Concealed Carry Gear
While practice and training are the most important factor of success when concealed carrying, getting the right accessories certainly can help. Not only does it help, but it can make life more convenient and comfortable.
Below are some of our recommendations for concealed carry gear and accessories. While not every item listed below has been put through long testing periods, the ones that we haven't have been brought to our attention by some trusted friends and family.
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Holsters are a staple for concealed carriers. If you have a good holster you carry more and are more comfortable throughout the day. Many people, myself included, have a pile of holster we had to go through until we found the right one for us. Hopefully these listed below will minimize the amount you have to buy.
To read our full article on buying a concealed carry holster, check out Best Concealed Carry Holsters. There we cover what to look for in a holster, as well as give some of our recommendations. We also have our review on Tulster holsters as well.
Tulster Holsters: Very high quality kydex holsters. I have one of these for my Glock 19, Glock 43, and my Sig P365. The one for my G43 is the TLR-6 version. I love that they rounded the corners and cut out any un-needed kydex to make these as minimal as possible. Very comfortable for a kydex holster.
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Tulster Mag Carrier: I have both the single stack version and the double stack. Make sure you choose the one you are looking for as they are slightly different.
Stealthgear Ventcore: While these are more expensive than most people want to spend, they do offer EXTREME comfort. I own one of these and will admit, they provide great cushion. EDIT: Stealthgear has recently lowered the price on these, they are much more affordable now.
ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band: I found a few ladies that really liked this. They said they liked wearing it while they jogged.
Safariland 7TS ALS OWB: I did have to add an OWB holster option. I LOVE the ALS system. When I carry OWB this is what I use.
Desantis Nemesis Pocket Holster: We added a pocket holster here per some requests. The Desantis Nemesis is made to grip the pocket well, and at the same time it breaks up the outline of the gun so it doesn't show through he pocket.
Anyone who has worn a belt designed for concealed carry will tell you...once you wear one you will never go back to your Walmart belt while carrying. This is one of the most important areas to go for quality in my opinion. If you are looking for more info on gun belts and what we recommend, check out our article Best Gun Belts For Concealed Carry.
Hanks Extreme Leather Gun Belt: Hanks has MANY different varieties. If you don't like the one listed here, search around...they have one to fit your needs.
Aegis Enhanced Ares Belt: I first heard about this belt from some popular YouTubers. Boy am I glad I did. Great belt...especially for someone like me who is not a big fan of the leather belts. I love that you don't have to worry about being 'between' sizes! We have a review on this belt if you are interested. Spoiler...I LOVED IT!
Protect your ears...you will thank me later. If you have not read our article on hearing protection, feel free to check it out on the dangers of shooting without some form of protection.
Walkers Razor Slim: I use these because the combine comfort and function at a low cost. If you are just looking to muffle sound, then just grab some cheap $10 set of muffs. If you want to be able to hear others around you talk, while at the same time blocking the firearms sound...then get this electronic pair for under $50.
Walkers Low Profile Passive Folding Muff: These are the cheap set of muffs listed above. I own a couple pairs of these that I tossed in my range bag for any family/guests that may end up with me while shooting. They work great for what they are...and for under $10.
If you carry a gun because you might have to use it to save a life, then you certainly should carry a tourniquet. You have a higher chance of needing one of these than your firearm. Below are a couple of our recommendations for what to buy, however make sure you also get some training on how to use them. Check your local gun range for classes, and study up at home.
CAT Combat Application Tourniquet - GEN 7: This is one of the most popular because it works. Grab at least one of these and have it on hand. Also, don't forget the training.
RATS Rapid Application Tourniquet System: If you have small children or animals at home I would grab at least one of these. They tend to work better on small limbs. However, I do much prefer the CAT for adults. Many people do like to carry these though, as they tend to be smaller and easier to carry on your person. If a CAT is too large for you to carry, then at least grab one of these.
While taking your firearms and accessories to the range you have many options. We even have a great article on range bags. For the condensed version of your best options, just read on below. I have listed a Higher end, lower end, and a rifle bag. You can't go wrong with any of these three.
5.11 Tactical Range Bag: While the Vertx Bag was at the top of our list in our article on range bags, I went with this 5.11 bag because it is much more reasonably priced. Not only do you get a ton of room and storage options, 5.11 makes high quality stuff.
Osage River Range Bag: This bag is a little less expensive than the 5.11 bag but you still get some great storage options. However this bag is slightly smaller than the 5.11...so if you don't have as much gear to bring to the range this may be the bag for you.
3V Gear Ranger Rifle Case: If you bring a rifle or shotgun with you to the range at all, this is the bag you will want. I have this bag and use it all the time. Great storage space! You can fit a few handguns, couple rifles, and tons of ammo and accessories.
Like we mentioned in our bedside gun safe article...it is important to have your gun locked up. This is especially important if you have any little ones that live in, or visit your house.
Vaultek Ve20: Quick access, highly secure...and a few bells and whistles. You can also upgrade and get the bio-metric version...but I like the keypad myself.
GunVault SV500 SpeedVault: This safe is unique as it can be bolted to the side of a nightstand or bed and allows very quick access. This also comes in keypad and bio-metric versions.
As I always say..."You wouldn't drive a car without car insurance, so don't own a gun without self defense insurance". I did the research on the major companies and ended up purchasing the elite level coverage from USCCA Self-Defense Shield. I'm very happy with my purchase and love the perks that come with their coverage. You can also choose to pay monthly or yearly. If you choose yearly you can save some good money.
USCCA Self-Defense Shield: Not only does this come with the best coverage for your dollar, but has some GREAT perks as well ( I love the magazine subscription that comes with it). Some of the features I liked best include:
There is no substitute for live training. However, training at home is always helpful. The right DVD set can help you practice and improve your concealed carry experience.
The Armed American Training Series: I own this 6 disc set. From "Home Security and Home Defense" to "Gun Laws and You"...its tough to beat this amount of quality home education for only $47 and free shipping!
Unless you walk around with night vision goggles, a gun light is a good idea. It is hard to know what you are pointing your firearm at if you can't see it. If you don't want to check out our full article Guide to Best Pistol Lights then we have a couple of options below.
Streamlight TLR-6: I have this on my Glock 43 and I love it! The small footprint is what makes this light amazing.
Streamlight TLR-1 HL: This one I sometimes have on my Glock 19. It is very bright. The only negative is that it is larger than the TLR-6...so if you are looking to go minimalist then to with the TLR-6. If you want TONS of light...then this is for you!
Most of the time, the sights that come on your firearm will work great. However, if you are like me and own a Glock, you may want to consider getting new sights. Factory Glock sights tend to be ok at best, and have a history of breakage. New sights are not necessary, but sure can make it a little easier to get on target and not have a need to worry about breakage.
Trijicon HD Sights: Quite a few friends of mine swear by these. I have only used them a handful of times and they seemed to be pretty nice.
AmeriGlo Sights: I got these in the Green Protector version. LOVE them! The bonus is they are about half the price of the top shelf Trijicon sights listed above. They may not be equal to the Trijicons, but they sure are not only half the quality. Go with these if you can't afford the Trijicons.
NcStar Universal Rear Sight Tool: This is a great tool to help remove and set rear sights on your handgun. No need to pound or pry...just buy this tool and save yourself the hassle.
CONCEALED CARRY BACKPACKS
Off body carry can sometimes be frowned upon in the concealed carry community. This viewpoint has its merits, but doesn't take into account the whole picture. There are some instances where a concealed carry backpack is great to have. I use mine for storing a backup or when I used to work in an office that didn't allow concealed carry.
To view our complete article on purchasing...check out Best Concealed Carry Backpacks.
Vertx EDC Gamut Bag: This bag was BUILT for concealed carry. Check out this YouTube video and you will see why. It is on the expensive side, but if you are going to be using it every day, it may be worth it.
5.11 COVRT18 Backpack: This is the bag I use. You don't want a bag that screams 'tactical', just one that functions well and looks stylish. This is it. I put in a velcro holster and mag carrier and I was set.
CONCEALED CARRY PURSES
Like mentioned above, carrying off body can sometimes be frowned upon. However, sometimes women have a need to carry in their purse. If that is you, or your significant other, I would check out these options.
Valkri Juno Concealed Carry Purse: Stylish and functional. This purse was designed for concealed carry and gives you what you need.
Roma Leathers Locking Concealment Purse: This comes in many colors, and has an affordable price tag. My wife likes this one, and says it has a ton of space.
If you don't see your favorite item, let us know in the comments down below.