Why You Should Wear Your Concealed Firearm in the Same Place Every Time

Everyone has different behaviors, styles of dress, and body compositions. There is no one position over another. It comes down to what is comfortable to you, where you feel confident, and where it is easy to get to quickly.

5 Tips For Concealed Carry This Winter

Create a lasting habit this winter by carrying in the same place every time. Make sure you find the right place for you during cold weather.


Invest in a Good Belt for Concealed Carry

downloadThe most common factor for people having issues with carrying is that they usually do not have a good belt. The belt is the most central and vital to any carry array. I’m surprised by the lack of information and discussion about this central piece. There is a very distinct type of belt for carrying.

Look for belts that have durable material and are thick and wide. Avoid belts that feel flimsy or can be bent across their width. Problems with printing, holster ride, and chaffing (to name a few) stem from an improper belt that cannot support the weight of a firearm.

Gun Tips for a Better Grip

Position The Gun In Your Hand So You Can Reach The Trigger

The angle the gun sits in relation to your arm is not that important. Being able to place your finger properly on the trigger is.

Don’t try to align the barrel of the pistol with your arm.

Practice Holding On Tight

Gripping properly will not just happen. Most think it will just come with practice, but it doesn’t unless you think about it. One area that dry fire can really help is maintaining a tight grip while pulling the trigger.

It’s easy to pick up bad habits from dry firing with no live fire to support the techniques being learned. If you never have to deal with effects of the gun firing, muzzle flip and recoil, you will never learn how to control them.

Learn the hand positions and make yourself do them correctly. Remember, you will do whatever you teach yourself to do. Once you memorize a technique, good or bad, that is what is likely to occur when you shoot under pressure.

Texas Firearms

Here at Nagel’s we have one of the largest collections of new and used firearms in Texas. We have something for just about anyone for hunters, collectors and shooters.


Texas Concealed Handgun License Class Schedule

Matt Thompson, Instructor

February, 2016
Cost $39.95
Register at:

Classes begin at 9:00 am
February 14. 16, & 28 2016

Saturday Classes for beginning
Shooters, Call for details!

Call 210 960-0706 for more information
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Practical Rifle Choices

A practical rifle is used for defense and for hunting. Living in south Texas the AR15s in .223 Remington/5.56mm Nato are used to take about any natural South Texas game and are especially popular for hog hunting. With the ability to change out the upper of an AR15 to more powerful calibers such as 6.5mm Grendel, 6.8mm SPC, 7.62mmx39, 300 Blackout, 450 and 500 Beawolf, and 458 SOCOM the ability to take most North American game animals is addressed.  An AR15 with a variable power scope in the 1.5-4 power is very useful and fast handling for close quarters out to 300 yards and good for most hill country hunting. Most local ranchers we know have AR15 in the truck when out checking their cattle.

If you are a hunter, you might prefer a bolt-action or leaver action rifle with a scope. All the big-name manufacturers like Remington, Winchester, Savage, Styr, Sako, etc.  make excellent rifles. A high-quality 4X or a 3-9X scope is ideal. Calibers in the .243 to 30 caliber are excellent.

However, the magnum calibers my have to much recoil for delivering quick multiple shots in a defensive situation.  The .308 Winchester Savage Scout Rifle is a favorite for a practical rifle but there are many great rifles to pick from.

For the practical rifle you will always need to be sure of where your bullet goes when it exits the body of the attacker. These types of rifles and calibers are best suited for rural situations where the population is not as concentrated and there is less chance of negligently hitting an innocent third party.

Regardless of which rifle you select, it will need a sling for range practice. A simple carry strap will suffice, as will the more elaborate “tactical slings”. The Ching Sling and Safari Ching Sling are a great shooting aid while doubling as a carry strap.