5 Secrets of Concealed Carry

  • Beau Doboszenski, Owner/Lead Instructor

  • Originally published February 23rd, 2018

While I've been carrying a concealed handgun on my person almost every day for the last 13 years, my whole mindset about concealed carry is 100% different today than it used to be. This evolution took me a ton of headache, heartache, time, expense, and regret as I worked to correct all the errors I made starting out.

I started carrying the same way that many do. I was just out of the service, and I was young, cocky, and overconfident in my abilities. I listened to well-meaning advice and made decisions on my own, which ultimately created far more problems than they solved. Things like buying a particular firearm because that’s what “gun ninjas” use, upgrading to new tools instead of working on my skill, looking for training based solely on the instructor’s “pedigree,” and thinking that accuracy on the range would ensure my success as a Citizen Defender.

Three years in, I met an instructor who started me down a new path. After a decade of hard work and serious self-reflection, I’ve finally scraped away all of the problems and the scars that I made in those first 3 years and I feel more confident than ever in my ability to protect myself and my family when it truly matters.

Are you making the same errors now that I did 13 years ago?

You might notice that you're not where you should be in capability, confidence, or competence, but you’re not sure why. 

Or maybe you’re contemplating how to begin your concealed carry journey but don’t know how to separate the truth from the hype. 

You might know someone who is thinking of starting this journey and you want to make sure they’re doing it safely.

Worst of all, you might feel confident that you can defend yourself, while in reality you’re no better off than a novice because all your training has been focused on the wrong thing

I want to offer you some of the most important observations I have made through 13 years of carrying concealed, including what I learned over 10 years as a professional instructor, observing thousands of students. These 5 secrets will help you avoid the pain I had to go through to fix all of these mistakes, and help you fast forward to being a confident, effective Citizen Defender.

The 5 secrets of concealed carry are:

  • Don't follow the crowd

  • Don't chase after guns or calibers

  • Training over gear

  • Brain over gun

  • There is so much MORE to concealed carry defense than shooting

After spending days trying to articulate each of these secrets to help you understand and implement them, the result was a newsletter too long for even the most avid reader. Instead, I created this brief video.

Honestly, this might be the most important video I’ve ever recorded. Understanding these secrets can transform your capability, your confidence, and your competence as a Citizen Defender.

Don’t make mistakes in your training. Your life may one day depend on how you’ve internalized these 5 concepts.