What advice would you give someone who is just starting to carry a concealed weapon and what do you feel are the biggest mistakes made by new carriers? I feel the biggest mistakes made by new carriers boil down to three real big ones. 1. Trying to carry too much gun too fast. 2. Not buying the proper accessories (belt, holster, etc.) 3. Carrying a gun they are not comfortable with the operation of yet. When I first started carrying I made all of these mistakes. I almost convinced myself that it just was not worth the effort and that it was something I was just not going to be able to do. I tried carrying too big of a gun which made me physically uncomfortable, I was not certain what holster/belt to use so the gun never felt stable, and I carried a gun that I was not confident enough with to feel safe with one in the pipe so I was always a bit emotionally uncomfortable too. My advice to new carriers is not to try to jump the gun (so to speak) too soon and start small. Find a gun that you are comfortable with the operation of and that comes in a small enough platform that it is not such a shock to your normal movements and dress. Guns that have a thinner profile are often more comfortable to carry and guns that have shorter grips seem to conceal easier. Also, spend a few dollars on a nice leather holster and a stable belt. You do not need to spend a fortune though. Many holsters in the $50 range are available that are every bit as good as more expensive holsters and a good belt can be as little as $35-$40. Take the time to experiment with different positions too. Maybe wear them around the house for a few days before venturing outside with them. What works for others might not work for you. Start small and work your way up. Maybe start with a gun like a small and simple to operate Kahr CW9 and before you know it you will be carrying cocked and locked commander sized 1911's like they were nothing.