When we talk about staging a defensive firearm, we’re normally talking about a firearm that’s off your body, a firearm that’s loaded, or unloaded but with a magazine next to it, or in a quick-access safe, or in a bag you carry with you.

Staging a Concealed Carry Firearm

But you stage a concealed carry firearm when there’s an imminent threat — not an actual threat but when you are fairly sure something is wrong and you want better access to your firearm. By staging the firearm, you do not have to move your concealment garment, put your hand on your firearm, and present it.

There may be times when you are not completely blindsided by a threat,but when you have recognized the warning signs of trouble. This is when you can stage your concealed carry firearm and be ready to defend yourself if needed.

What Does the Staged Position Look Like?

When you have recognized an imminent threat, get into a position of advantage — behind concealment or cover if possible, then open up or move aside your concealment garments to expose your firearm. Next put your hand on the gun and defeat any retention devices. At this point you are staged and prepared to draw.

Watch this video for more detailed information on what situations you would stage a concealed carry firearm in, what the difference between this and open carry is, what trigger checking is, an explanation of the different stages of readiness, and more. Check our other videos for more handgun training topics.