I found myself reading a Reddit /r/CCW thread this afternoon that brought up a great question regarding concealed carry for those who don’t have the budget to shoot and train a lot. The thread creator was asking about living paycheck to paycheck as it relates to concealed carry, and specifically this question:
2: do you experienced gun enthusiasts look down on people who carry in my current situation? Would you see me as a liability or an asset? On the outside looking in I can see how someone would criticize me for not having enough trigger time, I completely understand that.
I’ve witnessed this on multiple occasions over the years of being involved with different online communities. There’s a small strain of folks who take firearms training classes as a hobby, who are very vocal about getting training with [Insert former Seal Team Delta Ranger X]. Most of these instructors are well respected shooters who have a lot of accomplishments, but the problem is that classes are expensive and when you factor in time off work, ammo, travel expenses, tuition fees, etc, training is out of the realm of financial possibility for many self defense minded people.
The first rule of a gun fight is to have a gun. This means carrying it with you wherever you go.
The fact is that armed citizens tend to do a pretty good job neutralizing bad guys no matter their level of training. If all you have is a gun, enough training to be safe with it, and the credentials to carry it, you should. If you get the money down the road for training or competition, you should. Don’t let a lack of tacticool whiz-bang training keep you from carrying. I didn’t.