Archive | October, 2012

Concealed Carry Holsters and Pain

29 Oct

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. tuckable concealed carry holster

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

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.


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CCW: Improving with Your Weapon

2 Oct

Practice is the only thing that will help you to get better with your CCW (concealed carry weapon). But it can get very expensive to be going back and forth regularly from the shooting range plus buying all the ammunition.  The answer that will save you time and money is to ‘dry fire’ or ‘dry practice’.  This means that you practice in a systematic way without any live ammunition.  You can practice in your own time and in your own home and without spending any money on ammunition.ccw: handgun

You know what else is great about ‘dry firing’? It also allows you the opportunity to practice in a focused way that cannot happen in a distracting and noisy firing range.  In a live fire situation, there are other weapons discharging and other distractions (like flying brass).  In dry work, you have a better opportunity to focus mentally on what you are doing and in this way create better muscle memory and overall skills. Here is what Tom Givens of recommends.

Get Better With Your CCW

“Dry practice should only be conducted in one designated, established area, and nowhere else in your home. That area should have a safe wall, that is a wall that will actually stop bullets in the event of an unintended discharge. A brick exterior wall or a stone fireplace can work, or you can use a body-armor vest as a backstop. Do not dry fire toward an interior drywall.” (More on CCW)

Getting into good habits from the outset will really make a big difference when it comes to dry practice.  Every time you go into your designated area you want to clear your gun and take out all the live ammunition.  Put everything into a bin or drawer.  Once all the live ammunition is out, then take the bin or drawer into a different room in the house.  Clear your gun again once you go back into the dry practice area.

As with any practice, you need a target to aim at.  Commercial targets are fine, but you can also use a simple hand drawn target as well. You want to put the target on the safe wall or whatever backstop you have decided on. You want to make each practice session about ten to fifteen minutes, as that is a good amount of time to focus mentally.

As you work to get better with your CCW, you will want to keep your sessions short and to the point. You can rotate different drills to help you with correct presentation of the gun as well as aim.  Before you know it, your conditioned responses and muscle memory will start to show you better results when you are on the live fire range – all thanks to dry firing practice.