Do You Have the Right CCW Accessories?

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 14, 2014 12:02:28 PM

Next time you're at the firing range, take a look around. You'll notice a lot of regulars have modified firearms with a variety of accessories. If you're looking to accessorize similarly, keep in mind some accessories are superfluous. Some, however, will greatly enhance your ability to properly use your CCW. The challenge is determining which is which.

Accessories allow you to maximize your firearm's potential. With the right accessories, your firearm can be safer, more accurate, and easier to use. Consider these tips for properly accessorizing your concealed firearm.

  1. Safety first

    Before you consider firearm accessories, it's important you know the proper way to use your firearm. Know your firearm front to back and be aware of how each part works. Firearms are good self-defense options, but if you don't know how to properly use it, your firearm is an ineffective tool for protection. Learn how to use your particular firearm safely by reading about it, getting trained, and practicing at the range.
  2. Holsters

    Concealed firearm carrying requires something to hold the firearm. For on-body concealed carry, there are many types of holsters according to your preference. Ankle, hip, belt, inside the waistband, and shoulder holsters are all popular options. Belt holsters are common and come in a variety of materials. Inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are good for those who want maximum concealment of their firearm. Ankle holsters offer a slower draw than many other holsters but are a great place for a secondary firearm. Try out a few holsters to decide your personal preference, and what works best for your firearm.
  3. Grips

    Firearms sometimes have hard edges and sharp parts. A firearm digging into your hand is uncomfortable and can interfere with your aim. Grips come in a variety of materials and sizes to help customize your firearm to your hand. When purchasing a firearm, consider how big it will be after you add the grip. If it's already almost too big without a grip, consider buying a smaller firearm. Grips come in many textures and types. Ideally, with the right grip, your firearm will feel like an extension of your arm.
  4. Laser sights

    Even if you have good aim, laser sights can be invaluable in the dark or in high-stress situations. With a laser sight, your accuracy improves for striking your intended target. An important thing to remember is that  laser sights are illegal in some states/counties so be sure to check your local laws before using a laser sight.


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Topics: Concealed Carry, Accessories

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®.