Ah the beginning of January! That time when we reflect on the events of the past year, do an in-depth study of ourselves and resolve to get rid of bad habits and develop better ones. The same is true for Concealed weapons carriers. This is a good time to evaluate what bad gun habits you want to break and make some new resolutions to improve your gun knowledge and skills. Here are 10 resolutions you’ll want to consider:
I will take more shooting lessons.
All too many gun owners don’t take sufficient time to develop their shooting skills. Just like anything in life, practice makes perfect. In order to keep your skills sharp, you need to make it a habit to practice. Don’t assume you “know it all”. Go take some shooting lessons and learn something new.
I will carry more.
People with concealed carry permits do not always carry. It does takes a fair amount of preparation to carry concealed, however if you don’t carry, the gun you bought to protect yourself with is pretty useless. The more often you carry, the more comfortable you will become with a firearm on your person.
If you haven’t gotten your carry permit, now is the time to sign up for a permitting course and get your permit.
I will avoid dangerous situations.
Protecting yourself and your loved ones does not mean unnecessarily confronting or provoking “bad guys”. If you ever had to defend yourself in court for shooting someone, you need to be able to prove that you did everything possible to avoid the altercation before having to draw your gun and shoot.
I will be ready.
One of the greatest skills a concealed carrier can develop is situational awareness. Pay attention to what is going on around you so that should a dangerous situation develop, you are ready to defend you and loved ones.
I will secure and document my guns.
If you are a gun owner, it is your responsibility to know where your guns are, make sure they are stored safely and maintain them so that work properly.
Make sure you take a photograph of every gun you own and they you have the original receipt for all of them so you can prove ownership. Each of your guns should be insured.
When not in use, guns should be secured in a locked gun cabinet or a safe.
I will maintain my gun.
Not many people want to sit around cleaning their guns but that gun might be required to save your life one day, so make sure it’s cleaned. If you don’t keep your gun maintained, it might jam when your need it. You should clean your guan about every 500 rounds. Keep records of your round counts so you will know when to schedule cleanings.
I will teach my children gun safety.
Small children should be taught that guns are not toys and that they should never touch a gun unless an adult is present. When a child is mature enough, they need to know a little more. Start with the 4 basic rules of gun safety and work up from there.
Kids are curious and if you don’t teach them about gun safety, they are likely to play around with them when they around guns. That is just a recipe for tragedy. Be responsible and teach your children how to stay safe around guns.
I will actively protect my rights to own and use a gun.
If you have not already done so, join a legitimate gun rights group in your state. Call, write and email your legislators and urge them to vote for pro gun legislation. Donate to and support pro-gun rights political candidates.
I will buy the right holster and gun.
Some people don’t carry their gun because they don’t feel they have the right gun or don’t have a comfortable holster. Do some research online and find out the differences and advantages of different guns and holster. Talk to other shooters and ask what they like about their guns. Go to a shooting range and check out their gun shop. Finally, Try on a few holsters and test out a few guns.
I will introduce someone new to becoming a concealed carrier.
Sharing your knowledge of shooting and the benefits of being a concealed carrier with someone that is unfamiliar with guns is opening their minds to guns and how they work. You are enabling that person to become master of his or her own personal safety. Be sure to point them toward a good concealed carry training course like the those provided by the National Carry Academy.