WHAT TO KNOW IF YOU PACK

Field and Stream - - HANDGUN GUIDE -

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.

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