Utah Concealed Weapons Permit (Utah CCW)

Mike's Concealed-Carry Tools (rev. Nov. 2012)

I get asked all the time, "What the best gun to conceal carry"? To be honest, it is a trial and error learning process that must be undertaken individually, but here is what I have found to be effective for me and my style of carry. Remember, everything about concealed carry is a compromise between size, ease of every day conceal-ability (= likelihood to be carried regularly), and stopping power.

My primary daily carry pistol is a Kahr PM9 with tritium night sights and a Crimson Trace LaserGuard sight. This is a powerhouse 9mm that is ultra small and easy to conceal in a DeSantis SuperFly or Nemesis pocket holster, which I regularly carry in a jacket/sweatshirt, or overcoat. Most days I carry it in a Mitch Rosen belt holster, covered by a loose fitting, long shirt, and sometimes under a jacket. In my humble opinion, this is as good as it gets for a daily conceal carry weapon that will for sure get the job done. It has very manageable recoil, and I have yet to have a single malfunction of any kind from it. I practice at the range lots with it, and even double taps are easily controlled. The CT laser sight is a tremendous benefit and advantage, and well worth the cost.

My typical backup gun is a Kahr P380 with the Crimson Trace LaserGuard sight. This little baby is extremely easy to conceal even in a front pants pocket using the DeSantis SuperFly pocket holster. Most all of the 380s are reported as being very ammo sensitive, and this is no exception. So be sure you thoroughly break-in your new gun (200+ rds) & test out what you intend to use in it. I carry this gun pretty-much all the time. Kahr's are the top-of-the-line in my opinion, but there are lots of other good options if you talk around.

My largest pistol I carry is a Springfield XD Compact .45 ACP, with an extended 13-round magazine. I usually carry it in an over-the-shoulder REI bag. This is my primary home defense weapon with the Insight M6 light/laser combo. Nothing beats a well-placed .45 for stopping BGs.

I also have an ultra small North American Arms .22 Mag Mini Revolver, that I carry a lot as a backup or last-resort tool. I carry it in a front pant pocket. It has a folding holster/handle that protects the trigger. Remember, the #1 rule for winning a gun fight is "have a gun".

As you can tell, I really feel lasers are game-changer accessories that provide significant advantages. Read this laser article that explains why. Also, you can see the individual reviews of these guns in the articles posted to my website.

So, what is needed once you complete your Utah Concealed Carry Permit class, and get your permit, before you will feel truly qualified, skilled, knowledgeable, and confident to carry around the power over life and death? Read this article to see the best approach in my opinion. After having reached the point where I can comfortably carry every day, I have felt much more confident in my abilities to provide for my own safety, and that of my loved ones. It's a better way of life, once you get the hang of it.

Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
Utah Concealed Carry Permit, LLC

I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.

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5. Why I Conceal Carry

6. Key Utah CCW Concepts

7. Mike's Concealed Carry Tools

8. Mikes Custom AR15

9. Is Concealed Carry Legal at Utah Public Schools?

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12. Mike's Recommended Reading

13. Permit - Denial Criteria

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15. New CCW Pistols for 2012

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17. ** Book Review - More Guns Less Crime

18. New Utah “Legal Brandishing” Law

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20. Guide to Salt Lake Vicinity Fingerprinting Services

21. Where's the Gun Ranges?

22. What is the Optimal Concealed Carry Gun?

23. 2011 Non-Utah Resident Permit Changes

24. Why No Range Shooting Required?

25. Bluffdale Neighborhood Watch Shooting

26. Trolley Square Rampage

27. Elizabeth Smart Abduction

28. ** Review of Springfield XD .45 ACP

29. ** Review of NAA .22-Mini Revolver

30. ** Review of Heckler & Koch 45 Compact

31. ** Review of Kimber Ultra Carry II .45 ACP

32. Utah CCW - Levels of Home Security

33. Selecting a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Class

34. Reciprocity

35. 2nd Amendment Refresher

36. No CCW Class Req'd for Utah Police

37. We Need More Utah Permit Holders

38. Common Misconceptions

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40. How to Arrange For a Private Class

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42. 2012 Utah Gun Law Changes

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