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How important is a concealed carry? What I'm about to tell you could literally make the difference between life and death. It could be a crisis for you and possibly your family. There has to be some reason you found this post right now at probably the right time. No matter how much you want to believe you can never become a victim. The truth is that life is unpredictable and danger can strike at any given moment. The ability to protect yourself from a would-be attacker could be something that you lack.

In this situation, having a concealed weapon can easily turn the tables in your favor. But let's face it! Most of the times you'll find yourself in non-permissive environments where you cannot carry any purpose-designed weapons. In this case, having a tactical pen can make all the difference. Using it effectively you can increase the odds of stopping the attacker so he can't target you.

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

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1. The Benefit of the Size

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If you ever had the chance to hold a tactical pen in your hands, you know that they actually look like a real pen and due to their size they can be very easy to hide. There is also the safety advantage that tactical pens have compared to guns. Like many others, I bet that you thought about owning a gun. Though you can't help but think about what would happen if somehow, the gun would go off in your hands.

What if you have kids and they find it and shoot someone with it? And when someone is charging at you, the last thing you want to do is fumble with a gun in your hands while you or your family is in danger.

Handling a tactical pen is much easier and so is using it. In fact, the figures show that the time it takes people to reach for their gun can be anywhere between 5 to 8 seconds or even more. During this time, it's easy to gauge what can happen if someone decides to attack you. On the other hand, a tactical pen can be pinned on your shirt. It can also be tucked in your back pocket or even held in your hand to play with while walking down the street.

The secret behind using a tactical pen is the fact that it doesn't attract attention. At the same time, it's a common item no one would ever guess as a weapon for personal defense. That's exactly what you want people to think!

2. Act Naturally and Don't Fumble

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Increasing your personal protection is definitely going to give you peace of mind, but at the same time, it can also have the opposite effect. Some people may actually feel self-conscious about the fact that they carry a weapon. This can make a would-be attacker realize that you're hiding a weapon and force him to take precautions against this.

Under no circumstance should you reach out in your pocket unless you feel that your personal safety is at risk. If you always keep on reaching to your pocket, then people around you will notice you're carrying a concealed weapon.

Now you need to practice this concealed carry technique. In fact, drawing the pen from your back pocket and drawing it from your shirt's front pocket can mean the difference between being hit by the attacker or being the one who strikes first. What I mean by this is that the faster and easier you can reach to your pen, the higher the chances of stopping your attacker and avoiding the risk of becoming a victim.

I would also advise you to wear the right kind of pants since some of them can be very tight and therefore make it harder for you to draw your pen. And at the end of the day, you're trying to conceal your weapon, so using pants that are a bit loose is certainly going to help out in this regard.

3. Mind Your Temper

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Have you noticed that people who carry any kinds of weapons have an inflated level of self-confidence? Alongside that, do they act in a way that makes it easy to understand they're hiding something? On top of that, they also have a quick temper and can easily get angry if you as much as look at them in a funny way.

However, the minute you become rash, angry or impulsive, you aren't thinking straight anymore. Focusing becomes harder and your emotions take over your rational thinking. Carrying a tactical pen though is for self-defense purposes and never for punishing or intimidating someone. It's understandable that you may feel a bit strange when carrying a tactical pen for the first time.

Try to throw it somewhere in the back of your mind so that you can focus on what's really important and that is staying cool, acting natural and minding your own business. By managing your emotions, you won't stand out and make those around you feel that you may be carrying a dangerous weapon. And Remember, Stay Safe!

In its essence, self-defense is an art and it must be taught and learned properly if you are to know how to keep your calm and respond effectively to dangerous situations. Carrying a concealed weapon, such as a tactical pen should by no means instill pressure in you or over-inflate your self-confidence.


Check out this video by Funker Tactical about the things a concealed carrier should know:

As I always say, as a part of becoming invisible and avoiding the wrong kind of attention, there are few things you need to master. Being reasonably friendly, humble, willing to learn and thoughtful are amongst the most important aspects you need to work on since, at the end of the day, lawful concealed carry is for the good guys and girls.

Do you agree with these concealed carry tricks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 20, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Mr. Smith

    June 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    This was an interesting article. While I’m sure that the tactical pen is a very effective weapon in some situations as I was reading the article I kept thinking that there must be something about this tactical pen that I’m not getting. I must be missing something. Perhaps this tactical pen shoots a dart? Or maybe it has some pepper spray cartridge? I just do not understand the wording of this article if this is just a piece of metal a few inches long with a point on one end, I mean it doesn’t even have a sharpened edge! I’m sorry but in a fight I would be more wary of a common pocketknife than this “tactical knife.”

    I’ve carried a firearm, sometimes two every day for more than twenty years and I can tell you that I feel some of the wording is borderline slanderous for those of us that carry a weapon. I mean how could the sentence, “On top of that, they [those that carry a concealed weapon] also have a quick temper and can easily get angry if you as much as look at them in a funny way.” be interpreted any other way? If that were true with as many people that have concealed weapons licenses there would be far, far more shootings in this country.

    I try to treat others as I would want to be treated, however this article sounds more like ad copy written by a teenager than a serious exploration of alternative concealed weapons techniques.


    • Anonymous

      October 17, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      The mind your temper was supposedly written by someone at the survival academy. It had to be a new hire or someone planted by the far left crowd.

      • Patty

        November 4, 2017 at 7:31 AM

        The 1st two opening paragraphs are well written which is why I continued to read. I’m with everyone about the inaccuracy of the rest of the article. I just kept shaking my head the whole time. Have they been infiltrated too? If this writer represents survivallfe, then I’m no longer interested.

      • Cody

        September 7, 2018 at 12:38 PM

        I’m sorry Survival Life, but if this is your general view of responsible gun owners, you should star writing you column in the New York Times or someother left wing platform.

    • Anonymous

      October 19, 2017 at 6:06 PM

      Get over yourself, they are trying to train beginners!

      • Anonymous

        October 21, 2017 at 9:56 AM

        Really?… So it’s your assertion that the sellers of this pen have no interest in selling to anybody but beginners?

  2. Mike

    June 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I can tell by the way this guy speaks about guns he obviously shouldn’t have one! The way he talks about fumbling with it, and it going off in his hand he is obviously far too inept and uncoordinated to safely manipulate this type of weapon ,I do however appluad him for recognizing his shortcomings and deciding not to carry a gun. As for the inflated sense of confidence and short temper of those who do carry a real weapon well that’s just HORSESHIT. Maybe he percieves it that way due to feeling some type of inferiority complex. I’m not saying a tactical pen does not have it’s uses, but as a primary weapon NO WAY!

    • Cody

      September 7, 2018 at 2:27 PM

      I agree, this author is probably one of their new interns from California. They probably shit their pants when they go out of their safespace and see open carry guys walking around. I swear this article was ment for Barney Fife.

      • DaveW

        September 8, 2018 at 12:16 AM

        It isn’t just California, where I live, that produces such people. Look at what is going on in other states.
        Many of us here are veterans of both combat and peace time. Many of us have been hunters since we were kids.

        I don’t know what happened to this article, but as a retired law enforcement officer, I have carried all manner of things which help me do my job. Before the “tactical pen” we used standard ball point pens, pressing the point into the nerves such as between the knuckles. The “tactical pen” is just my old ballpoint pen evolved.

        The temper part of my training and experience comes back. Often people react to how they are treated. If you raise your voice, they will do the same. I found it helpful in diffusing many confrontations to simply switch to whispering. Subjects stopped yelling and started trying to hear what I was saying. Did it always work? Of course not. But I’d rather diffuse a situation than cause it to escalate.

        My karate instructor in Vietnam told us that we should always try to extricate ourselves from a fight and calmly depart. However, if pushed into a corner, then we need to go all the way; seeking a win rather than a stalemate, because our opponent will be going for victory.

        Just like the nightstick of old, there are proper ways to use the tac pen. Or a set of car keys. Karate and Judo use various instruments to counter an opponent, but you must train with them. This is where the producers of so-called “tactical” instruments fail. They’ll sell you the instrument but the training isn’t there. This just puts the user in a bad position. It’s the old adage of “having just enough knowledge to get you killed”.

        Anyone who fumbles with a firearm needs to go back to the range and not carry until they can handle their firearm with total control.

  3. Michael Thornsley

    June 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    That was the worst advice I’ve ever heard! For one thing if you don’t know how to handle a firearm safely then don’t buy one. If you do have one you shouldn’t be afraid to use it! Practice and learn your weapon. A firearm is much easier to use and less fumbling then some “tactical pen”. For one, the best thing that you can do is keep an attacker as far from you as possible. A tactical pen is hand to hand and it will take a lot more expertise to defend yourself with that than with a gun. Please don’t post articles that are obviously written by inexperienced morons.

    • Captain Bob

      October 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM

      This is probably the best advice of all. Thanks Michael.

  4. Michael Thornsley

    June 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I failed to add in my last comment that just because someone is a “prepper” doesn’t mean they know squat! Please, survival Life, examine who writes for you and post folks that are experienced and write with knowledge and understanding. This guy has neither.

  5. TPSnodgrass

    June 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    OK, I’ve read this article through for the third time. There are a LOT of assumptions made by the author, that are not factual in real life. First, one does not need to have a “tacti-cool” pen, any good quality ball point pen will indeed do all that a “tacti-cool” pen will do, and one doesn’t have to “hide it” anywhere either. I know, I’ve used many a ball point pen, Parker brand is my personal favorite in tactical situations in knock-down drag outs with violent suspects.(retired now-thankfully) A good quality pocket knife is always good to have, again, one cannot carry a pocket knife in most places where you will probably need one, courthouse, commercial aviation, etc. Also, I know of not a single firearms owner, who “is afraid the gun will go off in their hands”. Those people who have that “fear”(lack of knowledge and TRAINING) are often the same folks not able to legally own/possess a firearm for various legal reasons. Firearms do not magically “go off” without the person handling it, pulling the trigger on a loaded chambered round, period. Such “thinking” merely contributes to the mass-hysteria being foisted off onto the public by the state-controlled media hypes.Situational awareness is always key to one’s personal survival, and by not allowing yourself to fall prey, to being HUA, you can avoid the “opportunity” to become a thug’s next victim.
    Mr. Taylor, also has made some false and (intentional I believe)misleading remarks about people that carry weapons, having a “quick” or “bad temper”, merely because they are armed with a firearm. Mr. Taylor should indeed check his research IF, he did any, because again, that “lie” is egregious enough I’m surprised that Survival Life published it. Mr. Taylor may well be an experienced “prepper”,. but he has demonstrated his utter lack of real life experience and knowledge in the use of any kind of “weapon” as defined by his own article. Does he deserve another chance to set the record straight and to use GOOD information? Yes, if he would rise to that level of competence.

    • Anonymous

      April 15, 2018 at 9:28 AM

      HUA? What does HUA mean?

      If you can bother to spell “egregious” it seems like whatever HUA means could be written out so that we don’t have to decipher yet another acronym.

  6. Ron

    June 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    This guy was funny…is he trying out for Last Comic Standing? When i carry in public i do not walk around looking at other people and questioning myself…do you think they know i am carrying? I don’t hide behind pillars at the mall or sneak around benches and trash containers! I don’t think he fully understands the purpose of CC let alone describe me as if i am the bad guy!! If i carry a tactical pen, I will consider it as i would any other ink pen that i would carry…IT’S Just a pen!!! I am not going to be looking at other people in a suspicious way or acting like i am guilty of something. The general public will not know if i am carrying a gun or a pen!!! He must think we go out in public with camo clothes and camo makeup and sneak in and out of stores or buildings! We are there doing our “NORMAL” everyday errands and JUST IN CASE… for the purpose of self defense or to protect others from harm….by the guys that you look at the wrong way who have “a quick temper and can easily get angry…the BAD GUYS!!!!! The author of this article would stand out in a crowd and he is the type we would be watching…JUST IN CASE!!!!!

  7. JM

    December 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Unfortunately this article was misleading and abusive to those who competently carry concealed weapons. It severely abused the English language and most importantly never made it to the point of the best ways to use a “tactical” or other pen to defend oneself. Please consider not posting articles that haven’t been proof-read for content and clarity.

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  10. Joyce Berman

    October 17, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    I agree with others that this guy shouldn’t have a gun. I disagree with the writer about showing self-confidence. Most bad guys are cowards, and they’re looking for a victim. If you walk with self-confidence, they’ll think twice about doing anything to you because they suspect you just might fight back.

    • Chuck

      October 17, 2017 at 10:07 AM

      All said and done when you can’t have a knife or a gun, IE in a commercial plane, its nice to have something. Just recently carried with no issue. In fact two flight stewards were both carrying self “tact” defensive pens on their shirts.
      As the FBI would say “Thats a clue”. Go naked if you wish, but its nice to have “something”.

  11. Michelle

    October 17, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    I do believe I will be deleting survival life should I find one more article of this nature. Not only is it inflammatory but it is also utterly useless as it taught me nothing but old wives tales and fairy tales.

  12. Anonymous

    October 21, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    I would love to see the resume of this “survival writer”. Apparently if you have a computer you’re an expert.

  13. Hey Zeus

    October 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Probably one of the most ignorant articles I’ve ever read. Mr. Joe Taylor, Please cite the “facts” that it takes 5-8 seconds or longer to access ones gun. Seriously? Please cite the “facts” that a concealed firearm makes the holder easily angry or have a quick temper. Please cite the “facts” that guns just go off in ones hand.

    Most importantly, please cite the “facts” that this author has any credibility on this topic. Sounds to me more like a 22 yr old snowflake just out of some liberal college.

  14. Weapon Collector01

    October 21, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Weapons the size of a pen are not a valued deterrent like a hand gun or tactical combat knife if some big oaf druggie or drunk sees this he is going to think your weak and foolish………..,sensible mature educated people use the element of surprise on possible attackers who ever wrote article probably has not found them self in this situation especially if there is more than one clown looking to engage criminal actions I suggest you retire from giving out this kind of advice sounds lame Criminals are already for you and showing a pen may make them even more hostile and aggressive cause your dumb enough to show a pen there is absolutely NO FEAR FACTOR HERE!!!! Hand guns are the best deterrent cause you can rid multiple clowns in seconds…………Go get a life and real job….PLEASE!!!!

  15. Anonymous

    October 31, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    i don’t think ya’ ll are getting it. The author is merely trying to sell you something you don’t need by preying on your fears. All the comments are valid but why waste time responding to such bullshit. The gun goes off in your hand??? When I have a tacti-cool pen I carry myself with much more confidence and this radiates to everyone?? Really, such BS, I think its time I unsubscribed. This isn’t the first of such BS.

  16. Geronimo

    November 1, 2017 at 12:44 AM

    For air travel you are limited to what you have at your disposal. Training with any and all items to proficiency as any martial art you learn with the hope you never are forced to harm others. You live with your actions.

  17. William Douglas Smith

    November 20, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    This article describes someone as if they run and hide behind every trash can/door/column and looks back and forth then dashes to the next place to hide…aka Pink Panther! LOL! On a Serious note the author has apparently no knowledge that hand guns DO have a safety…really! If you are going to reference articles toward experienced gun owners please don’t don’t write articles as if your readers are children.


  18. J Hall

    April 4, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Pretty much agree with majority responses. Who ever wrote this article didnt use much common sense or check with their editor before publishing it. Im a retired law enforcement , carried almost my entire adult life , both firearm and blade but never pulled it in anger ( though I wished sometimes). they need to fire this writer and hope they can keep some followers.

  19. john

    April 4, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    I usually CC 24×7, until I had to travel to our nation’s capitol. A place where you go thru security to get into a food court. As one response noted, you are not going to load the plane with your cowboy rig either. I did however carry 2 tacpens with me the whole time. In the hands of someone who knows how to strike this will help that person survive. It is a specific tool for a specific set of circumstances. The criticism that it has no dart or sharp edge? No it has points and surfaces for collecting DNA, some have a flashlight. Would the person holding a functional gun choose to slash the attacker with the magazine well? A screwdriver can open up a can of paint, but they make tools specifically for that, which will preserve the edge of the can and your good tools.
    The author went sideways quickly and should have spoken on how and when to use this tool instead of describing those who CC daily like Mr. Bean.

  20. Chris

    April 4, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Is this guy selling Tactical Pens?

  21. Anonymous

    April 4, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Ive been in a fist fight while carrying a fire arm and a knife as well. Never once thought of pulling either as my life was not threatened. Yes me with a bad temper was able to harness my self control. Imagine that…

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