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Hello Again, Everyone! Stephen Powell here, The GunLife Coach.  

I’ve been carrying a firearm for most of my adult life spanning nearly 30 years whether in the military, law enforcement or as an armed citizen. And now, after teaching thousands of shooters it has actually broadened my knowledge on best practices due to the different types of people, gear and guns they carry.

So, Today, I’m going to give you my top three best practices for EveryDay Carry. Of course, I’m speaking to those of you who conceal carry their handgun, have been carrying or on your quest to do just that. I like to teach in concept so my goal for this article/video is to give you three concepts that you can adapt to and modify as you evolve!  

How would we would do that? 

Well, some of us have body changes throughout our lives. Our careers, and lifestyles can change. Even the amount of physical fitness we possess is a factor. We must consider one of my all-time favorites, the amount of training we possess.

Let’s Get Into It!

IS IT IN THE MOST CONCEALABLE POSITION?

Keep it Hidden! I have found over the years that it’s best not to show your cards until the right time! Because of this factor; I’m referring to the element of surprise, it’s best that we “Deep Conceal” our EDC.

We don’t want anyone to know that we are carrying a gun, telegraphing that we have a gun for any reason.  There’s an old tactics phrase I learned back in the day, “Surprise, Speed and Violence of Action”. Three key elements for success in combat. 

This is all good common sense, and goes along with why I don’t think open carry is a good plan.  If I’m a criminal, (which I’m not!), I would be sizing up my victim’s based on their potential threat to me! Does this person have a gun or NOT? Whether concealed or unconcealed they may target you because they know you have a gun.  DO you really think they are going to be startled because you have a gun? Don’t assume..  Here’s something to think about; If violent criminals aren’t intimidated by a cop with a gun; what makes you think they would be intimidated by you? And, you don’t have backup!!  Something to think about!

Keep it Hidden!

Deep Concealed Carry!

IS IT IN THE EASIEST TO RETRIEVE POSITION?

Can You Get it? The average armed conflict according to statistics anywhere from 1-5 seconds! Are you ready for that?  Understanding everything about YOU, from your mindset to where you put that pocket rocket on your body makes a difference! You honestly don’t have time to think. 

When I say that I am referring to the fundamentals you have acquired to accomplish the task of eliminating your threat before they do you! Why? Because, you don’t have time to be fumbling around with too big or small of a gun and retrieving from God knows where to “go to work”! 

It must be in the easiest to retrieve position so you can get to it, retrieve it and USE IT!

Here’s a fun little fact: Did you know that the average draw speed time of the average law enforcement officer nationwide is approximately two seconds? Now, they have exposed holsters and hopefully hundreds of hours of training. Looking at this, you are already at a disadvantage aren’t you? Your gun is concealed, you don’t have that level of training and you don’t have time to take “two Seconds” to draw your gun! Why’s that? Because you don’t know how slow or fast the event is unfolding!!!

IS IT IN THE BEST DEFENSIBLE POSITION?

Can You Protect It? This one is one concept that most fail to realize and practice! If you found yourself in a physical altercation and they saw you going for your gun or knew where your gun was on your body; how would you defend your gun from them taking it? This is why gun/holster placement is so crucial to your survival?  Is it within good reach? Can you hold on to it in it’s holster? An ankle holster is probably not something you want wear; especially in shorts (JOKE, okay, but seriously don’t do that)! This concept also speaks to the first, If nobody knows you have it, then it will be easier for you to defend it! Out of sight; out of mind!

AVERAGING THESE CONCEPTS

Other Factors to Consider. We aren’t finished yet!! You have these concepts and I’m sure you can average them out, but there are still many other factors to consider! Here’s my list:

  • The Type and Size of Firearm chosen
  • Body position choice
  • Holster 
  • ammo carrier
  • your abilities and disabilities 
  • Wardrobe & styles
  • off body carrying choice (backpack, fanny-pack, purses or satchels)

I’m sure there may be some other factors to consider but this is a pretty well rounded view of everyday carry for you to learn and understand for your success!  

Thanks again for tuning in, please feel free to follow me on social media links here and comment as you like, I’ll look forward to hearing from you all and stay tuned for more.

God bless you and our nation!

Stephen D. Powell

 

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



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