Top 10 Concealed Carry Mistakes

Top 10 Concealed Carry Mistakes

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Michael Martin, author of Concealed Carry and Home Defense, and Tim Schmidt, president, and founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association talk about the Top Ten Concealed Carry Mistakes, don’ts and blunders which many responsibly armed Americans can often find themselves falling into.

This quick and easy concealed carry video could be the difference between life and death, being in jail or the ability to walk away a free citizen. The United States Concealed Carry Association is the number one resource for the responsibly armed American to educate, train, equip, and Legally Protect themselves to carry a weapon in self-defense. The full list of the top ten mistakes are:

#1 Selecting the Wrong Firearm for You
#2 Making a Personal Protection Plan Only About Firearms Training and Not About Conflict Avoidance and Situational Awareness
#3 Finding the Right Gun but the Wrong Holster
#4 Believing You’ve Ever Had Enough Training
#5 Doing the Wrong Kind of Training
#6 Not Preparing for the Legal and Financial Aftermath of a Self Defense Shooting
#7 Not Testing Your Self Defense Ammo
#8 Not Building Consistency into Your Carry Practices
#9 Not Properly Maintaining Your Carry Gun and Ammunition
#10 Not Understanding Your State’s Laws or the Laws of States You Might Visit



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  1. Kenneth Groves on November 3, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Gun control is a steady hand,always keep it clean and loaded practice on a can,avoiding a conflict is virtue and a life saving suggestion.always remember guns kill..if an intruder is a threat,quickly think high or low,meaning if you have the upper hand shoot low for the legs if not,shoot to end life.

  2. Sheila Larkin on November 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    I attended college in the late ‘60&’70’s majoring in Criminal Law/Justice. The most significant point taught was that most “victims create the opportunity for the bad guys to attack”. Victims lack the awareness and planning to be safe. I coach friends and family members on the importance of not allowing a perpetrator to commit any sort of crime against them. We all have choices and are responsible for ourselves.

  3. doughesson on November 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Because I am routinely riding city buses for the time being, people will notice that I’m not a"regular"rider & approach me to ask for money.
    They start their approach when my head is down but pull up short when I "raise periscope" to look around.
    If possible,I stand with my back to the bus stop shelter or anything that can prevent someone from getting within arm’s reach from behind me.

  4. buisyman on November 3, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Best way to survive a gun fight is to not be there. I carry a gun to save your life. If I use the gun, you[‘ll probably survive. If I have to use my hands and feet, your chance of surviving drops drastically.

  5. Josh Boudreau on November 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Looking to buy. What about a defense weapon that won’t deafen you, robbing you of one of your most important senses?

  6. Gulpin on November 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I carry an M32 rotary grenade launcher wherever I go. I hope I never have to use it, but if I do, the bad guys will be sorry.

  7. David Dean on November 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm


  8. marcusbburleson on November 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with profiling. The problem occurs when you make the innocent profiled person face consequences for your profiling

  9. Todd Volpe on November 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    You cut the video, really?

    Keeping the subscription cutting the notifications. Consider yourself on double secret probation.
    (Animal House reference the movie)

  10. U4RIA - Coolguy8623 on November 3, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Gotta have a big leather belt tho….

  11. Pablo T-R on November 3, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Need an updated video for Texas. It’s September 1, 2021, and pistol carry is a virtual free-for-all now here, and mistakes will be increased.

  12. James Hanlon on November 3, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I disagree with these two guys. You can’t say that this individual causes me some concern with out a degree of profiling. I’m not saying that you have to do it a-la FBI (BAU) level, but a small one.

  13. Armadas Interceptor on November 3, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Im black, I aint finni spend all my money training all year.

    I learn the law

    I leaen how to point my weapon and thats it

    By the way I chose my gun well, I got the biggest baddest coolest, most round in magazine gun I could find. I aint shootin no little bitty b!tch gun.

  14. Memories to Music on November 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    You must be psychologically fit to pull the trigger. One thing that can kill someone is that millisecond of hesitation that the bad guy doesn’t have.

  15. USCCA on November 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm

  16. Aurelio Jimenez on November 3, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    hey you want a mission,real bad person

  17. Ghost_user on November 3, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I have a gun with me at all times on road trips, I don’t care what each state’s laws are. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. At least I’ll be there to cross it

  18. Cj F on November 3, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I really am loving the channel, I am new to having an EDC but I grew up learning gun safety. These are all questions I’ve been asking myself as a new carrier, about conflict avoidance, situational awareness, best general practice for responsible self defense. Thanks for providing your experience and guidance. The 2nd to Last thing I want is to hurt somebody, but the first is to let somebody hurt me.

  19. crash burn on November 3, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Being aware of the area, I also notice people NOT aware and heading for trouble.
    One of the biggest mistakes is wearing phones and being lost in a fog.

  20. Shogo King on November 3, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Don’t be that idiot gangster and shove a loaded Glock down your pants

  21. Wee Wee on November 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Number one mistake in California is living in California

  22. thad windrum on November 3, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I live in a ghetto. I’m condition red all the time. How do I run away from home? I’ve been asaulted twice.

  23. OSU on November 3, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    You act like it’s a big deal to carry, I’ve been doing it since I was 12.

  24. Lustly Mariam on November 3, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Am so happy I got my gun from *immaglockdealer on wickr* some months ago thanks man am grateful

  25. SlightlyRandom on November 3, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Lots to learn and lots of responsibility

  26. Patrick Staubin on November 3, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    USCCA actually states in the fine print if they lose your court case they can sue you for all the legal fees associated with your defense…. US law shield doesnt do that BS

  27. puffin tuff on November 3, 2021 at 8:12 pm


  28. Troy Brown on November 3, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Another excellent video by the USCCA.

  29. Heart2HeartBooks on November 3, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Condition Red should be changed to Condition Black……..

  30. Off Axis Builds vw on November 3, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    wow finish your video. if you are going to call it 10 mistakes don’t stop on 2

  31. Tim on November 3, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I’d rather look like a coward then standing in court

  32. LHP Channel on November 3, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Great advice thanks but i would like to submit two more i think are missing.First practicing gun retention as one never knows if someone may grab your gun wile rounding a corner or the person who may try to grab your gun to disarm you and secondly i think the gun owner needs to learn gun disarms that actually work in the event you may need to disarm the bad guy.Having some martial arts training would be helpful as well as a final last resort just in case but be sure to choose one that teaches offensive tactics as most fights are won that way.

  33. Jack P on November 3, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Apparently I’ve matured over the years. #2 is so true. Even though I consider myself as an Alpha male, I find myself much much more likely to be concerned when armed with deescalating a confrontation than I typically would be when unarmed.

  34. Le Quyen on November 3, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Mistake #1, leaving your tools at home

  35. I B Newton on November 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Very good and sensible presentation and advice.

  36. Norman Braslow on November 3, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Rule Number One. Don’t carry unless you absolutely have to. It’s not worth the hassle, and the odds of needing a weapon are just about nil, unless you foolishly go looking for trouble.

  37. Mark M on November 3, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I can’t find the full video on the site. Is it no longer up?

  38. Gemini Dragon Reads on November 3, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I avoided a possible incident in a parking lot at my grocery store. I had a bad feeling in my gut, I turned around and looked and there was a person that was behind me, they turned and went the other way. I don’t know what would’ve happened if I hadn’t turned around snd looked them in the face, maybe nothing, maybe they were looking to rob me. But I avoided a bad situation by being aware of my surroundings and going with my gut.

  39. Rick Stewart on November 3, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Great video, we do need to put more effort into conflict avoidance.

  40. T and Z RV Life on November 3, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Great information.

  41. Aurelio Jimenez on November 3, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    i have bad luck im always gonna die your training means nothing for me

  42. Dmitriy K. on November 3, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Where is the rest of the video?

  43. Corey C on November 3, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    the guy on the left needs to lay of the s’s

  44. Sam Harper on November 3, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    That all sounds pretty complicated. I guess I’ll just be a victim.

  45. Eric Vazquez on November 3, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Profiling people is necessary, screw political correctness.

  46. Jeffrey Caulfield on November 3, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    After watching all of active self protections videos I learned that evil truly does exist and you must , I repeat you must be aware of your surroundings at all times

  47. Percival Williams on November 3, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Im so glad there are videos for people who are license to carry. Being that i am one of them and i take the rules very serious.

  48. Adam Griffin on November 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Was this filmed in a furniture store display?

  49. Mike Ibanez on November 3, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    The guy on the left needs to slow down and let the other guy talk. It’s annoying.

  50. Clandestine Private Investigations on November 3, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    A big part of Condition Yellow is to do threat assessments, of everyone, and every thing, including access and egress. I find people often miss this essential part, escape routes, and that is how they get cornered and can quickly end up in Condition Black, a body bag.