So, you passed your CCW course, applied for your CCW permit and now you’re all set with the little piece of plastic that signifies you can legally carry a handgun. You’ve accomplished a lot, but really this is just the beginning! What comes next in your CCW journey?

Your First CCW Purchases


After you’ve found a pistol you feel is the perfect choice to carry, your next move will be selecting the right holster for the job. Ultimately, you’ll want to select a holster that is safe, convenient and only accessible to you. If you are still deciding how you want to carry your pistol, check out our blog post on the subject!

Spare Magazines

Your pistol likely came with at least one magazine, but we recommend purchasing some spares in addition. Having at least three magazines is a great idea because they do start to wear over time. Keeping a rotation of magazines will maximize their lifespan and ensure that your pistol offers the reliability you need to keep yourself safe.


You’ll need to make a few adjustments to your wardrobe before you start carrying a concealed pistol. Naturally, you’ll want to choose a sturdy belt for starters. If you chose an IWB holster, you may need to purchase pants with a larger waist size as well.

Once you’ve set up your holster, you also need to verify that your pistol isn’t printing (visible through a garment despite being covered by it). If it is printing, purchasing longer or baggier shirts should take care of it.

One final thing to keep in mind when choosing your wardrobe is to be particularly careful in warmer weather. Jackets do a great job of keeping firearms hidden in the fall and winter, but keeping your pistol hidden in the spring and summer can require a little extra attention to detail. 

Keep Training!

Our CCW class is very extensive, but that doesn’t mean you should feel set to carry for life once you complete it. If you plan to carry a gun every day, you should supplement your CCW course with trips to the range or even take some more advanced courses.

Expert CCW Training from Soteria Training Academy

Soteria Training Academy provides expert pistol training with an emphasis on safety. Whether you’re a beginner in the world of firearms, or already have a wealth of experience, we look forward to helping your shooting skill set. Contact us today by visiting our website, or call us at (410) 216-3176 to learn more.