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Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

This post isn’t about the constitutional right on carrying a firearm. This is about tactically and practically carrying a firearm for personal protection. I do not recommend open carry; unless that is the only way you can legally carry.

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry
Concealed Carry

 Here is the problem if you open carry. You give away all of your tactical advantage. Too many people think of the best case scenario. I hear this all of the time, “if they see me have a gun, they won’t mess with me.” Or something to that effect.   Also if you believe you will much faster to response to the threat.  Here is a video my friend Rob Pincus did on open carry vs. concealed.

 
This mindset is invalid for many reasons. Let’s just discuss two. First off, the open carrier thinks they or the bad guy has perfect situational awareness. If you are somewhere and the bad guy comes to rob the place. You just being there with a firearm did not stop the crime. If and when the bad guy does see you, now they have to address you. They now know you having something to prevent them from getting what they want. If you were concealed carrying, they would not pay any more attention to you over anyone else. You have not given them a reason to focus on you. Look at bank robberies where there was an armed guard. That firearm being there did not stop the crime.

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Open Carry

That goes into my second point. There are people out there, regardless what you do. They are going to attack you or carry out their crime. Look at the numbers of people attacking cops. They are open carrying and they still get attacked. Bad guys will do what they think is necessary to get what they want. That bud guy now has to escalate the amount of focus they were going to use. Generally that means, they will be more violent and more likely to lethal force. Again for the same reason, you have something to prevent them getting want they want. This is planning for the worst case scenario, within reason.

Generally people are white and black on this subject. They are for or against open carry. Take the emotions out of this discussion. Should we be allowed to open carry under the 2nd Amendment? Yes we should, but that is not the case. We have to pick our battles more wisely. Lets at all of this time and energy to work on all the gun laws that only prevents law-abiding citizens to own firearms.

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Crossbreed Holsters, Belt, and Magazine Carrier

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