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Classic Rookie Mistakes When Carrying A Concealed Firearm

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So you’ve gotten your concealed carry permit. That’s great. Welcome to the world of armed citizens ready and willing to protect those weaker than themselves. 

However, that single class you took for the sake of qualifying for your CCW isn’t enough to prepare you for a real-life gunfight. In fact, if you lean simply on that you might be doing more harm than good if you ever have to actually draw and use your weapon in a life-or-death situation. 

There are some serious mistakes that newbies to the world of concealed carry can make. We don’t want you to make them so we put this handy list together to help you be more prepared in the event that you have to use your weapon in the real world. 

Concealed Carry Mistake #1: Incomplete Or Nonexistent Training

Many people who carry concealed tend to look at their gun as a sort of amulet that will automatically make bad guys disappear simply by taking it out of their holster. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Real-life firefights are extremely stressful. Things like fine motor skills and possibly even vision go completely out the window. In situations like this, you won’t “rise to the occasion,” you will fall to your level of training. If your level of training is hitting the range and shooting paper targets at seven yards every couple of months (maybe, if you remember and have time) your gun might not do you much good if you have to use it. 

You need real-life skills training for real-life firefights where your target is not an inert piece of paper, but an enraged criminal running for you and intent on taking your life. That means lots of dry fire training and regular range training, as well as force-on-force training with unloaded firearms.

Finally, you need to think about more than just hitting your target. There are serious emotional, financial, and legal consequences associated with using your firearm in a real-life self-defense situation. Any training worth its salt should prepare you for what happens after the bullets stop flying. 

Concealed Carry Mistake #2: Constantly Messing With Your Weapon

The gunsmith is sitting around cleaning the gun and disassembling and maintaining the pistol

We get it. When you first start carrying all you can think about is your gun. It’s new, it might not be the most comfortable thing in the world and you’re constantly worried about printing. 

The problem with constantly messing around with your gun is that you’re drawing way more attention to yourself than you even would be if you accidentally managed to tuck your t-shirt into your holster after a quick trip to the bathroom. 

Do that and you’re just a gun with a gun – and there are tons of you around. Constantly mess around with your gun and you’re the guy who looks either way too into having a gun or way too uncomfortable carrying. Both of those are things the people around you will notice and not in a good way. 

Concealed Carry Mistake #3: Not Increasing Your Situational Awareness

Carrying a gun isn’t just a bad idea if you’re not cultivating situational awareness, it can be downright stupid and potentially fatal.

Walking around through the local mall or Wal-Mart with your eyes glued to your phone the whole time isn’t the greatest practice in general. Forget about bumping into someone, you might be the last person to notice that an active shooter has opened fire – right before he lands his next shot right between your eyes.

So practice paying attention to your surroundings without distractions. It’s good practice whether you carry or not, but when you carry it becomes absolutely essential. People who carry and don’t pay attention to those around them are more likely to be targets of criminals. In a worst-case scenario, this can mean a criminal stripping you of your weapon. 

Concealed Carry Mistake #4: Not Performing Skill Drills

We spoke a bit about this above, but… you need to get off the range and do more training that isn’t straight down range at the same distance. You can set up an obstacle course with targets in your backyard no matter where you live and use it for dry fire training. There are also light and air pistols that create a greater degree of realism, as well as accessories you can add to your weapon allowing you to use an app for this kind of training. 

Don’t just practice different distances and multiple targets. Practice shooting from different positions if you want to be completely ready to defend yourself and your family from an attacker on the streets or in the dark of night. 

Concealed Carry Mistake #5: Not Knowing The Law

Can you shoot or can’t you?

This is a basic question you’re going to have to answer in a very short time frame if you ever find yourself in a real-life self-defense situation requiring deadly force. Unfortunately, there’s more myth out there than reality when the boys down at the range are talking about the law. 

Your trainer should have gone over this when you were getting your permit, but you should continually brush up on the law. It does change from time to time, after all. Mostly you want to know when force is justified and when it is not. Even if you’re 100 percent in the right in a defensive shooting, chances are very good that you’re going to have to defend your actions in a court of law. Don’t be fodder for a gun-grabbing DA’s re-election campaign – know the law. 

Remember that while it’s your right to carry concealed, this right comes with a number of moral, legal, and practical responsibilities. You want to be a good ambassador for the Second Amendment community. One of the best ways you can do that is to be a model citizen when it comes to concealed carry.

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Biden’s Newest Attempt to Take Your Guns


The Biden administration finalized a new rule last week, touted by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a “historic step” in combating gun violence. This rule aims to increase background checks on gun sales by broadening the pool of people required to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). The administration claims this will address the so-called “gun show loophole” and reduce illegal gun sales.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), there’s a “large and growing black market of guns being sold by people without a license.” They argue that this black market is fueling violence because these sellers are not conducting background checks. However, many see this new rule as yet another attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Understanding the New Rule

To grasp the impact of this new rule, it’s crucial to understand the existing laws governing gun sales. Federal law mandates that all gun dealers conduct background checks via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling a firearm. However, private sales between individuals who are not in the business of selling guns do not require background checks.

Currently, 20 states have implemented their own laws to require background checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. In the remaining 30 states, private sales can occur without a background check as long as the seller is not engaged in the business of selling firearms.

The new rule seeks to limit the number of legal private sales by expanding the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer.” Previously, a person needed an FFL if they were involved in the “repetitive” buying and selling of firearms with the primary objective of “livelihood and profit.” The new rule changes this to require a license if the goal is to “predominantly earn a profit,” regardless of whether the seller relies on this activity for their livelihood.

Debunking Myths and Clarifying Facts

Myth #1: The New Rule Closes the “Gun Show Loophole”

Despite claims from the White House and mainstream media, there has never been a “gun show loophole.” Gun shows operate under the same legal framework as other venues: dealers must conduct background checks, while private sellers are not required to do so. The new rule does not close any loophole; it simply creates more confusion and potentially drives private sellers away from gun shows, where they are easier for law enforcement to monitor.

Myth #2: The New Rule Provides Clarity

The rule is marketed as providing clarity, yet it is anything but clear. The ATF’s 19-page FAQ document only adds to the confusion. It states that to “predominantly earn a profit” means the primary intent of the sale is financial gain, as opposed to personal reasons like upgrading a collection. However, there is no clear threshold for what constitutes “repetitive” sales or what amount of profit triggers the need for an FFL.

The lack of concrete standards means law-abiding citizens are left in a legal gray area. The rule could easily be interpreted in a way that criminalizes ordinary gun owners who occasionally sell firearms.

Myth #3: The New Rule Is a Major Change

Both proponents and critics of the rule suggest it will have significant impacts, but this may be overstated. The ATF has long maintained that even a single transaction can require a license under certain conditions. The real effect of the new rule is to sow uncertainty among private sellers, potentially discouraging lawful sales and undermining the Second Amendment.

The Real Impact on Gun Owners

The Biden administration’s new rule will likely deter lawful gun owners from selling firearms due to fear of legal repercussions. This does little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead burdens responsible citizens. The rule could particularly impact hunters and sports shooters who want to sell old guns to upgrade their equipment.

By creating more obstacles for law-abiding gun owners, the administration risks driving gun sales further underground, making it harder for law enforcement to track illegal activities. The people most affected will not be the high-volume sellers the ATF claims to target but ordinary Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

The new rule from the Biden administration is another step towards greater government control over private gun ownership. It doesn’t close any loopholes or provide meaningful clarity. Instead, it creates a chilling effect on lawful gun sales, turning responsible citizens into potential criminals.

As with many gun control measures, this rule places undue burdens on the law-abiding while doing little to address actual crime. It’s a reminder that vigilance is necessary to protect our constitutional rights from overreach by those who seek to undermine the Second Amendment. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand firm against any attempts to erode our fundamental freedoms.

What do you think of the Biden Regime’s latest attempt to take your guns? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Did the ATF Just Turn You Into an Unlicensed Gun Dealer?


Amidst the world of firearms and gun ownership, scenarios arise where individuals find themselves downsizing their collections or navigating the complexities of buying and selling firearms. For some, it may involve parting ways with budget guns to fund the acquisition of their dream firearm, while for others, it could entail managing the estate of a deceased family member who left behind a substantial gun collection.

However, recent regulatory changes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have introduced new considerations and challenges. With the implementation of ATF Rule 2022R-17, the definition of who qualifies as a firearm dealer has been broadened, potentially impacting individuals engaged in occasional sales or private transactions.

Under the revised regulations, the criteria for determining whether someone is “engaged in the business” as a dealer in firearms have been expanded. This includes factors such as the intention to “predominantly earn a profit” from firearm sales, regardless of the medium or method used for transactions. Additionally, the definition of “dealer” now encompasses individuals conducting firearm transactions through various channels, including online platforms and gun shows.

Despite these changes, the regulations provide clarity on exemptions for individuals selling firearms as part of a personal collection or hobby, as long as sales remain occasional and not primarily for profit. However, navigating these distinctions requires careful attention to detail and adherence to legal requirements to avoid unintentionally falling afoul of the law.

The implications of ATF Rule 2022R-17 extend beyond mere technicalities, potentially impacting the everyday activities of gun owners and enthusiasts. From selling off surplus firearms to acquiring new additions to their collections, individuals must now navigate a regulatory landscape that demands heightened awareness and compliance.

Moreover, the rule underscores broader concerns about government overreach and the erosion of Second Amendment rights. By redefining existing regulations without legislative scrutiny, the ATF’s actions raise questions about transparency and accountability in firearms policy-making.

In light of these developments, individuals involved in firearm transactions must stay informed and adapt to evolving regulatory frameworks. Whether buying, selling, or transferring firearms, adherence to legal requirements and diligent record-keeping is paramount to avoid unintended legal consequences.

Ultimately, as gun owners and enthusiasts navigate the changing landscape of firearms regulation, vigilance and advocacy for Second Amendment rights remain crucial. By staying informed, engaging in responsible firearm ownership practices, and advocating for sensible policy reforms, individuals can uphold their rights while ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

Are you concerned about being on the wrong side of the ATF? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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What’s the Difference Between 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington


For novice gun owners and seasoned enthusiasts alike, understanding the nuances between various ammunition types is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and safety of firearms. One common area of confusion arises when comparing the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges, as their differences, though seemingly small, can have a significant impact on weapon function and safety.

The primary difference between the two cartridges lies in their pressure levels. The 5.56 NATO cartridge operates at approximately 58,000 pounds per square inch (psi), whereas the .223 Remington is loaded to around 55,000 psi. While this disparity may appear minor, it plays a critical role in the overall performance of the ammunition.

However, the most important distinction between the two cartridges lies in the chamber dimensions. A 5.56 NATO chamber features a .125-inch longer throat compared to a .223 Remington chamber. This additional space allows for the loading of approximately one more grain of powder in the 5.56 NATO cartridge, resulting in higher performance levels compared to its .223 Remington counterpart.

The potential danger arises when firing a 5.56 NATO cartridge in a rifle chambered for .223 Remington. Due to the longer throat of the NATO chamber, this combination can lead to significantly increased pressure levels, reaching upwards of 65,000 psi or more. Such high pressures pose a severe risk to both the operator and the firearm, potentially causing primers to back out or even resulting in catastrophic failure.

Conversely, firing a .223 Remington cartridge in a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle may lead to suboptimal performance. The lower pressure generated by the .223 Remington cartridge, coupled with the dimensions of the NATO chamber, can result in improper cycling of the firearm, particularly in rifles with barrels shorter than 14.5 inches. While rifles with longer barrels may mitigate some of these issues, it is essential for gun owners to exercise caution when selecting ammunition for their firearms.

In conclusion, while the differences between the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges may seem subtle, they can have profound implications for weapon function, safety, and performance. Gun owners must educate themselves on these distinctions to make informed decisions when selecting ammunition and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Do you want to weigh in on this debate? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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