Concealed Carry Holsters For Women In Utah
When choosing a holster for concealed carry in Utah there's a quote that sums it up fairly well, by Clint Smith; "Carrying a gun isn't supposed to be comfortable, it is supposed to be a comfort"
It is important to choose a holster and gun combination that provides the needs that you have identified yet will also properly fit your body. Just as the proper holster is specifically designed for the make and model of your gun, the holster must also be able to fit the proper proportions of your body, specifically considering about where on your body you're going to wear the holster.
Concealed Carry Holsters Come In Various Designs In Utah
In recent years there have been a significant number of manufacturers making holsters specifically for women in Utah. Some options for consideration are; holsters design to go on a woman's thigh, there are ankle holsters, modified under the arm i.e. shoulder holsters, compression tank top holsters that are actually worn as an undergarment, belly band and under wraps holsters, holsters designed as a pouch and double as underwear.
There are several models of holsters specifically designed for a women's shape and proportions to wear both inside the waistband and outside the waistband, with just a little research in Utah you will be able a find the perfect holster for your needs. We have some options in our store.
Practice With Your Concealed Carry Holster In Utah
Regardless of whether the holster you have chosen is made of Leather, Nylon, Kydex, Cloth, or any other material it is not enough to just wear the holster, you must start practicing and testing how to wear and use the holster competently in Utah. This is similar to when you do dry fire practice with your firearm, you also want to practice continuously with drawing (extracting) and re-holstering your firearm, this is something you should practice hundreds of times so that you build up true muscle memory.
It has been proven time and time again that in a high stress or panic life and death situation in Utah that the body will respond in the way that it has been trained, Muscle Memory. It can save your LIFE!
You must repeatedly practice on how to access the holster from under clothing, or from a concealed carry Handbag, or other specialized Clothing, how to keep the clothing out of the way as you draw your gun and move into a shooting position as smoothly and quickly as possible. As you do this you'll be able to find the perfect positioning adjustments that may be necessary for the holster to properly function with your body type and the type of clothing that you'll be wearing in Utah.
In Utah Use Your Concealed Carry Holster In Shooting Drills
First, practice repeatedly just like you do with dry fire, doing so in front of a mirror may help you analyze efficiency of movements. Make sure that wherever you're doing this that the gun is unloaded and that there is no ammunition even in the same room. Please follow safety guidelines. The advantage of this type of training is doing it in the comfort of your own home. However, your home is not a shooting range and you always need to follow strict safety guidelines.
1. Unload your firearm completely. If you are using magazines, ensure they also are unloaded.
2. Inform everyone else in the dwelling that you will be practicing so they can minimize any distractions.
3. Do not have any live ammunition at all in the room where you are practicing.
4. Have an adequate backstop.
5. Set a firm start and stop time for practicing. When the time to stop comes, stop.
Once you're ready to proceed to the firing range in Utah and start with live fire exercise is it is suggested that you should start with "one shot drills". Draw your gun, fire a single shot and then re-holster. You want to do this repeatedly and frequently to help build up your muscle memory which will be absolutely critical and possibly life-saving in an actual shooting situation. As you continually practice this drill, and you become smooth with your movements you can slowly pick up speed and accuracy with practice.
Breaking in your Concealed Carry Holster In Utah
When you first start wearing a new holster for concealed carry the best way to get used to the holster is to wear it everywhere, wear it out in the community; to the store, to the movies, out to dinner, get to know the feel and any movement of the holster in every possible daily situation. Choosing and then wearing the correct holster has to be something that is done with great consideration, there are no shortcuts to finding and utilizing the proper holster for your concealed carry needs in Utah.
Whichever holster is your final choice the only way that everything will work well when you need it the most is that you must practice, practice, and then practice some more. During this practicing and while learning how to draw (extract) your gun from the holster and the re-holstering you may want to try incorporating multiple positions into your actions.
Work with a certified instructor to learn how to draw and fire from different positions or while in movement, in a self-defense shooting situation chances are you're not going to be squared off and standing still like you are at the range practicing with the target! As your proficiency and skill level increases while working with an instructor in Utah you may want to incorporate some speed and timed drills. Before taking this step make sure that you have had a significant amount of practice and training on the fundamentals first, without proper application of the basic fundamentals speed drills are difficult to accomplish competently, again, always be under the supervision of an instructor when working with speed drills.
As your expertise and proficiency improves so will your speed and accuracy, some training aids that are suggested is a shot timer and the use of paper targets so you can confirm your accuracy (as opposed to a steel target where you may not know where the round actually hits) As you train keep a written log so you can track your activities, and monitor your progress.
When practicing to use your holster in combination with your firearm please remember this; slow is smooth…… Smooth is fast. Speed is fine-accuracy is final. You can't miss fast enough to survive; the first shot fired must connect accurately and decisively. If you are involved in a self-defense shooting the award for second place is something you do not want….
Utah, state constitution states: The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the State as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.
Utah is known for having the least number of gun control laws and some of the more permissive of any state is the United States. Utah is also known for being a strong supports of the 2nd amendment. A 2013 study that found a positive correlation between gun control legislation and a decline in firearm fatalities ranked Utah the single lowest among all 50 states in the category of gun control laws and legislation. Under Utah law, violent crimes with firearms, criminal possession of firearms, and criminal negligence with firearms may all be prosecuted as felonies. Utah has a very responsible and just approach to crimes involving gun use.
School districts and charter schools in Utah may have one very important difference outside of academic standards and student performance, Utah has always allowed guns in the classroom! State laws bar public elementary, middle and high schools from establishing “gun free” zones. (Think you would ever see this in California or New York?)
The “gun free” zones rules would otherwise keep teachers and administrators with valid concealed weapons permits from bringing their firearms into the classroom. In Utah, every educator and public school employee can carry on school grounds, if they have a permit (A state issued CCW) enabling them to do so. In the last two years many educators have taken CCW classes and are in fact carrying firearms in their classrooms. (Living in Utah and having kids in the school system makes me feel that my kids are in a safer environment as every teacher can protect my kids from a crazed and evil individual)
There are those in Utah that want the state to be a “Constitutional Carry” state, in that as long as you are a resident of the state you can carry without the need for formal training, and with no permit. Although we at US Precision Defense are staunch supports of the 2nd amendment we feel that if the state does adopt such a position that proper firearms training classes be considered and that the curriculum includes time committed to learning all aspects of gun ownership, gun marksmanship, gun safety, and all gun related laws. We support responsible and educated gun ownership.
Utah, does have gun control laws contrary to what some of its residents believe. The following are four things anyone living in Utah needs to know in regards the current gun laws.
First, Utah is an “Open Carry” state allows for citizens of the state to openly carry an unloaded firearm without a concealed firearm permit. To be classified as "unloaded," the firearm must not have a round in the "firing position" and the firearm must have at least two "mechanical actions" before firing. The firearm cannot be concealed, but must be clearly visible at all times. In some jurisdictions within the state individuals doing so have been arrested and charged with “Disorderly Conduct” There is legislation being drafted to clarify the law and prevent overzealous prosecutors from charging disorderly conduct to citizens who are compliant with the current law.
Second, Carrying a concealed firearm on one’s person requires a state issued CCW permit (Utah recognizes all other states CCW permits under the reciprocity agreements) Utah also has designated areas where a concealed gun cannot be carried and especially areas designated as “Secure Areas”.
Third, Carrying in a vehicle; Utah law allows for residents to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle if they are at least 18 years old and have lawful possession or consent of the person who has lawful possession of the vehicle. However, the weapon cannot be a rifle, shotgun or a muzzle-loading rifle. Meaning only a handgun.
Fourth, Minors carrying a gun, State law requires that an individual be at least 21 years old before they can apply for a concealed weapon permit. A minor under the age of 18 cannot legally possess a firearm unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or has permission to have the weapon. A minor under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent.
The preceding is only a partial listing of the laws and needs to researched in full to understand the complete intent of Utah firearm laws. A complete listing of the Utah gun laws can be found on our website, US Precision Defense, LLC