Man instructing a concealed carry class. A poster showing the basics of gun safety, and a woman in the class raising her hand

Concealed Carry Classes: Why They’re Beneficial and What to Expect

When someone visits Pennsylvania’s Largest Gun Show looking for a handgun, the ease of carry is often a deciding factor in the purchasing decision they make, and that includes considering how it will perform in concealed carry training and out in the real world. With more and more states enacting broader firearms protections for both concealed and open carry, some going so far as to make constitutional carry the law of the land, some may think concealed carry classes are a thing of the past. Whether they’re still required for you to carry for self-defense or you want to make sure you’re ready with the best training when called to action, they still have plenty of benefits for the responsible gun owner who wants to be prepared to defend themselves or their loved ones.

Benefits of Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry class instructor demonstrating best practices with a firearm

Concealed carry training is designed to give you a baseline level of training in safely carrying, using, and maintaining your weapon out of public sight. Concealed carry of a handgun gives you a rapidly deployable personal defense weapon that gives you the force you need to stop a threat that’s endangering lives. To fit the bill, the weapon needs to be relatively compact to fit the frame of your body discreetly under clothes, in a bag, or in your vehicle while still carrying sufficient rounds in a powerful enough caliber for real stopping power. Your concealed carry weapon means that you can be more secure in your person and property as you live your life.

Training for Real World Tactical Need

Concealed carry training remains popular–even in states that allow for some variation of permitless carry–because it gives you training that’s been developed over the years for the needs of real-world firearms owners who find themselves faced with unexpected, dynamic situations. This training is usually compressed into the space of a day or two so that gun owners can carve out their training time around a busy schedule or over a weekend. That means they cover a broad range of topics in a short amount of time. Despite the limited training hours required under most state concealed carry class guidelines, the curriculum delivers the information and practice you need to protect yourself physically, legally, and financially so you can be a responsible gun owner.

  • State Law – The conditions under which you can carry a firearm are laid out by state legislators, meaning they can vary from state to state. In addition to state regulations, some local jurisdictions will also enact their own provisions that may affect when, where, and how you can carry a firearm. Your concealed carry training will cover all applicable laws in detail so you can ensure you’re a good guy with a gun when called on to use force.
  • Tactical Decision Making – Another important part of your concealed carry classes will be how to determine when the time is right to draw your weapon and how to make sure any decision you make to take a shot is done responsibly. This will cover target identification, knowing what’s likely to be behind the target, and when to escalate or de-escalate situations.
  • Practical Shooting Skills Training and Evaluation – During your concealed carry training, the instructors will cover basic gun safety and get you out on the range. While not structured to allow for them to work with you on improving your shooting skills, you’ll still learn practical skills about carrying your weapon, and you’ll need to show you have a base level of proficiency that will let you carry and use your weapon properly.
  • Liability Concerns – Liability is a growing issue within the firearms community among manufacturers, retailers, and owners. Your concealed carry training will give you the right legal and procedural information you need to better protect yourself from lawsuits in the event you’re called on to use your weapon. From property damage to personal injuries, it’s important to make sure you follow your training to prevent finding yourself in legal trouble.
  • Discreet Clothing – The instructors for your concealed carry classes are also great resources when understanding how to truly carry your weapon discreetly. From proper clothing length to a cut that conceals your weapon without tangling it up on the draw. This not only protects you legally in states that don’t allow open carry but also helps prevent potential aggressors from identifying your weapon.

Finding Your Concealed Carry Loadout

Aerial view of an Eagle Shows event showing vendor booths

Your local gun show is the perfect place to pick up your concealed carry weapon, holster, and accessories. It can also be a chance to find the right concealed carry training for you by talking to local instructors, range operators, and gun retailers who offer or can make recommendations about the best concealed carry classes in your area. Browse our sales floor, and you’ll have a large selection of weapons to choose from so you can find one with the right size, weight, and hand feel. Once you have your weapon, you can choose a complementary concealed carry holster that works with your day-to-day wardrobe. We bring in vendors from across the country who are ready to help you keep and bear arms for the defense of yourself and others.

Order Your Tickets Online

Our next go will be rolling into your community soon, and now is the right time to book your tickets. Booking your tickets online guarantees your admission on the day of the show, letting you bypass buying tickets at the door so you can buy, sell, and trade guns on our sales floor faster. Remember to research your favorite weapons beforehand and get there early to have an opportunity for the best deals and the widest selection. Circle the date and get your local Eagle Shows gun show tickets online today.

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