5 Concealed Carry Trends For 2021
Plenty of people took the plunge in 2020 and became new gun owners. In fact, gun sales reached an all time high and broke every record you can think of. Americans of all colors and walks of life recognized the importance of protecting themselves and their families by purchasing a gun.
Many of those new gun owners are also exercising their right to defend themselves at all times by applying for their CCW license. Having a CCW license is an important step in guaranteeing your safety 24/7/365. But carrying a gun everyday is a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. You should know your gun and practice often so that those around you are safe.
If you are practicing responsible gun ownership then read on because you are probably wondering what you can do to be a better shooter. Here are 5 growing CCW trends that are sure to become even more mainstream in 2021. Some will increase your accuracy, while others will make CCW more enjoyable.
It used to be that if you wanted a decent amount of rounds, you had to carry a full sized gun. Not anymore. Sub compacts are changing the concealed carry landscape buy offering a surprising amount of fire power in a small package all while staying small enough to tuck in a pocket, purse, or appendix holster.
Sig Sauer introduced the P365 a few years ago and shook up the gun world with their tiny gun that offered near full sized capacity. Then Springfield introduced the Hellcat which upped the game and now is one of the most popular guns according to Gun Broker. You also have affordable options like the Ruger Security 9 Compact and the Taurus G3C. Sub compacts are here to stay and we expect even more manufacturers to introduce small, high capacity, concealable options in 2021.
A long time debate in the gun world is how and where to carry a gun on your person. Some choose to kidney carry (near your back) or tucked inside the waistband on the hip. Others prefer to open carry, but this isn't an option in all states and some don't want to invite trouble or appear confrontational by showing a weapon.
That's why many gun owners have become more accepting of appendix carry, or carrying a gun upfront near the belt buckle. Some guys have been reluctant to carry this way due to potential safety concerns who fear the possibility of shooting themselves in the family jewels. No need to fear, appendix carry is a growing trend and in 2021 you're going to see a lot more people carrying this way.
The new wave of smaller guns are easier and more comfortable to stow up front, and many handguns are being offered with safeties that provide an extra level of protection which makes new gun owners feel safer. Holster manufactures have also upped their game and innovated so that holsters offer better levels of trigger guarding, are more comfortable, and even capable of molding to your shape so that they ride in a better position.
One reason to embrace a forward gun position is that it's just quicker to reach your weapon. Appendix carry also minimizes the risk of a weapon being taken from you if located near your back. No doubt about it, appendix carry is going to be the go to way in 2021.
It doesn't take long before even a new gun owner becomes a trigger snob. Wanting a clean and smooth trigger makes sense - it's your connection to the weapon and determines how quickly you can fire off follow up shots. Manufacturers are listening, and new models are coming out which offer smoother and cleaner triggers. Some even look good too, featuring aluminum upgrades that have been skeletonized or shaped for better finger position.
Flat triggers have been popular for a couple of years, and though the jury is out over if they offer any performance improvement, make no mistake gun owners are demanding improved triggers with better pull weights and cleaner breaks. If your favorite manufacturer is behind the trend, aftermarket manufacturers often come to the help with trigger upgrade kits that can enhance your shooting experience.
While every gun owner should train and learn how to properly use their stock iron sights, a good red dot (as they are commonly called) is a great way to become a better shooter quickly. Optics like the one above are expensive, but increase accuracy by providing a 'dot' which appears on your target.
Most optics work in various lighting conditions and can assist those who have poor eyesight, or those who have not yet mastered the art of target acquisition which takes plenty of practice. Skeptics say that optics are not necessary, even silly, on a CCW gun since they decrease concealability and give a new shooter the impression that practice isn't important.
We disagree. Anything that gets you on target quicker is a good thing, and optics are a great way to shoot better right away. Gun manufacturers are introducing new models which are smaller making them plenty easy to conceal, and we all want to practice but criminals are not going to wait for you to fine tune your skills. An optic helps level the playing field.
Compensators have long been a go to upgrade for competition shooters because they work. A compensator sends some of the expelled gasses from the barrel upwards (sometimes sideways) so that the front of the gun can return to center quickly. This allows for faster follow up shots and better accuracy.
You will sometimes see a compensator on higher end guns, but this upgrade requires a threaded barrel so that the compensator can screw on and can be quite expensive. But shooters want every edge they can get and the new Springfield Hellcat RDP (see our review by clicking here) includes not only a compensator, but an optic to create a subcompact, high capacity CCW gun that is ready to go out of the box. Judging by the demand for the new Hellcat, we think that compensators are going to be the fastest growing CCW trend in 2021.
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