Concealed Carry Challenges in an Era of Protests

With the increase of hate, anger, and violence, it may be time to reconsider your concealed carry decisions, including what you carry and how you would react under certain circumstances.

I’ve carried a concealed weapon for more than 20 years.  I made up my mind that very first day that I would kill rather than allow myself to be killed.  I also accepted the fact that I would willingly die to protect my family. 

Over the years, I took training classes from nationally recognized experts in handguns, self-defense, shotguns for home defense, urban carbine, tactical medicine, and the legalities of using lethal force.  I also studied martial arts.  I honed my shooting skills at in competition like IDPA, USPSA/IPSC, and three-gun matches.  There were years where I fired more than 10,000 rounds.

Over time, the gear has changed.  I’ve switched out guns and holsters as technology evolved.  I’ve upgraded tactical flashlights as LEDs got brighter.  I changed ammo and calibers to use that best meet the changing FBI criteria.  I’ve carried .38s, 9mm, .40, and .45, sometimes two at once.  I own body armor, both concealed kevlar armor and rifle plates in an external carrier.  I’ve got a shotgun by my bed, and once AR pistols with arm braces became legal, I upgraded my car carry to an AR pistol.

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