If you have decided to apply for a permit to conceal and carry, then you have joined thousands of individuals who have decided to empower themselves and take control of their own security. A concealed carry firearm is a powerful step in personal security and protecting the ones you love.
Many persons start in firearm training through concealed and carry classes. While a conceal carry class is a good start in sensitizing and raising the awareness of how to use a firearm it is not necessarily a training class. You can think of this class similar to Drivers education where it teaches you the basics of driving but additional practice is and experience is needed to become good at it. It is therefore recommended that you continue with advance firearm training or advanced tactical training to get to the comfort level needed to properly handle a firearm.
The concealed and carry class is a must and there are some things to keep in mind before your first class. One of the issues to consider with a concealed and carry weapon is how will you carry your gun. There are a number of pros and cons for each option and only you can determine what the best solution is as this will form part of your plan for self-defense.
The other issue to consider is where to store your gun while at home. This is especially critical where you have a family with small children. One of the highly recommended options is to choose a quick access safe for guns as these safes are able to be kept in a bedside table for easy access but at the same time it remains inaccessible from curious little hands.
It is also strongly recommended that you purchase concealed carry insurance. While it is unlikely you may ever have to use it, it is still critical to have it and never need it than to not have it and then want it. Be sure to do research on insurance since not all concealed carry insurance are the same.
Finally after the concealed carry classes it is important to move onto to advanced tactical firearms training. This training helps hone skills such as situational awareness and allow you to be more conscious of your surroundings. Remember that avoidance of a situation is the best offensive that can be used. This can only be done if you remain vigilant.