The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"5 Things that Can Make Concealed Carry Easier for YOU"
All of the concealed carry knowledge and skill in the world is wasted if we cant develop the stamina necessary to be prepared to use them. This week, Pat will give some very useful tips on how to develop this ever important facet of your concealed carry system.
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Hello, my friends, and welcome to this Guardian Broadcast. I'm your host and founder of the Concealed Carry University, Patrick Kilchermann.
I want to apologize for my absence last week! I got sick. Sicker than I've been since I was a kid. All over this area in West Michigan, people are fighting colds and flus and I thought my family was going to get lucky this year, but then it hit us hard. We all got it, and it put me down for more than a week. Even now I'm not 100%.
But, I'm good enough. And so this week I want to deliver a short and hopefully powerful Guardian Broadcast on five things that can make concealed carry easier for you.
Number one: Balance. We all need to make sure that we have a healthy amount of balance in our perspectives on concealed carry. We need to make sure that concealed carry fits into our life right where we want it to. We don't want it to grow too big and take up too much space, but we carry for important reasons and so we don't want to let it begin slipping by the wayside and falling out of practice. To help you stay balanced, remember that you are carrying concealed for you and for nobody else. You are carrying as a very practical and rational answer to real risks that we face, but you are the only one who walks in your shoes every day. Your town is your own, your commute is your own, your career is your own, and your routine is your own. And so what makes the most sense for you is going to be different than what makes the most sense for me or anybody else. So be careful when you get advice from others on how often you should be carrying, including me!
The second thing that can make carrying concealed easier for you is to get to the point where you are carrying the right equipment. It's important that you like your gun! There are all sorts of bare minimums that I recommend of course, but within those there are hundreds and hundreds of different options for the gun that you carry and how you carry it, and you really can't separate humans from the love of tools. We love having good tools to work with and having them in our hands and it's no different with handguns. If you don't like your handgun, concealed carry is going to become drudgery, and it's going to take a lot of mental energy to keep you motivated and going. But if you have a good chemistry with your weapon, it removes a lot of the friction associated with having a gun on your person. You notice it less and you find it easier to tolerate the discomfort. The same is true for your holster – you've got to like it. So use this as permission: you're not doing yourself any favors by carrying a gun that you don't like, so make some change. Try something new and exciting. Go and take a look at all the Tier One combat-grade pistols that are out there and find one that you're excited about. And don't forget to make it your own as well. Customizing the grip or the sites or any aspect of the weapon is a good thing if it helps you enjoy it more.
All that said, the third and one of the more powerful ways to make concealed carry easier for you is to adopt my concept of Systems Carry. This means that you hit the auto pilot switch on your concealed carry routine, and you take all the thought out of it. You simply make it a habit that whenever you leave your house, you've got your gun on you. If carrying concealed has to be a decision that you make every time you leave, we can't be surprised that the frequency with which we carry concealed continues to spiral downward until we are at that point where we "only carry when we think we need it." None of us believe that we can predict the future and remember that we all began our own concealed carry journeys with the goal to have our handguns on us when we were attacked. Well, the best way to do that is to simply make concealed carry habitual. And again, I do this through my concept of Systems Carry. Concealed carry simply becomes your default. And when it does, all sorts of other good things begin to fall into place, such as your body getting used to the presence of your gun, and turning off the discomfort notifications to your brain, so your gun pretty much just disappears. I tend to prefer looking at life as simply a series of good or bad habits. When our good habits outweigh the bad, we are decent people and we are safe people. So I buckle up as soon as I get in my vehicle, I check my doors and windows every night, I check my blind spots and cross streets and oncoming traffic when I drive, and I put my gun on whenever I leave my house.
The next tip to make a concealed carry easier for you is to remember the 80/20 rule, and to configure your personal concealed carry outfit accordingly. In this case, the 80/20 rule means: take a realistic look at what you are doing 80% of the time that you want to carry concealed. Are you standing up and not moving for 80% of your day? Because sadly that is what most concealed carry holsters and carry positions are designed for. If you are sitting down or driving for 80% of the day, you will need to adjust. If you are walking around with other people and crouching here and there for 80% of the day, you will need to adjust. Being comfortable is a big part of being effectively armed, because when you're comfortable you're more relaxed and more in control and more aware of your surroundings. And so if concealed carry is difficult for you, try to really study your daily routine and see if the way that you carry your gun is synchronized with your routine. For most people, it's not. For them, concealed carry is an uphill fight and it's a battle that they rarely win.
And finally, for number five, I want to remind you to be proud of being a responsibly armed guardian and allow yourself to see being a guardian as an important part of who you are. Because, I really think it is. The desire to go armed and the awareness of injustice is very rare in this modern, apathetic world. But you are different and not just a little different – you are a lot different. You are countercultural. You are strong when it is fashionable to be weak. You are independent when dependency is seen as polite and social. You trust yourself when we are all told that we can't and shouldn't. And you carry a loaded gun around for safety when most people would believe it couldn't be done without accidents. Be proud to be a guardian and accept that your role is very important. Being an effective guardian isn't something reserved for young guys at the peak of their prime. The league of American Guardians is for those wisest and most prudent of our respected elders who have worked hard all their lives and now recognize that they have a lot to lose. So if you are 60 years old, this is for you. If you are 75 years old, this is for you. And we need you. Be proud to be a guardian and remember: if you seek peace, then prepare for war. YOU are preparing for war. And therefore YOU bring peace wherever you go.