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“In an hour-long class there’s only enough time to provoke thought,” Dave Young says—which he then proceeded to do in spades.
You can’t just have one method of weapon and concealment. Concealment carry requires different clothing, accessories and activities that must be considered.
People who carry concealed weapons often reveal the presence of the weapon with their behaviour. They pat their gun, adjust their pants, check themselves in mirrors, tie shoes that are already tied and clutch purses and backpacks.
“Should you have a retention snap when carrying a concealed weapon?” asks Young.
The audience was divided.
Again, says Young, you must consider what you’re doing. If you’re in a situation where you’ll need to shoot at a distance, retaining the weapon is less crucial. You might also consider carrying a larger gun.
But if you’re going to be in a situation where you’ll be moving, running, bumping into people—retaining the weapon is essential.
Ankle carry? If you’re working in a situation where you’ll be sitting the preponderance of your time, ankle carry makes sense because your hand is close the weapon.
“It’s called the 80/20 rule,” says Young. If 80 percent of your time is spent doing one thing, cater your concealed weapon to this activity.