Purchasing a firearm, along with obtaining your concealed carry permit, is not a small investment. Accessory purchases, cleaning kits, additional magazines, ammo, holsters, and the like all cost extra. Sometimes they are circumvented. This is done by trimming anything that is not necessary.
Is it possible to conceal carry a gun without a holster? Depending on the state, it may be legal to carry a firearm without a holster. Despite the fact that carrying concealed without a holster is legal in some situations, it is not recommended. There are traditional and non-traditional ways to carry concealed, and I’ll discuss why a holster is your best option for carrying your weapon responsibly.
Carrying a gun without a holster is not recommended
A holster is the primary and most important reason to not carry a weapon without one. The act of concealed carrying without a holster is dangerous not only to you, but also to those around you in certain situations.
As well as providing a way to secure your weapon, holsters also act as trigger guards. Guns are mechanical devices, and as such are subject to mechanical failure. Accidental or unintentional discharges, though rare, do happen. It is dangerous for pedestrians to have this happen while they are present.
Carrying concealed without a holster can be achieved in several ways. Let me explain each scenario and the danger you may face, as well as those around you, if you fail to act responsibly. Here are the methods:
- Carry your belt
- Carry pockets
- Carry your bag
Holsterless gun carrying is dangerous
Concealed carry without a holster begins with belt carry. A person typically places the weapon inside the waistband of their pants. The firearm is held in place by the tension of their belt. With one potentially fatal difference, this method is similar to the inside waistband carry method (IWB). If you use your belt as a means to secure your firearm, you are left without any type of trigger guard.
If you carry your weapon in your waistband, there is a greater chance of an unintentional discharge killing you. Men who carry their weapons in the front of their pants run the risk of shooting their own genitalia.
It is possible for men and women to shoot themselves in the leg by carrying a weapon in their waistband and puncturing the femoral artery. The femoral artery is the main blood vessel supplying the leg. Unless you receive immediate medical attention, you may die from a puncture.
Do you think your front pocket keys have ever stabbed you in the leg when you had them in your hand? Think before you dismiss this threat as trivial. It does not take a great deal of pressure to pull the trigger on a firearm, depending on the type.
Gun Carrying Without A Holster: Dangerous
Secondly, there is the method of carrying in the pocket, which also carries many of the same risks. It differs from the first method in that whatever is in your pocket is directly in contact with your firearm.
Carrying anything with a cord could get tangled in the trigger if you are carrying anything with a cord. All it would take is for you to reach into your pocket and pull with enough force to cause your weapon to discharge unintentionally at that point.All it would take is for you to reach into your pocket and pull with enough force to cause your weapon to discharge unintentionally at that point.
Moreover, carrying a firearm in your pocket does not keep it securely attached to your person. When items fall out of pockets, they often strike the ground. A sudden jolt could cause an accidental discharge, endangering the people around you.
Your firearm may move about in your pocket depending on how form-fitting your clothing is and how much space is available in your pocket. You can disable your safety (if your firearm has one) in this way quickly.
Holsters – A Traditional Approach
There are an abundance of holsters in this “traditional” style. The shoulder holster, the waistband holster, and the paddle holster are a few examples of concealed carry methods. Some of these include a method for securing your firearm to your person, as well as a means for securing it.
Models that have been successful keep the weapon attached to the wearer. You should look for a trigger guard on any model you consider, and it should ideally fit the firearm you select. Friction is created so that the firearm will not fall out of the holster.
Where the holster is concealed will depend on the type. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, I support holsters that point the muzzle in the safest direction possible. Therefore, I recommend that holsters keep the muzzle pointed directly at the ground.
If you carry some IWB holsters in the small of your back, you may endanger those closest to you (to your left or right depending on your draw hand). In a previous section we discussed the dangers of carrying an IWB holster next to your appendix.
Furthermore, shoulder rigs keep the muzzle pointed straight back at the shooter. I feel sorry for the poor soul who gets shot in the chest due to your choice in a holster and the fact that he or she is just standing behind you at the time.