Often times, we talk about carrying firearms and performing survival skills from a bachelor(ette) point of view. What about those us who are parents? For many of us, we really started to get into preparedness when it dawned on us that we were no longer responsible for just us, but an entire family. That is a good thing, as long as you remember that much of what we do can be a double edged sword, both capable of saving our lives and harming our loved ones. So, how, as a parent, do we make sure that our choice to carry a firearm daily does not become a daily hazard to our children?
Storage: First, we make sure that our firearms are stored in a secure manner that prevents smart, curious children from accessing them. I don’t care if you use a safe, trigger locks, or what. Just remember that kids are always smarter than we give them credit for and bad things happen faster than we can possibly imagine, so whatever it is that you choose to use to prevent your children from having access to your guns, be double sure it will actually prevent access.
Loading up: When it comes time to load up and place the weapon on our person, it is best done in a separate room from the kids. This helps to prevent accidents caused by playing children and reduces curiosity by not having the gun as noticeable in their daily lives. When loading, checking, or holstering the weapon, the muzzle should always be pointed in a direction to prevent any accidentally-fired round from going into the room your family is in. I prefer to load up in a room that has a wall to the outside of the house and point my gun so that the round would go into the ground just outside of the house.
The Holster: The holster that you choose to carry is very important. If you have to pick up the child, you want to be sure that they cannot accidentally fire the weapon. To do this, the holster MUST cover the trigger completely. If it is an inside the waistband (IWB) type holster, you do not need to worry so much about retention devices on the holster. If it is an outside the waistband (OWB) type holster, however, it should have level two type retention or better. The holster should also be designed for your type of weapon to help keep it properly secured and protected.
How to Carry: No matter how you choose to carry, you need to keep in mind that you may have to pick up your child and that it is better for safety and for your ability draw the weapon if you hold your child on the opposite side of your holster.
Preparing to Defend: In addition to target practice, you need to practice using your firearm with your children around. To do this, you should practice strong hand only firing, as well as shooting with a weighted object in your support hand. The object should be about the same weight, shape, and size as the largest child you expect to hold. As well as practicing shooting, you should make clear expectations for you and your spouse, should a situation occur with both of you present.
By practicing safe habits, having a plan, and taking your job as a parent seriously, you can be sure that your choice to carry a firearm is an asset to your family and not a danger.
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