WHAT TO KNOW IF YOU PACK
Kevin Michalowski, executive editor of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry magazine (USCCA.com), certified pistol instructor, and activeduty law enforcement officer, recommends carrying the same gun, in the same way, every day—whether you’re in the woods or in town. “We suggest people carry their defensive firearm on their strong-side hip,” he says. “It’s easiest to access there, and it’s the safest draw stroke. Shoulder and cross-draw holsters require you to draw across your body, and when you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to forget trigger-finger discipline.”
Just as crucial as picking the right gun or holster is understanding the implications that come with armed selfdefense. Self-defense laws differ from one state to the next, and you need to know them if you’re traveling for a hunt. And seek training. “Many people who’ve been around firearms their entire life have no concept of what it means to fight for your life with a gun,” Michalowski says. “Defensive skills, like other shooting skills, are perishable. If you don’t practice, you will lose them.” —W.B.