The Top 6 Concealed Carry Mistakes

Posted by Team Springfield

Oct 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It’s a great responsibility to have a concealed carry permit. While there are a number of safety benefits and advantages to carrying, there are also plenty of mistakes you can make if you don’t properly educate yourself on how to handle certain situations. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Experienced and amateur concealed carry holders both make mistakes from time to time. The important part is limiting these mistakes and ensuring everyone remains comfortable and safe. Some of the most common mistakes made include:

  • Not having a plan.

    Nobody should ever carry a concealed firearm without having a system in place for checking and rearranging gear. It is never appropriate to do so in public, so you’ll need to establish where it can be done if necessary. This may include a bedroom, bathroom, or secluded office. In public places such as restaurants and stores, a restroom stall might the best place for privacy.
  • Printing.

    Printing is the term used when the outline of your firearm visibly shows through your clothing. In many situations, this can cause people to become uncomfortable and/or call the police. To avoid these embarrassing situations, always make sure your firearm is properly concealed.
  • Not receiving enough training.

    When you apply for your CCW permit, there may be minimum training requirement. Though you might only require basic initial training, it is always a good idea to refresh your skills with regular practice and additional training. This ensures you have a proper understanding of all rules and regulations. It’s also best to enroll in courses that are in your area—as rules can vary from place to place.
  • Buying the wrong size.

    It’s tempting to buy the most powerful firearm you can afford, but it’s not always the smartest decision. When buying a firearm specifically for concealed carry purposes, smaller is sometimes better.
  • Improper clothing/attire.

    It’s difficult to properly conceal your firearm if you aren’t wearing the appropriate clothing or attire. There are plenty of holster and storage solutions on the market, so do your research and find something that fits your lifestyle.
  • Carrying in the wrong places.

    You can’t carry everywhere. Depending on the state or area you live in, you cannot enter a bar, hospital, school, airport, or government building while carrying. When in doubt, leave your firearm behind.

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Topics: Concealed Carry


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.