, bruising, and nerve irritation.
Solution. What is needed is an IWB that does not press hard into one’s side. Ideally it should be well cushioned and conform to the shape of one’s hip. (More concealed carry holster problems and solutions here)”
The need to protect yourself and your loved ones may have you carrying your weapon all day. Some threats call for a quick response and retrieving a gun easily and comfortably then becomes important. When you’re in pain, you can’t be effective. But then, you need to keep your gun as close to you as possible, and a comfortable and functional concealed carry holster can actually mean the difference between life and death.