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How To Test Out A Brand New Handgun Holster

After waiting what seems like forever for a brand new holster to come in the mail, many gun owners are so excited that they fail to follow safe practices before checking out their new holsters.

In this post I will lay out 4 steps that I feel are necessary to take to test out a holster before carrying your firearm in it.

***If you would rather watch these steps instead of reading, scroll to the end to view the video.***


  1. If you are wearing the gun that the new holster is intended for, REMOVE the gun and the holster from your person.
  2. Remove the gun from the holster and CLEAR IT!!! (Physically and Visually check that it is clear.
  3. Pull out the new holster and check the fitment to ensure that it fits your handgun properly and that your firearm comes out smoothly. (I have had a handgun get stuck in a new holster before.)
  4. Keeping it unloaded, put the holstered gun on and begin trying to find the sweet-spot and get a few draw and re-holster reps in.

Once you have completed these steps and are pleased with the results, you are now ready to load your firearm and carry on!

Here is a video for reinforcement: (There’s also a clip of the holster that my gun got stuck in)

As always, I hope you were informed and that you will share this if you think it is something everyone should see!

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Chill Out On Gun Safety?………….Excuse You!

This past weekend on Instagram, I ran across a disturbing post from Heckler & Koch (a company that should be promoting gun safety, but instead want to wave their firearms in your face to distract you from gun safety violations).

This picture is a clear violation of two of Col. Jeff Coopers Universal Gun Safety Rules!!! But what is even more upsetting is H&K’s own comment in response to all of the people who pointed out this blatant disrespect for gun safety.

According to H&K, it is okay to violate gun safety rules when there is no magazine in the gun.  Well I think that is extremely careless and horrible advice.  If you are familiar with firearms, then you know that not all guns have magazine disconnects.  Which means that even without a magazine, a gun can still fire if there is a round in the chamber.  After reading their comment and several others (on both sides of this ridiculous argument), I posted this comment:

“Okay here’s the deal.  If you want people to “chill out” about gun SAFETY you are just as delusional as Everytown or any other anti-gun group.  You can’t just turn safe gun handling on and off.  It is something that must be practice and checked at all times.  That’s EXACTLY how NEGLIGENT discharges happen because people getting too relaxed with their safety.  If you have a problem with others checking this guy for a OBVIOUS violation of a gun safety rule I don’t want to be anywhere near you with a firearm because I value my life too much to be around people who do not respect the rules at ALL times.”

Let’s review Col. Jeff Coopers Universal Gun Safety Rules to see where this guy went wrong.

  1. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
  2. Never point a firearm at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Last time I checked, 50/100% is a failing grade!

It is our duty as Responsibly Armed Americans to be the beacons of light in this fight of pro-gun vs. anti-gun, and be forever vigilant to make sure that everyone who owns firearms are the safest people on the planet.  If you see someone handling a firearm carelessly BE THE ONE TO CHECK THEM, your life or the lives of others depends on it.

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First Time Carrying Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) and Without a Gun Belt

If you have been following me on Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know my preferred method of carry is Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) in the appendix position with the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and a  Crossbreed Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.  This past Sunday, due to the outfit I decided to wear, I had to alter my carry to Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) using the paddle holster and dual magazine carrier that came with my Springfield Armory XD-S 4.0″.  The reason for the switch was that the pants I chose to wear did not have enough room to comfortably carry IWB without having to wear my pants above my waistline.  Not only did I switch from IWB to OWB, I also carried with a non gun belt!!! *Gasp*

Once I was dressed and before I put on the blazer for concealment, I went through some draw reps to ensure that I had a smooth draw and to embed the new carry position in my mind so that if the need arose, I would know to draw from that position instead of my normal carry position.  After those reps, I put on the blazer and added my Nite Ize S-Biner to the strong-side front pocket to give the jacket more weight to be thrown back then went through another round of reps working on flicking the blazer back prior to the draw.

Ever since I started carrying, I have not carried without wearing a gun belt.  So it is needless to say I was a bit skeptical strapping on a firearm with a less than adequate support system.  This particular belt is actually a very inexpensive one from Walmart and I acquired it before I started carrying to match these shoes.  I am happy to report that I had no issues carrying with this belt and will be trying out more “unconventional” carry equipment.  But I am sure a big reason I was able to comfortably carry with a non gun belt was because of the lightweight firearm I was carrying. (Something we will discuss in a later post)
To my surprise the OWB position was a lot more comfortable than I expected; even in the car.  Though if I had bucket seats in my car, my experience might have been different.  I must say, there is a much different feeling that comes with having a firearm strapped to your side only being concealed by a blazer rather than concealed under a shirt.  But unless you do not mind looking like a detective when you remove your blazer, be sure your blazers material and thickness will keep you at a comfortable temperature with it on all day.

One of the problems I had with this position was not have easy access to firearm while driving because of the blazer and the seatbelt.  Another thing to watch out for when wearing blazers is the side vents when sitting or reaching into pockets.  On several occasions I found myself having to lift the blazer back over the magazine carrier while sitting because the magazines had become exposed.  This problem can probably be fixed by a tailor, but depending on the style you are going for, the length of the jacket might always be short.

Another thing to be conscious of is the taper of the blazer when buttoning.  While this is not as big of an issue unless you are going to be standing in front of people staring at you, no one will probably even think twice about the slight bulges or imprints at your sides.

The blazer and slacks is a great dapper look and a great way to conceal.  Send me your takes on this look via Email, Twitter, or tag me in a picture on Instagram (Be sure to also tag your photos with #dapperccw and #dapperconcealedcarry).

My Journey To Concealed Carry

In the winter of 2013, without reason, something clicked and I realized that I needed to start taking steps towards being able to effectively defend my life and the lives of those I love. Even-though my father has carried a pistol my entire life, I did not really grow up around firearms. He always kept it on his person or hidden away. Up until now, my only experience with firearms was through Boy Scouts shooting rifles at our annual Jamboree.

Because I do not like to go into anything completely dumbfounded, I first began to search the web for information on the different types of handguns and concealed carry. My research led me to the 4 Universal Safety Rules as well as opened my eyes to the world of gun owners and concealed carriers that I frankly did not know existed. I also found my way to the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), which after reading their FREE Concealed Carry Guide and a complimentary copy of Concealed Carry Magazine I was hooked. So I subscribed to the magazine and purchased their Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals book written by Michael Martin.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin


Because my father is a security instructor, he has a ASP Glock 19 Training Orange Gun at the house that I was able to stick inside my waistband around the house to get a feel for what it was possibly like to have a firearm on my person during normal everyday activities.


This also helped me in determining the size firearms I wanted to consider. After months of self-education, I began to develop a list of the firearms I was interested in based on criteria I set forth for myself (which I will share in a later post). Once my list was compiled, I quickly narrowed it down to the top 3 firearms I was interested in, but I knew that I first had to shoot them before making the decision. But before shooting, I wanted to ensure that I was prepared to be a responsible gun owner; therefore, I attended a NRA Basic Pistol Course and a course dealing with the laws of self-defense.

Once I was confident that I was mentally prepared to be a gun owner, I began to shop for my handgun. By now I had narrowed my list down to the top two: Springfield Armory XDS 3.3” 9mm or the newer 4.0″ model. I left the gun store with the XDS 4.0; which at the time was the same price as the 3.3” model and I remembered reading about Rob Pincus creating the G26L for the benefits of the longer slide.

By this time I was already convinced that I wanted to appendix carry, but I still was a little concerned so I purchased a 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt and a Desantis Pro Stealth IWB holster that was actually designed for the 3.3” model, but I knew the only difference was the slide length and just wanted to get a feel for the appendix carry with this gun while waiting on my Crossbreed Appendix Carry and Gun Belt, which I will review in another post. In order to get comfortable before going out in public, I first wore the holster with the gun, unloaded of course, around the house. Next I decided I would actually carry the gun to work, but I was still a little weary of the appendix carry so I opted to carry the gun without a chambered round. After going through an entire day out of the house with the gun and noticing that the trigger had not pulled itself, I was comfortable with carrying the firearm with a live round in the chamber. I have now been appendix carrying a loaded firearm, and 2 additional extended magazines, comfortably for 7 months without any problems.

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