5 Paid Gun-Related Tools and Items That Will Improve Your Experience

There are many different tools that every serious gun owner and concealed gun carrier should look into. Some of these are tools that will ensure you take your skills to the next level, while others are just there to make your life easier and more efficient.

We all have things that we like more than others and the following five items are just some of the tools that I suggest to all gun owners, especially those who want to carry a gun for self-protection.

It is my hope that this list will somehow make your experience better. Let's take a look —

Maglula Magazine Loader:

Stuffing your magazines with precious ammo is easier for some than it is for others. For me, I only run into a problem when I'm in the middle of a class and have to load 1,000 or so rounds over the course of two days. And I can say that at the end of day two when I'm above the 800 round count, my fingers don't really want to work like they should.

It's at this point when I wish I had a magazine loader to help aid my fingers with their, at that point, limited dexterity. Having a magazine loader if you struggle to load magazines has huge benefit to keeping your fingers working properly.

There is no shame if you do struggle to load your magazines. And if you do struggle, you should seriously consider getting a device to help you.

You can find one for sale, here.

LaserDot Trainer:

One of the most important things you can be doing is training with the gun that you carry. With the ammo shortage in full swing, it's getting harder for each of us to keep shooting.

This makes something like the LaserDot Trainer that much more important to have. You can insert this thing into your own cleared firearm and practice, seeing where your shots land in real time.

You can find the LaserDot Trainer, here.

Gun Belt:

I've long held that one of the most important things you can buy for your concealed carry (or even open carry) gun is a gun belt. If you carry a gun on your hip in any position a gun belt will make a huge difference in your experience.

A proper gun belt will be rigid enough to keep your gun up around your waist line and prevent it from sagging and moving at all. This is one of those things that needs to be experienced in order to be properly understood, and any reputable gun instructor will recommend that you use some sort of gun belt.

You can find some really good examples of gun belts, here.

Type 3 Malfunction Round:

Hopefully you've been practicing clearing malfunctions in your defensive training. Because the truth of the matter is that anything that can go wrong in a defensive encounter, will go wrong. Also, it will never go how you think it will. So, it's important to train for malfunctions because they do happen.

Most malfunctions can be easily trained with a little know how. Here's the thing though, one of the types of malfunctions is difficult to train for and has been for decades.

Thus, giving the Type 3 the nickname: The Mother of all Malfunctions. There is now a dummy round on the market that allows you to train for this, and you can find out more about it here.

Gun Books:

There are two books that I recommend to gun owners across the country that are imperative to understanding the laws of self-defense and traveling with your gun. I have a hard time picking out which one is more important, so I'll briefly cover both of them.

They're both important.

The Law of Self-Defense is a book by attorney Andrew Branca who is considered by many, me included, to be the foremost authority on the subject of self-defense law. This book is a must read to anyone, especially if you're new to concealed carry. Find it here.

The next one is called Legal Boundaries By State, and it's a book that we put together and keep updated as changes roll out to the gun laws across the country. Understanding the gun laws in a state you're traveling to or through is of utmost importance and this explains the information on each state in an easy to understand format.

Learn more about Legal Boundaries by State, here.


There are many different tools to help you along your way in your concealed carry journey, and the ones listed will ensure you're taking your skills and knowledge to the next level.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Ric on November 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    It is true there are many things that can assist a person in the care and handling of a firearm. The big problem is how business handle what is going on and it preturbs me that many business create a bigger profit margin when things become a necessary item which intern becomes a burden on seniors and because of that trend I can not replace my gun belt because of cost. I am 80+ and to purchase a steel core gun belt means my wife or I would have to not get meds required. I guess they will stick with those young ones who put Biden in will encourage changes to the Constitution, think about, and sleep well.

    • Jacob Paulsen on November 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      Ric, that is a fair comment but it isn’t a consistent observation. Ammunition for example has pitiful profit margins. You mentioned a belt, and while some are very expensive there are affordable options. The Foundation belt for example is amazing and costs $45. All things in time according to one’s own budget of course.

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