For first time concealed carriers, the paranoia is completely understandable. If you’re carrying a concealed handgun for the first time, you’re probably worried about someone discovering you have a gun and confronting you about it.
You’re probably worried about the gun falling out of your holster and knock around on the ground.
You’re worried that you’ve inadvertently stepped into a “gun free zone” and some police officer is going to arrest you.
You’re worried some bad guy sees you’re carrying a concealed handgun, slips up behind you, and steals it.
First time jitters aside, you’re not likely to run into any of those problems. However, people may be able to tell you’re carrying a concealed handgun and choose not to tell you. If you want or need to avoid that problem — because reasons — then here’s a few ways you can tell if someone else can tell you’re carrying a concealed handgun.
See: “5 Times When It’s Okay To Sacrifice Size For Concealment“
If you put your handgun into a holster that holds it well, don’t mess with it. It didn’t disappear on you.
SIDENOTE: However, if you put your concealed carry pistol into a cheap holster that doesn’t grip onto the gun, you may want to be cautious… One off-duty police officer had to learn the hard way that it doesn’t pay to go with a cheap holster.
The biggest way anyone will notice you’re carrying a concealed handgun is by seeing you draw attention to it. By fidgeting, adjusting, or moving the gun in your holster — even under a layer of clothing — you’re drawing attention for anyone within eye shot.
If you’re legitimately concerned with your pistol/holster situation, take it to a private bathroom or other place away from prying eyes.