Staging Your Concealed Carry Firearm

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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.

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11 Responses to “Staging Your Concealed Carry Firearm”

  1. Andy

    Which model XD was that in this latest video, if you don’t mind sharing. Thanks.

    • Customer Service

      Hello Andy,

      That is a Springfield Armory XDs 4.0 in 9mm.


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  2. Bobby Wayne Simser

    How do you sit with that holstered in front as seen in this video? It has to be uncomfortable sticking into your gut!

    • Customer Service

      Hi Bobby. Body type definitely plays a part in using appendix carry but finding the right holster does too. There are many people carrying an appendix inside the waistband holster daily who are far from having a “washboard” stomach. The first step in physical comfort with this position is getting a holster that is specifically made for AIWB.

  3. mgkoenig

    Great video! Thanks for sharing!

    I’m curious as to what holster you are using in this video. Care to enlighten me?

      • GhostRecon

        If there are people arguing inside a convenience store where things could get dicey, why not simply leave and take your business elsewhere, especially if you are in the presence of a loved one?

        • slammadew

          That’s certainly a potentially valid response. In the video he was simply providing some possible “what ifs” for the sake of the discussion (at least that’s my take). Whether you get involved in a lethal force situation when it’s not you or a loved one threatened is a personal decision and subject the specific circumstances. I don’t think that was really the point of this video.

    • Customer Service

      The laws on brandishing is defined differently depending on state and in some cases jurisdiction within the state. It is advised to consult with an attorney for clarification. That said, this video was talking about staging if you find yourself in a situation such as described, one where there is a high probability you could be dealing with a lethal threat if attention is turned to you.

  4. Bob

    I slightly disagree. Involved in law enforcement for 34 years, we would display a weapon to get someone to back down. As a civilian, your best weapon is surprise. I would not display or draw unless I am pulling the trigger. Anything short of that suspect who could be either suicidel or an ex con may challenge you even with the gun pulled, then what? I have taught civilians, never display your weapon until you are discharging a round. The last thing the suspect should see is muzzle flash. Sorry hard, but true.

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