The right gun accessories can make a big difference when carrying a concealed firearm. It’s not uncommon to find a new gun owner who spent hours researching what handgun to purchase, what finish to select or what caliber to purchase, only to give little to no thought on the accessories.
The Holster does More than Hold the Handgun
Not enough can be said about the need for a good, quality holster. Holding the handgun is just the start of the function. A holster needs to be stable, not moving around on the belt of under clothing. If it does move, the owner may feel the shift and be tempted to re-adjust it. That leaves open the possibility that someone may notice that you are carrying a firearm. Many scenarios can stem from that and most of them aren’t convenient or favorable to the gun owner.
Additionally, a quality holster helps position the gun so that it can be accessed quickly and easily, while also presenting the pistol’s grip in a way that allows a solid purchase on it before the draw begins. While it is true that situations may arise that prevent the ideal grip, your holster shouldn’t be what causes it to be less than ideal.
Spare Magazines are a Must
Sometimes a gun owner will tell themselves that the magazine in the gun is sufficient. They’ll quote statistics about the number of rounds fired in an "average gunfight" or use lack of storage or convenience excuses to not carry a spare magazine for their pistol.
A spare magazine does, of course, provide the gun owner with extra ammunition, but it provides another very important function: an alternative.
One of the most common causes of a malfunction in a semi-automatic pistol is the magazine. The spring may be weak from being compressed for long periods of time and not present the next round properly to be fed into the chamber. Dirt and grit may have worked their way into the magazine and prevent it from functioning properly. No matter what caused the magazine to create or contribute to a malfunction, the fastest, most effective answer to that malfunction is to drop the old magazine and insert a fresh one.
That simple solution becomes much more difficult when your spare magazine is in your glove compartment instead of on your person. That’s where a high quality magazine carrier comes into play.
Carry Magazine Carriers, Too
Simply dropping a spare magazine into your pocket isn’t a good alternative. Aside from all the lint and gunk the magazine will pick up (which leads to pistol malfunctions), it doesn’t keep the magazine in a fixed position. A quality magazine carrier will keep the magazine in the same place, facing the same way, every time. This prevents you from having to look at the magazine or mistakenly try to put it in backwards. Many people worry about being fast without realizing that smooth is fast. The consistency of the carrier helps your reloading and reaction to malfunctions become smooth.
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