Concealed Carry

When the time comes to defend yourself, make sure you're reaching for the right tools and utilizing the best techniques. Whether you want product suggestions or concealed carry considerations, you can find it here.

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The foundation of our nation lies in the right of each citizen to life and liberty. While we appreciate and are tremendously thankful for the services our law enforcement provides, in the heat of the moment the quickest responder is you. Whether at home or a convenience store, being able to protect yourself and loved ones with a firearm can be the most effective method of security. It takes mental toughness, preparation and responsibility.

Today the ability to carry a concealed firearm is more popular and accessible than ever, with more than 16 million people having a concealed carry permit and several states moving to a system where no permit is required to conceal a firearm.

Shall vs. May

Shall Issue

State issues permit if person meets background requirements

May Issue

State can choose to NOT issue permit even if person meets requirements

Constitutional Carry

No permit required to conceal carry if firearm is purchased legally

Shall Issue
May Issue
Constitutional Carry

Notification in Traffic Stop

If you get pulled over by an officer and have a legally concealed firearm on you, what do you do? Pulling it out and showing it to the officer isn’t a good idea. The laws vary from state to state. Some require you to only notify the officer if he or she asks. Other states require you to inform the officer without being asked. Yet some don’t require it at all or it varies by the city or county.

The next time you go on a road trip, make sure to check the laws of each state that you travel through.

If Asked

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota
South Dakota
West Virginia
District of Columbia

No Duty


Required to Notify

North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina

Varies by City or County

New York

Concealed Carry in America

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use resource to share with a friend new to concealed carry or are just looking for general guidance yourself, download this handy infographic. It’s important to note, however, that laws do change and there may be more specific stipulations in your state on concealed carry, such as not being able to carry in a government building or in a place earning more than half its income from alcohol sales. This information should only be seen as general guidance that is easier to digest.

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Download the Infographic

Concealment Considerations

Carrying your pistol concealed is definitely not a one-size-fits-all decision. So, what are the best ways to carry concealed? Well, that depends on what gun you choose to carry, how you are planning to dress and what kind of activities you intend to engage in while carrying.

Pistol Preferences

The first decision to make is what gun you are going to carry, and, again, we all have our personal preferences. Gun make and model may dictate how you carry concealed. It would be difficult to carry your full-size 1911 TRP™ Operator® with a full-length accessory rail and an attached, pistol-mounted light on your ankle—all under your skinny jeans.

Take the XD-S® for an example of a primary-carry gun—it’s one of the most versatile pistols for concealment. You can use virtually any concealment technique with this pistol, as it has both a short barrel and a short, thin grip, while still remaining very shootable.

Other Considerations

  • CONCEALABILITY – Is the gun hidden from view?
  • SAFETY – Does the carry technique provide a safe way for you to carry the gun?
  • COMFORT – Can you comfortably wear the gun for several hours?
  • EASE OF ACCESS – Can you get to the gun in an acceptable time frame?
  • RETENTION – Will the gun be safely retained in the holster, especially during some type of rigorous activity?
  • RE-HOLSTERING – Can you safely re-holster the gun?
  • CLOTHING – Will your clothing allow for the carry method you have chosen?
  • MOBILITY – Does the carry technique interfere with your mobility? If so, be prepared to deal with it.

Training for multiple threats

Let's get a little more advanced. While we all hope we never have to use our concealed carry pistol, in the event that it does happen you need to be mentally and physically prepared to appropriately respond to the situation. Taking a class from a professional wouldn't be a bad idea. However, our pros Rob Leatham and Rob Pincus have great tips in the instructional series Worlds Collide.

Here they train for multiple threats.

Anatomy of a CCW draw

When and where legal, there are many positives to carrying a pistol concealed. Chief among them is the lowered visibility to the outside world. The whole point of concealed carry is to be discreetly armed.

When it comes to drawing your concealed firearm, though, how do the experts do it? What’s the safest and most efficient way?

Download the Springfield Armory e-book now, and our experts will show you, step by step, exactly how to draw like a pro.

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Ready to choose your concealed carry pistol?

There are plenty of options for you to choose from, including compacts, sub-compacts, 1911s and polymers. Here's a list of products we've chosen for you that would make a great fit for concealed carry.

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