The decision to carry a weapon concealed or open should not be taken lightly, it is a choice that should be made only after careful consideration. Carrying a firearm on one's person is a lifestyle commitment in personal self defence and anyone who is considering carrying a handgun for such a purpose must ask themself if he is up to the task of close-quarters combat. If not then the gun will likely be used against them when they draw it to try to scare away an attacker. So if you've decided that you're mentally and physically ready to carry a gun to protect yourself, it's time to consider the system of concealed or opened carry. Handgun, holster, support/suspension system(belt) spare magazine or speedloader, some type of cutting tool such as a folding knife and a compact and powerful flashlight. If you are going to carry there are five very important items one must never leave the house with out: 1. your choice of weapon (gun ). 2. A powerful light source (flash light). 3. A cutting tool (folding knife). 4. Your driver's license. 5. Your "License To Carry Handgun" (permit). The first thing you will want to select is the handgun you will be carrying on an every day basis because the other items will be somewhat dependent on that choice. I would not choose a gun less than an 9mm for the stoping power, a bigger bullet is a better bullet, but a bullet to big will require a gun big enough to shoot it and it will be to big for open carry or concealment, you also want to select a pistol or revolver that fits your shooting hand completely so you can control the gun during rapid fire. Next, decide where you're going to carry the handgun. the biggest mistake many people make is to conceal the gun too deeply, making quck deployment problematic if not impossible. With conceal carry, quick access means that you will have to dress for concealment and not hide the gun under clothing that you would have worn befor you made the conceal carry decision. think about where you travel,work,and live and then dress appropriately around the gun and the selected concealment location on your person. Since the gun must be drawn quickly and easily, the best concealment location will be someplace near the primary shooting hand , think about where the primary hand is as you go through out your daily routine. Develop a combat mindset, this is more difficult than you may think, A quality combat pistal course will deal with this topic. Finally if you chooes a firearm for your personal protection, you have an obligation to perform to a significantly higher level. Carrying any weapon(gun) brings with it a higher legal, moral and ethical standard. The armed citizen must be aware of their surroundings at all times live your life in "Condition Yellow", they must be able to anticipate and avoid, if possible, any potentially dangerous situation. If an armed citizen is unable to avoid a lethal confrontation, then they must be able to devote their entire being to resolving the siuation at hand. And they must possess the selfcontrol necessary to know when and how to use, or how not to ues DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE.