If you've been reading our articles or listening to the podcast for any period of time now, you've likely heard at least one of us say that car holsters (and magnets) are generally a bad idea. In fact I'll go out on a limb and take it a step further by saying you should just leave your gun holstered on your body all day, every day.
The only time you should take it off is when you're going to bed at night.
In fact, I don't even take my gun off when I'm in the bathroom. Of course, something like this depends largely on your holster and where you carry on your body. If you carry appendix (in front) you may not have a choice. Jacob goes more into going to the bathroom with your gun in this article. Check that one out, as I attempt to get back on target in this article.
When you make the decision to carry a concealed gun you do so with the understanding that there is a give and take relationship going on. You get the ability to protect yourself with your gun if ever needed by giving up some of your comfort.
I know I'm about to upset some of you and that's okay because this needs to be said … if your holster or the place where you carry your gun is so uncomfortable that you can't sit down with it for long periods of time then you need a new setup.
It's that simple. You should be able to sit for longer periods of time with your gun. And if you can't you need to figure something out.
I've driven from Pennsylvania to Florida and back again while carrying a full size pistol on my waist. If my 300 pound rear end can do it then so can you.
The danger of removing your gun:
There are several things going on here that we don't like. First and foremost on the list is that you don't retain control of your gun. One of the most important aspects about concealed carry, and doing it responsibly, is that you retain control of your gun at all times.
When the gun is holstered on your body you have control of it. It's not just going to willy nilly dislodge itself from you. It's stuck to your body until you take it off.
However, if you take your gun off your body, either by removing the entire thing with the holster or just the gun itself, you lose control of it unless you secure it in an immoveable safe (and even this can be a problem if it somehow comes loose during an accident).
The reason why I word things the way I do is because, while you may set out in the morning to not get into an accident, you cannot control the people around you who may be under some influence of a substance or sending text messages or Lord knows what else behind the wheel.
If you get into an accident your gun may go flying. It may land outside of the vehicle, or anywhere else around you. In a rush of adrenaline who can say that they wouldn't accidentally pick their gun up by pressing the trigger? You know better than that, and you know you shouldn't touch the trigger, but can you prevent it after getting into an accident?
If there is any question in your mind, and there should be because even the most calm of people are a mess of emotions and adrenaline after getting into a car wreck, then you need to keep your gun holstered on your body.
I think I beat that previous topic into the ground so I'll move on to the next one. If your gun is not on your body and you need to defend yourself with it, your chances of being able to do so go down.
For example, if you're suddenly the victim of a car jacking and your gun is in your glove box on the other side of the vehicle, you will not be able to use it to defend yourself at any point.
So we recommend having your gun on your body and hopefully you've also trained getting it out of the holster at least a few times, as well, so that you know what you're actually doing.
You may not put it back on, if it's a quick run:
The reason why you carry a gun is for self-defense. If you're at a gas station and need to run in to use the restroom, are you really willing to strap your gun to you first? I mean, you know it's just going to be a quick thing so, is it worth it to put your gun on?
A lot of folks may not justify the time it takes to put their gun on for a short time. But what happens if the store is robbed while you're in there and you walk out of the bathroom to find a few masked robbers holding the clerk at gun point?
Yeah you just found yourself up that creek.
But if you never took your gun off to begin with you wouldn't have that problem.
At the end of the day you have to do what you're comfortable with. However, we strongly suggest that you carry on your body even when in your car and if you're not comfortable with your current rig that you find a setup that you are comfortable with.
This is easier said than done, however, but is worth the effort. Leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.