As you become a more experienced concealed carrier, you’ll find that you just notice things more now than you did before. Like identifying someone who is concealing a possible weapon.
As you carry a concealed weapon, you automatically learn how to spot a concealed carry handgun through osmosis. You’ll notice micro gestures in their body movement. a subtle difference in the way they are wearing their jacket. Small details that only come from experience, hands-on real world carry experience.
How To Spot A Concealed Carry Weapon
Being able to identify someone carrying a concealed handgun is just as important as carrying your CCW for protection.
What To Look For
The key to being able to spot a concealed carrier is to observe carefully over an extended period of time and add up the subtle signs if any.
Anyone who has been a concealed carrier longer than a month will get better and better at not telling you what their cards are in front of them. But no matter how experienced they are,
Even James Bond gives away a subtlety here and there.
So what do you look for specifically?
There are a few different categories of behavior, movements, and signals you could look out for clues so you’ll know them once you see them.
- Characteristics of an armed individual
- Clothing Indications
Characteristics of an armed individual
Knowing the characteristics of an armed individual can help assist you in picking up any clues.
Visit here for 7 signs and characteristics of an armed individual you should know.
There are small and subtle possible clothing indications you could be aware of. They are where the most common positions for concealed carry holsters, which are the lower leg and the waist.
Leg Pant – look for a slight rise in the pant legs. If there seems to be a slight rise in the material on one side, it’s an indicator.
Waistline Bulge – One of the most popular methods of concealed carry is with a holster attached to the belt with a casual shirt untucked.
Now again, this isn’t a guarantee at all. It could be a cell phone case around the belt or one of a dozen other common things it could be. But it is another “indicator” that you should be aware of.
The Persons Own Carelessness
As said before, one indication or clue isn’t going to be the smoking gun (pun intended) for you guaranteeing they are carrying…
…except one act of pure carelessness. Whether due from lack of experience or one two many Johnny Walker Blue’s for the night.
Of course, more common in less experienced carriers. But they can still happen to the best of us from time to time.
Possible careless acts that would reveal it.
If he drops it.
Takes off a jacket forgetting he’s wearing a belt clip holster.
Big Bad Behavior
However, many experts have seemed to come to agree that the largest indicator that’s given to you and most effective way to spot a concealed handgun is their behavior.
It comes down to just the main thing that isn’t the most obvious thing in your face. You can see a holster with a gun in your mind, it makes sense to look for just that for proof that someone is carrying.
But at the end of the day, it comes down to them. Their character. Their behavior.
What does their body language say?
Are they making shifts in their body weight?
Are they holding their hand over the same spot as if they were guarding something?
Do they keep adjusting something in their clothes?
Fiddling, body weight shifting, adjusting. These are all subtle signs that our brains pick up a mile away. These are the signals that will be the best way to judge whether or not they are carrying a concealed weapon.
This video has some good tips on how to detect concealed carriers.
It can be very difficult to detect visually through clothing, if not impossible to detect if something is carrying. Even a small gun in a large pocket, it’s tough.
But watch them.
Be aware. Build your situational awareness up to its peak.
If you’re able to catch one of these signals we talked about, you’ll be able to identify even a seasoned veteran with a concealed handgun.
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