The Elderly Certain Can and Do Concealed Carry
Can a person continue to concealed carry into their older years? Absolutely, and many do so – not only that, there are a number of incidents where an elderly carrier has put paid a criminal’s designs on committing dastardly deeds.
As one ages, there may be certain considerations that a person has to make regarding how one carries. Some things are always the same, though, as a good holster and gun belt or suspenders will always be necessary.
Elderly Concealed Carry Is Always A Good Idea
It’s just as good an idea for the elderly to concealed carry as it is for people of virtually any age. In fact, carrying a gun is the best form of self-defense an elderly person may have at their disposal.
In fact, the elderly are obtaining concealed carry permits with increasing frequency, so clearly there is something to the idea.
Not only that, but the elderly people who are now carrying are able to put them to good use. For instance, there was a report earlier this year of a 91-year-old man in Detroit who shot a man who was attempting to rob him as he got out of his car. In March of this year, a 65-year old man and his wife were jumped by two hoodlums on the street in the Queen Village borough of Philadelphia, knocking both to the ground and continuing to assault them. The man drew his pistol and shot both of them. They were apprehended by police.
And the examples go on and on.
In short, the elderly have just as much reason to carry a concealed firearm, if not more so. They are doing, and furthermore have successfully defended themselves using legal means.
Picking A Concealed Carry Gun For An Older Person
Picking a concealed carry gun, or at least picking the right concealed carry gun, is highly subjective and involves an economy of scale. For instance, an older person that has never done much shooting is not necessarily going to be well-suited to more powerful handguns like, say, a compact .357 Magnum or Officer 1911 in .45 ACP. They will probably not shoot much, if at all, and may find reasons not to carry.
On the other hand, an experienced shooter that’s still strong may not have any problems whatsoever with larger calibers in compact frames. Additionally, an otherwise experienced shooter with arthritis setting in may want to downsize to a lower-recoil chambering so they can actually shoot it and keep shooting skills in decent repair.
The same is true for old and young alike – there’s not really any such thing as a perfect concealed carry gun, though some guns are said to come pretty close. It’s closer to the truth to say that there’s a nearly perfect concealed carry gun for YOU, but it may not be perfect for someone else.
For instance, some shooters may desire the softer recoil of a compact – but not pocket-sized – .380, and some shooters may not be able to put up with the weight of a full-sized or even compact gun like the Glock 19. It all depends on the individual shooter.
Novice shooters of older age should go to a gun store and handle a few pistols to get an idea of what pistol might suit them well. How it feels in the hand is vital. However, it’s also a good idea to rent a few of them for use on a range, and many gun stores have an indoor range allowing same. The easiest to shoot and best-feeling gun is one that a person can have confidence in.
Get A Good Gun Belt and Holster
A must for any carrier, including those in their golden years, is a quality holster and a good, stout gun belt. These are the most crucial aspect of any carry set-up. The guy carrying open carrying a Hi-Point in a nylon sheath at Walmart is just doing it wrong.
A quality holster comfortably holds a pistol and retains it securely. A good gun belt keeps both stable and in place. A quality gun belt with adequate rigidity will sit naturally on the waist, keeping the gun and holster secure and feeling as if they aren’t even there.
That’s pretty important if a person is going to be carrying an additional three to five pounds of gun and ammo around, no matter the age.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.