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Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience.

Recent Posts

Why Everyone Needs a Bellyband for Concealed Carry

Posted by Jason Hanson on May 20, 2014 11:24:00 AM


Most belly bands have multiple pockets so you can carry other accessories, like a hand held light.

Most people carry concealed using a traditional holster. In concealed carry, my gun is typically in an inside the waistband holster at the 4 o’clock position on my hip. I also frequently use a pocket holster and carry my gun in my front right pocket.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Top 10 Gun Cleaning Tips

Posted by Jason Hanson on May 16, 2014 10:27:00 AM


Some people love cleaning their guns and it’s a weekly ritual they would never miss. Personally, I’m not a fan of cleaning my guns and only do so because I want to make sure they function if I ever have to use them in a life and death situation. So whether you’re like me (and only clean guns out of necessity), or if you happen to get a thrill out of it, here are a few tips every gun owner ought to know about cleaning their guns:

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Topics: New Shooters

How to Easily Renew Your Concealed Carry Permit

Posted by Jason Hanson on May 6, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Renew-your-Concealed-Carry-PermitI carry concealed every single day. In fact, pretty much the only time I don’t have a gun on my hip or in my pocket is when I go to the post office to mail a package. Obviously, because the post office doesn’t allow guns, I lock my gun in my car, but as soon as I get back to the car, my gun goes right back on my body.

Even though I always carry concealed, I realize not everyone does (and if you don't, you should at least make sure you're carrying another self defense tool, among these). Many people only carry occasionally, and some have their concealed carry permits simply as a form of insurance so that if they one day choose to carry, they can do it legally. Whatever your reason for having a permit, I want to help you make sure it’s always valid so you never find yourself in the position of violating the law and carrying a gun on an expired permit.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

The Truth About Tricking Out Your Handgun

Posted by Jason Hanson on Apr 21, 2014 9:15:00 AM


There are so many gun accessories on the market that it can be overwhelming for a brand new shooter. After all, how do you know which accessories could actually save your life and which ones just look cool?  Which ones aren’t necessary at all?

The good news is that you don’t need as many accessories as you think you do. When it comes to personal safety, keeping it simple and easy to operate is always the best course of action.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

The Best Holsters for Concealed Carry Guns

Posted by Jason Hanson on Apr 17, 2014 9:02:00 AM


For the past few years, concealed carry guns have been selling like crazy. And as any shooter knows, once you buy the gun, you’ve also got to find the right holster for it. This past weekend I was teaching a training course in San Diego. One of the attendees wore his gun on his ankle and swore by this carry position. He liked the fact that he could be driving in his car and have to barely reach down to draw his gun. He also mentioned that, while sitting in a restaurant, he would have easy access to the gun if anything occurred in the place.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of ankle carry. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry

25 Trigger Pulls to Become a Better Shooter (Handgun Training)

Posted by Jason Hanson on Mar 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Due to time and money constraints, most of us can’t include going to the shooting range every day and fire hundreds of rounds, as part of our handgun training. Yet most of us can spend 10 minutes a day dry firing, which, in my opinion, is the number one way to improve your accuracy.

The thing is, just like any training, you have to do it correctly in order to see improved results.

That’s why I want to share with you my personal dry fire routine to give you an idea of what you may want to consider doing on a daily basis.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

Gear for Your First Defensive Pistol Course

Posted by Jason Hanson on Mar 10, 2014 12:12:00 PM


One of the biggest questions I get from new shooters attending one of my courses is whether they’re prepared for it with the right gear. This is understandable.  Nobody wants to pay hard earned money for a course and then not be able to get the most out of it just because they didn’t bring the correct items with them.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Is Off-Body Carry Really a Good Concealed Carry Idea?

Posted by Jason Hanson on Feb 20, 2014 11:50:00 AM

I was at a gun show in Utah the other day and was amazed at the different types of holster designs that people seem to come up with. If you think about it, we can carry guns inside the waistband, outside the waistband, on our ankles, in t-shirts, in purses, briefcases, cell phone pouches, and dozens of other places.


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Topics: Concealed Carry

The Truth About Self Defense Against an Active Shooter

Posted by Jason Hanson on Feb 17, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Tactical-team-stack-picture-thumbBack in January, another active shooter incident occurred at a mall in Columbia, MD. The shooter was a 19-year old male who killed two others and then turned the gun on himself. He used a shotgun for the killings and police found two homemade bombs in a backpack that he left behind.

I’ve been to this particular mall several times.  It’s not too far from where I grew up. It’s in a nice area of town.  When people were interviewed after the shooting, many commented along the lines of, “this is such a nice and safe place, I can’t believe something like this could happen here.”

The first part of preparing for self defense against an active shooter is to realize that an active shooting can occur

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

What makes a great concealed carry holster?

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 29, 2014 12:15:00 PM

CCWHolsterI just Googled “concealed carry holster” and it says there are over 1.5 million results. I realize that’s quite a bit to sift through, but it’s actually less than I thought would pop up. Either way, so that you don’t have to visit 1.5 million different sites, here are some criteria to use when looking for a good concealed carry holster.

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Topics: Concealed Carry