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January 31, 2014

Top Ten Concealed Carry Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Topics: Gun rights, Human Interest, Political News and commentaries

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Posted on YouTube back on Jul 23, 2013 by USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), all concealed carry permit holders should consider this a must-watch. One of the reasons I recommend the following video (that covers the first two of the ten mistakes) is that among the mistakes it points out ... it emphasizes my own personal approach to concealed carry which is that first and foremost you must always remember that situational awareness and conflict avoidance should be on your mind at all times when 'carrying' ... using your weapon (deadly force) is the very last thing you should ever want to do and you should do so ONLY after the deadly threat not only cannot be avoided - it is your last and only option to save your life and/or your family and/or other innocents around you..

In this video Michael Martin, author of Concealed Carry and Home Defense, and Tim Schmidt, aka Tactical Tim and president and founder of the USCCA, speak to users about the top ten concealed carry mistakes, don'ts and blunders which many responsibly armed Americans can often find themselves falling into. This quick and easy concealed carry video could be the difference between life and death, being in jail or the ability to walk away a free citizen. The United States Concealed Carry Association is the number one resource for the responsibly armed American to educate, train, equip, and insure themselves to carry a weapon in self-defense. The full list of the top ten mistakes is:

#1 Selecting the Wrong Firearm for You
#2 Making a Personal Protection Plan Only About Firearms Training and Not About Conflict Avoidance and Situational Awareness
#3 Finding the Right Gun but the Wrong Holster
#4 Believing You've Ever Had Enough Training
#5 Doing the Wrong Kind of Training
#6 Not Preparing for the Legal and Financial Aftermath of a Self Defense Shooting
#7 Not Testing Your Self Defense Ammo
#8 Not Building Consistency into Your Carry Practices
#9 Not Properly Maintaining Your Carry Gun and Ammunition
#10 Not Understanding Your State's Laws or the Laws of States You Might Visit

It's worth your time to view the details of the entire top ten concealed carry mistakes, don'ts, and blunders HERE (just scroll down the page and give your email address - it's free and they don't bother you with a bunch of emails afterwards).

As for #6 - Not Preparing for the Legal and Financial Aftermath of a Self Defense Shooting, I recommend checking out legal service companies such as CCW-Safe and U.S. Law Shield. USCCA and the NRA provide insurance programs, but they have limited coverage.

CCW Safe and U.S. Law Shield (both require that you have a current concealed-carry permit for your state) provide legal representation Including all attorneys' fees, both civil AND criminal for Police Investigations, Grand Jury Proceedings, and both Criminal and Civil trial. In addition to essentially unlimited legal representation, CCW Safe provides for the cost of expert witnesses, and investigators specially trained in use of force lawsuits and investigations. Although U.S. Law Shield doesn't currently cover these 'incidentals', it expects to include such coverage sometime during the next 60-90 days for an additional fee of around $2-3 a month. Total cost for the CCW Safe coverage is $99/year. U.S. Law Shield runs around $13/month ($131.40/year - likely a bit more once 'incidentals' become available).

Although I currently use U.S. Law Shield, I intend to change over to CCW Safe if U.S. Law Shield fails to add the incidentals within 60 days. Also, I like the idea of having CCW Safe's Legal Panel and Critical Response Teams watching my back if I ever, God forbid, have to use my weapon. It would give me additional comfort to know exactly who will be there if I ever need them. George Zimmerman's legal fees and 'incidentals' ran over $2 Million, and if he had CCW Safe coverage it wouldn't have cost him a dime and he wouldn't have had to raise money over the Internet. (For what it's worth, I consider him to be a complete idiot and a fool ... even though what he did was legal. He failed to observe the fundamental rules of concealed carry - situational awareness AND conflict avoidance. He had notified the police, it was dark, and he he didn't have to put himself in a position to be in imminent danger). Just because he had the right to stand his ground doesn't mean he had to exercise it ... he could have avoided the threat).

Related 1: I highly recommend USCCAA's Concealed Carry Magazind. It's chock full of concealed carry and self-defense training and tips and is for sure, far and away, the most important magazine printed for those who 'responsibly' carry firearms for the personal protection of themselves and their loved ones. Routine practice and tactical training is necessary, but no more so than education.

Related 2: What To Do After Bang (The moments after you have used a gun are critical. If you do or say the incorrect thing, it may mean the difference between keeping your legal rights and waiving them.)

Posted by Hyscience at January 31, 2014 3:58 PM

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