Home Carry?

by Scott Yarbro // January 24, 2017

In my many years of teaching people to carry a handgun, I always have students ask, “where is the best place to carry a gun?” There are hundreds of different ways to carry and each style or position offers certain pros and cons. 

Multiple options to carry include inside or outside the waistband, appendix carry, small of the back, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and the list goes on. I have addressed those different modes of carry with my students employing both my professional and personal opinions as part of the class. I’m not a believer that everyone needs to carry in the exact same spot. I explain that one must carry in a place where you have quick access. Without quick access, how is that gun going to give you any chance in protecting yourself and those around you?

Another prominent question that keeps coming up in class is where to keep a handgun at the house. If you need to have quick access to a gun that you are going to carry out in public, the same principle must apply at your house. 

In class, I present the students with a scenario where they are all at home sitting on their couch watching TV. Out of nowhere, their back door gets kicked in and a guy with a gun bursts into the house. I then ask them what their next move is. The replies I get include everything from freeze, run to get my gun, and my all time favorite, grab the remote and press pause. The point is without having access to your home defense gun, it can’t do anything for you. Every once in a while I have a student tell me he would grab the gun off his hip and try and stop the deadly behavior. This leads to my answer.   Where do I recommend having your home defense gun?  That’s right - on you. 

I have always been a firm believer in carrying my every day carry (EDC) on me at all times. This doesn't just apply to places out in public. I start carrying when I get ready in the morning and keep my gun on me until bedtime. What this does is allow me to have quick access to my gun should the need arise. It also solves problems concerning who might have access to my gun, such as kids or anyone else not intended to have access. You don't get to pick what time a break-in will occur or what door they try and come through. Having your gun on you allows you to have a chance to use it. There are many different options when we discuss defending your home. If having a gun in your house is part of your self defense plan, you have to be able to get to it in time. I encourage all of you to add input and ask questions in the forum

Just remember, no matter how you choose to carry a gun for self defense, if you don't have quick access to it, how can it help you?